Tag Archives: Autism: Expressions of a non-verbal child

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.htmlThis study appears to be in agreement with one being done earlier at Columbia Universityhttp://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.pdfWe 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Be watchful

In regards to children with autism, I often say…Be awareBe informedSee things differentlyFind joy in the gift of a childThis article Ten Signs of Autism in Infants gives you some early signs to look for.  With the increase in autism diagnosis, … Continue reading

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