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Games and activities for autistic children that help teach social skills - by Eileen Eva - Helium

Games and activities for autistic children that help teach social skills - by Eileen Eva - Helium | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Games and activities for autistic children that help teach social skills vary for each child, but are important teaching tools that can be done without special equipment. Reading, modeling, board games and even musical instruments are great tools to teaching autistic children the most basic form of social interaction. Modeling through activities such as puppet shows can teach imitation and board games can teach taking turns and listening skills. Many autistic children have a hard time with even these most basic skills.

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For Some, Autism Considered Strength, Not Disorder

For Some, Autism Considered Strength, Not Disorder | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Of all the famed names in autism, Temple Grandin is perhaps one of the quickest to come to mind. Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism in 1950, didn’t speak until she was about 4 years old.

 

At the time, the definition of autism seemed clearer cut than it is today. Looking back, many experts would say she exhibited classic signs of the disorder. But the spectrum of the disorder has grown wider since then. Grandin has arguably landed so far on one end of the spectrum that it could be hard to see what the other side of autism looks like.

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Five things I’ve learned about parenting an autistic child - Mae Wilkinson - The Coffee Klatch

Five things I’ve learned about parenting an autistic child - Mae Wilkinson - The Coffee Klatch | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

I don’t trust anyone to say what my son’s abilities are, or will be. Autism is a developmental delay, not a developmental stasis. Studies are finally emerging that show most IQ tests underestimate the intelligence of kids with autism. We’ve had doctors and teachers tell us that Connor wouldn’t be able to do this or perform that, and he’s proven them wrong every time. 

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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

Don't define people by their diagnosis. Remember playing tag? Nobody wanted to be IT. And if you were IT, you wanted to get rid of IT because being IT was stigmatizing, a detriment, and something undesirable.

 

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.

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Communication Breakdown: Hacking Autism Provides a Dose of Technology – Part I

Communication Breakdown: Hacking Autism Provides a Dose of Technology – Part I | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Alex and I had flown to San Francisco to attend an autism hackathon. Hacking Autism aims to use free technology to give people with autism a voice. Teams of developers had been assembled for the hackathon, and would spend the day creating touch-enabled applications.

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Autism NOW empowers individuals | The Austin Daily Herald

Autism NOW empowers individuals | The Austin Daily Herald | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Through a comprehensive website and various projects such as free webinars and
summits across the country, the center aims to empower individuals on the autism
spectrum by offering them high-quality information in a central location which
they can use to make better choices about how they live their lives.

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Amy Harmon follows a young autistic man into the world |

Amy Harmon follows a young autistic man into the world | | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

"Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World," written by Times staffer Amy Harmon, followed a young autistic man named Justin Canha as he tried to make a transition from high-school student into a semi-independent adulthood.

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Man Brings Asperger's Syndrome to Light Through Stand-Up Comedy and Non-Profit Organization

Peter Peter Eichler has lived with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism, for years - even before he had a name for his condition. His experiences and subsequent triumphs led him to found Adam 2 Adam, a non-profit organization intended to promote awareness of autism spectrum disorders and provide mentoring to young adults with Asperger's and other autism-related conditions.

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Getting a student with autism ready for the new school year

Preparation can make all the difference for a child to have a good start of a school year.

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Autism Poses Challenges for Education System | CPI

Autism Poses Challenges for Education System | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

A high school sociologist hopes to integrate autistic students into the community.

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The puzzles of autism

On a typical Saturday afternoon, Paolo Puno sits at the dining room table poring over his iPad.

 

The Richmond eightyear-old is concentrating deeply on his computer game, a puzzle that involves using straight lines to slice up complex shapes into equal pieces. Paolo strokes the touch screen with his fingers.

 

When the puzzle proves to be too challenging, Paolo goes online and watches video clips posted by other gamers. He studies the videos closely, observing the techniques needed to advance to higher levels of the game.

 

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New Facility Addresses Housing Need for Young Adults With Autism

New Facility Addresses Housing Need for Young Adults With Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The facility will house 16 adults with room to expand, and will include a community center, kitchen, exercise studio, art room, and organic garden.

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Girls with autism face adjustments in middle school

Girls with autism face adjustments in middle school | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

As Maggie grew older, her parents Rick and Laura suspected more and more that their daughter had autism. They knew that boys usually were diagnosed with autism more frequently than girls were. In fact, boys have 4 to 5 times more of a chance to be identified with autism than girls do.

 

For girls, current statistics indicate that 1 in 315 have autism. In Maggie’s case, her cousin had been diagnosed with autism as a toddler. The question for her family was whether Maggie had autism, too.

 

Like Maggie, some girls who are socially awkward may initially learn how to "fit in" with their peers. Later on, as social nuances become more difficult to understand, high functioning girls with autism have increasing difficulties relating to the classmates.

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How to Prepare for an Autism Emergency LIVE Q & A

How to Prepare for an Autism Emergency LIVE Q & A | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Please join us for a live chat, on Nov 15th at 4-5 pm EST Dennis Debbaudt, of  www.autismriskmanagement.com, will present “How to Prepare for an Autism Emergency.

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My visit to The National Autistic Society

My visit to The National Autistic Society | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

My name is Kane and I'm 15. Today is 'takeover' day, so it's a chance to get
involved in the head office (and get freebies!). I have been interviewing the
other students about what they've been doing. It was good to see them all
wearing the poppies I made for them this morning.

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Autistic Brains Heavy on Brain Cells

Autistic Brains Heavy on Brain Cells | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

A new, small study provides a tantalizing clue to the causes of autism, suggesting that children with the disorder have larger brains and an overabundance of brain cells called neurons.

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Campaign to help bring autism awareness detection early

Campaign to help bring autism awareness detection early | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Early screening can help parents provide a better outcome for their children with a disability. The campaign aims to teach them about milestones like the one Emily Smith noticed with her autistic son.

 

"He was sort of, the phrase they use is, off in his own world and that’s what you'll hear a lot of parents of autistic kids say,” Smith says.

 

Smith says if she hadn't detected those early signs, her son Nixon wouldn't have gotten treatment.

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Is gene deletion at core of autism?

Is gene deletion at core of autism? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

A cluster of genes is missing in children with autism, scientists at New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have discovered, a finding they say moved them a significant step toward unmasking the genetic underpinnings of the condition.

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Social Skills Training Project: LIVE Chat Friday the 14th!

Social Skills Training Project: LIVE Chat Friday the 14th! | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Please join us on Friday, October 14 for a LIVE Chat with Jed Baker at 12 pm EDT. Jed will be here to discuss several topics including social skills training as we honor the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness month.

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People with autism find new opportunity in WSP

People with autism find new opportunity in WSP | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

Michele Anderson, the manager of "Spectrum," the West St. Paul autism services
program, said people referred to the program -- primarily by Dakota County --
can find a host of resources to help them be successful in their homes, the
community and the workforce.

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Finding Meaning in Muppets | Psychology Today

Finding Meaning in Muppets | Psychology Today | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

In a recent post, Elaine Hall, the founder of The Miracle Project, wrote about special interests in autism. In it, she wrote about the importance of working with a child's special interests and how these interests may lead to employment in adulthood. I think she's very much on target, but I've learned that a special interest can have deeply positive effects in a person's life, even if it doesn't lead to a career. Take one of my early special interests - the work of Jim Henson.

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Autistic art provides new perspective - China.org.cn

Autistic art provides new perspective - China.org.cn | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

The khaki giraffe, purple mountains and heart-shaped flowers were created instinctively, by children following no aesthetic rules, and with no professional training. "They are pure artists, with no realistic consideration, nor dexterous painting skills," said Carol Han, director of c.Na Gallery, the holder of the exhibition.

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AutismWonderland: Building a Dream School

AutismWonderland: Building a Dream School | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

I've been thinking about this for while. Especially once the Turning 5 process began and all the schools I was considering were in the City, Westchester, Queens,
Brooklyn, Long Island.

 

Aside from the District 75 schools and the ASD Horizon/Nest programs, there is not
a single school dedicated to children with autism in The Bronx.

 

Let me be more specific. There is not a single school dedicated in The Bronx for children with autism like The Boy.

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- Autism Community

- Autism Community | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it

In his article, Dr. Rob Horner defined positive behavior supports as “the assessment and re-engineering of environments so that people with problem behaviors experience reductions in problem behaviors and an increase in the social, personal, and professional quality of their lives.” This month we’re going to be featuring articles about how to assess behaviors, re-engineer environments and effectively teach social, personal and professional skills.

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