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We are posting information and resources for parents of children with Autism and those who are anywhere on the spectrum. This article is courtesy of Caring4OurKids.com.
Since autism spectrum disorder cause a wide range of learning disabilities that are unique to each child, classrooms must remain equipped to help every student work around those difficulties. Each individual’s executive function level and sensory processing difficulties play a role in the resulting learning disability types and severity. With 1 in 68 kids diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with many high functioning individuals, teachers at all grade levels must remain prepared to provide accommodations designed to mitigate those learning difficulties. With the right classroom accommodations, it is possible to overcome barriers to learning and help children with autism tackle schoolwork with confidence.
Difficulties with transitions between tasks and activities is common through the full range of the autism spectrum. Therefore, a daily class schedule detailing the broad activity categories for the day is a must. A detailed daily schedule will greatly assist with the transitions related to moving between the classroom, lunchroom, schoolyard and other destinations throughout the day.
It does not, however, have the power to assist with lesson micromanagement. Students with autism perform best when they know how to break up their time between each tasks required to complete the exercise or project in front of them. Teachers can provide an outline for each assignment to help students transition between the required tasks. (more…)
We are posting information and resources for parents of children with Autism and those who are anywhere on the spectrum. This article are courtesy of Caring4OurKids.com.
Kids with autism have an excellent chance at enjoying happy and successful adult years upon learning life skills early and often throughout childhood. Repetitive practice of each life skill at an early age gives kids a chance to embrace independence without the repercussions of failure. As you lead your child through the various tasks, you will have the opportunity to offer correction and praise to reinforce the adoption of each skill set. You will need to go through the list of important skills your child will need to navigate adulthood to adequately prepare him or her for life in the real world.
For individuals with autism, self-awareness is not a skill that comes naturally. Therefore, personal care routines do not usually rank highly on the list of things to do. You may notice that your child does not worry about wearing clean clothes or brushing his or her hair. Skipping a shower or tooth brushing session does not give pause either.
Without learning to integrate these tasks into daily life, autistic individuals may struggle in adulthood. Since total wellness hinges on the ability to care for oneself properly, cavities, skin conditions and other health problems could arise from these missed routines. You can help your child adopt a daily personal care routine by providing a detailed task chart with each item broken down into small steps. Provide a sticker for each completed task to reward a job well done. (more…)
In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of numbers of children diagnosed with Autism. We’ve also seen the association between autism and vaccines completely debunked and there’s been an enormous amount of research that’s aiding in our understanding.
Marilee had 2 beautiful twin boys. They were born about 3 weeks early and were growing rapidly. As the months went on and the fog of caring for twins 24/7 started to lift, Marilee noticed that something seemed to be wrong with her precious babies. Neither one seemed to want to make eye contact with her and seemed to be disinterested in any interactions. She expected to hear cooing and some sounds, but they were unusually quiet except when crying, which seemed to happen after each meal.
We’ve all heard whisperings and been a little fearful that vaccines can cause autism. I remember wondering myself if vaccinating my son for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) would lead him to develop autism.
I’ve talked to thousands of parents about the issue and read the research. Despite overwhelming evidence that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, many people are still fearful and don’t vaccinate their kids. How did this happen?
When researchers started looking at brain scans of children with Autism and Autism spectrum disorder it led a few to consider scanning the younger infant siblings also.
The idea was to find clues for autism early so that very early intervention could be started. Though signs of autism may start to be noticed in infants as young as 6 months, diagnosis can take years as the child develops and more behaviors associated with autism are recognized.
Researchers studied the brain scans of 92 infants who were considered at high risk for autism because they all had an older brother or sister who had been diagnosed. (more…)