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Students seek connection with robots - Boston Globe

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Students seek connection with robots
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... with social interactions and communication, has become an increasingly common diagnosis.
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Autism program exercises 'from the brain out'

Autism program exercises 'from the brain out' | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
One local program has found a unique way for kids with autism to exercise their bodies and their brains.
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How to Stop Doing Too Much for Your Special Needs Kid

How to Stop Doing Too Much for Your Special Needs Kid | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
It is never too late to change the terms of engagement with your child or teen. It is natural to do less as children grow. (ADHD, LDs, ODD?
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Carly's Voice | Order yours today!

Carly's Voice | Order yours today! | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Carly,a kid with autism managed to write a book about what is like to live with autism #mustread #amazing #inspiring http://t.co/Q1S4U4jFcu
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Q&A: 5 Questions for Actress and Autism Advocate Holly Robinson Peete | Momster

Q&A: 5 Questions for Actress and Autism Advocate Holly Robinson Peete | Momster | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Family circle's health editor Lynya Floyd talks to actress Holly Robinson Peete about balancing family life and raising an autistic son.
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Grandfather’s Age May Play a Role in Autism | The Autism Research Foundation

Grandfather’s Age May Play a Role in Autism | The Autism Research Foundation | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Our latest science blog post about the possible role a grandfather's age could play in developing autism http://t.co/epMd3yNPbw
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Autism study connects imitation with social interaction - Medill Reports: Chicago

Autism study connects imitation with social interaction - Medill Reports: Chicago | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Autism study connects imitation with social interaction
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Social interaction is a difficult process for children with autism, and according to Pechter, professionals work with children to enhance their social skills.
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'Normal is Just a Dryer Setting'

'Normal is Just a Dryer Setting' | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
In January, Alexis Wineman became the first autistic contestant in the Miss America pageant. Here, she traces her journey from an ASD diagnosis at 11 to hitting the national stage at 18.
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Cartoon improves empathetic skills of children with autism

Cartoon improves empathetic skills of children with autism | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it

Empathy has been taught to children with autism via a specially designed cartoon...

 Researchers have discovered that empathy can be taught to children by using a specially designed cartoon. The Transporters, a DVD created to help youngsters with autism and Asperger Syndrome to recognise emotions, was played to children with autism aged from four to seven years, every day for four weeks. The children's emotional vocabulary and recognition was gauged before and after the study, and they were found to have improved in all areas...

 

"A little empathy on the part of designers of educational resources may help the development of empathy in children with autism."


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Pathfinders for Autism | Articles

Parent Tips: Explaining Autism Using Everyday Examples http://t.co/2cCjabL6Cd
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My Child's Top 10 Milestones: Special Needs Style

My Child's Top 10 Milestones: Special Needs Style | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
My husband and I rejoiced last week when our son achieved a milestone that was years in the making - just shy of his twelfth birthday. Since our son has global developmental delays, his milestones ...
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Adult ASD: My Evolving Sense of Self | Musings of an Aspie

Adult ASD: My Evolving Sense of Self | Musings of an Aspie | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Adult ASD: My Evolving Sense of Self. This is the final part in the “I Think I Might Be Autistic” series. In addition to the new set of questions that my diagnosis raised, it's also forced me to think about my identity and how I want to ...
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How to Help Teachers Integrate Assistive Technology in the Classroom

How to Help Teachers Integrate Assistive Technology in the Classroom | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Follow these best practices to help special-needs students use technology for meaningful learning experiences.
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This was originally scooped by Social Skills and Autism curated by Making Friends. This article is for teachers with special needs students, although this article would be helpful for every teacher to read.

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3 Ways Technology Can Make A Dent In Autism Research - Forbes

3 Ways Technology Can Make A Dent In Autism Research - Forbes | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Children with autism and their families should be surrounded by medical experts through mobile and cloud technologies.
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TFA - Tools For Autism - Applications Android sur Google Play

TFA - Tools For Autism - Applications Android sur Google Play | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Create your own social stories and task analysis in an intuitive way. Tools For Autism (TFA) is a free app that provides a set of tools to support people affected by a...
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AT&T-Autism Speaks Mobile App Hackathon Winners - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

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The folks at AT&T and Autism Speaks hosted an app idea contest that was judged by the people who know autism best, the autism community.
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Can video games be helpful in autism treatment? - Newsworks.org (blog)

Can video games be helpful in autism treatment? - Newsworks.org (blog) | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Can video games be helpful in autism treatment?
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Autism affects the ability to communicate, to interact socially, to read nonverbal cues such as body language, and facial expressions.
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Raising A Child With Developmental Issues And How I Learned To Embrace Early Intervention

Raising A Child With Developmental Issues And How I Learned To Embrace Early Intervention | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
I felt as though if doctors revealed my daughters limitations to me, then it would shine a light on my own feelings of incompetence as a mother, (Raising A Child With Developmental Issues And How I Learned To ...
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10 Best Apps for Kids With Autism

10 Best Apps for Kids With Autism | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
A mom who has a son with autism tells about the mobile apps that have helped him and other children with autism.
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The Lessons We Can Learn From Special Needs Siblings

The Lessons We Can Learn From Special Needs Siblings | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
"Working," I said as I finished up the Special Needs Sibling Week post. Then I realized: "Oh yeah, I'm doing this for you." So I stopped and I show him the picture on yesterday's post: our guest blogger's identical twin girls, one ...
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Social play for children with autism | Play by Playworld

Social play for children with autism | Play by Playworld | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
For example, Lord and Joyce MaGill-Evans found in 1995 that children with autism showed fewer peer interactions than children with behavioral disorders and typically-developing children, and made fewer social initiations ...

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7 health benefits of playing video games

7 health benefits of playing video games | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it

Your parents may have tried to kick you off your Super Nintendo just about every time you sat down in front of it because they were concerned about how it might affect your long-term health. Plenty of studies have shown that games that don't require a lot of physical movement can have an adverse effect on children as they grow older. But perhaps counter-intuitively, there have also been several studies touting the health benefits of gaming.

 

1. Video games are therapeutic for children with chronic illnesses
The University of Utah released a study last year that examined the effects of regular gaming on children diagnosed with illnesses like autism, depression, and Parkinson's disease. Kids who played certain games, including one designed just for the study, showed signs of improvement in "resilience, empowerment, and a 'fighting spirit.'" Researchers believe the games' ability to act on "neuronal mechanisms that activate positive emotions and the reward system" helped improve kids' demeanors as they faced the daily challenges of their illnesses.

 

2. Video games improve preschoolers' motor skills
Letting a 4-year-old sit in front of a TV with a game controller might not seem like the most productive use of her time. But researchers from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, would disagree. Their study examined the development of 53 preschool-aged children, and found that those who played "interactive games" had better "object control motor skills" than those who didn't. It's not clear, though, whether children with better-than-average motor skills tend to gravitate toward video games in the first place.

 

3. Video games reduce stress and depression
2009's Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine included a study that found that gamers who suffered from mental health issues such as stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and aggression by playing video games — and showed a noted improvement. The study hypothesized that games gave certain "Type A" personalities time to relax in "a state of relative mindlessness" that allowed them to avoid reaching "a certain level of stressful arousal" as they tried to relax.

 

4. Video games can provide pain relief
Video games don't just provide relief from emotional pain. They can also help those who are suffering from physical pain. Psychologists at the University of Washington developed a gamethat helps hospital patients suffering from immense physical pain by using an age-old mental trick: distraction. The virtual reality game "Snow World" put patients in an arctic wonderland in which they throw an endless arsenal of snowballs at a series of targets, such as penguins and snowmen. Military hospitals found the experience helped soldiers recovering from their battlefield wounds. The soldiers who played "Snow World" required less pain medicine during their recuperation. 

 

5. Video games can improve your vision
Mom may have warned you that sitting in front of the TV wasn't good for your eyes. But one developmental psychologist found it could actually be beneficial to your vision. Dr. Daphen Maurer of the Visual Development Lab of Ontario's McMaster University made a surprising discovery: People suffering from cataracts can improve their vision by playing first-person shooter games like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. She believes these games are so fast-paced that they require an extreme amount of attention, training the visually impaired to view things more sharply. They can also produce higher levels of dopamine and adrenaline that "potentially may make the brain more plastic," she said. 

 

6. Video games can improve your decision-making skills
Most video games require fast reactions and split-second decisions that can mean the difference between virtual life and virtual death. Cognitive neuroscientists at the University of Rochester in New York found these games give players' brains plenty of practice for making decisions in the real world. Researchers suggest that action-oriented games act as a simulator for the decision-making process by giving players several chances to infer information from their surroundings and forcing them to react accordingly.

 

7. Video games can keep you happy in old age
Researchers from North Carolina State University looked closely at our aging population to see if there was a link between playing video games and mental well-being — i.e. "happiness." They found that senior citizens who said they played video games — even occasionally — reported "higher levels of happiness, or well-being," says Rick Nauert at PsychCentral. "Those who did not play video games reported more negative emotions" and were more likely to be depressed. It's unclear what exactly is behind this link — or if the relationship is even causal.


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App-titude: Apps for High Schoolers With Autism

App-titude: Apps for High Schoolers With Autism | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Bolster curriculum access, organizational skills and social learning among older students.
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Detecting autism from brain activity

Detecting autism from brain activity | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have developed an efficient and reliable method of analyzing brain activity to detect autism in children, researchers report in a new study.
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I'm going to Talk about Autism. | autisable

I'm going to Talk about Autism. | autisable | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
This blog will try to be truthful. There will be painful episodes. That are tinged with regret and envy, frustration and the need to forget.
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