Autism-specific practice guidelines for the nation’s pediatricians.

Here’s some information that is worth reading.  The most up to date info about important autism-specific practice guidelines for the nation’s pediatricians.  
https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/pediatrics-publishes-research-guidelines-autism-related-health-issues
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Adaptive swim programs

This particular article is about the YMCA, in Burlington, Vermont.  It happens to be where my oldest son learned to swim, as an infant.  I have always been an advocate for the early swimming programs at the Y – I think they’re great!  

Now I see they received a grant from Autism speaks to work specifically with teaching children and adults on the Spectrum how to swim.  How cool is that?!  My oldest son now has a non-verbal son, just like the child mentioned in this article. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2016/01/08/adaptive-swim-program-success/78510644/

I would suggest if you have a need for your ASD loved one to learn to swim (and everyone should learn to swim, even if just for safety issues) check into your local YMCA and ask about an adaptive swim program in your area.
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Interesting perspective on ABA therapy

During a recent conversation with our son, who has an autistic child.  He informed me that our grandson’s current ABA therapist did not believe a particular rigorous program I have been suggesting would be to his best interest.  Then I see this article…  http://www.thinkinclusive.us/on-aba-and-rethinking-effective-behavioral-interventions/ by Dusty Jones, that seems to imply the same thing.

I certainly have not seen the severe methods he describes, but… I don’t doubt he has.  People have different ideas on what is considered “beneficial.”

The article is a bit long, but worth considering, and well worth the read.
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Robot Therapy

WOW! Look at this information about Milo, pretty cool…
https://www.facebook.com/MicMedia/videos/1014691888553601/
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Autism Parenting Magazine

I did not know this even existed!  Sounds like a great resource…http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/
They even have a Facebook Page…https://www.facebook.com/AutismParentingMagazine?fref=photo

As I often say, “Be aware. Be informed. See things differently. And enjoy the gift of a child.”
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A nice article about understanding and patience

This one will make you smile, or maybe cry, or even both
http://www.tickld.com/x/jaw/he-was-getting-prepared-to-defend-his-autistic-son
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Yoga poses can help calm a meltdown

If you recognize the signs that your child is becoming over frustrated and can get them to do these yoga poses before they are in full blown meltdown mode… this may calm them down and avoid stress for all involved…
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18351/5-kid-friendly-yoga-poses-to-help-your-child-avoid-a-meltdown.html

Make it fun as the redirection can help, too.
It’s certainly worth a try, and the calming benefits could be wonderful!
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Limiting television

This article showed up in the news this morning.  Very interesting about the effects of watching a lot of TV/Movies at a young age.

http://www.whattoexpect.com/wom/toddler/0717/toddler-tv-time-may-put-kids-at-risk-of-bullying.aspx?xid=aol_wte-preg_36_20150713_&aolcat=HLT&icid=maing-grid7%7Cbon1-c%7Cdl13%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D1879473990

This not only applies to ASD children, but to all children.  Although,many  children on the spectrum do like their tv/movies… be aware, be informed, see differently, enjoy the gift of a child.
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Early detection in the placenta

Life certainly can get busy.  I should be having a little more time to start focusing on sharing the latest Autism News again.

I had a friend send me this article this afternoon.  It’s very interesting and worthy of sharing. It’s a recent study done by some researchers at Yale University…
http://news.yale.edu/2013/04/25/autism-risk-spotted-birth-abnormal-placentas#.VZR6L0l_8UU.facebook
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The difference between a meltdown and a tantrum

Here is an interesting article, from theasutismsite.com, about the differences between a meltdown and a tantrum.  It offers possible triggers and suggestions to assist with calming a meltdown.  
http://blog.theautismsite.com/tantrum-meltdown/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=autfan&utm_term=20150412&utm_campaign=5

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Author receives her copy of her book….

Seven year old, Rory Munt, co-authored a book with her grandmother.  After all, no one can tell “Rory’s Story, Having an autistic brother” quite like Rory, herself!  She was very happy to receive her printed copy!

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Being a good big sister, she wanted her picture taken with her book’s companion book about her brother. Awh…

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Congratulations, Rory!  There aren’t many seven year olds who can say they have a published book.  You GO, girl!
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Drumming and Autism

My good friend, Dori Staehle, sent me two interesting article about the benefits of drumming for people on the spectrum.  Check them out… interesting info for sure!
http://www.x8drums.com/blog/beat-a-drum-for-autism-awareness-/
http://www.autismkey.com/drum-therapy-for-autism/
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All kinds of interesting info in this post!

This article, from whattoexpect.com, came across my newsfeed today. LOTS of interesting information!
http://www.whattoexpect.com/family/autism-news-research/?xid=aol_wte-preg_13_20150330_&aolcat=HLT&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing15%7Cdl36%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D638073
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“Rory’s Story, Having an autistic brother” Book launch TODAY

It’s BOOK LAUNCH day!
What better day to purchase 7yr old Rory’s book Rory’s Story, having an autistic brother” then on Autism Awareness Day?

Won’t you help Rory fulfill her dream of becoming “famous?”  Purchase her book, at cost, TODAY and let’s help her become a best selling author! She will be so surprised!
Thanks all!

Blessings,
Pam Horton
(Rory’s grandmother)

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Being a self advocate is important

This is great information!  It may not apply to a non-verbal, or communication challenged student, but for those who can make their wishes known, being a self advocate is important…
http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2015/03/25/7-ways-to-bring-self-advocacy-to-your-next-iep/
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Have you heard about Autism Village?

Autism Village is a new “app” that helps families of autistic people find autism friendly services for them.
It’s just getting started and they are looking for feedback from those who have loved ones on the spectrum.  Now’s a great time to check it out and help make it the best app around for families who have a loved on with ASD!
http://autismvillage.com/ 
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The companion book is finished!

My granddaughter, Rory, and I have completed her book.  “Rory’s Story, having an autistic brother” will be available in April.  Watch for  the Amazon.com link to be posted soon!
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OH! Now THIS is interesting…. GPS Clothing!

Of course any new idea is pricey when it first comes out, but this is a great idea!  Obviously, if you need it, you’ll get it now and pay the high price, but if you can wait a bit I’m guessing the prices will come down.

As the inventor states… 
“GPSing in the clothes is going to become the norm,” Thierry said. “Hear me now, believe me later.”

Check out the article on Huffington Post…
 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/18/autism-gps-device_n_6705368.html
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New study from Duke University brings us a little closer…

This article posted today and talks about new understanding of the protein, brain, genes connection.  
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/01/07/duke-research-finds-clue-to-causes-of-autism.html

This study appears to be in agreement with one being done earlier at Columbia University
http://expressionsofanonverbalchild.com/children-with-autism-appear-to-have-excess-synapses/

Gotta love it when research agrees!
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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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