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Halloween Play Dough the Language Learning Way

submitted by kidspeak

Halloween will be here before you know it, and what better way to celebrate than by engaging in a fun activity with your child?!
Making this Halloween-themed play dough together is a great way to work on speech and language skills like sequencing, following directions, Halloween vocabulary, core vocabulary, constructive play skills, social communication, and much more!
Here’s what you need:
Ingredients:
-2½ cups flour measured, plus more for adding in later if needed
-½ cup salt
-3 tablespoons oil (canola will work)
-1 tablespoon alum
-2 cups water


All About Toys #2: Pegs

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All About Toys #1: Mr. Potato Head

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5 Ideas for Cultivating Friendships

submitted by juliehornok

I am a little nervous to write this because I don’t want to jinx the good thing we have going. I am certainly not going to claim that I am even close to having it all figured out. But, as I drove my daughter with autism to SIX birthday and 5th grade graduation parties on the last week of school, I realized that maybe there are some ideas to share that may help others.
Formula for the Perfect Friendship:
Find someone you have something in common with + smile and look them in the eye + show a little kindness = Lifelong BFF

NOT!!! Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a simple formula to cultivate friendships?! Too bad friendships are so much more complex. Along with the simple give and take skills, there are expectations, past experiences and so many different personalities to consider. It is so complex that when you try to break it down to teach a child with autism about friendship, it seems almost impossible.
We all know by now that life is not even close to being fair. So, it won’t come as a surprise to you, as the parent of a child with autism, that you are going to have to once again do all the work. But, when you sneak around the corner and hear your child giggling and conversing with another peer, it is worth all the blood, sweat and tears you put into it. Here are 5 ideas that we have found to be helpful in cultivating and keeping my daughter’s friendships. Hopefully, they will work for you too.


How to Get Your Child to Talk About Their Day

submitted by kidspeak

Our most recent blog, “Teaching Temporal Concepts the Fun Way”, went over specific strategies to help teach children temporal concepts utilizing “days of the week” and “calendar” routines http://www.autismspot.com/blog/Teaching-Temporal-Concepts-Fun-Way . This blog focuses on how to introduce and expand on talking about past events.


Faucet Light: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Faucet Light
Price: $19.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Overview: WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Stay safe from hot water!


Dart Game - by Achievemenet Products - A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Dart Game
Price: $26.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699

Product Overview: WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.


Teaching Temporal Concepts the Fun Way

submitted by kidspeak

What did you do today? How was your day? What did you do yesterday? What did you do over the weekend? What are your going to do this weekend? These are just a few questions that we ask our friends and family on a daily basis. For children with autism, language disorders or language delays these questions can be very difficult for two reasons: they all focus on temporal concepts and they all focus on talking about past or future events.


Autism and Puberty: What Every Parent Needs to Know - By Jenny Keese, M.Ed, BCBA (Owner/Director of Concept Connections)

submitted by Craig

Puberty is a time for growth, maturity, and testing boundaries. For young adults on the spectrum this time is no different, but the transition from childhood to adulthood can manifest in many different ways. As professionals, educators and parents it’s up to us to prepare these individuals on this part of life’s journey. You can expect puberty to start the process of physical changes, mental/emotional changes, a shift in societal expectations and usually a re-evaluation of current therapies and goals.