Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Aba Therapy Can Make A Difference For Children With Asd

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a particularly devastating disorder for many parents. While not medically dangerous, autism can make it hard for parents to communicate with children. Many autistic children do not even notice when their parents are in the room or speaking to them, which can be devastating for family members. For these parents, hope lies in a well researched treatment called ABA Therapy or Applied Behavior Analysis therapy.

ABA Training utilizes a very rigid and specific series of repetitive tasks and questions and reinforcements as well as rigorous data collection to help literally rewire the brains of autistic children. While most children learn simply by watching the world around them, children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, must be taught even the basics of behavior and critical thinking. ABA Therapy teaches these fundamentals while helping children develop a set of skills that will carry them through the rest of their lives and help make them more like their peers.
While it is widely accepted that early intervention is the most successful way to utilize ABA Training, beginning when a child is in their most formative years, the method is rather successful at any age. Early intervention increases the odds of recovery and helps get children on par with their peers early enough for them to reach milestones and educational goals at the same time. However, many children are diagnoses with ASD or begin treatment long after this period. Studies have shown time and again that ABA Therapy is still highly effective for behavior modification and learning therapy well into later childhood and adolescence.

ABA Therapy, while typically used to ready a young child to be entered into a school system with their peers, can also be used for a variety of other reasons. The behavior modification techniques employed in ABA Therapy can help prepare people with ASD for school, social situations such as parks, stores, and buses, and even for the working world. The therapy has applications in all social function and provides a great benefit to all who receive successful treatment.

In short, Autism Spectrum Disorder may be a hard diagnosis for parents, but there is a great deal of hope. With ABA Training, parents quickly find that their children can lead lives remarkably similar to those of their peers. While there is no cure for Autism, ABA Therapy offers a significant deal of hope. Until a cure is found, this is by far the best thing any parent can offer to both themselves and their child when faced with a diagnosis of an ASD.
By: G Butch
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How to Bully Proof Your Child With Autism

Does your child have a bully problem? If not, consider yourself lucky that you don't have a bully to deal with right now but would you and your child be prepared if one should arrive on his or her doorstep tomorrow?
Bullying is difficult for anyone to deal with, regardless of age. All children are targets for bullying but a child on the autism spectrum is especially vulnerable. Due to the fact that the social part of their brain is wired differently, this type of behavior can be very complicated for a child with Autism to understand and deal with. Therefore, they desperately need our guidance in learning how to label bullying behavior and practice in ways to manage it.
Teaching a child with Autism to cope with bullying behavior is imperative in today's world. Bullies like to target peers that they consider to be weak or passive. Weakness may be determined by physical size but can also be interpreted as someone who is sensitive by nature, has a quiet personality, or seems needy or isolated. Bullies also enjoy taunting a peer who is easily provoked to tears or triggered into a meltdown.
A bully and his or her target are often lacking in social skills but in different ways. Bullies typically know the basics of social skills but for various reasons choose to ignore them and utilize power and force to develop relationships instead. On the other hand, a child with Autism will use appropriate social skills if taught - it's not that they are intentionally awkward in a social situation or don't want to make friends - they just don't know how in many cases.
How do you prepare your child for the negative social interactions she or he may have to deal with?
Studies show that helping your child develop a sense of self-confidence and a mindfulness of body language can help reduce their possibility of being targeted by a bully. You may be doing a lot already to prepare your child for a possible encounter with a bully without knowing it. I invite you to review the following strategies and see if there are any new ideas you can incorporate into your teaching role as parent.
- Help your child be social: Social skills training and teaching your child how to think socially is imperative. Whatever social skills your child is able to acquire will be helpful. At a minimum, knowing what a healthy friendly relationship is like will be a positive asset to many situations. If a child has an accurate sense of what constitutes a friendship he or she will be able to identify and see bullying for what it is right from the start. The sooner one spots a bully the easier it is to deal with.
- Teach assertiveness: Learning how to be appropriately assertive rather than aggressive or passive is one of the best gifts we can give our children. Bullies are counting on their targets to be passive and will not spend time grooming a child who is likely to speak up for her or himself. Teaching your child the word no and how to say it in various forms and ways is crucial. The non-verbal language for assertiveness is just as important and it involves standing straight, using a firm voice and looking someone in the eye - all of which send powerful messages to bullies.
It is a well-known fact that some children with Autism do not like to make eye contact. Try challenging them to determine the 'color' of a person's eyes when talking to them. This a simple distraction technique for an uncomfortable task that will make them appear confident and self-assured.
- Build confidence: Give specific praise each time your autistic child makes an effort to try a new task. "You climbed the ladder by looking at where to put your feet. That's the safest way to do it!" This gives your child a detailed picture of what she did which makes it easy to replicate for continued success. Hearing that she is climbing the ladder safely and correctly provides her with a feeling of accomplishment that can carry over into other areas.
- Encourage independence: Children who appear capable are less likely to be targeted by individuals who bully others. Bullies actively search for those who are vulnerable, those who seem helpless. Helping our children become as independent as possible is important and we need to be mindful of the tendency to do too much for our children with special needs because it can lead to learned helplessness. Don't ever hesitate to help your child learn and master a new task if you think they are ready. The feeling of "I can do it" is powerful and will serve as one more layer of protection from the taunts of a bully.
- Address fears: All children have fears that are caused by a number of different sources. Learning to identify and express their fears is crucial to children's emotional well-being. It is important to give your child language for his fears and various ways to express them such as speaking, signing, drawing, writing or acting them out depending on their abilities. If your child is being bullied you want to make sure he will have the language and the avenue to tell you what is happening in a safe environment.
- Preparation and practice: Whenever time allows, helping your child prepare for new situations will boost their confidence for the real event. New experiences are often difficult for many children with Autism to approach because of their reliance on routine and resistance to change. The first day at preschool or the transition to a new school, can be a worrisome affair to many young children. Because we often fear what is unknown, the more information and practice opportunities we can present to a child, the better the chances will be for success.
Find a social skills curriculum or a book about bullying that will help you and your child practice what to do in the presence of a bully. Bullies are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain takes a humorous approach to bully-proofing yourself and uses lots of pictures which appeal to visual learners.
Also, remember to take the time to discuss bystander behavior with all of your children. One of the most effective interventions for bullying behavior is the response from those who are witnessing it. Bullies often rely on bystanders to help intimidate their target but it can be just as powerful, and often ends the bullying, when a bystander or two supports the child who is being picked on.
Connie Hammer, MSW, parent educator, consultant and coach, guides parents of young children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to uncover abilities and change possibilities. Visit her website to get your FREE resources - a parenting e-course, Parenting a Child with Autism - 3 Secrets to Thrive and a weekly parenting tip newsletter, The Spectrum.
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Government Funded Autism Services - What to Do While You Wait

If your child has recently been diagnosed with autism, you will quickly experience the frustration of being put on long waiting lists for government-funded services. The worst thing you can do for your child is to sit back and wait because you could be waiting for years. The good news is that there are several things that you can do, which aren't free, but much less expensive than paying for the services of ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) psychologists, program supervisors, and instructor therapists, etc. for 30 to 40 hours of therapy for your child per week.
I will start by saying that I am not affiliated in any way with the websites that I am recommending below. But I have personally used them or joined their programs at one time or another and found the information provided by them to be extremely beneficial for my son with autism.
First, learn about biomedical treatments for children with autism. is an excellent website. It is a "doctor-driven" website and was created to assist parents and caregivers in the biomedical treatment of their children. Doctor Kurt Woeller provides comprehensive and interactive education by way of video lectures and tutorials to help you treat your child using biomedical interventions. You will also have access to live chats and parent forums. In order to access the information, a monthly or annual membership fee is required. In my opinion it is worth every cent because it costs much less than monthly visits to a DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctor. Plus, instead of blindly following treatment instructions given by a DAN doctor, you will become educated about the reason for each treatment and can make informed decisions on behalf of your child.
Next, investigate online ABA therapy tools that will help you create and implement a learning plan for your child. provides an effective and affordable web-based ABA treatment program that provides step-by-step written instructions as well as videos to demonstrate how to teach your child each new skill. The program also includes automated progress tracking to measure treatment effectiveness so that you can determine if your program is working.
Finally, invest in an iPad. There are hundreds of very effective autism apps, and more are being developed every day. is my personal favourite website for Autism App reviews. The apps are categorized into groups such as; AAC Communication, Behaviour, Social Skills, Speech & Language, Visual Schedules, etc. Reviews and ratings are through first-hand experience of an autism Dad with a technology background and a degree in Management Information Systems. He also provides reviews on iPad cases that can handle the rigors of autism.
Note: In Ontario, iPads (for the purpose of augmentative communication) can be accessed through the ADP (Assistive Devices Program). An occupational therapist or speech and language pathologist who is registered with the program, assesses the specific needs of the person and prescribes the IPad and communication app (Proloquo2Go). The program will only help pay for equipment that is purchased from vendors registered with the Assistive Devices Program.
Take these 3 gigantic steps and it is possible that your child will be on their way to recovery or at the very least, major improvement. I can tell you from personal experience as a parent that being proactive and directly involved in managing your child's treatment plan will alleviate the dreadful feeling of helplessness and frustration, and ultimately your child will benefit greatly.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Can Praise Cause Sensory Overload?

Many kids with Asperger's Syndrome experience sensory overload from embarrassment or being picked out of a crowd in some way. This is why they sometimes don't enjoy receiving an award at Assembly or Parade, or being praised for their work in class.
So does that mean we shouldn't reward them at all??? Of course not - but we have to find a way for them to feel comfortable and proud of themselves at the same time. This is where thinking outside the square for your child with Autism comes into play.
Suggestions include:-
  • a one-on-one meeting between the Principal and child with AS
  • sending the award to the Aspie child's house with a letter about why they're receiving the award
If your child is embarrassed when they're praised, or don't like to be rewarded in public, talk to their teacher or principal and find a solution that suits your child. We all know that when supporting children on the Spectrum there aren't any "one size fits all" solutions. We must try to individualise support and accommodation for each child.
During his school years our son really disliked any attention or spotlight on him at all. This led him to wanting to stay home from school every Wednesday in an effort to avoid Parade and any possibility of receiving an award. He was a fairly well-achieving student, so there was always a chance he may receive an award for work well done. Once we discovered this we met with his teachers and his Principal and we agreed that all praising would be done in private.
Another trait that puzzled us was that our Asperger child didn't "believe" praise that came from us (his parents). His reasoning was that we're his parents and we have to love him and everything he does. So when he was growing up we enlisted the help of family, friends and neighbours to ensure he "heard" praise and approval. We'd simply phone them with his achievements and successes and they'd casually drop it into conversation when they visited.
This worked for him - we could see him 'shine' with their praise and attention. Everyone deserves to have their star shine brightly sometimes!
Currently I've teamed up with a local psychologist and we've created a new program for children with Autism Spectrum conditions - the Sensory Detective Program. We've been using heart rate monitor rings on the children as they complete the program and the results of this have really amazed us both! All the things we know about Asperger's children is proven/displayed by their heart rates, which 'spike' at change, sensory input, social interaction and praise etc. So if you're unsure what calms or upsets your Asperger child, invest in a heart rate monitor ring - the results will amaze you!
Nelle Frances is a Special Needs educator with over 17 years experience working with children with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome of all ages. She is author of the Ben and His Helmet book series written especially for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These social stories offer problem-solving strategies to assist Aspie's to navigate their world. Nelle is the parent of a 21 yr old son with ASC. She delivers her Professional Learning Sensory Detective™ workshop to schools and libraries around the world. Her website offers resources, strategies and links on Autism/Asperger's Syndrome for health care workers, therapists, parents and teachers.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Autism And Intelligence

While the average IQ rate of the population seems to be about 100, patients with autism mostly have a decreased one due to the learning disability or creating the disabilities; some of the autistics though have shown a normal or even high IQ rate. From this reason many sufferers from the Asperger syndrome are able to lead a normal life.

autistic disorder is usually diagnosed during childhood, especially around the age of 3-4 when parents notice an abnormal behavior in their children. Some children however can remain undiagnosed until the age of 12 and the medical treatment is mostly hard to begin at this age. Many autistic children are only diagnosed after going to school as they show their poor social skills or a challenging behavior. Especially patients with the milder form called Asperger syndrome can remain undiagnosed until later opportunities occur.
No exact method of autism diagnose is known. Still, doctors must firstly eliminate other conditions by performing hearing and blood tests. Autism is diagnosed by the close observation of the behavior, social skills and ability to communicate. Parents and specialists must work together to identify a possible autistic disorder. If suspicion of autism persists, the child will be seen by a group of specialists such as a pediatrician, a child psycho loge and psychiatrist, a speech therapist and an educational expert. Every autistic child must have his personal caretaker which will closely observe the patient’s assessment and progresses.

An appropriate treatment for autism includes education, special behavior and speech training and even medications in some cases. Children with autistic disorders require special care in an appropriate school environment or in regular schools with additional help if the symptoms are moderate. The progresses of the patients very much depend on a well organized structure of the classes and classrooms. Schools must also use methods to help the patients find new ways of expressing themselves.

An adequate behavior therapy can only be provided by a clinical psychologist and will help the family to better understand the child’s needs. Some neurovegetative abnormal actions can be controlled by medications. Autistic children have frequent outbursts of aggressiveness, obsessions, hyper agitation and hyperactivity of their behavior. Used for a longer period of time, these drugs can show dangerous side-effects like provoking obsessions and repetitive actions.

Other therapeutic approaches are known, but they are however not approved by medical organizations as their benefits are not been proven. Music therapies can help calming down the patients while symbols and pictures might improve the communication skills. Another unscientifically proved method of treating autism symptoms is the use of the Secretin hormone.

The autistic child requires permanent care and the parent will need another qualified persons to help with the child’s observation. Caretakers of patients with such disorders are also entitled to an allowance for disabilities.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Learning to Wait

Many aggressive and challenging behaviors can stem from a child's inability to wait. You might wonder why is it so important to teach a child with Autism to wait. The reason why this is such an important skill is because its a pivotal skill, meaning it impacts the success of learning more advanced skills. Children have to wait, because adults have to wait. As a child matures and starts interacting with society they will have to wait in the classroom, at the park, at the grocery store, inside the home, at the airport, etc. If your child or client is regularly engaging in problem behaviors it may be stemming from an issue around waiting.
Here's a few examples of what difficulty with waiting can look like:
-Whenever the teacher tells the class to line up to go outside, Doug gets very excited. Doug loves playing outside. Doug gets so excited and impatient while waiting in line that he regularly pushes, bumps into, and steps on the feet of children near him in line.
- Iyanna is at the mall with her dad. Iyanna makes the sign "eat" to her dad to signify she is hungry. Her dad tells her they are leaving the mall in 15 minutes, and and she can eat then. Iyanna begins to cry, and a few minutes later bolts away from her dad and runs to the food court where she starts eating leftover food off of tables.
A child who doesn't know how to wait may become aggressive, defiant, and may eventually have a meltdown. Most people just see the behavior as the problem and try things such as blocking the aggression, telling the child to stop pushing, or putting the child in Time Out for throwing chairs. The problem with that approach is that in all of these situations the behavior was the by-product of a skill deficit. These children did not know how to wait. When put in situations where they didn't get a desired item or activity "right now" they engaged in problem behaviors. In order to effectively terminate these problem behaviors you have to target the skill deficit, not just the outcome behavior.
Teaching a Child to Wait: ABA Approach-
For a Waiting program you will need activities or objects the child enjoys. You will also need a timer. Before beginning to teach the skill you need to determine the child s current ability to wait appropriately. Appropriate just means the child doesn't try to reach for or grab at the item they are waiting for, and if the child is verbal they don't whine or plead for the item. If its an activity, the child doesn't try to run past you to access the item. If you determine the child can wait about 20 seconds before they grab at the item, set your first target at 10 seconds. You always want to start a little below what the child can currently do to ensure they contact reinforcement. Slowly build up the amount of time using small increments. Select a simple SD. Typically "Wait" is the SD used. Allow the child to access the preferred item for a few seconds. For example, give them a highly preferred doll to play with for a few seconds. Then take the doll away, say "Wait" and set your timer. Place the doll where the child can clearly see it but slightly out of their reach. Once the timer goes off praise the child for waiting and give them the doll back. If the child does not wait appropriately use prompting to get compliance and ignore any inappropriate behaviors, such as crying. Do not provide praise or reinforcement if the child didn't wait appropriately.
Lastly, be careful about allowing the child to almost touch the item. Many kids like to play the "I'm almost touching it, but not quite" game. If you reinforce or allow the child to put their hand above or close to the item before they are done waiting then over time that behavior will get engrained and will be hard to get rid of. The child should wait to access the item with Quiet Hands.
Visuals can also be a great way to help teach waiting. For children who don't understand the passage of time using a visual makes time much more tangible and real. What kind of visual you use will depend on the age and cognitive ability of the child. You could use a stoplight sign where red means "wait", yellow means "almost", and green means the child can access the item. For an older child try number cards. Flip through the cards starting at number 10 working down to 0. Once you get to 0 give the child your full attention and praise them for good waiting. This gives the child a much more concrete understanding of time rather than you saying "Hold on" over and over. When using visuals always pair language with the visual so you can eventually just use language and fade out the visual.
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Range Of Function In Autism

Autism is a syndrome that comes from exhibiting certain combinations or patterns of behavior. Low functioning autism is the term used to describe autistic individuals that are not able to function or deal with every day life. Normal to high functioning autism is used to describe people that exhibit autistic behaviors that are in fact able to deal with real world activities and normal day to day life. Many people diagnosed with autism end up living in less then ideal conditions. Autism is a developmental disorder, that affects many areas of human function such as language, and the ability to communicate. It affects self-help skills, coordination, and the ability of an individual to learn.

Common Behaviors

There are several common traits that will aid in the diagnosis of autism. These traits include, the tendency to stay in isolation or be away from others. Autistic individuals will have a hard time making friends and will seem very awkward in social situations. An autistic person will very rarely look some else in the eye. They will be very naive and easily swayed or manipulated. They are often quite gullible. When an autistic person speaks they will often so so using very formal language. They may speak in a monotone and their use of body language may be very poor. (such as nodding "no" while saying "yes". Autistic people will generally prefer common routines, they may be very literal in their use of language and may remember and recite a lot of detail without having a lot of understanding. They may also exhibit hyper- or hypo- sensitivity of the senses, have odd tastes in food and clothing as well as very fine or very grossly exaggerated motor coordination.

The more of the above traits an individual exhibits the more severe the case of autism is said to be. In some cases the above symptoms may become helpfully in certain disciplines like science, math, and engineering. These disciplines require a lot of memorization and many autistic's are quite proficient in these subjects as a result.

Autism and ADHD?

There has been some discussion on about a genetic as well as behavioral link between ADHD and autism. Some experts believe that ADHD should be put considered as a form of autistic spectrum disorder. It is quite common to have children diagnosed with both ADHD and autism together. In children, the two disorders seem very much alike. As the individuals age, the disorders grow and become more apparent. Children with ADHD will often develop normal social skills and be able to communicate with their peers and with others. Autistic children however will continue to show symptoms even as they age. there is still much to learn about the autism spectrum. Even with current advances in technology and medical science, a cure for this condition remains a mystery. The more we study the sooner we will understand the disorder and be able to help those who are diagnosed with this condition.
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How To See Autism As A Genuine Perspective And The Reasoning Of An Autistic Mind

For starters I am an Aspie, an individual with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism. It seems awfully strange that I am autistic, yet I have such great language skills, especially with typing. I would write with my hand, but my hand-writing is illegible. With that being said, I have a lot to say about my perspective as an autistic man.
First off, if you know someone with autism, then you have more than likely been touched by said person, as we are often very gifted in one way or another, despite our difficulties with communicating with those we interact with. We all feel a need to belong, whether we are autistic or not! We want nothing more than to please our loved-ones, and sometimes this is hard, as we tend to go overboard with things. Autism often comes with what is known as stemming, something that we use to normalize our environment.
Let me take you on an adventure inside of an autistic mind, and how you should view autism as a genuine, yet unique perspective!
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the normal-functioning of the brain, in an otherwise healthy mind. The way we see the world is above and beyond normal understanding and functioning in the world, where we sometimes don't understand our culture and society, and when we oftentimes dislike the cultural-norms, as we see the world as too entangled with social-customs, where problems could be solved with instead logic and reasoning, while at the same time we could affect the world with a high-capacity of intuition.
Autistic people feel that the world is unstable, mostly because of the social taboos, which are otherwise natural to us. The world would be much different if we made more sense, and not trying to control how we consume our culture. People want us to eat certain foods, when really we just want to enjoy our meals the way we want, in a healthy way, a way that most people feel is immoral. Why exactly do people believe that all wild-strawberries are poisonous? They hear it from their parents, who heard it from their grandparents, but why don't they do their own research, or ask a professional?
We often hear that we can't use our imagination for fun things, that we must work hard, everyday, all day, something that we want to change, as we know that humans are very social animals, and all we want is to explore our imaginations! Our perspectives show our wish to reconnect with our true-nature, the nature of exploring and enjoying life, while everyone else puts too many expectations on us. Everyone should just do what it is that is most enjoyable in life, and not being a drone!
As mentioned above, an autistic person only wants to get enjoyment and entertainment out of life. If everyone were to do what they enjoyed, the world would be a very happy and satisfied place! There are always jobs that you will enjoy, even if it isn't extravagant. You, believe it or not, can enjoy being a janitor, but if you don't enjoy it, you only take the job because you feel that "somebody has to do it"! Look, there are people out there who would enjoy that line of work, so leave it to them, and go after what you enjoy!
The autistic mind takes in from their environment, but they take what they get out of it and turn it into something remarkable! They try to make their living more meaningful and enjoyable, also more entertaining. If you were to live as an autistic person, you would totally change your attitude about how people should function! All you would want is to live a life that is meaningful, and you would constantly try to make the world a better place to live, not just for you, but for all who are in your perception.
Joseph D. Smith employs the Aspiezine, a topical blog and social network for those affected by and with autism, whether you are autistic or not!
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Helping Your Child With Autism Cope With School Anxiety

Do you really know how your child feels about going back to school this year? Maybe last year was a positive experience but can you really assume this will be another carbon copy? Many children, even those without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), can harbor secret worries and concerns they can't seem to express which can then develop into troubling and difficult behaviors.
If you think back to your first days of a new school year, what comes to mind? Along with the excitement of wearing that new outfit and seeing your good friend again what were the concerns you carried with you?
Is your special needs child looking forward to going back to school? Despite your sensory sensitive daughter's interest in school could she be worrying about new school building she has to go to? Is it possible your son with Asperger's might have a concern about the school bus ride or eating in the cafeteria? If so, what can be done to alleviate their fears?
Starting early to prepare your child for a new school year is important in order to get them off to a good start. Going shopping for school clothes is a given but there is so much more to getting ready for school than shopping for new outfits and back-to-school supplies. Being prepared with pens, pencils, pads of paper and the backpack to put it all in, as well as the proper equipment for sports and the new sneakers for physical education class is all important, but what about the rest?
For school to be a pleasant and successful experience for your child with Autism being prepared means so much more than acquiring the material possessions that are required.
Retuning to school, even if in the same school building, can be filled with worries such as making new friends or what your new teacher will be like but for a child with Autism, the anxieties can be much bigger than that. Helping your child transition with ease into a new school year to ensure an experience that will keep a smile on her face requires mental, emotional, cognitive and social preparation as well.
Taking from your own experience and knowing what you know about your child what are some things you can do to:
- Mentally prepare your child for school? Putting the date when school will begin on the family calendar or creating a special one for your son will help him make a mental note for when his summer routine will change. Spending time identifying things that will be a novel experience for your child is another productive exercise. If your child is to ride the bus for the first time, you may want to contact the school/bus driver to schedule a time to meet him or her and arrange for a school bus tour.
- Emotionally prepare your child for school? Asking your daughter to express her worries and concerns about school would be the simplest way to approach this but this is not always possible. Young children who have difficulty communicating and expressing themselves require a different tactic. Sometimes all we can do is anticipate what the anxieties might be based on good detective work. If you sense your child is worried that her new teacher will not understand her unique way of relating, make an appointment for them to meet before school starts.
- Cognitively prepare your child for school? Keeping up with reading is one of the best things any parent can do to keep their child's mind fresh and ready to learn. Increase trips to the library or start now if you haven't been yet. Reading is key to any child's school success and extremely important to maintain. Daily reading with your child will give him/her a boost. Kill two birds with one stone by creating a social story about school - you can address his anxieties and increase reading time all in one.
- Socially prepare your child for school? If possible, invite old or new classmates that may have moved into the school system and invite them over so your child can get to know them better and practice her social graces. It can help your child immensely if you rehearse back to school conversation starters and group social skills with them to use with their friends, teachers and other adults.
All in all, there are many things you can do as a parent to fully prepare your child and reduce the risk of tantrum-like behaviors or emotional meltdowns when school time rolls around.
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

How To Recognize The Different Autism Types

You may hear autism referred to as a PDD. This stands for Pervasive Development Disorder, and is a blanket term for the many different autism types.

When talking about autism most people think of an autistic child in the classic sense, but that is only one of the types that are used to diagnose children with this condition in today’s world.
 Though the film Rainman is probably the most well-known source that most people base their understanding on, there is more to this condition than what was depicted in the movie. Some children are very similar to Dustin Hoffman’s character, but there are many more different autism types and levels of function known today.

The Rainman type of autism, or classic autism, is otherwise known as Kanner’s, and was named for the doctor who studied it in the 30s and 40s. This is a lower functioning type of autism characterized by severe communication and socialization problems. These children are hard to reach, and do not interact with most people. They can be clumsy due to poor motor skills, and are prone to repetitive motions and actions. They might have tantrums when the smallest changes in their environment or schedule are made. Some do not speak, and others speak on a limited basis.

Rett’s Syndrome is also one of the lower-functioning types of autism. This happens in girls only for some reason, and is often paired with mental retardation. These girls are greatly impaired when it comes to movements, and they rarely speak. This autism type has been classified as a genetic defect. There seems to be no explanation as to why it only affects girls. All other types are attributed to males 75% of the time.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is something that is very shocking for parents, perhaps even more so than children who are identified early with Rett’s or Kanner’s. This is something that happens after a child has appeared to develop quite normally. They have the usual range of speech and motor skills for their peer group. Then at some point, usually between ages two and four, they regress into a severe form of autistic disability. No one is sure why this happens though some believe surgery or illness can bring it on. That is not true for all of these children, however, so nothing concrete has been proven.

The higher functioning form of autism is known as Asperger’s. These children can often be misdiagnosed in the early years. They have better communication and socialization skills, but they are still somewhat limited. However, many of these children aren’t diagnosed until they are in school when the difference their peers and themselves become more apparent. They often respond well to behavioral treatments, and can have a very ‘normal’ life if they are put through these programs and therapies at the earliest possible age.

There is another type of autism called PDD-NOS. This is when a child is thought to have autism, but their condition does not seem to be associated with the other four more definite types. They have autism, but they seem to fall out of each category. They may have symptoms or behaviors that fall within all of the other different autism types, but do not fit one type exclusively.

Most children with any of these five autism types will be diagnosed before the age of five, and the prognosis will depend on the function of the child, and how early they can begin to go through therapies.

There is no cure for autism, and because the reasons why some children develop this condition are so unclear, there is no way parents can prevent it from happening. More research is needed to find the origins of the condition. Once that can be found, perhaps a cure or more effective treatments can be administered, tailored to the different types of autism.
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Applied Behavior Analysis Can Help Reduce Autism Symptoms

Despite the fact that it is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in young children, there is no cure for autism. While this can certainly be disheartening for parents, it should not leave them feeling hopeless. Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, or ABA, is the most widely used and accepted treatment for autism, and the simple fact is that it can be incredibly effective. In fact, it is recognized by most schools and states as the only acceptable form of treatment. The simple reason for this is that it is proven to work.

Applied Behavior Analysis works by helping children with autism effectively learn how to learn in the same way as their peers. With autistic children, the brain is wired differently than it is for most, and as such, it works differently. These children are often incredibly intelligent, but they lack the skills needed to make inferences and to communicate properly. ABA therapy helps to teach these children, and it also helps create new pathways within the brain that allow them to learn and communicate the same way as their peers. In the long run, it can make a very significant difference.
With Applied Behavior Analysis, children are taught concepts and behaviors in the most basic way possible. Every item to be taught is broken down into the smallest steps possible, and each step is taught repeatedly until it is understood or able to be mimicked. Over time, skills and behaviors are learned and a child learns how to perform certain tasks or understand certain concepts. This helps them learn in the same way as other children and can often lead to the ability to transition into a standard classroom setting.

The simple fact is that Applied Behavior Analysis is proven to help reduce the symptoms of autism, and in many cases it can do so in a significant way. All children deserve the best chance possible, and for kids with autism, ABA is that chance. With proper training, especially at an early age, kids with autism have an excellent chance at a near complete recovery. For many, the reduction in symptoms is enough for them to go on to lead a life that is incredibly similar to their peers, including relationships, friendships, and successful careers. There may not be a cure for autism, but treatment through ABA can certainly offer the next best thing for kids with autism spectrum disorder.
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Help For Parents And Teachers Of Autistic Chil

Autistic children often have symptoms that include impaired communications, emotional detachment and even excessive rigidity. They may also have a predisposition to view life in absolute terms of their own desires and needs.

As recently as a generation ago, children who were autistic could be put away in “homes” and “institutions” and were not allowed to pursue a normal life. Today there are many organizations, groups, and sources of professional help to turn to.
 Children with autism may not develop at the “normal” rate, nor mature by the same physical and mental means as other children. But, with today's professional resources, many can grow to have a significantly normal life. They can learn to function reasonably well in their own world and still meet the demands and expectations of the outside world.

Parents and teachers of children with autism sometimes struggle to determine where they should start and what they should do first. Well, it's generally accepted the first thing they need to do is have the child properly evaluated to determine where on the autism spectrum disorder table, a particular child
belongs. This diagnosis is a critical first step and will aid in identifying strengths and weaknesses that can be managed in future behavioral environments, including the classroom.

Increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with autism and schools are challenged to implement, then manage special education programs with increasing student enrollment not matched by teacher availability. Each student's educational needs may be unique because of specific learning disabilities.

Therefore, low student-teacher ratios can be very important. When you include the emotional and behavioral disabilities that often accompany special needs students, it is not hard to imagine the challenge special education programs are facing.

Specialized, but highly individualized instruction is a key component to help students achieve meaningful academic progress. Teachers and supporting staff must be provided with the materials and training to meet each student's educational needs. To help children with autism become more productive
and independent, schools must use or develop specific measures to carefully monitor student progress.

Systematic use of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to help monitor both academic and social progress is a common provision for many private and public specialized education programs. Insurance coverage of ABA services is limited, however there aren't many recognized meaningful alternatives to choose from.

Instructional strategies should include safe and structured environments where children with autism can develop increasing knowledge and skills required to function independently in real life scenarios. When possible, classroom instruction should be supplemented with community experiences to include visits to public parks, shopping, restaurants, libraries, etc. Monitored social interactions can be an important developmental measure that helps autistic children cope with and prepare for life outside of school.

Occupational therapy, parent training, speech and language therapy, behavioral interventions, etc., are all common vernacular in the autism support services world. When they are carefully coordinated with classroom curricula and supporting activities, they can provide students, parents and teachers with
meaningful progress measurement opportunities.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a public law covering services to children and regulating how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services . IDEA Part B covers ages (3-21) and IDEA Part C covers infants, toddlers age (birth-2 years). Parents and teachers of children with autism may review related resources.
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Calming And Focus With Weighted Therapy

A true innovation, weighted therapy has helped millions of children out there, thanks to the deep pressure and guaranteed sensory integration. Weighted blankets are amongst the most popular products recommended for such purposes, being highly efficient. They are made from comfortable fabrics, and are offered at genuinely affordable prices. Parents and therapists also have the opportunity to purchase weighted vests, blankets, or other clothing to assist them at home or in therapy.

One of the most interesting examples that could be given is represented by the weighted cap. This rather unique product has been designed with concepts such as deep pressure and sensory integration in mind. As for weighted vests, these are believed to be just perfect when it comes to providing sensory input. Children love wearing these vests, especially since they keep them warm and look so fantastic. Thanks to the special design, they are not conscious of the weights and they can play freely. The weights can be remove or added, depending of course on the comfort of the child and the desired sensory input.
Returning to weighted therapy, you have to be aware that weighted vests and blankets are not the only items recommended by specialists. Online, one can also find compression shorts and additional weights for the vest. There are special vests presented by virtual stores, providing proprioceptive input through the deep pressure. These vests come in different sizes and colors, being quite comfortable and easy to remove. Shoulder lizards, weighted comforters and lap pads come to complete the list for available weighted therapy products.

What are the benefits of weighted vests and blankets, apart from the ones that were already mentioned? These products are designed to increase stability and body awareness at the same time, allowing for the child to develop normally. Recognized for their beneficial properties, weighted blankets and vests have been recommended to children who suffer from autism, Angelman syndrome or cerebral palsy. ADHD patients, children with Down syndrome and Dyslexia have benefitted from them as well. It seems that there are many disabilities and medical conditions out there that can be improved through weighted therapy, including sensory integration disorder, Prader-Willi syndrome and sensory processing disorder.

As a parent, you have to be interested in the things that help your child. As a parent of a child with special needs, you have to be more than interested in such products. By providing deep pressure, they assist the child in regaining lost functions and prevent existent ones from deteriorating to the level where there is nothing left to be done. Weighted therapy products are effective indeed, providing specialized assistance for children with serious sensory needs. They ensure sensory integration, which is one of the most desirable objectives physical and occupational therapists bring into the picture.

It would take a long time to mention all the benefits of weighted therapy products, but a few have to be mentioned for everyone to remember. Products like weighted vests have had a positive effect on coordination, focus and concentration. Weighted blankets have been recognized as being efficient on reducing agitation; the deep pressure provided being the secret ingredient that led to successful usage. Such products have been successfully introduced in occupational therapy programs but also used in sessions with physical and behavioral therapists. They can be used in the family and during therapy, being more efficient than other courses of treatment. Not only do they help the child remain focused but they have a calming and soothing effect, demonstrating that sensory integration is indeed possible and not just a fact mentioned by the specialty books. From weighted vests to blankets and back to many other products, this therapy does seem to work wonders for children in need!
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How To Choose Aspergers Schools

Choosing the right school for any child can be stressful; finding one for your child with Aspergers can be almost too frightening. Every child deserves a good education and the law provides that children with disabilities such as Aspergers be educated with teachers trained in handling such disabilities in practice; however, finding good teachers isn't always easy.

Parents must decide whether or not their child will be best managed in a mainstream school, with a high rate of contact with mainstream children, or in a special or residential school, where the chances of the child coming in contact with mainstream children is considerably less. Special and residential schools may have better educational programs for autistic children but may not provide enough positive role models of more ‘normal' behaviors. Some people also feel that special schools can encourage kids to mimic other children with similar problems.
For most children with Aspergers I would consider that as a basic "rule of thumb" mainstream schools with support will be the best option for your child's long term progression. This is because for children with Aspergers the main issue is not one of cognition, learning or understanding it is more the case of challenges with social situations. So the child is best if supported well in an environment where typical peers for the rest of his life (i.e. the general population) are around. Because obviously the much more "artificial world" of special schools and communities does not prepare children as well for the general community. But I must stress this is a "rule of thumb" as there are certain institutions and certain individual cases where this much more specialized approach would be beneficial.

Choosing the exact right school most definitely needs a visit to the school and a talk with the teachers who will be teaching your child. Before such a visit it is essential to have considered your own fears and thoughts about the school experience for your child. Even more importantly the thoughts and feelings of your child with Aspergers. What questions do they have, what do they want to know more about. You can draw up a list of questions between you that you can take along and ask of the staff at the school.

Some of these questions may include: - How integrated will the child be in the classroom? - What techniques are used to support pupils if they are struggling to cope and about to go into "melt down"? - What is the plan for reducing arousal if necessary? - Will your child be well taught both theoretically and practically about coping and living in the community with others?

Your child may want to know how teachers will talk to him, what the other pupils will be like, what subjects and classes he will be in etc. Some of your choice in relation to schools will depend on the degree of Aspergers your child has and his or her age. Younger children will need very small class sizes with early education so that, when the child reaches school age, he or she may be more integrated into the classroom.

The ‘right' school understands Aspergers and has methods in place for teaching children with Aspergers. They carry a positive attitude about Aspergers and place expectations on your child for progress, in whatever way it occurs, in the school setting. The greater is the likelihood that you'll feel your child's needs are being addressed and that he/she will have a chance to improve along with learning important social skills from other children.

But once you have chosen the right school this is only really the beginning as you then need to work closely with the teachers to ensure that they know all about your child. They may well know about Autism and Aspergers. But they won't know about your individual child. It is your job to be an advocate for your child and teach the school what they need to know.

So to summarize this article on choosing a school – the major decision for parents is mainstream V special school. Beyond this the child and parents must visit the schools with pre-prepared questions to help make their decision. Then once the child is at school it is essential for the parent to educate the school staff further about the child.
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Facts For Understanding Autism

Autism Symptoms and look different from one child to the next. But there are three core deficits that are looked at when diagnosing a child.

Lack of verbal language.
Limited in their ability to play.
No interest in socializing.
Now lets break these down to give you more examples of different autism sypmtoms. When we say Lack of verbal language that means that the child struggles to get his or her words out. If they are talking, they usually are have what is called echolalia. This is like a parrot. The child repeats what they have heard from a favorite movie. For example you may say, "Get your shoes on, we are going bye-bye." And the child repeats, "To infinity and beyond!" They give answers but they have no idea what they are saying.

Language Is Not Clear

Many children have apraxia. This is where they have language but it is not clear. They tend to leave a part of the word off when talking. For example, if they want to take a bath they would say, "I wa-- ba--, ps." You know what they are saying but the words have things left out of them.

Autism symptoms show that these children do not understand humor. The language they do have is very concrete language. They cannot talk or understand feelings and emotions. They often cannot feel pain. They often have their hands over their ears because their hearing is way to sensitive. Autism symptoms often are first recognized by a parent. Parents usually get a gut feeling that things are just not quite right with their child.
When these children are playing, they typically do not have imagination play. They are not the children who are into playing dress up.

A Fascination With Trains

Many of these children are into Thomas The Tank Engine. Trains are a huge facination. But if you watch them play the most interesting part of the train is the wheels. The wheels always do the same thing, they go around and around. It mesmerizes our children.
Other things that our children play with can seem very odd at times. They like, ceiling fans, the wheels on a vehicle (the vehicle itself), musical books (they love pushing the buttons over and over), numbers, letters or hidges on a door. They love battery operated toys because they say the same thing over and over. Our kids love repetition.

Odd Behaviors

Other autism symptoms are repetive behaviors. Most common are flapping of the hands, humming, flicking their fingers infront of their face, lining things up up in perfect order, spinning or jumping non stop. More bothersome are the behaviors that have to do with self injury. Such as biting the back of their hands, pinching and pulling on body parts.

Poor Eye Contact

Lack of eye contact is pretty common in children who are on the autism spectrum. The only way that I could get my son to look at me was to lay on my back and hold him over me with him looking down. Often, they work hard only use their peripheral vision.

Many Sensory Issues

Often these children have sensory issues. They don't like to be held or touched. They wince when brushing their teeth. They walk on their toes (a lot of times this is because of bowel issues). They crave deep pressure. They love it when you roll over them or smash them between pillows.

Selective Hearing

Alot of these children have very selective listening skills. They act like they are deaf. They often do not respond to someone calling their name. But yet whisper a word like, "milk" and they hear you!

No Play Dates

These are children who don't make friends. They are not the children asking for a play date.
Some of these kids are very into cause and effect. Like turning the lights on and off. Or opening and closing doors. They often can be found pushing a button over and over and over again.

These Kids Bolt

These are children who do not recognize danger. They bolt in parking lots or out into streets. They don't show fear from falling off of things that they climb.

High Anxiety Levels

Another autism symptoms is that these children show high levels of anxiety when asked to do something new.

What I Saw As A Mom

In each of the above core areas, you can see problems. In my son he had only 5 simple words by age 2. He could not point. He had no interest in playing with other children. He was obsessed with Thomas the train. He lined his toys up in straight lines. He had melt downs (a melt down is much stronger than a chid having a fit) whenever you removed a train that he had in a straight line. He would laugh uncontrollably for no apparent reason, for hours. He could not sleep through the night. He had a need for the same routine every day. My son couldn't even grasp the idea of potty training when other kids his age could. My son flapped his arms so much I was just waiting for him to lift off and fly. My son, pulled away when I tried to hug him. My son acted like he was deaf.

So as you can see from the above list, autism symptoms can show itself in many forms. And to different degrees. If you suspect your child may have autism, then I highly recommend that you start seeking help. The sooner interventions are started, the better the child does.
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Treatment And Therapies For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder can vary from person to person and the typical behaviors often change over time. These result in Autism treatment strategies being tailored to meet the individual needs. However, for treating children with autism, highly structured and specialized treatments and therapy sessions are conducted so as to improve their social, behavioral, communication, adaptive, and learning skills. Diagnosing autistic behaviors and patterns within the children in the early stages can help them to overcome all the deficiencies and reach their full potential.

The primary goal of different kinds of autism treatment is to improve the overall ability of the child. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) the following strategies can help an Autistic child to reach his/her potential to the fullest.
Behavioral training programs and therapies- Through behavioral therapies that use self-help, positive reinforcement, and social skills training the behavior and communication of the children can be improved. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Sensory Integration and Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) are some of the branches of the behavioral training program.
Specialized therapies- Specialized therapies include speech, physical and occupational therapy. These specialized therapies are considered as some of the most important components of treating autism and medical faculties seek to integrate these in a child's treatment program. Speech therapy tends to improve the social and the language skills of the child, enabling him/her to communicate more effectively. Physical therapy and Occupational therapy help improve the deficiencies of coordination and motor skills and also help the child learn to process information in a manageable way, through various senses such as sound, sight, touch, hearing, and smell.
Medicines- Medicines are used to treat problem behaviors and related conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorders) and hyperactivity. Autistic children might often suffer from insomnia (lack of sleep) and a routine schedule is set for their bedtime and the time to get up. Doctors might try medicines to treat insomnia; however, it is the last resort.
Some of the medical faculties and experts have referred alternative therapies such as auditory integration training and secretin. Another specialized Autism treatment method conditions that is still a topic of debate within the medical faculties is the role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and its role in improving autistic conditions. Although some studies proved the effectiveness of the HBOT sessions in improving the autistic conditions, the medical faculties have not yet unanimously agreed on its role.
While you are thinking about a specific type of treatment for Autism, you should always seek to find out information whether the treatments are scientifically approved. One or two case studies on a specific treatment are not enough to attest its effectiveness as the symptoms of autism vary from one child to the other. The doctors and the psychologists are yet to identify a definite treatment that would cure autism but relevant studies have revealed that early diagnosis and treatment can surely bring in notable improvements within individual.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Getting A Better Night's Sleep And Autism

Folks with youngsters on the autism spectrum often are frazzled by unpredictable sleep patters. Routinely, these youngsters are up at all hours going to bed late in the evening and often are up throughout the night. The result of this haphazard sleeping produces parents who are troubled and irritated from sleep deprivation and can also heighten the child's sensitivities where the child has sensitivities to noise, to touch, tenancies to become distracted easily these consequently are aggravated. It becomes a tortuous cycle for both parent and child. Below are some proposals as offered by our support community to help your child -- and you -- improve and more restful sleep : 1 ) Provide activity in the waking hours : Has your son or daughter been physically active enough during the daytime? Providing the opportunity for vigorous activity during the waking hours not only helps offer a natural chemical balance within the body thru the release of endorphins, but also helps healthy exhaustion helpful in inducing sleep. This vigorous activity should be 2-3 hours prior to the planned bedtime. 2 ) Decaffeinate and curb sugary foods : Is your youngster having caffeinated drinks or sweets in the evening? If this is the case try eliminating these or at a minimum keep them in the earlier part of the day. If you serve them, keep deserts for dinner to more natural sugars such as fruits. Proteins are also recommended for the evening meal rather than high starch foods ; try to avoid additives like MSG too. 3 ) Try melatonin : Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by animals and people. Most frequently utilized by adults for jet lag, melatonin supplements help adjust the circadian clock to environmental cycles and is commonly used to regulate the sleeping patterns of many children with ASD and ADHD as they frequently don't appear to produce enough naturally for themselves. While not an FDA-approved drug, it is available in most health food stores and is often endorsed by naturopaths. 4 ) Wind down the noise : Calming down the environment in the household can also help transition to child to bed. An hour before bedtime, try closing down some of the stimulation that excites : turn of the TV and computer games, put on some calming music or no music at all. Turn off some of the lights signal that a time for rest is coming. 5 ) Give a warm bath : They're not only for Saturday nights nowadays. Try making a warm tub part of the pre-bedtime routine. This too can have a relaxing effect. 6 ) Create a routine and stick to it : Taking heaps of naps in the daytime? While a quick controlled sleep (20 mins or thereabouts though not longer) is okay, try to limit longer naps and napping close to bed time. Build a routine using the aforementioned methods, set a regular bedtime and then stick to it. This helps set an expectancy and regularity that children in general, and those with ASD particularly, can find comforting. By: Brian Field1 Article Directory: If you've other suggestions as to how to build sound sleeping routines, please post yours here as well. Sleep well! Brian Field is the co-founder of the Autism Support Network, a free global online community - with members from over 212 countries - connecting families and individuals touched by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with each other, providing support and insight, and serving as a resource guide for treatments, strategies and therapies.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Autism Therapy Methods

Until today, no real cure for autism has been detected. But an early and proper treatment could very much lessen the disruptive behavior and reduce the challenges parents and physicians deal with due to the disorder. An appropriate treatment might help autistic patients to learn, develop certain skills and get a specific rate of independency.

Autism can be treated by occupational therapy that tries to improve patient’s basic skills and functions like getting dressed on their own, bathing or eating alone. Body movements can also be helped by different physical exercises such as massaging.
A first step in the autism treatment is helping these children to modify and improve their behavior, which is usually lead by aggressiveness, repetitive and inappropriate actions. A new behavioral modification method is the Applied Behavior Analysis based on the main idea that patients are more likely to repeat a rewarded action than an ignored one. Autistic children are helped to learn hoe to sustain normal functions inside their environment.

The behavior modification methods deal with highly professional ways of inducing certain skills. All patients must learn how to react and behave in a society; every particular child needs a different therapy method according to his needs and interests. A full time intense care with a therapist and a caretaker is required for every single patient.

Most autistics cannot integrate senses and suffer either from a hypo- or from hyperactivity of the sensor integrating organs. Sensor therapy is usually performed by physical, occupational and speech therapists; they all must work together to erase wrong further accumulated sensor information and induce reorganized sensory knowledge.

In case of problems dealing with the touch sense, the autistic patient will be helped to learn working with different kind of materials and different textures. Listening to several sounds with different frequencies might help autistics integrate noises. Many autistic children suffer from a hyper-reactivity to sounds and even receive them as painful. Therapists must carefully observe and understand the sensor needs of the patient in order to establish an efficient treatment.

Autistic children are most often emotionally reduced and this estate affects also their social communication skills and desire. Therapists usually use a playing technique controlled by the child to help the improvement of their emotional development. Educational social stories are used to help patients understand their own feelings and manage with them. They are also taught to understand others ideas and points of view.

Another behavior modification method is the communication therapy to teach small children with autistic disorders how to develop their language and show elder patients how to use verbal communication. A sustained speech therapy could even help some of the children to use language to communicate with the others.

Autistic sufferers are taught hoe to express ideas, wishes or concerns by using pictures. The picture exchange communication system allows autistics to interact with others by pictures representing ideas, items or even activities.
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Helping The Child Who Has Sensory Issues

There's something up with a child you know. She is clumsy, picky, always on the move, or perpetually flopped in a chair like a wet noodle. He is impulsive, intense, and quirky. Maybe this child has a learning disability, ADHD, or autism, or maybe not. Why are everyday sensations so distressing to him? Can she really "hear" the fluorescent lights that she claims are distracting her?

It's very likely that this child you're concerned about has sensory processing disorder, also known as SPD or sensory integration dysfunction. An estimated 1 in 20 children have this disorder. Almost all children with autism have SPD as well.
This child's nervous system is wired atypically so that his body processes everyday sensations differently. His senses don't give him an accurate picture of what's going on in his body and his world, so he's prone to anxiety, distractibility, impulsivity, and frustration. A child with SPD will tune out or act out when overstimulated. The need for sensory input such as movement and touch can be so overpowering that the child truly can't control his need to seek it out. Many of us have difficulty tuning out background noise in a busy restaurant so we can focus on a conversation, or we prefer clothes that are tight or loose. These are sensory preferences. When a child's sensory issues interfere significantly with learning and playing, he needs the help of an occupational therapist, a sensory diet, and a sensory smart adult who can teach him how to feel more comfortable in his body and environment.

Fortunately, many of the accommodations that can make a huge difference in the life of a child who has sensory issues are simple and inexpensive. Here are just a few:

1. Cut out clothing tags, turn socks inside out or buy seamless ones, and avoid clothing with embroidery and elastic that may feel irritating to the child.

2. To help him tolerate the intense sensation of having his teeth brushed, offer the child nonfoaming toothpaste and try desensitizing his mouth and lips by using a vibrating toothbrush or even just gently pressing a hand-held vibrator against his cheek, jaws, and lips before attempting to brush.

3. To calm and focus a child with sensory issues, you may need to use deep pressure against the skin as you compress her joints. Hug her, or press pillows against her body or rolling her up in a blanket to play "burrito." However, always pay attention to what a child is telling you, in words or body language, about her response to sensory input. Don't upset her with unwanted touch.

4. In school or at home, allow him to sit on an exercise ball or an inflatable cushion, with a smooth or bumpy surface, to give him extra input to his body. This will meet the movement needs of a child who just has to be able to squirm and enhance his body awareness, allowing him to focus better.

5. Let the child separate different foods on his plate and eat them without mixing together foods of different textures. The skin in the mouth of a child with sensory issues can be exquisitely sensitive, making her a picky eater. You may have better luck getting her to eat a steamed green vegetable or raw carrot stick rather than a peanut butter sandwich.

6. Provide the child with quiet getaways to retreat to when the sensory onslaught of everyday life is too much. Let her sit alone with you in a car outside of a party or noisy restaurant, or in a quiet, darkened room, listening to relaxing music on a personal music player.

A pediatric occupational therapist, trained and experienced in helping children with sensory issues, can work with parents and teachers to plan and carry out activities for the child that can help him or her function better at home, at school, and away. She can also help problem solve and discover accommodations that will ease the child's discomfort. Whether working on a consultation basis, in a "sensory gym" nearby, at home or at school, the right sensory smart OT can make a huge difference in the life of a child with sensory processing disorder.

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History Of Autism Pioneers

Autism does not have a long history, and this is due to the fact that the history of autism really didn’t begin until the first decade of the 20th century. Although, autism as a condition was around prior to this time, it was not a recognized condition and most people would have been regarded as insane. In fact, it wasn’t even until the Swiss psychiatrist, Eugene Bleuler, coined the term “autism” in the 1912 issue of the American Journal of Insanity, did the term even exist.

However, despite being the first person to use the term, Bleuler considered autism to be another form of schizophrenia in which schizophrenic’s lacked social skills with others, and were more absorbed in themAlthough Bleuler may have been the first to recognize one of the most common traits of autistics, there were three other pioneers of autism who really set the wheels of autism research in motion. These three doctors had a huge impact on what people believed autism was in the mid 1900’s, as well as how the disorder is recognized today.

Dr. Leo Kanner – (1894 – 1981) – Dr. Leo Kanner was an Austrian-American psychiatrist, who was one of the first to specialize in child psychology. Kanner, a doctor at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, is credited with recognizing autism as its own unique mental disorder. According to the history of autism, Kanner created the label early infantile autism, which he wrote about in 1943 in the journal “The Nervous Child”.

In his report, Kanner discussed his research based on a group of eleven children who all closely displayed the following traits:

• Social interaction difficulties
• Difficulty processing and adapting to changes
• Particularly good memory
• Belated echolalia (repeating speech made by others)
• Exceedingly sensitive to sounds, and other stimulants
• Food issues
• Good intellectual potential

He used the term autism to describe the main characteristic all the children he studied displayed – little to no interest in socializing with other people.

Dr. Hans Asperger (1906-1980) – Dr. Hans Asperger, was a scientist and pediatrician. He is best known in the history of autism for defining Asperger Syndrome – a specific type of high functioning autism. The first time he defined Asperger syndrome was in 1944, when he studied 4 young boys and, like Kanner, found that each child displayed similar characteristics. He identified these characteristic behaviors as autistic psychopathy.

Although Asperger identified most of the same traits as Kanner, he didn’t note his group having delayed echolalia. Alternatively, he said that the children had clumsy movements and irregular motor skills compared to regular children, and also that they talked much like grown ups. Asperger referred to them as “little professors”.

Unfortunately, the findings of Dr. Hans Asperger regarding autism were not widely discovered until the late 1980’s even though his reports occurred much earlier in the history of autism. It is believed that there were two main reasons why Asperger did not receive the recognition he deserved until much later than his original observations. The first reason was his findings were delayed due to World War II. The second was that his work wasn’t written in English and was not translated until almost 50 years later.

Dr. Bruno Bettelhiem (1903-1990) – Bruno Bettelheim was an Austrian-American writer and child psychologist. Bettelheim developed his own theories on autism and is best known for his theory of the “refrigerator mother”. In his work “The Empty Fortress”(1967), Bettelheim wrote about three therapy sessions with children who had infantile autism. He claimed that their disorder was caused by having emotionally cold mothers. His theory was widely accepted, and for many years, parents (particularly mothers) were considered the problem behind autism.

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Today, Bettelhiem’s theory has been disregarded by most. However, the characteristics described by Kanner and Asperger are still used to define the basic behavioral patterns of autistics. Nevertheless, all of these men have made a serious mark on the history of autism.
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The Benefits of Bean Bag Chairs for Kids With Autism

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of disorders characterized by significant impairment in social interactions, communication difficulties and repetitive, compulsive behavior. Approximately 1 in 150 children in the United States are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. It is common for a child with an ASD to have an additional diagnosis of sensory integration dysfunction. This means that the child's brain doesn't process the sensory information it receives in a coherent, organized way. Therapy for autistic children with sensory processing difficulties often involves weight-bearing exercises and deep sensory input. For these kids, beanbag chairs are a low-cost therapeutic tool.
As a seating option, bean chairs help autistic children who have poor muscle tone, or hypotonia, which is a common problem with kids on the autism spectrum. Hypotonia isn't a medical disorder; rather, it's the name of the symptom resulting from any combination of neurological and muscle disorders that cause overall muscle weakness. Researchers are still looking into why kids on the autism spectrum often have hypotonia, but it is more challenging to address in children than adults by virtue of the fact that many weight-bearing exercises involve the use of adult-sized, overly heavy equipment.
Bean bag chairs have just enough weight to act as a weight-bearing exercise tool for kids on the spectrum. A child may use it for weight-lifting with his arms or legs. Additionally, because of the palpable inner components, a bean bag chair provides sensory feedback during weight-training exercises. Their flexible shape allows kids and therapists to shape and mold the chairs for whatever purpose they need.
Bean bag chairs help hypotonia in kids with autism in other ways. Many kids on the autism spectrum find it uncomfortable to sit in traditional chairs. The use of bean bag chairs in the home may provide kids on the autism spectrum with comfortable alternatives, since the chair molds itself to the child's body while providing the sensory feedback of its filler material. In an autism classroom, a teacher may use bean bag chairs for the students at least part of the day. Many kids on the spectrum find the sensory feedback of sitting in a bean bag chair very comforting. Best of all, they're easy to transport and lightweight enough so that even very young children can move them from room to room.
Two bean bag chairs used together can be a helpful therapeutic tool for kids on the spectrum. Many kids with autism find it comforting and calming to have their torsos surrounded by gentle sensory pressure. Some autistic kids like to sit on one bean bag chair while having a second bean bag chair placed across the torso. This gentle weight and the continuous sensory feedback can be very calming and relaxing for a child with autism, helping him to organize his thoughts and center his emotions. Bean bag chairs are more than just a comfortable option for children's furniture - for kids with autism, they can be an important therapeutic tool, too.
With the many features and benefits of beanbags, buying one which provides the comfort and affordability necessary to meet your needs is crucial. Comfy Sacks has bean bags in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Instead of being filled with beans, they are filled with a proprietary blend of shredded polyurethane foam. This guarantees that it will be soft, and durable for years to come.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Autism Training In Schools Is Essential

Whenever you look at the statistics, you will find that the chances of a child being born with autism are incredibly high. In fact, the percentage of children with an autism spectrum disorder is high enough that it simply does not make sense that schools are not obligated to offer special classes to help them better learn to function within a classroom. ABA therapy has long been known as the most successful and beneficial treatment for children with autism, yet many school districts instead opt to place autistic children into special needs classroom rather than to offer them the help that they need to receive a quality education.

To put it simply, ABA therapy is essential in schools. Virtually every school district in the nation has children with autism spectrum disorder, yet surprisingly few offer the appropriate resources. While funding is almost always cited as the main issue, the simple fact is that there are incredible DVD courses available that offer school districts an affordable way to provide ABA therapy for these students. DVD courses can be used as many times as needed and offer school districts an easy way to educate as many teachers and guidance counselors as possible.
Well designed ABA therapy courses for school districts offer more than just DVDs. They also offer data collection sheets, picture cards, and everything else needed to actually provide students with ABA therapy. They also offer the ability to speak with someone in order to answer any questions about offering ABA therapy or about any lessons that are unclear. This makes it both easy and affordable for educators and school systems to ensure that students with autism spectrum disorder are truly receiving the best education possible. With ABA therapy, many students with autism are eventually able to enter traditional classrooms with their peers.

With so many benefits to ABA therapy and such affordable training options available, there is really no reason why more schools shouldn’t offer the program. All students really deserve the best chance possible, and ABA can help teach verbal and physical behaviors and concepts as well as helping children with autism spectrum disorder learn to think and understand things in the same manner that their peers do. The number of children with autism spectrum disorder who are in special needs classrooms and who receive inadequate treatment in schools is alarming, especially when you realize that there are answers out there.
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Garrett Butch is the father of a 8 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group. Maximum Potential has developed courses that train parents and school systems how to work with children with autism. View one of our sample videos and contact us..

Aba Therapy Is Essential To Development

As the parent of an autistic child, you want to do everything you can to ensure that they have as many of the same advantages as other children. This can be hard for parents, especially for children with severe cases of autism spectrum disorder. One of the best treatments is Applied Behavior Analysis, and the benefits that it can offer are simply beyond compare.

ABA therapy is the most commonly approved therapy when it comes to insurance companies, and it is also one of the most commonly offered treatments in school systems. Unfortunately, not all schools can afford to pay for educators to receive training in ABA. With that said, however, it is possible for parents to receive ABA training at home so that they can work with their children to help them learn and advance.
ABA therapy is a key part of development for children with autism spectrum disorders. The therapy uses special techniques that help children learn how to complete simple tasks and to recognize patterns and objects, but it also works to help rewire their brains so that they can start to figure these things out naturally. Studies show that the earlier children start receiving ABA therapy, the more effective it can be.

One benefit to ABA therapy is that the lessons aren’t just good while the therapy is being offered. The skills and techniques your child will learn through the therapy will remain with them for the rest of their life. Many adults who received ABA therapy at an early age are able to work and interact alongside their peers with little discernible difference. Many children who receive early ABA are also able to function within a traditional classroom setting.

At the end of the day, ABA is simply an excellent choice for parents. The program is incredibly effective, and it can help kids learn everything from patterns and processes to particular tasks and behaviors. Children with autism spectrum disorders are incredibly intelligent; they just learn and process differently than their peers.

ABA therapy is designed to help kids with autism spectrum disorder learn to understand the things that their peers often gain from inference and observation. With these skills and behaviors, it is often much easier for autistic children to spend time with their peers. While there may not be a cure for autism spectrum disorder, ABA therapy offers a great deal of both help and hope for kids and for the parents who love them.
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Garrett Butch is the father of a 8 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group. Maximum Potential has developed courses that train parents and school systems how to work with children with autism. View one of our sample videos and contact us..