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CNN Health: Scientists look to help children with autism find a voice

When a child misses the milestone of speech parents notice. Therapists at the Susan Gray School are trying a new scientifically based program that is designed to help children with autism learn to speak. A sensory integration program is used to teach children words in an specially designed room that challenges all their senses.

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 12:28

ABC News - More on Carly

You may remember a story that ABC News ran last year about Carly. Carly, diagnosed with severe autism at a very young age has struggled a great deal throughout her life. Her parents and neurotypical twin sister were amazed at the thoughts that Carly is able to now communicate to them with the assistance of a communication device. This device has given her family, and medical professionals insight into what goes on in her thoughts, and she in turn explains why her body forces her to stim.

Thu, 08/06/2009 - 10:55

Friendships: Our Jaw-Dropping Moment of the Week

submitted by kidspeak

Our Jaw-Dropping Moment of the Week: Friendships
Friendships are so hard! First you have to make a friend (which takes work) and then you have to sustain this friendship (which takes even more work)! With children with autism spectrum disorders, simply making a friend can be difficult and then once they get that down, we throw another challenge on them: “so now you have a friend but you need to do even more work and sustain this friendship!” Our poor kids hardly get a break when it comes to friendships.

Can visuals act as a crutch for my child?

submitted by kidspeak

Question of the Day: Can visuals act as a crutch for my child?

Autistic Children Find Voice in Technology

As we know, thousands and thousands of those affected by autism are unable to verbally communicate their needs. Many have relied on such avenues of pictures or sign language to communicate but even those can present challenges. Kansas University has created an innovative project in which they are requesting applicants to participate in learning and utilizing an electronic communication tool.

Tue, 07/21/2009 - 08:35

Quick Fix Illusion

submitted by CristinaBusu

For about a year now, almost every time I meet a new family for consultative services or groups I get asked a variation on the following question: “Is my child going to be recovered?” and some times even “How fast is my child going to be recovered?” Now, while I understand a fear of the unknown and need for reassurance is part of the process, I also think that a lot of parents have been given the quick fix illusion by certain public figures.


submitted by omacconsulting

Manding. Do you know this word as it relates to Autism and Communication? It is something you need to know about and I'll touch the very basics of what it is and why it is important.
Mand is a term that B.F. Skinner used. I would encourage you to research his work on Verbal Behavior, as I can not go into details in this post. I will define it as a verbal 'demand'. Very simply put: it is when a child makes a verbal request, in some way, for a reinforcement. Sometimes this verbal request is atypical but it is still a request for a reinforcer. It may be a noise or it may be a word or phrase.

Robot Playmates May Assist Autistic Children

In an attempt to facilitate learning social skills, specially made robots that have the ability to monitor a child's emotions are being used to teach children on the spectrum.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 14:21

ABC News - Understanding Autism

This is Autism 101 for those that don't know much about the disorder and recently appeared on ABCNews.com. Among the items discussed are the differences between classic autism or Canner's autism, high functioning autism, Aspergers Syndrome.

Thu, 01/22/2009 - 11:32

Technology Helps Make Communication Easier

Exciting advancements in technology have made it possible for some that are nonverbal in communicating full sentences, to hear their sentences strung together in their own voice. This allows them to communicate with teachers, peers, and family.

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 22:36
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