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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Lots of information in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry

The Harvard Review of Psychiatry has a “special issue” currently available with topics concentrating on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Lots of information here!
http://journals.lww.com/hrpjournal/Pages/default.aspx 


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If you are in Burlington, Vermont…

Hello Burlingtonians!  
Just thought I’d share this information about an upcoming Autism Conference in June…
The University of Vermont will host the 17th annual Summer Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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I just discovered a GREAT Autism Resources web site!

Wow, the National Autism Network is a great find.  They have a wealth of resources!  
Check it out here … National Autism Network 

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Are you a Princess Bride fan?

This article makes some valid points while using the humor from the movie The Princess Bride.
It’s well worth the read… http://www.snagglebox.com/article/autism-parenting-princess-bride

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Organized surroundings can help!

Great ideas in this article from Autism Daily News!
http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/organizing-for-autism-change-your-space-to-increase-functional-communication/7133/alixstrickland/

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Good news for parents of “flight risk” ASD children

If you have been contemplating a GPS tracking devise for your child, on the spectrum, but have found the cost to be too excessive, there is some good news.
Many news sites have been posting that the Government will now cover the cost of a tracker for your autistic child…
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/nyregion/us-will-finance-devices-to-track-children-with-autism.html?_r=1 

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Important news about screening toddlers

Saw this information on the Autism Speaks site… Good to know!
http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/revised-m-chat-improves-autism-screening-toddlers 
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An upcoming invention

From news right here in my own backyard (Raleigh)… An invention that could help students/adults refocus on the task at hand.  Interesting!

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2013/12/fokuslabs-wristband-aims-to-help-you.html

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Watching out for wandering

I know people have varying opinions on “tracking” kids with ASD.  My family has decided a tracker for my non-verbal grandson could be beneficial.  The local police station provides a few, free of charge.  Connor is on the waiting list.  He has learned to open the front door.  It’s scary to think your child may wander off when you take your eyes off him/her.

Here are some great tips to help prevent the wandering of a child at school (posted by Autism Speaks).   http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/7-steps-you-can-take-prevent-wandering-your-child%E2%80%99s-school 

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Breaking barriers

Great post on the Autism Awareness Page!
This young man has overcome his fears.  He’s breaking barriers, tearing down stereotypes, and teaching others!
http://autismawarenesspage.com/x-factor-contestant-breaks-barriers-for-aspies/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=autaware&utm_campaign=x-factor-contestant-breaks-barriers-for-as&utm_term=20131206
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