A Brilliant Idea To Handle A Temper Tantrum

Watch the video below and see how easy and fast a temper tantrum came to an end. The idea is easy to implement even if you don’t have a...

Archive for July, 2010

How to Deal with Temper Tantrum

How to Deal with Temper Tantrum

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

What is temper tantrum? It is a negative attention seeking that the child resorts to, in order to communicate his frustration in a socially inappropriate way. Usually the child’s frustration arises when a need or a desire hasn’t been met. Temper tantrum is a form of meltdown among many, like aggression, running off, screaming, and [&hellip

A Message to The Parents

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

We all know how tiring, exhausting, and sometimes draining life can be, if you have a child or more than one on the autism spectrum. In this post I would like to suggest some ideas for parents that might help them have a better-balanced life. Your daily schedule is so busy, and your child always [&hellip

Questions and Answers

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Some parents are e-mailing me some questions and I would like to share the answers with everyone. Question 1: About Echolalia How can I stop my child from repeating after me word to word? Answer to question 1 Echolalia is one of the most common signs of autism. The child repeats after a person whatever [&hellip

Rewards and Consequences

Rewards and Consequences

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

In previous articles I talked about the effectiveness of the reward system. First, I prefer to be positive and apply the reward (positive reinforcement) system as much as I can, and seize every opportunity to praise and encourage the children. Most kids work for rewards, and love to be praised and encouraged. But sometimes, the reward [&hellip

The Magic of The Sticker Chart

The Magic of The Sticker Chart

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

The story today is about a first grade child with autism who hated to go on the play structure or the equipments on the playground (slides, monkey bars, ladder, spinning wheel, the firemen pole, spiral pole and so on). He used to run all over the place and I couldn’t bring him to go on [&hellip

All What An Assistive Dogs Can Bring To The Family

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

The proverb says: The dog is man’s best friend. Dogs are loyal and they love their masters unconditionally (I prefer to use the word masters over owners). They communicate without language, and understand the body language. If your child doesn’t talk or has poor verbal skills she/he can still have a social life. A dog would be a close friend, [&hellip

Sing to Improve Speech

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

This is a technique that I learned about just by trying. A student with very little speech demonstrated a very short attention span for regular work (Math and Language Arts). But I noticed that he showed a lot of interest in the Music class, and was able to focus and stay on task for almost the [&hellip

A Simple Tip to Improve Speech

A Simple Tip to Improve Speech

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

I learned this technique from a great speech pathologist. She recommended it to be used for an autistic boy with very poor speech and verbal skills. She gave me a binder full of pictures (around thirty pictures). The pictures were simple, colorful with large details. The pictures should also appeal to the children. The technique worked [&hellip

Eye Contact

Eye Contact

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

The human development has three components: Physical (body), cognitive (learning), and socio-emotional development. The three components are tightly related and should develop harmoniously and simultaneously from the first day of birth. (1) For a typically developed child the vision skills must develop automatically along with the motor and cognitive (learning) skills. Many children with autism [&hellip

Where Should I Place My Child?

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

You don’t know which placement is best for your child? Don’t worry! There is a whole system and a team responsible and devoted  to find the best placement for your child. By placement I mean the program and the class that best fits your child’s needs. Know Your Rights In case you do not know [&hellip