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All About Toys #3: Play-Doh®

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Tricky Fish By Achievement Products: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Tricky Fish
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 - Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
An imaginative way to faster visual motor and eye-tracking skills!

Can Essential Oils help Autism?

submitted by juliehornok

Essential Oils have been getting a lot of buzz lately. Every time a turn around, I seem to hear someone saying “there’s an oil for that!” I was extremely skeptical at first, but I won’t lie, now I am on board the oil train full speed.
I first tried an essential oil called Thieves that is good for immune system support. My youngest son came home for school with that glassy look in his eyes and lethargic body language that told me I was going to have to cancel my whole day tomorrow. As an experiment, I put some Thieves on his feet before bed and diffused it in his room over night. He jumped right out of bed the next morning good as new!
I was a little shocked at how quickly he was feeling better and decided to start trying the essential oils for issues I was having with my daughter with autism. I couldn’t believe the difference the oils made in her! She started asking for her oils at night because they helped her fall sleep and stay asleep, and she asked for her “brain oil” in the morning because the oils made her “fuzzy brain” go away. When she was having a huge amount of anxiety due to state testing at school, essential oils helped her keep her emotions under control.
Here are a eleven essential oils we have found very beneficial in our home.

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:
-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!