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Parents flock to free online course on autism

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Swinburne University has designed an online course to give families practical strategies to cope with a child with autism.
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Any kind of pet can strengthen the social skills of a child with autism

Any kind of pet can strengthen the social skills of a child with autism | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Autistic children can develop stronger social skills and assertiveness if they have a pet at home, regardless of whether it’s a dog, cat, rabbit, or even a spider.
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18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers And Students - eLearning Industry

18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers And Students - eLearning Industry | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Interested in some great Free Digital Storytelling Tools for teachers and students? Check 18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools for teachers and students.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 19, 11:42 AM
A few are defunct, but some good ones here as well.
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Bayesian reasoning implicated in some mental disorders

Bayesian reasoning implicated in some mental disorders | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
An 18th century math theory may offer new ways to understand schizophrenia, autism, anxiety and depression.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 13, 11:26 PM
The emerging field of #computational #psychiatry
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50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

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These students with autism work on Hollywood's biggest films

These students with autism work on Hollywood's biggest films | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Graduates of the Exceptional Minds program have helped work on films such as Mockingjay Part 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
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Ten Books for Teaching Kids the Importance of “Taking Care of Others” by Laura Weakland

Every Thursday, teachers across our building read aloud a picture book to their students with themes of “taking care of ourselves, each other, and our world.” As an educator and parent, I am strongly committed to the idea of teaching the “whole child.”...
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Direct Link Between Brain and Immune System Discovered

Direct Link Between Brain and Immune System Discovered | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Researchers revealed a direct link between the brain and the immune system through lymphatic vessels that were not previously known to exist.
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How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships

How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
In the first of five posts about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels offers strategies to help explore how joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust can help students.
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Bookshare’s 400,000th Title Brings Unprecedented Access to Readers with Print Disabilities

Bookshare’s 400,000th Title Brings Unprecedented Access to Readers with Print Disabilities | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

Bookshare has added its 400,000th title to the ever-growing online accessible library collection.  


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Scientists identify neurons that help you process emotions

Scientists identify neurons that help you process emotions | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Scientists just got one step closer to understanding the nuts and bolts of how your mind handles emotions. 
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Year-Round Resources for Autism

Year-Round Resources for Autism | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) leads to developmental challenges that affect social, behavioral, and communication skills. The latest statistics say that about one in 45 children are affected by some form of ASD.


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21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary -

21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary - | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
RT @ShakeUpLearning: 21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary https://t.co/QWRpcUsmtR #edchat #edtech
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A Great Tool to Help Kids Create Alphabet Books and Build Phonemic awareness ~ EduTech & mLearning

A Great Tool to Help Kids Create Alphabet Books and Build Phonemic awareness ~ EduTech & mLearning | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Alphabet Organizer  (from Read Write Think) is an excellent interactive web tool and iPad app that you can use with young learners to help them build their phonemic awareness. Students can use it to ’create a calendar-style alphabet chart or letter pages for an alphabet book’. The process is very easy: they simply select letters and provide words starting with those letters. They can also upload pictures to illustrate visual connections between the word and the beginning letter. ‘Older children can take the tool a step further, using the option that allows room for words and notes. It’s ideal for studying vocabulary words or organizing thoughts about a topic. Images can be added into each letter categories, greatly expanding users' ability to make a vibrant alphabet book.’

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Some Handy Resources to Help You Make The Best of LEGO Games in Your Instruction ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Some Handy Resources to Help You Make The Best of LEGO Games in Your Instruction ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Even grown-ups love LEGO!!!! 
Fantastic tips, thanks to www.educatorstechnology.com

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Storyboard That: Graphic Organizers and Comic Strips - Teacher Tech

Storyboard That: Graphic Organizers and Comic Strips - Teacher Tech | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Storyboard That allows you or students to create comic strips, storyboards or graphic organizers. Integrates with Google Classroom.

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A great tool to prepare video ;-)
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Autism Glass Takes Top Student Health Tech Prize [Slide Show]

Autism Glass Takes Top Student Health Tech Prize [Slide Show] | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
A Stanford grad student's invention uses Google Glass to help autistic children recognize facial and social cues in real time
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Students on the autism spectrum are often as smart as their peers — so why do so few go to college? - The Hechinger Report

Students on the autism spectrum are often as smart as their peers — so why do so few go to college? - The Hechinger Report | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee]
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences

Early Grades (K-2)Elementary Grades (3-5)Middle Grades (6-8)High School (9-12)

 


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Repairing The World In 72 Hours

Repairing The World In 72 Hours | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

Make-a-thons pair techies and people with disabilities to turn tikkun olam into action.


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Wearable Technology at Work for Enterprise Business, Part 3 - Manufacturing | EnterpriseWear Blog

Wearable Technology at Work for Enterprise Business, Part 3 - Manufacturing | EnterpriseWear Blog | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

Welcome to Part 3 of our latest blog series giving you early access to the upcoming BrainXchange-Hewlett Packard Enterprise white paper. In Parts 1 and 2, we shared examples from the automotive and heavy equipment industries. Today, we will look at how a thread manufacturer could employ an advanced collaboration platform like HPE’s MyRoom/VRG along with wearable technology to better support and train the end users of its products....


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Part Three in a six-part series on wearable technology at work.

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Eye-contact detector found in the brain

Eye-contact detector found in the brain | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

A study in macaques has identified a set of neurons that fire only when the monkey makes eye contact with another macaque

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Why does making direct eye contact with someone give you that feeling of a special connection? Perhaps because it excites newly discovered “eye cells” in the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes emotions and social interactions.


This new type of neuron was discovered in a Rhesus macaque. If humans have these neurons too, it may be that they are impaired in disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, which affect eye contact and social interactions.


Katalin Gothard, a neurophysiologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her team placed seven electrodes in the amygdala of a Rhesus macaque. The electrodes, each one-tenth the thickness of a human hair, allowed them to record activity in individual neurons as the macaque watched a video featuring another macaque. All the while, the team also tracked the macaque’s gaze.


Out of the 151 neurons the researchers could distinguish, 23 fired only when the macaque was looking at the eyes of the monkey in the video. Of these neurons, which the team call “eye cells”, four fired more when the monkey in the video appeared to be gazing back at the laboratory macaque, as if the two animals were making eye contact.


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The forgotten history of autism

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Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise?
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Tom Bundick, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 23, 10:11 AM
This history lesson is brilliant and offers important grounding to  discussions of how we got to the autism prevalence of 1:68. 
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5 Ways Video Games Can Help Kids with Special Needs

5 Ways Video Games Can Help Kids with Special Needs | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. From communication to motor skills, learning through play is a wonderful motivator for kids with challenges.

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Raising a child with special needs make us special

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What Special Ed Teachers and Parents Need To Know About Social Media

What Special Ed Teachers and Parents Need To Know About Social Media | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
The internet can be a dangerous place, especially for kids who may struggle with communication. A psychologist offers some guidelines to help kids with special needs stay safe online.
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