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Teachers: Lesson Your Student's Anxiety Using This Strategy!

submitted by Craig

If you teach preschool, kindergarten, or even first grade, you know, full-well, how difficult it is for your students to transition from summer mode to school mode. The reasons are fairly obvious. For kids who are not used to spending a full day in school, making this transition can be extremely difficult, as they miss their parents, their daily routines, etc. And now, here they are, in a new environment, around new people – all day long. It can be daunting for any young child.


Tantrums - What to do?

submitted by kidspeak

“My child tantrums every time I take away his favorite toy. What can I do?”
There are many ways we can tackle this situation. Today we want to address two different ways, teaching your child how to use the language, “mad” and “no.”


Hope in the Midst of Desperation

submitted by juliehornok

Several times in the last month I have turned on my computer, and a story pops up about a mother killing her child with autism and then killing herself. I get a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I am sad and angry, but I can’t judge her. Desperation, without hope, makes people do crazy things.


The Importance of Eye Contact

submitted by kidspeak

“My child doesn’t look at us when he talks, what can we do to help him?”


Can echolalia help my child?

submitted by kidspeak

“My child uses a lot of echoes, can this help him?”
The answer to this question is YES and NO. Echolalia, when used functionally, can help your child use and understand language; however, echolalia used non-functionally can have the adverse effect and can actually hinder your child’s progress.


Guest Blog: My People First Language Story

submitted by juliehornok

I think you will enjoy this touching story from my friend, Rachel, about her son Jude. What a great reminder that our children are first and foremost, children. Their disability is a part of them, but doesn't define them.
My People First Language Story
By: Rachel R. Wolverton, OTR/L


Vacation at Last - By Shari Angelico, M.Ed.

submitted by Craig

Autism followed us to the Poconos.
Vacation at last!
Relaxation. No stress. No therapy. No Doctor appointments.
Just me and my children.


Stay Tuned for the Fall

submitted by kidspeak

KidSpeak is taking a break from blogging to wrap up the rest of the summer semester and to prep for the fall. Be sure to check in on us in September, when we should be back in action. We are excited for our new blogging endeavor for autismspot…..to revisit and revamp some oldies but goodies.
We hope you enjoy the last few moments of summer and the start of a brand new school year with your friends and family!
~KidSpeak, LLC
www.kidspeakdallas.com


Cushy Bean Pad - 4-Piece Set: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Cushy Bean Pad - 4-Piece Set
Price: $29.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Description: A choice of textures! Provide tactile and proprioceptive input with this cushy pad designed for active sitting. 12"Dia. x 2-1/2"H.
•Soft, flexible plastic is easily wiped clean
•Styrene pellet stuffing


Preparing for School

submitted by kidspeak

The 2013 - 2014 school year is just around the corner and it’s almost time for us to get back in the school mindset and begin preparing for the fall. We want to share links to our previous school-inspired blogs to help your family prepare your child for their new school, new classroom, new teacher or new friends. We wish everyone the best of luck and loads of fun for the 2013-2014 school year!
For Professionals: 10 Tips for Communicating with Teachers: www.autismspot.com/blog/Professionals-%E2%80%93-Ten-Tips-Communicating-T...