Autism

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

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A recent study on ADHD indicates that fidgeting actually improves, not hinders, focus. Maybe it is time to stop telling our kids to “sit still” or “stop playing with that.” Speaking from personal experience, I know that I actually focus better on verbal input when my hands or feet are moving in some way. What about you?Continue Reading

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

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Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help childrenContinue Reading

How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

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This article gives a number of strategies that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to create a physical environment that helps meet the educational and behavioral needs of individuals with autism or ADHD. Very young children or children who have trouble understanding language would also benefit from some of these strategies. Every person is a unique individual,Continue Reading

6 Types of Materials and Resources for Autism Parents and Educators

6 Types of Materials and Resources for Autism Parents and Educators

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1) Free Social Stories Social stories are a research-based method used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in a certain situation. Here are four social stories on the following topics: behavior in school, behavior in a restaurant, preparing for a doctor’s appointment, and accepting theContinue Reading

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

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As a behavior specialist and school psychologist, I often hear parents of children on the autism spectrum asking what support schools can provide for their child. Children with autism often have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school to enable them to have specific goals, accommodations, and modifications; however, some parents are unsure what should actuallyContinue Reading

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

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Set Up Your Rules Having rules/expectations for behavior in the classroom is a great way to encourage positive behavior if used correctly. For rules to be effective: keep them short and to the point, do not have too many rules (3 to 5 is a good rule of thumb), and phrase them in the positiveContinue Reading

Exercise Ideas to Support Kids with Autism & ADHD

Exercise Ideas to Support 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

9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

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Impulsive behaviors can make everyday situations challenging for your child and the people in his/her life. Impulsive behaviors are defined as actions that occur quickly and seem to happen without thinking or considering the consequences. Children diagnosed with ADHD often engage in impulsive behaviors, but impulsive behaviors do not necessarily indicate that a person hasContinue Reading

A Highly Effective Strategy to Teach Academic Concepts to Students with Autism

A Highly Effective Strategy to Teach Academic Concepts to Students with Autism

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Working for over 10 years as a school psychologist, I have had a lot of opportunities to observe students with autism in the classroom. One thing that I consistently noticed, particularly for kids who struggled to communicate verbally, was an excellent ability to complete hands-on, interactive tasks with a clear visual ending and a reducedContinue Reading

KazuTime: New Kid-Friendly Timer App Helps Children Understand the Passing of Time with a Puppy Named Kazu

KazuTime: New Kid-Friendly Timer App Helps Children Understand the Passing of Time with a Puppy Named Kazu

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History of KazuTime? KazuTime is a child friendly visual timer app created by Karine Pepin, Speech-Language Pathologist & Owner of Advanced Cognitive Communication Rehab Clinic; and Barbara Wichmann, CEO/CSO of ARTEMIA Communications, Inc. Kazutime is available in itunes or in your Play Store. The founders of KazuTime worked extensively with children and observed first-hand the importance of structure and theContinue Reading