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Care for Caregivers

Care for Caregivers | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
If you provide care for someone with a physical or mental disability, check out these support networks!
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The Caregiver Survival Network (CGSN) is an online tool for caregivers who assist people with disabilities—from Alzheimer’s to cancer to autism.

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Your Back-to-School Special Ed Classroom Checklist

Your Back-to-School Special Ed Classroom Checklist | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Try these tips to start your program on the right foot!
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One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to write and produce new goals for your students over the summer based on their old IEPs. Summer learning loss averages at about 2.6 months in Mathematics and two months in Literacy—for the average, neurotypical student!

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4th Graders’ Response to Autism May Surprise You

4th Graders’ Response to Autism May Surprise You | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
When fourth graders were asked to write anonymous questions about autism in general or specific to classmates on the spectrum, the similarity of their concerns surprised experts.
 
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CAN YOU GUESS THE ANSWER?

 

A 4th grade class was given this assignment: "Write any question you have about autism on a blank card."

 

One of the girls in the class was on the spectrum.

 

Which question do you think the students asked the most? Click to find out what these 9 and 10-year-olds said.

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How Music Therapy Helped My Sons on the Autism Spectrum

How Music Therapy Helped My Sons on the Autism Spectrum | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Your child is diagnosed with autism. Where do you go from here? I have a story of hope!
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From 'lost' to possibilities: Colleges helping students with autism

From 'lost' to possibilities: Colleges helping students with autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

When Mike walked through the doors of Mercyhurst University, he was 19 years old, selectively mute and rebounding from a failure at a previous school. Mike is prodigiously gifted at math, but he is also autistic and social interaction had become so difficult for him that he had simply stopped trying.

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Mercyhurst University initiative helps students with special needs find support, skills, and even voices.

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Why "High Functioning" Autism Is So Challenging

Why "High Functioning" Autism Is So Challenging | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The autism spectrum is very large.  If you think of it as a rainbow (or a bell curve), you'll note that there's an awful lot of the spectrum that is at neither one end nor the other -- but somewhere in the middle. 

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A person with high functioning autism may be more than capable of doing a task -- but unable to follow the spoken instructions provided.  In other words, if a policeman says "stay in your car and give me your license and registration," the person with autism may process only "stay in your car," or only "give me your license."  The same goes for instructions given, say, at a ballroom dance class, at the doctor's office, or by a manager in an office setting.  As you can imagine, this can cause any number of issues, ranging from serious problems with the police to inadvertent mistakes at work.

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The Social Express | CPI

The Social Express | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The Social ExpressTM is a fun, easy-to-use, and engaging online program for preschoolers to highschoolers with social learning challenges. The research-based interactive lessons encourage users to practice real-life social interactions. With both online and offline activities, the robust curriculum can be used on your computer, the iPad app, and interactive white boards.

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, The Social Express is available for a FREE 10-day trial! Help your child or student learn how to develop meaningful relationships, navigate our world, and succeed in life.

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What's It Like to Have a Child With Autism?

What's It Like to Have a Child With Autism? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Finch wants to help her daughter, but she also wants to help autism awareness as a whole. So she's detailed her experiences in single, stunning sentences, hoping to promote learning, understanding, and empathy in these very personal moments.
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"I lay quietly beside you when you tell me that you are the wrong sort of special and the wrong sort of different and you want to die."

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Autism Awareness | CPI

Autism Awareness | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Increase autism awareness with resources that can enhance your interactions with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
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Top 10 Words to Know When Joining an Autism Support Group

Top 10 Words to Know When Joining an Autism Support Group | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
When you join an autism support group online or in person, you’re likely to discover a whole new vocabulary. Here are 10 key terms to know before you jump in.
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You Just Found Out Your Kid Has Fragile X Syndrome. What Next?

You Just Found Out Your Kid Has Fragile X Syndrome. What Next? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
“It’s really about research,” Brian Silver says. “It’s the only hope you can have for the best life for your child, period.”
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“People always say, ‘Children with special needs are born to special parents.’ And we say, ‘No. Children with special needs create special parents.’”
 
Shari and Brian Silver’s son, Justin, is 13. Just after his fifth birthday, a battery of tests confirmed that he had Fragile X Syndrome.

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DSM-5 Changes and the History of Asperger’s

DSM-5 Changes and the History of Asperger’s | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Asperger’s Syndrome now falls under the umbrella term of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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A Psychiatry Advisor article discusses the history of Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and notes the diagnostic changes reflected in the DSM-5. 

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Asperger Syndrome: History, Diagnosis and DSM-5 Changes

Asperger Syndrome: History, Diagnosis and DSM-5 Changes | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Changes in DSM-5 under autism spectrum disorder has implications for services provided to Asperger's patients.
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14-year-old autistic boy breaks off a national anthem for the ages

14-year-old autistic boy breaks off a national anthem for the ages | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
14-year-old autistic boy breaks off a national anthem for the ages
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Duffley was born prematurely, weighing just 1 pound, 12 ounces at birth and was rendered blind due to Retinopathy of Prematurity. And listen to him sing!

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Autism doesn't have to be viewed as a disability or disorder

Autism doesn't have to be viewed as a disability or disorder | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Mainstream theory presents autism as an “epidemic”, disease or deficit. But what about the strengths and abilities that can be found within the spectrum?
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Teen With Asperger's Shares How Swimming Helped Her--and Could Help Your Child, Too:

Teen With Asperger's Shares How Swimming Helped Her--and Could Help Your Child, Too: | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Swimming has changed my life in so many positive ways. I’m physically stronger, but I know I’m mentally stronger as well.
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My Top 10 Ed Tools for Kids With Autism

My Top 10 Ed Tools for Kids With Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
In my ASD classroom, I love to teach through nature, art, music, and a variety of apps, sensory toys, and other cool tools. Here are my top ten.
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65+ Awesome Apps for Autism | CPI

65+ Awesome Apps for Autism | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The immense variety of apps can overwhelm us all. How do you narrow down the number and figure out which ones work best?

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We asked our instructional designers, ASD committee, staff Instructors, and Certified Instructors what apps they use or have heard good things about, and came up with these 65+ tried-and-true apps, tested by teachers, behavior interventionists, therapists, and other professionals and family members who support individuals with ASD. We hope they help you promote independence and meaningful interaction for the people in your care. 

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Dear Mom in the Waiting Room

Dear Mom in the Waiting Room | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
This blog post was written by Rebecca Masterson, a mother to a son with autism. You can read more about Rebecca and her family on her blog, Sincerely, Becca and her Facebook page.

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How to Help Someone With Developmental Disabilities Lead a Meaningful, Fulfilling Life

How to Help Someone With Developmental Disabilities Lead a Meaningful, Fulfilling Life | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Even basic needs can be difficult for people with developmental disabilities to fully express. This often makes them feel great anxiety and frustration, but Travis Ickes has ways to help people communicate how they feel and what they need.
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The aggressive behavior did not allow Edward access to what he wanted but instead, the situation was safely managed, he used appropriate communication skills, and we were able to get back to the original task in a timely manner. 

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Simple Strategies for Parents Help Toddlers at Risk for Autism

Simple Strategies for Parents Help Toddlers at Risk for Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A study supported by Autism Speaks demonstrates the effectiveness of a new parent-led intervention for one-year-olds with developmental delays.
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Pets As ‘Social Lubricant,’ Helping Kids With Autism Develop Assertiveness

Pets As ‘Social Lubricant,’ Helping Kids With Autism Develop Assertiveness | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Pets As ‘Social Lubricant,’ Helping Kids With Autism Develop Assertiveness
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What’s the Broad Autism Phenotype?

What’s the Broad Autism Phenotype? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A study suggests some adult siblings of people with autism show subtle signs of the disease, known as “broad autism phenotype,” or BAP.
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Kids raised with a sibling on the autism spectrum may show the SAME traits--even as adults! Find out about the Broad Autism Phenotype.

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Website helps parents of kids with special needs find vacation spots

Website helps parents of kids with special needs find vacation spots | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Website helps parents of kids with special needs find vacation spots
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Not just an informational portal, Yardley and Harris see this as developing a social community that can empower change in the travel industry.

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