You may have watched the video about the autistic basketball hero, Jason McElwain. Jason is a special ed. student who used to be the team manager, helping the coach and the team with all they need. On the final game of the season, the coach decided to let Jason play the last 5 minutes of[read more]
Jason used to help the coach and the team with some chores, hand them water, and towel off their sweat. The coach has recently decided to have Jason wear the jersey just let him feel how it is like, and let him paticipate in a real game.
Look what Jason has achieved. Amazing! Unbelievable!
The new DSM 5 is due this month (May 2013). It is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Three diagnosis will be removed: Aspergers Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and CDD. They will go under one diagnosis, autism.
How is that going to affect parents, cliniacians, educators, advocates, and the children themselves with these conditions?
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As an educator, I try to keep the following two main goals as a top priority when working with spectrum kids.
2- DEVELOPING/ IMPROVING SOCIAL SKILLS
Academics are very important to be taught. But life skills are most important. Children grow up very quickly. Time flies, and soon the elementary grader becomes a teenager and soon
Instead of saying the child is obsessed with a certain subject or an activity, we can call it an interest or area of strength. Things that we keep doing or repeating over and over are things that we can do well. For example practicing a sport, riding a bike, playing a game, reading in certain[read more]
According to “Autistica”, 24% of autistic children are non-verbal or minimally verbal. Researchers at the University of Bermingham, UK, supported by “Autistica” found that:
1- The learning of a language is tightly related to motor behaviors (like knocking a toy), and the imitation of facial experssions or gestures. The imitation of gestures and facial expressions is
Children with autism don’t respond to the games, like peek-a-boo, the way neurotypically developed kids do. They avoid the interaction with people or tune them out altogether. Remember that the poor social skills are one of the autism’s main traits.
Researchers found that parents should rather play with their kids the games they like. In a
This is the biggest study of fetal growth and autism ever.
Extreme, whether big or small, growth of the fetus in the womb can be a risk factor of developing autism. Babies weighing over 4.5 kg (9lb14) or under 2.5 kg (5.5lb) at birth showed higher incidence of autism. This isn’t related to whether the baby
The world’s most famous autistics adult, Dr. Temple Grandin, will be speaking at the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, Massachusetts, 449 Broadway, on May 16 at 6:30 pm.
Dr. Temple Grandin is an animal science Professor at the Colorado State University. She also runs a her own business of designing live stock animal plants.
Three recent studies show the benefits of an early diagnosis of autism.
The new studies confirm what I have mentioned in my article autism-tips.com/?p=1251 based on my experience from working with kids with autism. Scientists can detect brain anomalies as early as six months old. At this young age the brain is still malleable and therapies,