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Sensory Problems

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

What appears to us as a misbehavior, is in fact a reaction of autistic children to their overwhelming environment. Often times they are oversensitive (hypersensitive). On the other hand, they can be indifferent to the input to their senses or under sensitive (hypo sensitive). If they get overstimulated they try to do anything to self-regulate [&hellip

Art and Autism

Art and Autism

By Nadia Shanab | autism, parenting, tips

One of the world’s most famous contemporary artists is an autistic man named Stephen Wiltshire. He was mute in his early childhood and used to throw severe temper tantrums. He lived in his own world and never related to other human beings. At the age of three he was diagnosed with autism and he had [&hellip

Temple Grandin: A Must-See Movie

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

It is one of very few true success stories told by a woman who lives with Asperger’s syndrome. She became an animal scientist and a professor at the university. The protagonist, Temple Grandin, was able to explain and describe very skillfully how a person with this condition feels, hears, sees, perceives and thinks. She helps people [&hellip

Comprehension Check

Comprehension Check

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

There is a way to go into the mind of kids with poor verbal skills and check their understanding of  language. This activity engages several senses along with the thinking process. The kids usually like it because it appears to them as a game. I like doing this activity especially in the afternoon when the [&hellip

Consistency

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Consistency plays a key role in any success. Applying rules consistently takes determination and effort, but it pays off in the long term. It helps the child form and build her own learning schemes in a structured way. Consistency doesn’t leave room for confusion. It is an excellent way to model conformity and discipline. If a [&hellip

Discipline/Compliance

Discipline/Compliance

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

People tend to perceive noncompliance as stubbornness or misbehavior. Autistic kids do not always perceive our directions the way neurotypical kids do. Why? Because of their sensory integration issues or their condition in general. They see, hear, smell, feel and process (think) differently. When the child doesn’t comply or conform, she/he is trying to communicate [&hellip

Tips for Educators, Aides or Instructional Assistants

Tips for Educators, Aides or Instructional Assistants

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Here are 31 tips for teachers, aides and instructional assistants to work more effectively with autistic children. General tips Think SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY! This is the number one priority when working with children, especially special education kids. Greet the student by saying her/his name first when she/he comes in. “Johnny! Good morning!” instead of just [&hellip

The Importance of a Daily Schedule

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

We all need some organization and planning to be efficient, productive and relaxed throughout the day. Autistic children, in particular, need a daily schedule in order to picture in their mind how the day will go for them. Their notion of time is different, what appears for “normal” people to be slow might appear to [&hellip

Communication

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Humans are social beings. We need to communicate in order to function as a society. Without communication we cannot have peace, harmony and support for each other. Parents of children with special needs are particularly required to be active and proactive communicators. Why? From my experience, parents who lock themselves up in their shells tend to aggravate [&hellip