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St. Patrick's Day Fun

submitted by kidspeak

Leprechauns! Shamrocks! Rainbows! Pots of gold! Green drinks! Green parades! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. St. Patrick’s Day is a different holiday from what most of our kids are used to. It’s harder to understand but is still a lot of fun! You don’t typically get or give presents. You don’t have an egg hunt. You probably don’t have a big family dinner. As we get older it becomes a more important social holiday. So how do we work on St. Patrick’s Day now so that our kids are ready for all the social implications of St. Patrick’s Day when they are older?

Teaching Body Parts

submitted by kidspeak

“Point to your nose.”
“Where are your eyes?”
“Show me your feet.”

Stuck in an Airport in Austin

submitted by juliehornok

As I sit in an airport in Austin, the words from a Garth Brooks song ring vividly in my head,
Stuck in an airport in Austin,
and all of the flights are delayed.
As the rains keep fallin’
The memories keep callin’
me back to another time and place

For the first time in a long time, I am alone in an airport, traveling by myself. No whiny children sitting on my lap demanding food, no tantrums from a little girl who doesn’t understand why she has to wait so long, and no Dora DVD playing in the background. I don’t have to keep my eyes darting from child to child to child to make sure one of them doesn’t disappear. I am free.
Yet, I still have an uneasiness that stems from the feeling that I should be doing something more. What I am forgetting? Oh yeah, nothing. So I give myself permission to relax and do what I have always loved to do in airports…People Watch.

Entering 2013 and Wondering What Lies Ahead for My Nine-Year-Old Son Diagnosed with Autism - By Shari Cissel, M.Ed.

submitted by Craig

Now that we are a little more than a month into 2013, I am wondering what lies ahead for my my 9 year old son who is diagnosed with autism. Each year I have watched my son make many gains socially and academically. But with each passing day I struggle with somany questions:
Am doing all I can to do to help him reach his full potential?
Does his IEP include everything he needs to be successful in school?
Is the inclusive setting the right place for him?
Do I have the right therapies in place?
Is he seeing the right medical doctors?

Five Ways to Engage Fathers in Parent-Teacher Conferences, the Evaluation Process, and in I.E.P. Meetings

submitted by Craig

In the years that I've worked in the education/special education field, I can estimate that approximately 30% of fathers made themselves available for their children’s IEP initial/annual IEP meetings. Granted, some fathers were simply not involved in their child's life at all, which, in some ways, would account for their absence. Others may have been working or traveling for the jobs, while some simply entrusted their wives/significant others to take care of their child's educational needs. But what about the 30% of fathers who were actually present?

Vday and Language Fun

submitted by kidspeak

Candy hearts are not only a fun, yummy and cute way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Their sweet phrases and clever sayings are also great inspiration for a Valentine's game that's sure to make you want to rhyme... all the time!
Candy Heart Memory
-Pink construction paper or cardstock
-Lamination sheets
-Dry erase markers

It's Time to Hang...

submitted by Craig

...so join us!
Event Name:
Dad's Panel with Kent Potter
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
East Building Festival Hall
1401 Mira Vista
Plano, TX 75093
Check TV Monitors for Assigned Room
Approx. 0.7 mile East of North Dallas Tollway @ Plano Parkway
We hope to see you there!
Sponsored by National Autism Assoc. of North Texas and AutismSpot
-AutismSpot Team

Welcoming Our Newest Feature Blogger - Ms. Shari Cissel!

submitted by Craig

We are very pleased and excited to announce the latest addition to the ProjectLD network of companies - Ms. Shari Cissel! Ms. Cissel comes to us with a wealth of personal and professional knowledge and experience, which she will share with us in the coming weeks and months. To learn more about Ms. Cissel, please read her biography below. And look for her very first blog entry, which will be posted in the coming week!
Now, without further ado, please help me in welcoming AutismSpot.com's newest feature blogger - Ms. Shari Cissel!

How to Teach Protesting

submitted by kidspeak

Protesting “no” is a skill that sometimes can be difficult for children with language disorders. Instead of using their words they may:
1. Push objects or people away
2. Throw objects
3. Cry/scream
Here are a few steps you can follow to help your child protest “no”:
Step one: You will need a visual of “no”.