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Mother who lost autistic son helps others | The Autism News

Mother who lost autistic son helps others | The Autism News | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
It has been just over a month since Ryan Pennington lost her 4-year-old son, Blake Murrell, in a tragic accident. “No one should have to bury their child. It’s against the laws of nature, if you ask me. No one should have to experience that,” Pennington said.

The details of that day are still too tough for her to even talk about.

On April 19, Blake wandered away from his home and drowned in pond at a nearby park.

Just a day before the accident, Pennington says Blake was diagnosed with autism.

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What If You Could Design a Brand-New Classroom for Kids With ASD?

What If You Could Design a Brand-New Classroom for Kids With ASD? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Check out how K2 teacher Laura Merkle designed her newly built classroom.

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What if you could completely design your own classroom to have meaning and purpose for students with autism?

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I Couldn't Find a 'Back to School' Ad That Included Kids With Disabilities... So I Made My Own

I Couldn't Find a 'Back to School' Ad That Included Kids With Disabilities... So I Made My Own | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
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4 Tips to Facilitate Friendships in the Inclusive Classroom | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

4 Tips to Facilitate Friendships in the Inclusive Classroom | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Forming friendships is an important foundation in the inclusive classroom. Students must feel included physically in the curriculum and day-to-day activities
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Keeping the 4th Fun For the Whole Family

Keeping the 4th Fun For the Whole Family | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
From food to fireworks, Independence Day can be filled with all sorts of fun. How do you make sure your child and family enjoy it all?
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 It’s worth your time to explain that while there may be many more people and noise than your child is used to, there will be fun things to do along the way. 

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UK PSA Illustrates Sensory Overload on the Spectrum

UK PSA Illustrates Sensory Overload on the Spectrum | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Two videos by UK’s National Autistic Society, “Sensory Overload,” and “What Is Autism?”. 
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“Sensory Overload,” the recent public service announcement (for television) from the UK’s National Autistic Society, dramatically illustrates why sensory stimulation can be so problematic for those on the spectrum: repetitive information that neuro-typical people learn to tune-out, like the sound of a dripping faucet, can quickly become sensory overload for those with autism.  

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Dr Lorna Wing, OBE 1928 – 2014 | Penumbrage

Dr Lorna Wing, OBE 1928 – 2014 | Penumbrage | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
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Lorna Wing played a central role in autism research and in setting up the NAS. At that time it was all about parents and children. And following from Kanner’s pioneering work, the children were seen to have a very rare and disabling condition. But Lorna Wing, in partnership with Dr Judith Gould pioneered the concept of an autistic spectrum in which varying degrees of impairment rather an absolute absence of social recipricocity was key to understanding autism. 

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Autism Awareness Music Video for Your Classroom

Autism Awareness Music Video for Your Classroom | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
This fun video promotes meaningful inclusion of students with autism.
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“We can try to see through each other’s eyes, which can be hard to do, but if we try, then we’re one step closer to the treasure of being a community moving on together. So find out all the ways you can help, and in the process you may even find yourself good friends.”
 

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The Scarlet A: Why I Don’t Want My ID to Broadcast My Autism

The Scarlet A: Why I Don’t Want My ID to Broadcast My Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A few days ago I read the article 'Law Allowing Autism to be Listed on IDs Moves Through Legislature'.
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Boy with Autism Builds First Robot, Wins International Competition

Boy with Autism Builds First Robot, Wins International Competition | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

This guest blog post is by Trista Dominguez, who has a son on the autism spectrum."

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"Angelo's robot was small compared to others brought from around the world, but it had heart and a great idea behind it. Angelo shocked everyone when, with some help and guidance from some wonderful people, he programed his robot to use a light sensor to read cards that showed emotion such as crying, and sing his favorite theme songs!"

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Congratulations to Angelo

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How to Get Helpful Apps for Autism

How to Get Helpful Apps for Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
How can you find the right app for the right task without getting lost in a sea of technology?
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According to www.appbrain.com, there are more than 1.1 million Android apps on the market.  Apple announced their 1,000,000th app a few months ago. There may quite literally be an app for everything.  

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Woodstock Rings Chimes For Autism

Woodstock Rings Chimes For Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
At eight years old, Tyler has formed a particular attachment to wind chimes—and opened up a whole world.
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For several years, the sound of wind chimes has captivated him, sending him into exultations of joy and delight whether he sees them in passing from the car or plays with them in person. His family is happy to see him with such an interest; Tyler has autism, and doesn’t express himself or interact with people that easily.

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Autism Multisensory Room Creates Safe Learning Environment

Autism Multisensory Room Creates Safe Learning Environment | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
“Our children don’t learn in the traditional way. Our children learn through their senses.”
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It’s winter right now, and iced branches jut out of the snow, reaching for the overcast sky. In the distance among the trees, a white fox weaves in and out among the brambles. A crisp wind swirls the hair of students playing in the falling snow.
 
A typical recess? Perhaps. Except the winter landscape is projected on a screen, the wind is regulated, and a snow machine provides the flurries so delighting the kids.
 
Rosehill School in Nottingham, UK might seem unusual at first glance. For one thing, all the students have autism.

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SymbolStix Teaches Students With Disabilities About Bullying Education

SymbolStix Teaches Students With Disabilities About Bullying Education | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
These visual tools and symbols help kids with disabilities understand bullying and communicate their needs.
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In The Importance of Symbols, n2y says that symbols can “help children get their message across successfully and more efficiently if speech is not available for that student for physical or emotional reasons.”

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Cedric Moore, Jr. Advocates for Autism and Earns Doctorate

Cedric Moore, Jr. Advocates for Autism and Earns Doctorate | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Dr. Moore is CEO of Spectrum Transformation Group, an organization that provides in-home services for individuals with autism and individuals with mental health concerns. He recently earned his DSL (Doctor of Strategic Leadership) degree, and has helped a variety of private and nonprofit healthcare organizations develop their strategic initiatives.
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Unrestrained – Episode 2, Guest: Susan Keith | CPI

Unrestrained – Episode 2, Guest: Susan Keith | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Unrestrained, Episode 2 – Susan Keith, CPI Director of Curriculum Development, talks about her experiences training and working with Certified Instructors to develop content.
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“When we developed the Autism Spectrum Disorders program, we did a lot of research out there about what best practice was for supporting kids and adults on the autism spectrum and we pulled that into the program as well. We talked a lot with CI’s who work specifically in the field of autism to make sure that the content was going to be relevant to the audience that came to it.”

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Is Autism a Disability or a Difference?

Is Autism a Disability or a Difference? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
“Is autism a disability or a difference?” is one of these questions posed as a dichotomous choice in the autism community.
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Help for Families With Special Needs

Help for Families With Special Needs | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Looking for resources to help your child lead a comfortable and happy life? This guide can help!

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If you're a parent of a child with special needs, you strive to give your child the best chance at having a comfortable and happy life.

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Superhero battles bad guys and autism

Superhero battles bad guys and autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
David Kot believes in heroes. The Bedford County native and Pitt-Johnstown graduate is gaining recognition for creating the first comic book superher
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From Barriers to Blessings: Families’ Journeys With Autism

From Barriers to Blessings: Families’ Journeys With Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Journey with three families through struggles and successes with autism.
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Meet Landon, Hunter, and Tyler—and learn about their families’ paths to overcome the challenges and embrace the strengths of autism.

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How to Figure Out If an Autistic Needs Fixing

How to Figure Out If an Autistic Needs Fixing | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I have autism. I am autistic. Both these statements describe me and both are true. However, these two statements are NOT equal.
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ASD & Stopping Bullying With Empathy

ASD & Stopping Bullying With Empathy | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Social-skills training helps both students on the spectrum and "neurotypical" kids.
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Students with autism can miss social cues and sometimes not know that they’re being bullied, so they often benefit from guidance in things like how to interpret facial expressions and body language or how to recognize sarcasm or insincerity.  
 

But what about “neurotypical” kids? An article on EDWeek.org, “Autism Issues Complicate Anti-Bullying Task,” reports that “while social-skills training is commonly a part of the individualized education program, or IEP, for students with autism, such instruction should not be limited just to them.”

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Drawing the Autism Soul

Drawing the Autism Soul | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Jill Mullin hopes to dispel the stereotype that autism renders the mind capable of only methodical or computational thinking.
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Published three years after the first edition, the expanded Drawing Autism contains artistic expressions from over 50 children and graphic artists, each with some form of autism. 

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Bowling For Good Friends With Autism

CPI had a great time in the annual Good Friend Inc. Aloha Bowling event to raise money for autism awareness.
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Once again CPI participated in the annual Good Friend Inc. Aloha Bowling event to raise money for autism awareness. And once again we were the best team . . . okay maybe I’m going a bit too far . . . let’s just say fun was had by all!

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Autism: Different—Not Less!

Autism: Different—Not Less! | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Here are some considerations for nurturing strengths in the light of what a child can do.
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"How to move from autism awareness to autism acceptance: Focus on strengths, not perceived weaknesses. Autism: Different—Not Less." - Gary Weber

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