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Improving the Future for Young People with Autism

Improving the Future for Young People with Autism | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Almost all parents, including those who are actively involved in their child’s special education plan, feel unprepared to navigate the transition from high school to adult life. This article highlights important findings about outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from several new studies.  (Warning: You may not like what you read). The discussion …
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Easy Ways To Help Your Child Socialize Using Video Self-Modeling

Easy Ways To Help Your Child Socialize Using Video Self-Modeling | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Is saying hello or waving “hi” hard for your child to do? Does your child ask you questions about something you shared with him/her? Will your child ask another child to play? These may be some of the challenges your child with autism faces every day, and they impact the ability to make friends. Thankfully, …
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The New Rule - A Short Story

The New Rule - A Short Story | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Aaron was not happy. Wednesday night was youth activity night, and since Leia was away at an all-girls camping trip, it was just him. The boys were meeting at Nate’s house for a pool party which meant being shirtless. Worse, his parents had decided they were going to walk there. Aaron didn’t mind walking, and …
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Educating Children About Special Needs Can Spark Compassion

Educating Children About Special Needs Can Spark Compassion | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
When we think about autism awareness, we think about educating the community leaders; the teachers, caregivers, police officers, neighbors, family and friends.  It’s so important to make sure as many people as possible are educated in autism and the challenges and beauty autism offers because awareness is key to acceptance and respect. The more people …
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How to Deal with Anxiety and Asperger’s Now

How to Deal with Anxiety and Asperger’s Now | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Living with Asperger’s syndrome has turned out to be a literal roller coaster in more than one sense. For starters, you don’t always know how to deal with intense feelings, with different situations that are out of your routine, and, this is the best part, you have to discover the best way to process it …
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“#add #adhd #autism #autistic #aspergers #autismmom #autismisreal #autismwarrior #autismawareness #autismacceptance #bloomingwautism #bloomingwithautism…”

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ASD: A Catalyst for Creativity

ASD: A Catalyst for Creativity | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Bypassing socially ingrained responses opens up more paths to one-of-a-kind thinking.

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Becky B's curator insight, September 30, 2015 11:24 AM

"People who scored high for creative thinking also had more ASD traits, study shows."

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The Benefits of Pets with Autism: Maria's Birds Heal Her Spirit

The Benefits of Pets with Autism: Maria's Birds Heal Her Spirit | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
A friend’s teen daughter who has high functioning autism enjoys her bird pets. She is aware of their heartbeats and she notices their beautiful eyelashes. Most wouldn’t see these special elements of birds. Maria’s sensitivity is an amazing gift and her caring for all animals is inspiring. Animals are great healers for many children, especially …
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Amazing Ways AAC Can Improve Communication for Your Child

Amazing Ways AAC Can Improve Communication for Your Child | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
One of the most difficult things to cope with as an autism mom was my son’s inability to speak. I remember hoping and praying that speech was going to develop and reassuring myself that it was a matter of time and the words would emerge by perhaps the next holiday or birthday. I recall having …
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Autism and ADHD: Do You Know How to Help with Co-Occurring Conditions?

Autism and ADHD: Do You Know How to Help with Co-Occurring Conditions? | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Among school-age children, an estimated 11 percent are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  What most parents, teachers, and school counselors may not realize is that children with ADHD may also manifest symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Having two or more co-occurring diseases or disorders is defined as being comorbid or having comorbidities. …
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Top Tricycle a Sweet Ride for People with Special Needs

Top Tricycle a Sweet Ride for People with Special Needs | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Product:  Nuvotrike 20 inch tricycle. Great for individuals with the desire to ride a bicycle but unable to balance on a traditional bicycle. Currently used by individuals of many ability levels. Cost:  $299 Introducing the Nuvotrike which has a patented design with a spring suspension to potentially absorb joint stress when transitioning over different surfaces. …
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An Exclusive Look at AUTISM with Alana Mitchell

An Exclusive Look at AUTISM with Alana Mitchell | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word “autism” to give readers insightful perspectives from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. “It is the strength that I see in my son every day that has kept me going.” Today’s AUTISM Interview is …
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Special Needs and Safety: Ways to Keep Kids Protected

Special Needs and Safety: Ways to Keep Kids Protected | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard of “baby-proofing,” wearing a helmet, looking “both ways,” or even putting a gate around the pool. These actions are pretty standard and aren’t usually too difficult.  When it comes to ensuring the safety of our children with special needs or disabilities, this can take more thought, consideration, and perhaps some in-depth teaching. …
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Amazing Mother Educates People Around the World About Autism

Amazing Mother Educates People Around the World About Autism | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Founder of the charity called The Little Explorers Activity Club and author of the best-selling book Iris Grace, Arabella is the mother of the young and talented painter, Iris Grace. Accomplishments: Arabella considers sharing her daughter Iris Grace’s paintings and raising awareness about autism among her major accomplishments and advocacies. By writing about her experiences …
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Simple Ways Kids with ASD Can Gain Life Lessons

Simple Ways Kids with ASD Can Gain Life Lessons | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) take in information and learn differently. We know through various medical analysis and research that children on the spectrum can struggle in social situations, particularly around understanding communication and building relationships. Having worked with many children on the spectrum and with those who experience anxiety as a result of …
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How Do You Teach Your Child With Autism Self-Esteem?

How Do You Teach Your Child With Autism Self-Esteem? | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
How do I teach my kid to accept who he is with autism and help him reach his fullest potential to live a fulfilling life? – Raja Dear Raja, Having a healthy self-esteem is perhaps the single most important aspect of a person, and I believe it can be taught. In fact, my favorite presentation …
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Calley's journey: From denial to regret to autism advocacy

Calley's journey: From denial to regret to autism advocacy | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
As the parent of a child who is autistic, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has committed his career to helping people with neurological challenges. His next mission: Convince business leaders in Michigan that hiring people on the autism spectrum isn't just a good thing, but also good for business.

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An App Wonderwheel for Students on the Autism Spectrum

An App Wonderwheel for Students on the Autism Spectrum | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it

The Autisum Transition Handbook was created by grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Delaware Department of Education "to assist individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families by providing access to the most current and comprehensive information on the transition to adulthood."


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This app wonderwheel is developed for students on the autism spectrum by an Apple educator Mark Coppin whom is also the Director of Assistive Technology at the Anne Carlsen Center. The wheel is split into six sections that define common learning expectations. Each of the sections then shows common learning traits, followed by app categories and then the apps (each of which is hot linked at the website). The six categories are:

* Behavior

* Communication

* Social Skills

* Need for Sameness or Routine

* Sensory Sensitivity

* Difficulty with Traditional Learning Methods

The link you to the chapter that discusses Assistive Technology. To go directly to the App Wonderwheel use this link http://www.autismhandbook.org/images/4/4c/Appwheel.pdf.

It is often difficult to know which apps to choose when we work with students. This resource may help you determine some apps to investigate for students on the autism spectrum. 

Sarah Bylsma's curator insight, July 25, 2013 10:11 AM

Great resource.

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How to ADHD: Mind Mapping to Success

Mind mapping is a crucial part of not only planning your life and goals, but also in understanding. With us ADHD'ers, it is even more important to be abl

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The Best Ways to Support Siblings of Autistic Children

The Best Ways to Support Siblings of Autistic Children | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Every day my oldest son, Andrew, and my daughter with autism, Lizzie, rode their scooters down the block.  They would go just out of my sight to the same crack in the sidewalk where Lizzie would turn around; then they would race back to me. For months, I walked with them fearing they would go …
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Easy Ways to Add Simple Communication Strategies to a Kid's Life

Easy Ways to Add Simple Communication Strategies to a Kid's Life | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
For years, I’ve been searching for a way to reconcile my passion for speech therapy and my addiction to earning new, vibrant stamps in my passport. I was reading a news article when I came across a non-governmental organization in Cambodia helping to make speech therapy available to those with communication difficulties. In Cambodia, speech …
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How to Prepare Aspie Women for the Workplace

How to Prepare Aspie Women for the Workplace | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
For women with Asperger’s, the workplace can be a very isolated place. Organizations are social environments, which is uniquely challenging for Aspie Women. In the workplace, women tend to form cliques, social groups, and tribes that neurotypical women are more naturally enabled to understand and navigate. In organizations that I have observed, there is a …
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Enhancing Fine and Gross Motor Skills with Creative Activities

Enhancing Fine and Gross Motor Skills with Creative Activities | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
The sun rises and sets every day. It is a proven occurrence and can be documented by most human beings who live on this planet. Now if you tell a 70-year-old today he/she should have seen 25,550 sunsets and sunrises each during a lifetime, he/she will immediately tell you he/she should have but missed many …
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Finding the Special Needs Trust That's Right for Your Family

Finding the Special Needs Trust That's Right for Your Family | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Question: “My husband and I have been researching special needs trust, and we have realized there are multiple types. Would you mind describing the types of special needs trusts that exist and the reasons for each? Answer: You are correct. Special Needs Trust is a broad term that can comprise various types of trusts.  We …
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