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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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1 in 68 American Children Have Autism

1 in 68 American Children Have Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The CDC has reported that the percentage of American children with autism has risen 30 percent over only two years

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“’We now recognize that autism is a spectrum,’” said Dr. Marshalyn Yergin-Allsopp, chief of CDC’s developmental disabilities branch. “’Our understanding has evolved to the point that we understand that there are children with higher IQ’s who may not have been receiving services in the past.’”

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Little Blocks Build Big Bridges for Kids

Little Blocks Build Big Bridges for Kids | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Kids who have trouble socializing are finding friends through a happy medium: Lego.
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Long-time Lego fan Rob Deakin had noticed a certain kind of social awkwardness among the kids—and adults--who attended Lego events. It wasn’t until he started Inside the Brick, his own public Lego club, and talked to the parents that accompanied their kids that he understood how some of these struggles were due to autism.

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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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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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Benefits of Music for Children With Special Needs

Benefits of Music for Children With Special Needs | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Is there a connection between music and cognitive functioning?
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A nonprofit group is using music to break through barriers in the lives of children with special needs. Kids are forging new friendships and learning a thing or two about life along the way. 

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Communicating Better With People With Autism

Communicating Better With People With Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Bill Easley teaches his coworkers CPI’s training programs to help them help individuals with ASD.
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Oftentimes, people with autism have differences in social interaction and communication, as well as differences in cognitive functioning and processing sensory information. A person with ASD may have difficulty interpreting the meaning of facial expressions, for example, or she may be nonverbal. And when she doesn’t understand you, or doesn’t feel like you understand her, sometimes her behavior can reflect her feelings.

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Helping Kids With Autism Cope With the Holidays | CPI

Helping Kids With Autism Cope With the Holidays | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Get tips for making the holidays positive for everyone.
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While the holidays bring changes most of us enjoy—time off work, time with our families, great food, celebrations with friends—they also disrupt routines, which can cause a lot of anxiety for a child with autism.

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How iPads Give Speech to Nonverbal Children With Autism | CPI

How iPads Give Speech to Nonverbal Children With Autism | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Using an iPad app when young can help nonverbal children develop language skills.
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"’For some parents, it was the first time they'd been able to converse with their children,’” said Ann Kaiser, a professor at Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

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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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Bowl With Good Friend Inc. for Autism Awareness

Bowl With Good Friend Inc. for Autism Awareness | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Join the 6th annual Aloha Bowling event for autism to help teach acceptance and foster empathy.
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A Hawaiian word meaning “friend,” Hoa Aloha is the theme of Good Friend Inc.’s Autism Awareness Bowling Fund Raiser. Held annually, this Hawaiian-themed, family-friendly event supports Good Friend Inc.’s mission to create autism awareness, teach acceptance of differing abilities, and foster empathy in schools for students on the autism spectrum.

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Students With Special Needs Sing the Praises of Music

Students With Special Needs Sing the Praises of Music | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Students at MKL choose their own instruments and their own style of contributing to the collaborative spirit of making music.
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Music helps Lindsey Striplin with speech, language, words, actions, and sounds, says her mom, Kimberly Striplin.

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Are Brains With Autism More Active?

Are Brains With Autism More Active? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
What we see as a child being detached and in her own world could really be the effect of a richly populated world of imagination.
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Benefits of Music for Children With Special Needs

Benefits of Music for Children With Special Needs | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Is there a connection between music and cognitive functioning?
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It's no secret that music has an undeniable way to change a person's mood. For years, health care professionals have used music therapy to help patients find comfort, fight stress, or even ease pain. But what about music’s effect on a child on the spectrum? Volunteers from the San Clemente area in California are not only teaching children about music, they’re healing them with its power. 

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Why We Need a Therapeutic Approach to Preventing Harm

Why We Need a Therapeutic Approach to Preventing Harm | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Here’s why I wish for a day when more organizations eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion.
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I wish for a day when there are more news articles about organizations that have found a way to eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion. I wish there were more reports of individuals and families with positive treatment experiences. I wish there were more requests for success stories than industry failures.

Children do not need to die in restraints.

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Muffins Bring Recipe for Success for Special Ed Class

Muffins Bring Recipe for Success for Special Ed Class | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Special education teachers have turned muffin-mixing into a life skills business for students, teaching them everything from conceptual math to decision-making and social skills.
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Do you know the muffin man?
 
For Coventry High School, the muffin men—and women—are learning far more than just a recipe. 

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Kids With Autism And Holiday Parties: 6 Tips That Will Help | To The Max

Kids With Autism And Holiday Parties: 6 Tips That Will Help | To The Max | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Expert advice about pregnancy, your life, and family time from the editors of Parents magazine.
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Chances are if you invited me or my kid to a party, I’ve declined your invitation. It’s not that we don’t like parties, cake or good company, it’s just that parties are hard – especially holiday parties. My son, Norrin, has autism and parties are sensory overload for him. 

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Equine Therapy: Building Kids’ Communication Skills | CPI

Equine Therapy: Building Kids’ Communication Skills | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Can interacting with horses help kids learn about body language and empathy?
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Students with behavioral, social, and emotional issues at Chestermere High School in Alberta participated recently in a pilot project to build skills--with horses.

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A Command Performance For Kids Without Voices | CPI

A Command Performance For Kids Without Voices | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Theater Camp helps kids who can’t speak express themselves with confidence.
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You may expect stage fright and nerves when you’re directing a play, even with seasoned actors. What play director Richard Lewis encounters adds another dimension: His actors have conditions that can make it difficult for them to speak.

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