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

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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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 … Continue reading

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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) … Continue reading

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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 UN Secretary – General MessageThe perfect day to gift this book to someone you know who is wondering if … Continue reading

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In case you didn’t know

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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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A sense of humor is important

“You might be an autism parent if” was tweeted this morning by @JenCluff.It is a funny look at the truth.  Laughter IS the best medicine.http://mom-ology.ca/wordpress/you-might-be-an-autism-parent-if-2/

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In a fight for a life

This article (from Huffington Post) mirrors our story, in the book.  We have only started to begin reaching for Connor’s best education.  Is this family’s story how our family’s story is going to be?  God bless them… God bless us all.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/24/public-schools-special-education_n_4261145.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing15%7Cdl18%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D410894

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Non-verbal, but you can see the excitement

Okay, this is not news.  It’s an absolutely adorable picture of my grandson (and my oldest son).He may be non-verbal, but I think he has communicated his joy in this picture!

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A holiday letter to help others understand

Here’s an interesting idea, from the Autism Society of North Carolina’s web site…http://autismsocietyofnc.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/holiday-letter-helping-friends-and-family-understand-your-child-with-asd/

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Happening NOW!

Check out the Autism Speaks to Washington Summit.Click this link and follow it LIVE!http://www.autismspeaks.org/events/autism-speaks-washington-livestream

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Treatments to avoid

Yikes!  This article, from Forbes, is downright scary.  Be aware/Be informed/See things differently – but use common sense…http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/10/29/the-5-scariest-autism-treatments/

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Great news for the Raleigh, NC. area!

A new school is in the works, slated to open in August 2014!http://www.wral.com/news/education/video/13013060/#/vid13013060

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Interesting APP

We have not tried this, but it certainly is an interesting site…http://autismate.com/Home/Comprehensive-App-For-Autism-With-Visual-Supports/

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Autism wanderings

Great tips in this article from Autism Speaks!http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/7-steps-you-can-take-prevent-wandering-your-child%E2%80%99s-schoolThere is also a program in, Roanoke VA, to give wandering children tracking anklets, free of charge.  I can’t locate the link at the moment, but when I do I will share it.

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