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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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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