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Teaching the Concept of Being Thankful

submitted by kidspeak

“I am thankful for my family!”
“I am thankful for my friends!”
“I am thankful for my dog Landry!”
Thanksgiving is the time that we express how thankful we are for people and things in our lives. This may be a difficult skill for our kids with autism spectrum disorders….to understand what “thankful” means and to understand what/who they are thankful for. Here are a few different ideas to help your child understand what is means to be thankful:
Preschoolers and Kindergartners:


Immune Disorders and Autism: Is this a root cause?

submitted by dramberbrooks

Most families have done enough research or attended enough conferences to realize that autism is not a shear genetic issue, although the Wall Street Journal recently did a story about the genetic link. The NY Times did a story about immune disorders and their link to autism in August 2012. A larger number of children are found to have inflammatory issues beginning in infancy and continuing on throughout development yielding the results of a diagnosis later.


Fun with Pumpkins

submitted by kidspeak

Did you ever see a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin?
Did you ever see pumpkin with no face at all?
With no eyes, no nose, no mouth and no teeth?
Did you ever see a pumpkin, with no face at all?
So I made a Jack O-Lantern, Jack O-Lantern, Jack O-Lantern.
So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face!
With big eyes, a big nose, a big mouth and big teeth.
So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face.


Denial Versus Get Out of My Way: A Couples’ Struggle by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

submitted by DrNaseef

On October 11, 2012, at the Autism New Jersey Annual Conference, Rodney Peete spoke candidly to 1000 of us present about how he was in denial after the diagnosis of his son RJ with autism. His wife, Holly Robinson Peete, quickly countered by saying "I was on Get Out of My Way Avenue!" She didn't have time to wait for him. Having a child is special needs clearly impacted them just like many other couples. It was inspiring to hear them talk about working through this and saving their marriage.


Licking Problem Eaters

submitted by juliehornok

In the first few years of autism, you jump in full force hitting all the therapies, supplements, and latest research out there hard. Then you start to realize that you are in this for the long haul, and you must slow down and pace yourself for the survival of your family. Never have we had to do this more than dealing with Lizzie’s eating issues.
Lizzie was a problem eater. A problem eater is a child that would rather starve than eat something that they don’t want to eat. The texture, consistency or smell is so offensive to them that hunger pains pale in comparison. I know this first-hand because when Lizzie was four-years old, I almost starved her.


Senso-Dot Ball - 7": A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Senso-Dot Ball - 7"
Price: $14.95
Recommended Age: 6 and up
Company Name: Achievement ProductsCompany
Website: www.achievement-products.comCompany Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Description: Colorful nubby 7" ball is soft yet very stimulating to the touch.
•The contrasting color and rounded nubs provide an intriguing tactile sensation
•Easy to grasp


Martian Popping Thing: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Martian Popping Thing
Price: $8.49
Recommended Age: All Ages!
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699


Vinyl Porcupine Ball: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Vinyl Porcupine Ball
Price: $4.95
Recommended Age: All Ages!
Company Name: Achievement ProductsCompany
Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Description: This popular tactile ball features special strands that tickle fingers and make it irresistible! These super durable balls are fun to throw, catch, squeeze and hide.


Orbit Ball: Set of 3 - A Product Review

submitted by Craig

What better way to kick of Fidget Week on SensorySpot.com than to talk a little about this awesome product – Orbit Ball: Set of 3 – sold by Achievement Products! Take a look and, if you like what you read, purchase yours today!
Product Name: Obit Ball -Set of 3
Price: $7.95
Recommended Age: All Ages!
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com


Easy Halloween Craft: Cookie Cutter Painting

submitted by kidspeak

Halloween will be here very soon! One of our favorite parts of Halloween is the fun art projects. Although kids love art, sometimes the activities can be a little overwhelming with a lot of steps, a lot of materials or just super complicated. Here is a fun and easy art project that you can do at home with friends, with family or alone to help get you and your little one in the Halloween mood!
Materials
-White paper
-Halloween cookie cutters
-Paper plate
-Tempera paint: white, yellow and/or orange
-Visuals