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Archive for April, 2012

Lead by Modeling, Not by Molding

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

Have we ever considered checking our own words, behavior, and habits? Not always. Most people don’t question: ” Why should things be the way they are?”. Most of us were trained to accept and obey whatever the parents dictated. Because we love our parents and respect them, we give them the right to shape our

A Great Learning Opportunity

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Summer is round the corner. This is an excellent time to expose ASD children to the outdoor settings and experiences. The open settings can bring about what the children cannot express naturally in classrooms or at home. Nature is one of the richest resources for learning opportunities. When we are close to nature, we are

One Solution for Lack of Speech

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

This is one thing you could do if your child is not verbal but has got a good grasp of the language. For individuals with autism who are able to express themselves by typing, there is an amazing program for them called “Proloquo2go“. “Proloquo2go” is a program that turns the iPad into a voice output

A Poem for The Autistic Community

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

I wrote this poem inspired with all the big hearts of autistic children I was privileged to work with. Autistic?… Oh, you mean artistic, I know you are born holistic. Sometimes you turn ballistic, But your big heart is always humanistic. Honesty is your characterestic, And your nature is so authentic. I like you when

Autism Apps for Tablet Computers

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Highly recommended apps on Autism Speaks website. autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/autism-apps

A Four-Year College Degree for Individuals with Autism

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

A great news for individuals who have the skills and capacity to learn after finishing high school, but are not quite comforable in the traditional college setting. www.sage.edu/achievetrial Sage College is offering a liberal arts degree for special needs high school graduates. The degree is nationally recognized and middle state accredited. The programs are mentor-based