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5 Best Selling Oral-Motor Sensory Toys of 2019

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Many school-aged children with learning and behavioral needs, have benefited from the use of a therapeutic tool known as a “chewy” and similar oral-motor sensory tools. A “chewy” is a cylinder-shaped piece of rubber tubing, which is placed in the mouth and sucked or chewed on. When a child utilizes a sensory tool like a “chewy,” it appears to have …

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National Autism Resources Carries Over 1400 Therapeutic Tools for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Sponsored Posts by Rachel Wise

National Autism Resources, also known as, provides cost-effective, research-based therapeutic tools that meet the needs of people on the autism spectrum across their lifespan. provides school districts, hospitals, therapy centers, family members, and individuals of the autism community with effective tools that improve the independence and quality of life for people on the autism spectrum. For instance, carries …

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Signs of Autism in Children and Steps for Parents to Take

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Parents by Rachel Wise

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 because autism affects people in different …

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

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

(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 to initiate toilet training such as: …

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

In Anxiety/Depression, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

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, or for any child that …

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

In ADHD, Anxiety/Depression, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

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 of deep pressure, which some children …

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

In ADHD, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators by Rachel Wise

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, so in a group situation …

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6 Types of Materials and Resources for Autism Parents and Educators

In Autism, Autism Spectrum by Rachel Wise

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 the word no. All About Going …

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12 Ways Schools Can Support Children on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

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 may be unsure of what should actually be put in …