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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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Five Tips for Easing Your Child's Transition Back to School

Five Tips for Easing Your Child's Transition Back to School | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Remember that old back to school commercial with the mom floating down the aisle of the office supplies store while the holiday classic "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" played? I never re...
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For some children, heading back to school can bring up feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Here are a few ways to better prepare your child with Special Needs.

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Bedwas teen raises £25k for autism cause

Bedwas teen raises £25k for autism cause | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A 14-YEAR-OLD autism sufferer from Bedwas has now raised £25,000 to help sufferers and has just held a successful ball recognising people with the condition.
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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | Ellen Notbohm

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | Ellen Notbohm | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
RT @Barely_Sane1: THE best explanation I’ve ever read about what it’s like to have autism. Even I learnt something. You could too. http://t.co/5P0TcHWh
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Love this!

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Kids With Autism Find a Creative Haven at Islands of Brilliance | CPI

Kids With Autism Find a Creative Haven at Islands of Brilliance | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Islands of Brilliance helps teach kids with autism how to use their creative skills in a digital world.
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It can be hard for parents of children with autism to envision how they’ll survive in the job market, let alone be equipped to live independently. Social, communicative, and other challenges can make it hard for individuals on the autism spectrum to complete essential tasks and work with others.

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Talking With People on the Autism Spectrum | CPI

Talking With People on the Autism Spectrum | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
If a person with autism has difficulty communicating with you verbally, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t understand what you’re saying.
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“Do not make assumptions about a person's cognitive skills.”

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Center for Accessible Living NKY's curator insight, June 3, 2013 10:46 AM

It's true across the board, don't make assumptions based on prejudging. If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. They don't call it a spectrum for nothing.

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Autism in the Classroom: The Guinea Pig Connection | CPI

Autism in the Classroom: The Guinea Pig Connection | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Classroom guinea pigs help students with autism communicate with their peers and adults.
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When you think about guinea pigs, you don’t necessarily think of their therapeutic value. Yet within a safe school environment, these little critters go to the head of the class when it comes to helping students with autism improve their social skills.

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Julia Bennett's curator insight, April 25, 2013 12:33 AM

This article is very brief, but it shares the power of animals to help children (autism) with disabilities. This website also provides other articles on autism as well, with links so it has a wide array of reading material for people interesting in different aspects about children with autism (also includes teaching ideas for teachers of children with autism)

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Lighting It Up Blue: Advance Autism Awareness! | CPI

Lighting It Up Blue: Advance Autism Awareness! | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month! Gather together with thousands of people across the globe and Light It Up Blue.
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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | CPI

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Equipping those around our children with simple understanding of autism's most basic elements has a tremendous impact on their ability to journey towards productive, independent adulthood.
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What Will You Do for World Autism Awareness Day? | CPI

What Will You Do for World Autism Awareness Day? | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
From participating in a fundraiser to Lighting It Up Blue, there are many things you can do to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.
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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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Helping People With Autism Find Jobs | CPI

Helping People With Autism Find Jobs | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
“Project SEARCH with Autism Supports” fits students on the autism spectrum for viable employment.
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Art and Autism: Iris Grace Painting | CPI

Art and Autism: Iris Grace Painting | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Iris’s paintings are wowing the art world and inspiring families and kids who have special needs.
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Would it surprise you to learn that Iris is just three years old? Diagnosed with autism in 2011, Iris speaks little and has difficulty interacting with others. But her artwork helps her express herself. Since starting a variety of therapies, she has come to interact more intimately with her parents and to communicate through vocalizations, signs, and, of course, art.

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Center for Accessible Living NKY's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:10 AM

Keep in mind, Iris is just three years old.  She was diagnosed with autism in 2011 and her artwork is her major source of communication.

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School custodian spurs redesign of autism classroom in Lambertville

School custodian spurs redesign of autism classroom in Lambertville | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
This is the first time a district has made physical changes to an existing classroom to make it better for autistic students.
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DSM-5: New Diagnostic Criteria | CPI

DSM-5: New Diagnostic Criteria | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
How do new DSM-5 terms like Major Neurocognitive Disorder affect the person-centered approach to care that CPI promotes?
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The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5 now encompasses the DSM-IV diagnoses of autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). This change to the diagnosis of ASD attempts to broaden the definition of ASD, making it an umbrella term that's more inclusive of a variety of behaviors and severities.

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Connections Between Asperger's and Face or Emotion Blindness | CPI

Connections Between Asperger's and Face or Emotion Blindness | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Alexithymia and prosopagnosia are two conditions that may mean more to autism than originally thought.
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John Elder Robison reveals his struggles with missing the “larger emotional picture” when faced with strangers, friends, or family.

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Young People With Autism at Work in a Digital World | CPI

Young People With Autism at Work in a Digital World | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Ever wonder about what resources are available to help young adults with autism to thrive in the workplace?
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Samantha Ellis's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:11 PM

This article does not surprise me one bit! My little brother is Autism finds that he will excel when working with anything that is Digital Technology. He seems to find this form of work very engaging and is happy to continue to sit and complete his work if it is on a computer or an IPad.  Other than that - he absolutely is against completing any assignments at all.  So it does not surprise me that people with Autism are working in the Digital World and thriving at it!

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Innovating Learning for Kids With Autism--and Their Parents, Too | CPI

Innovating Learning for Kids With Autism--and Their Parents, Too | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The Jump Start 4 Autism Program at a hospital in New Jersey is pairing preschoolers with autism with new skills.
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Celebrating Autism Awareness Month With Hoa Aloha Bowling | CPI

Celebrating Autism Awareness Month With Hoa Aloha Bowling | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
CPI is sponsoring teams in Good Friend, Inc.'s Hoa Aloha Bowling event in support of school bullying prevention programs.
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Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project)

Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once.  This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often our sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life.

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