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Differently abled: Local schools find gifts in autistic students

Differently abled: Local schools find gifts in autistic students | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Karol Sigda is as bright as he is troubled.

 

He knows nearly every dinosaur and the era they came from, but gets so frustrated by handwriting that he struggles to complete book reports. The 8-year-old Berwyn resident already has developed plots for three more “Star Wars” sequels, but sometimes lacks the social skills to effectively communicate with his classmates and teachers.

 

Sigda has Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning diagnosis within the autism spectrum of disorders.


From an education standpoint, Sigda is problematic. He’s years ahead of his classmates in many ways, but still occasionally throws tantrums or just shuts down if he feels bored.

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Cheerleading Squad Benefits Individuals with Autism | Autism Key

Cheerleading Squad Benefits Individuals with Autism | Autism Key | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Sarah’s efforts evolved into an organization called The Sparkle Effect that recently won a Do Something Award, “the largest and most prestigious prize in the world for young people and social change.” She received a $100,000 check in a star-studded awards show on VH1. Cronk plans to use the funds for training, uniforms and other supports in order to expand the program to still more schools.

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Autism and Learned Helplessness | Autism At Home Series

It is currently estimated that there are over 1.5 million autistic Americans but that quote has the potential to expand as the “every-20-minute” kids blossom toward adulthood.

 

Not only is our nation ill-equipped to serve these young adults, we’re divided about the implied financial burden thought to correlate with the perpetual care of such individuals, said to be billions.

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Autistic youth transcends disability

Autistic youth transcends disability | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Susan and Dahni Nisinzweig of Greenwich, Conn., summer visitors to Wellfleet, knew there was something wrong with their first-born son, Eytan, when he was two. He had lost language skills “and became harder to reach,” said his mother, a social worker by training. He was diagnosed as autistic, but Eytan, now 25, a handsome young man with blue eyes and black hair, was not going to let that keep him back.

 

“He always loved music,” said Susan. “From the time he was little he loved music.” He also liked to draw with magic markers, portraying mostly animals in a childlike charming style.

 

Eytan went to Giant Steps, a school that serves children diagnosed with Autism Spectra Disorder, developmental disabilities and related neurological impairments, which his parents helped found.

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“Has Autism” versus “Is Autistic”: A muddled debate

“Has Autism” versus “Is Autistic”: A muddled debate | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Frankly, you’re going to be damned no matter which term you choose, and I’m far more interested in the substance of what someone says rather than getting hooked up on whether they used “autistic” or “has autism”. But I do think it’s worth explaining the depth of confusion and contradiction involved in claims that choosing one type of terminology over another reveals something vital about your attitude towards autism.

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Students with Autism Unable to Speak of Restraint Use | CPI

Students with Autism Unable to Speak of Restraint Use | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The hidden problem across the country: The physical abuse of autistic children allegedly occurring in both special and mainstream schools.

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Autism Society - Judy's Story

Autism Society - Judy's Story | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Autism gifts me with a literal and concrete way of thinking. My thoughts are all in pictures. Hand building sculptures allows me to show my thoughts. Each sculpture in my Brown Paper Bag series is a rendition of how a person with autism might look were all people represented by brown paper bags.

 

Autistics may appear a little scruffy like a rumpled brown paper bag, with tears or even with the bottom of the bag missing. Some people cannot see beyond the autistic scruffies and thus miss the blessings of individual autistic uniqueness.

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The Real Autism Epidemic | Autism At Home Series

The Real Autism Epidemic | Autism At Home Series | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The escalating epidemic of teens and adults with autism who experience the preceding self-fulfilling prophecy is not a by-product of autism, and is not some twisted birthright-curse either. It is, indeed, entirely avoidable. Those of us who have the privilege of supporting young children and adolescents on the autism spectrum are learning the inside-out perspective: to presume intellect, practice preventative measures, and foster self-advocacy. We are conscious of sensory sensitivities, understanding of the genuine need for self-soothing (not stimming) techniques, and envisioning passionate interests (not obsessions) as relationship building-blocks.

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Autitouch

Autitouch | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Last week we delivered one of our newest applications: Reach-Aut – the game for MEE Noord Holland Noord (autism center near Amsterdam). It’s a webbased quiz game for several targetgroups: teachers, parents, peers and friends of children with autism, as well as for kids with autism themselves.

 

Meet Bobby. Bobby has autism and finds himself in various situations where his autism stands in his way. To learn how to deal with this situation, and learn more about autism, we created several scenarios which we put into comics. After reading a comic, you can make a quiz and learn about the situation and specific behaviour. After doing the quiz, you can learn more about autism and even get some tips.

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40 Miles for Autism: I'm Doing This for My Son & For all Children Growing up with Autism

40 Miles for Autism: I'm Doing This for My Son & For all Children Growing up with Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

And then there is the typical daily activities, like going to the store. How
many times have you been at a grocery store or a department store and seen a
child having an absolute meltdown and thought to yourself "wow, that is one bad
kid!" or you thought "what terrible parents." I can tell you, I AM that parent
and that is my son. He is not a bad kid and I am not a bad parent. Sometimes you
have to go to the store and sometimes your autistic child just cannot be
soothed, for a whole host of reasons.

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Zac Browser | Zone for Autistic Children

Zac Browser | Zone for Autistic Children | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The first internet browser developed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders.

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In Raymond’s shoes: Raynham police and fire receive autism training

In Raymond’s shoes: Raynham police and fire receive autism training | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Not only might a police officer misinterpret Raymond’s behavior as willfully defiant, Raymond would likely misinterpret what was going on around him in an emergency, his mom said.

So, it’s a relief to know police officers and firefighters in Raymond’s hometown have received autism training. Cori Harris is keenly aware serving and protecting someone like her unique, wonderful, lovable son is a challenge and she is grateful the department is being proactive, she said.

“Anything that raises awareness is a good thing,” she said.
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Grandma looks for school for grandson with autism | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Grandma looks for school for grandson with autism | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I am very happy that there is a grandma who is giving her life and unconditional love to taking care of a grandson with autism. It makes my heart jump with joy as I always pray for special learners to have very significant persons as their partners in their pursuing an education commensurate to their ability to acquire knowledge and skills for them to have a productive and happy life.
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Interactive Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Solutions Announced

Special Learning, Inc., a comprehensive autism solutions company, today announced its collaboration with Autism Training Solutions (ATS), a leader in evidence-based eLearning and training solutions. By leveraging the combined expertise of Special Learning and ATS, they will develop best-of-breed evidence-based technology products and solutions, including eBooks, web tools, and mobile apps in the area of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Epiphany School helps teach social skills

Epiphany, a private school with a yearly tuition of about $17,000, offers "social and academic success for children who move through the social world just a little differently."

 

Its students often struggle socially and are lacking the skills that allow them to fit into a traditional school environment.

 

"They might be several levels ahead in math," Smith said of Epiphany's typical students, who are often academically advanced, "but they can't figure out where to sit in the cafeteria."

 

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Increasing Engagement through Novel Experiences | Autism At Home Series

Although behavioral change is an important goal in the treatment of autistic children, developmental psychologists are less focused on performance and task completion and more focused on emotional engagement and cognitive awareness. Long term change relies on the child having more of an understanding of themselves and their environment and an increased awareness of their feelings and the feelings of others.

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Being the "I" in Identity | autisable

Being the "I" in Identity | autisable | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

My stroll along the yellow brick road will never end, and Oz will always be a hazy mirage in the distance.


And that's OK, because now that my high heels have got accustomed to the cobble stones, I realise that the view is nice, the air is clear and that I have some pretty cool company along the way.

 

But while we are making this unexpected (but endlessly fascinating) journey, it is vital not to cast off pieces of ourselves as we struggle to carry and absorb the mountainous skills, experience and knowledge we need to help our autistic children become all that they are capable of becoming.

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IEPs, iPads and Bullies: 10 Tips From a Dad Who’s Been There

IEPs, iPads and Bullies:  10 Tips From a Dad Who’s Been There | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Before the second grade, Kian was in the school’s alternative kindergarten and first grade program. There, he had a strong speech program and one-on-one time. He flourished.

 

Now, in the mainstream curriculum, he has an aide and is pulled out of class for 30 minutes each day for either speech therapy or social skills integration. That one-on-one time has been critical, and the special attention from the aide makes it easier to accommodate Kian in the classroom.

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10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | CPI

10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

I am first and foremost a child. I have autism. I am not primarily "autistic."

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Isolation Syndrome | Autism At Home Series

Talking about sadness, fear and anger is a crucial component of breaking down the walls of emotional isolation in a family dealing with autism.

 

Most family members have similar feelings going on, and by not expressing them, they miss out on getting the support, insight and help they desperately need. Instead, they either over-communicate about the mechanical or logistical aspects of dealing with the autism, or go in the opposite direction and talk only about superficial matters.

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A Shift In Understanding | Autism At Home Series

A Shift In Understanding | Autism At Home Series | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

My own journey of understanding continued when a friend gave me a copy of Karyn Seroussi’s UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF AUTISM AND PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER: A Mother’s Story of Research & Recovery. It is one of the most significant books to enter my life. It reads like a detective story. I was given a copy, and I read the entire book in two days.

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The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: I Want to Tell You a Secret About Autism Awareness

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: I Want to Tell You a Secret About Autism Awareness | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

I want to tell you a secret about Autism Awareness. I'm telling you because you
have a stake in the autism community; whether you touch one or many lives, you
can change them, you are powerful. And, like me, you care. You want to make a
difference -- for yourself, for your child, for someone you love, for someone
who depends on you. And you can make a difference, you will, if you keep this
cornerstone of Autism Awareness in mind at all times. Ready? Here it is:

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Autism Website of Kevin Healey Author & Campaigner - Campaigning for Autism Rights Across the UK

Autism Website of Kevin Healey Author & Campaigner - Campaigning for Autism Rights Across the UK | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Kevin Healey has been campaigning for autism rights for the last 10 years. He is one of twins, both of which have been diagnosed sufferers. In 2001, Kevin founded the North Staffordshire Asperger & Autism Association (NSAAA), then went on the found the Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS) in May, 2007.

 

Kevin has campaigned to get better services and support for people with an autistic spectrum condition.

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New brain imaging research reveals why autistic individuals confuse pronouns

New brain imaging research reveals why autistic individuals confuse pronouns | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
"The psychology of self -- the thought of one's own identity -- is especially important in social interaction, a facet of behavior that is usually disrupted in autism," said Just, a leading cognitive neuroscientist and the D.O. Hebb Professor of Psychology at CMU who directs the CCBI. "Most children don't need to receive any instruction in which pronoun to use. It just comes naturally, unless a child has autism."
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Planning consent means independence for autistic man - Reading Post

Planning consent means independence for autistic man - Reading Post | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
An autistic man can look forward to a more independent life after permission was granted to build an extension to his father's home.
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