Christmas Holiday Tips

As Christmas draws near, and the hype heightens, this UK based webpage has some wonderful tips to help you be proactive in helping your autistic child have a Merry Christmas!
http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/at-home/coping-with-christmas/ten-ideas-for-a-happy-christmas.aspx
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Understanding Thanksgiving

This is a great story board for those of you with older children.  It could be a great tool in helping them understand all the hustle and bustle of today…
http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/docs/thanksgiving_social_story.pdf

We hope everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving!
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Free book download!

I have not read this yet, but the American Health Review, Autism Strategies for Parents, and Dr. Phil are all saying positive things about “The Autism Answer“ - and you can download it for FREE.  Worth checking out!

Get information about the book and the free download at the link below…
http://www.americanhealthreview.com/moms-new-guide-to-navigating-your-childs-autism/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ad&utm_term=autism+awareness&utm_content=yelloworangehandsbook&utm_campaign=TAA
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Wanderers MUST be watched closely at school!

This is a scary story!  
Thankfully it ended well and the mother has gone on to form a support group for young girls with ASD.

BUT… this could have ended in disaster.   My grandson would be one who wanders off, not intentionally but because he saw something of interest to him and headed towards it.  I know how scared this mother must have been.

Unfortunately, this is not the first story I’ve heard about a school losing a child.
Please make sure your school is taking the proper precautions and monitoring your child at all times. 

http://www.thedurhamnews.com/2014/10/13/4230488_missing-autistic-girl-is-returned.html?rh=1
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He said my name!

No, this post is not national news, but it is wonderful news, just the same.

Since Connor has started imitating, he is slowly becoming a tiny bit verbal.
Those of you who have a non-verbal child/grandchild will completely understand my joy and excitement…
This past weekend, our grandson said (his version of) “Bumpy!”  I was tickled pink, as you will hear.

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Lock your iPad screen

There is a little tongue in cheek humor here, but if you have a child who is constantly switching apps up, or replaying the same one over and over, you understand how this could be useful information…
http://autism-daddy.blogspot.com/2014/09/ipad-survivalsanity-tricks-for-autism.html
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Children with autism appear to have excess synapses

Healthyday.com reported the findings of a new study that suggests (eventually) there may be a medication that could correct the extra synapses they suggest exist in the brain of a child with ASD.
 Interesting read!
http://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/autism-news-51/kids-with-autism-have-extra-brain-connections-study-shows-690969.html
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Interesting article from the New York Times Magazine

I’m not sure I completely agree that these children have been “cured”, as it mentions still having some slight lingering characteristics, BUT …. it’s a very interesting article (that’s why I’m sharing it – grin)…

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/magazine/the-kids-who-beat-autism.html?_r=0

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“New Hope” for non-verbal ASD children is always good news!

We are so thankfully our grandson has started to imitate (or mirror).  it has opened his world up just a little bit more!

This article is very interesting for those families with non-verbal children!
 http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/new-hope-for-children-with-autism-who-never-learn-to-speak/14469/adn/
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Brain inflexibility may explain behavior

No surprise here, but the article, from Fox News, is interesting…
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/07/29/for-children-with-autism-brain-inflexibility-may-explain-behavior/
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Great tips for outings with kids

Love That Max Blog provides some great tips…
http://www.lovethatmax.com/2014/07/errand-tips-kids-with-autism.html

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Hate Therapy?

Posting as an FYI:
Oh my goodness!  I wouldn’t allow this very extreme therapy to be used on my grandson.  
http://www.thenanfang.com/blog/chongqing-doctor-claims-hate-therapy-can-cure-children-of-autism/
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A great new APP!

So excited to read about the SPEAKall App.  I will definitely check this out with my grandson.
http://wlfi.com/2014/06/25/purdue-app-gives-kids-with-autism-their-own-voice/ 

We were playing a speaking game just last week… 
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Fact or Fiction

Did you see this informational/clarification post from Medical Daily?
Worth the time to read!
http://www.medicaldaily.com/autism-awareness-8-myths-and-realities-about-spectrum-disorder-281236
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It only takes a moment for a child to wander off

If you have a child that may wander off, here are some great tips from a blog posted on ColoradoMoms.com… 
http://coloradomoms.com/specialneeds/autism-and-wandering-off-six-tips-to-help-prevent-the-unthinkable/ 
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How autism can effect siblings

This was originally posted last month, by three different sources.  In case you didn’t catch it, it’s valuable information about siblings and autism.  Good stuff!
http://www.wral.com/autism-month-fostering-strong-sibling-relationships/13584824/
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The WHOLE story about the Disney movie communication breakthrough!

Wow, I had seen the short video clips about how a father communicated to his son using Disney characters, but I had not seen this CBS news report about it. Thanks go out to my mom for sending me this information!

This is worth the time to watch.  Talks about the importance of reaching an autistic child through the things they love.

Breaking through autism with Disney movies.

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TED talk about genetics

Wow, LOTS of interesting information, concentrating on genetics, in this TED Talk by Wendy Chung!

http://www.ted.com/talks/wendy_chung_autism_what_we_know_and_what_we_don_t_know_yet?utm_medium=on.ted.com-facebook-share&utm_source=direct-on.ted.com&utm_content=awesm-publisher&utm_campaign=&awesm=on.ted.com_ppos#t-192041
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Apps for ASD children

Many ASD children, especially non-verbal, have more going on in their brain than we give them credit for.  
Technology can help draw that knowledge out and open up their world!
WRAL.com recently posted an article about the current top 10 rated apps for ASD children.

Check it out! http://www.wral.com/autism-month-10-highly-rated-apps-for-children-with-autism/13557110/

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Be watchful

In regards to children with autism, I often say…
  • Be aware
  • Be informed
  • See things differently
  • Find joy in the gift of a child
This article Ten Signs of Autism in Infants gives you some early signs to look for.  With the increase in autism diagnosis, try not to write off behavior as cute, quirky, or going through a phase.  While those statements might be accurate, it is still wise to have them checked out.  Early intervention is KEY to helping a child discover and achieve their potential!

Everyone has potential!
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About potty training…

At yesterday’s Autism Expo, in Raleigh, I spoke with a couple different experts about one of the current challenges for our grandson…. potty training.

They both recommended the same book!  Toilet Training in Less Than a Day by Azrin & Foxx.

I did a little poking around the internet and found this autism specific article bout the program.  Great information!  If you are working on potty training your ASD child, check it out.
http://www.nationalautismresources.com/azandfototri.html

Good Luck!


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HIPAA secure Social Network!

Oh, My GOODNESS!

While at the Autism Expo in Raleigh today, I had a very nice conversation with a representative of the National Autism Network.  

She was telling me about this new HIPPA secure site where (if I understood it correctly)  you can have a page, and “friend” your child’s various providers and post things that each provider can see.  That way you only have to say it once, and they all have access to see how your child is progressing.  How COOL!

Check it out at the National Autism Network website!
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WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY!

Did you see this video by the Secretary General of the UN?
A serious subject, but the participants will make you smile
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The perfect day to gift this book to someone you know who is wondering if they have a child on the Spectrum…
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In case you didn’t know

April is Autism Awareness month!  
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April 2nd is Autism Awareness DAY! 

April is also the Month of the Military Child.
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Remember, military families have children with ASD, too.
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Two great communication stories

These stories have been around for a couple of weeks, but in case you haven’t seen them, this article puts them together in one location.

Communication is key!  Non-verbal does not mean unintelligent!  Check out this article from Liberty Voice, showing two different possibilities for communicating with your non-verbal child.
http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/bridging-the-gap-between-autism-and-communication-video/

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