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Autism: Offering Support to Siblings

Autism: Offering Support to Siblings | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Spotlighting kids on the spectrum and their parents can overshadow siblings. See how to broaden the beam of support.
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You often see stories taking you further into the life of the child with special needs or the child’s parents, but what about the siblings? Having a child with autism or Asperger syndrome can require more attention, but siblings often face their own struggles that are sometimes overshadowed. 

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Lumpers and Splitters: Who doesn’t believe in ACEs?

Lumpers and Splitters: Who doesn’t believe in ACEs? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Here’s the problem. Since you are reading this on ACEsTooHigh, you are likely not the type of person who questions ACEs -- the adverse childhood experiences research that shows how childhood trauma is linked to the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence, among other consequences. Like me,…
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Coming To Texas: Special-Ed Cams To Protect Students From Their Own Teachers

Coming To Texas: Special-Ed Cams To Protect Students From Their Own Teachers | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Coming To Texas: Special-Ed Cams To Protect Students From Their Own Teachers
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By now, we've all heard about how body cameras could prevent more police violence, or at least catch it in the act. But what about cameras to protect special-needs kids from their own teachers — and the teachers themselves from false accusations?

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The Brilliant Way This Special Ed Teacher Starts Class Every Day

The Brilliant Way This Special Ed Teacher Starts Class Every Day | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The Brilliant Way This Special Ed Teacher Starts Class Every Day
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To the Mum of a High Functioning Autistic Child - Mummy Tries

To the Mum of a High Functioning Autistic Child - Mummy Tries | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
This is an open letter to all the mums of highly functioning autistic children. I see you, and I feel your pain.
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The Amazing Abilities of Autism Service Dogs

The Amazing Abilities of Autism Service Dogs | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
When Teddy came into my life, I didn’t know what to expect. But he has helped me in many positive ways.
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If you aren’t familiar with the amazing benefits of autism service dogs, here are just a few:

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Dad’s Awesome Nonprofit Builds Wheelchair-Based Halloween Costumes For Kids

Dad’s Awesome Nonprofit Builds Wheelchair-Based Halloween Costumes For Kids | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Dad Builds Halloween Costumes Around Wheelchairs as a Nonprofit

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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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Top 10 Resources for Crisis Prevention

Top 10 Resources for Crisis Prevention | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Includes Do you face serious problems at work that seem like they can't be reduced? Check out our most popular resources of 2015 to help you prevent harm.

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Includes 65+ awesome apps for autism!

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A Doctor Told Us to Lower Our Expectations for Our Son With Special Needs. Here's What Happened Next.

A Doctor Told Us to Lower Our Expectations for Our Son With Special Needs. Here's What Happened Next. | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Mark and Margaret were shocked when their son’s doctor told them to “lower their expectations” just because he had autism. That’s why they created this innovative program to celebrate special gifts.  
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Use These Symbols To Help Support Kids With Special Needs!  

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Using de-escalation strategies tailored to a student’s behavior level and supported by symbols can help you manage crisis moments and keep your focus on teaching. 

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Meet Sesame Street's First Character with Autism: 'We Want to Create Greater Awareness and Empathy'

Meet Sesame Street's First Character with Autism: 'We Want to Create Greater Awareness and Empathy' | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Meet Sesame Street's First Character with Autism: 'We Want to Create Greater Awareness and Empathy'
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ASD: A Catalyst for Creativity

ASD: A Catalyst for Creativity | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Bypassing socially ingrained responses opens up more paths to one-of-a-kind thinking.
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"People who scored high for creative thinking also had more ASD traits, study shows."

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ACLU Lawsuit Reignites Debate on Restraint in Schools

ACLU Lawsuit Reignites Debate on Restraint in Schools | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A video of a Kentucky school resource officer handcuffing an 8-year-old boy with ADHD reignited debate (and spurred an ACLU lawsuit) over the practice of restraint in schools.
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“Now you can either behave the way you know you’re supposed to, or you suffer the consequences. It was your decision to behave this way. If you want the handcuffs off, you’re going to have to behave and ask me nicely,” demands Sumner.

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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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