Autism

Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

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Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatmentContinue Reading

What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

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Intro Are you wondering if your child needs special education services or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or how children obtain an IEP? In order to qualify for an IEP, your child needs to receive an evaluation in school (or at home if your child has not started school yet or attends homeschool or cyberContinue Reading

21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

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*This article pertains to U.S. public schools. If your child attends private school or school outside of the U.S., talk to the school team to find out which accommodations they are able to provide. Parents may not always know what accommodations or modifications are available to their child with special needs in school. This articleContinue Reading

Interactive Symptoms Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Interactive Symptoms Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Below you will find an interactive checklist for symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You can go through each symptom and check off the ones that pertain to your child. The symptoms in the checklist fall under two categories: A. deficits in social communication or social interaction B. restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. SymptomsContinue Reading

How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

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This article discusses how to use schedules with children to promote positive behaviors. Strategies can also be utilized with adults with special needs. Using visual schedules for individuals who may have trouble with reading or language is discussed as well. Schedules can make a positive difference in a child’s behavior in class or at home. When aContinue Reading

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and How to Assess It

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and How to Assess It

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Sponsored Post Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be difficult to define, even by clinicians who diagnose and treat it and by researchers who study it. This is because there is no precise blood test or genetic test that indicates whether or not an individual has ASD or not. Rather, it is identified by a broadContinue Reading

Signs of Autism in Children and Steps for Parents to Take

Signs of Autism in Children and Steps for Parents to Take

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This article gives information about what to look for to determine if your child is showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also discussed are the next steps to take if you are concerned that your child may be exhibiting symptoms of ASD. The reason autism is considered to be on a spectrum is becauseContinue Reading

9 Methods to Teach Toileting to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (and to those with other developmental disabilities)

9 Methods to Teach Toileting to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (and to those with other developmental disabilities)

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(Español) This article reviews available research on toilet training for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as those with other developmental disabilities. Programs commonly used when toilet training people within these populations are often modeled after the methods of psychologists R. M. Fox and N. H. Azrin. Some researchers have indicated that there are prerequisites toContinue Reading

I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

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Below you will find a social story about going to the dentist, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders,Continue Reading

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

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Working in public schools for over 10 years, I frequently saw occupational therapists utilizing weighted vests with students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder.(ASD). When I asked about the purpose of the vests, I was told that they have a calming effect because they give the wearer a sense ofContinue Reading