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.
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
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.
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
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/
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/
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…
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/
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/
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.
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/
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!
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
Did you see this video by the Secretary General of the UN?
A serious subject, but the participants will make you smile UN Secretary – General Message
The perfect day to gift this book to someone you know who is wondering if they have a child on the Spectrum…
April is Autism Awareness month! April 2nd is Autism Awareness DAY!
April is also the Month of the Military Child.
Remember, military families have children with ASD, too.
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/
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
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.
Wow, the National Autism Network is a great find. They have a wealth of resources!
Check it out here … National Autism Network
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