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Autism can make Christmas stressful

Autism can make Christmas stressful | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

People with autism can struggle with unexpected events and changes of routine and can experience hypersensitivity to sounds, smells and colours, making Christmas a particularly difficult time of year.

 

Marco, an NAS Ambassador, said: "I have Asperger syndrome and my life is usually very coordinated and routine – but Christmas changes all that and I find that very stressful.

 

"For 50 weeks a year I do things a certain way, yet for two weeks a year I am expected to change everything for Christmas."

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UAB - Psych students get inside look at the life within the lesson

UAB - Psych students get inside look at the life within the lesson | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

John Harris doesn’t mind public speaking. Yes, he admits to being a little nervous at first each time he does it, but he feels he has a duty to do it. In fact, he considers it “a goodwill mission.”

 

John Harris and mom Karen spoke to Rajesh Kana’s Autism: Brian and Cognition psychology class recently about their experience with Asperger’s syndrome. John was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 9. He has lived on his own for the past six years, is a college graduate and a certified scuba diver.

 

Harris also doesn’t like sitting in the classroom for the first 20 minutes listening to his mom Karen Harris tell their life story — how Asperger’s syndrome has affected every moment of their life since he came into the world 28 years ago. So he sits outside the classroom of Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, and waits for her to finish.

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Autism Speaks Helps Create World’s Largest Source of Autism Research Data | Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks Helps Create World’s Largest Source of Autism Research Data | Autism Speaks | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families

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Win an IEP Success Kit -- A Special Needs Resource for You!

Win an IEP Success Kit -- A Special Needs Resource for You! | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

“We created the IEP Success Kit because many families can not afford to hire an attorney or advocate and the kit will give them the skills needed to manage the process on their own,” said Goldberg about why they created the kit.

 

Keep in mind this kit will help you most in preparation with the Federal guidelines as outlined in the IDEA legislation, but the additional materials link to each of the guidelines by State as well. Since all State guidelines must be built from the Federal ones, this kit is an excellent step in putting your child’s educational record together.

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A Funny Affair Honoring Tommy Hilfiger

A Funny Affair Honoring Tommy Hilfiger | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Tommy Hilfiger, who was presented with the evening’s award by friend and CNN national correspondent Alina Cho, has a longstanding relationship with Autism Speaks as an advocate.

 

Along with his wife, Dee, he co-hosted the Third Annual World Focus on Autism, which brought together first spouses from around the world to discuss solutions to combat the global crisis of autism.

 

In addition, Hilfiger donated his time to appear in Autism Speaks’ new Ad Council public service announcement to help raise awareness about the one in 110 odds of being diagnosed with autism and encourage the public to learn its early warning signs.

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Why Does a Child With Autism Need Physical Therapy?

Children with Autism are sometimes tight, sometimes floppy, and sometimes a combination of the two. Most parents see this in their child's trunk or core of their body. It later is evident in their arms and legs but we see it first in their body.

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Ten Ways to Enhance Relationships and Communication for Individuals with Special Needs | CPI

Ten Ways to Enhance Relationships and Communication for Individuals with Special Needs | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

When we define someone by their diagnosis, our perception of them may become something to be dreaded: someone defective, someone who has the IT with which we don't wish to risk an association of any sort. For that person, this attitude is the lubricant that greases the wheel for the vicious cycle of a self-fulfilling prophecy. That is, when people define you as having IT and that's all you know of yourself, you will reflect back precisely what others project upon you.

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Code, code and more code: The autistic elephant in the server-room

Code, code and more code: The autistic elephant in the server-room | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Our industry is well suited to ASD. Computers are predictable; IT has a use for massively-focused detail-oriented people (experts perhaps in a very narrow and specialised field), and people who can quickly spot some really minor and subtle differences.

 

Perhaps more importantly though: it shouldn't be something we don't talk about.

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Dude, I'm An Aspie: Wishing on a Status

Dude, I'm An Aspie: Wishing on a Status | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Illustrative thoughts help promote a greater understanding of people on the autism spectrum. All deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion.

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Susan Richardson - Reiki Master - Autism Advocate

Susan Richardson - Reiki Master - Autism Advocate | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Autism & Natural Mothering Advocate, Reiki Master, Blogger, Author of The Mother Consciousness, Founder of Exceptional Beyond Labels Susan is the mother of two fantastic, expressive, healthy daughters. As she spent the past few years orchestrating my daughter’s treatment plan for reversing autism, she collected beneficial data along the way. Many know her as Alterna Mom - natural mothering for the autistic child.

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Sometimes Autism makes things easier

Sometimes Autism makes things easier | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Ok, imagine this.. you have one child with Autism and one without. Nap time is at 2pm each day. At 2pm every single day, your autistic child runs off to their bedroom and gets mad if you’re not there to turn off the light. Your other child? (S)He’s in the living room screaming and crying because they don’t want to have a nap today.

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iPads & Autism - MariettaTimes.com

iPads & Autism - MariettaTimes.com | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Helping children with autism spectrum disorder and other barriers to everyday communication learn and speak their minds? There’s an app for that.

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Health watch: Greenhouse helps autism program - El Paso Times

Health watch: Greenhouse helps autism program - El Paso Times | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

El Paso Mental Health & Mental Retardation has opened its El Jardin Greenhouse at 8281 North Loop.

 

The garden is part of MHMR's Sunrise Autism Program and was designed to help people with autism cope with their symptoms. The project was funded by contributions from the El Paso Community Foundation, the Hervey Foundation and Home Depot.

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Health News - Research identifies key autism intervention window

The behaviour of pre-school children with autism improves the most in the first six months of early intervention, research at RMIT University has shown.

 

Dr Helen Chau investigated early intervention in pre-school children with autism or developmental delay as part of her PhD research at RMIT, comparing the effectiveness of intensive, one-on-one therapy sessions with more traditional centre-based early intervention approaches.

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Shocking News: Autism Has Not Ruined My Life

Shocking News: Autism Has Not Ruined My Life | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

I want to let you know something, something very important. Having a child with autism does not make me sad. It has not ruined my life. It's not bankrupting me. It's not causing my husband and I to divorce. My child's autism is not a tragedy.

 

My son is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I don't wish for a different child. I don't regret, even for one minute, that HE is MY child. I feel profoundly honored to be his co-adventurer in life.

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6 Key Tips For The Child with Aspergers In The IEP Process

2. Leave emotion at the door – Without doubt the IEP process is hugely emotional for parents, as is the raising of all children. They are OUR child and of course it is driven by emotion. However this emotion needs to be “turned off” at the door when entering the meeting. So that negotiations can be open but matter of fact.

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Council failed teenager with severe autism

Council failed teenager with severe autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

A teenager with severe autism missed out on educational and social care support due to failings by Staffordshire Council, a review by the local government ombudsman has found.

 

The ombudsman's report found the authority did not review the teenager's statement of special educational needs or follow the SEN Code of Practice for his transition to post-16 provision. As a result, his adult care needs were not assessed properly or promptly.

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#Youmightbeanautismparent if you've seen this hashtag | Washington Times Communities

#Youmightbeanautismparent if you've seen this hashtag | Washington Times Communities | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Twitter's unique way of bringing people together has created a strong sense of solidarity for many in the autism parenting community via the new #youmightbeanautismparentif hashtag.

 

"It's really amazing that it has caught on so much and has lasted so long," says Ronan. "I see people from all over the world using the hashtag. You find not only is the world smaller than you think, you find that the autism world is a wonderful, supportive place and that others are truly willing to be there for each other too."

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Handmade Autism and Aspergers Awareness Jewelry

Handmade Autism and Aspergers Awareness Jewelry | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Autism Awareness has become a big part of my life since my beautiful son was diagnosed with the disorder at only 15 months of age. Today, 1 in 110 individuals is diagnosed with autism. Although it is becoming more prevalent, there are still so many individuals who know nothing about the disorder. I wear my Autism Awareness jewelry proudly wherever I go, and it always serves as an opportunity to share with others a little bit about the disorder and answer any questions they may have.

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Mama Be Good: Sleep and Science

Mama Be Good: Sleep and Science | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

It's common to assume that sleep problems in kids with autism are habits or behavior-based. That it's not a below-the-level-of-conscious-control stress of increased heart rate, respiration, salivation, perspiration, less sleep, lighter sleep. That a good parent gets her child with autism to sleep alone and sleep through the night.

 

And if we don't, we've failed at being a good parent.

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The Hidden Potential of Autistic Kids: Scientific American

The Hidden Potential of Autistic Kids: Scientific American | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Researchers have long considered the majority of those affected by autism to be mentally retarded. Although the numbers cited vary, they generally fall between 70 to 80 percent of the affected population.

 

But when Meredyth Edelson, a researcher at Willamette University, went looking for the source of those statistics, she was surprised that she could not find anything conclusive. Many of the conclusions were based on intelligence tests that tend to overestimate disability in autistic people. "Our knowledge is based on pretty bad data," she says.

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Helen Tager-Flusberg: Decoding the language of autism

Helen Tager-Flusberg: Decoding the language of autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Of the thousand or so individuals with autism Helen Tager-Flusberg has studied since the 1970s, one sharply stands out in her memory: a 13-year-old boy whose special education teachers had been helping him recognize different emotions.

 

When the boy walked into Tager-Flusberg's small research room, she asked him, "How are you doing today?"

 

He looked her straight in the eye, and with a poker face said, "I'm happy, mad, glad and sad!"

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Documentary helps in coping with autism, Asperger's

Documentary helps in coping with autism, Asperger's | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Jennifer and Herb Allen long suspected something was different with their son Sam. When he finally received the diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome, it was, Jennifer Allen said, as if they'd been hit by a giant wave, spinning their world on its axis.

 

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Damned if I do and damned if I don’t

Damned if I do and damned if I don’t | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

With the 2011 Holiday season quickly approaching, we have many tough decisions that will need to be made. These decisions revolve around participating in Holiday parties, get together’s or other large gatherings. As special needs parents, Lizze and I often find ourselves torn between wanting to attend these events and staying home.

 

As many of you can probably attest to, these types of stimulating events can be very difficult on our ASD kids. In our case, my kids love going to these events, however, at least some of them will quickly become over stimulated. If we don’t have problems while we’re there, which is typically not the case, we will certainly have problems over the next few days. It’s really interesting (and maybe interesting is the wrong words choice here) how my kids can be overstimulated in such a short amount of time but then take days to decompress afterwards.

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Treasures I found at the Thrift Shop: Autism and Understanding

Treasures I found at the Thrift Shop: Autism and Understanding | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

As I continued with my scrounging, I heard two women near me discussing the lack of manners of a child and commenting on the lack of parenting – or poor parenting that this child was most certainly receiving.

 

H had passed by these women when he had come to speak with me, and as I listened my suspicion was growing that they were in fact referring to my little darling. I lifted myself out of my preoccupied-archeologist-mode and at the realization that, indeed, it was my child that was the cause of the affront, and I listened and observed more closely.

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