Teaching conversation Skills to Children with Autism.
Wow today we are ecstatic parents of a child with Autism!
For quite a number of years we have been working on Isybees conversation skills. She has a great grasp on vocabulary and spelling however to get her to have an unprompted conversation has been a real challenge.
The strategy we have used has been to tell her stories at night when she goes to bed, but with a twist. Continue reading
Could Autism ASD be Human Evolution in the making?
Autism awareness month is April, so I thought we would post something which would possibly raise some eyebrows about the subject of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Evolution.
Mainstream or Special School, What is Better for Children with Autism?
Schools for Autism – Mainstream or Special?
We have had quite a lot of exposure lately to the subject of Mainstream Schools and Special Schools for children with Austism.
There are quite a few arguments / opinions for and against both, and a very large factor is the school and staff itself, regardless of whether it is Mainstream or Special Schools for Autism and other disabilities.
April is Autism Awareness Month
It is Autism Awareness Month and it is staggering the number of children being diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders, at the moment 1 in 88 children are being diagnosed and 1 in 54 boys will be diagnosed with Autism. It is still difficult to say for sure whether it is because of heightened awareness and therefore more children being diagnosed than before, or whether it is because of more children actually being born with or having a late onset of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Continue reading
It is important that any therapy is fun for the child
Occupational Therapy For Independent Living
According to various Occupational Therapy Associations, Occupational Therapy helps individuals achieve and hone skills which allow them to live an independent life. These are skills that can be specifically targeted to children and adults within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders. Continue reading
Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnosing Criteria will change in May 2013
DSM-5 Autism Disorders
The way in which Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome, are diagnosed are going to radically change in May 2013. At the moment the DSM-4 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) criteria is being used to diagnose and categorise Autism Spectrum Disorders, within the Spectrum there are currently 2 main categories – Autism and Aspergers. With the new criteria of DSM-5 Apergers Syndrome, CDD (Childhood Disintegrative Disorder) and PDD NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)will also fall into the general category of Autism Disorders/Autism Spectrum Disorders. The new proposed DSM-5 (DSM-V) will do away with Aspergers all together and they will all fall within one label – Autism Disorders with specific symptom identifiers. Continue reading
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Tagged American Psychiatric Association, Asperger Syndrome, aspergers diagnosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder, CDD, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-4, DSM-5, DSM-IV, DSM-V, Family Advocacy, PDD NOS, Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Explaining Physical and Emotional Changes
At some stage your child within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders will reach puberty. It can be a difficult time for a child and parents of a child without a disability, and so for a child with a disability like Autism it can be all the more difficult.
How do you go about explaining to an Autistic child who has difficulty in communicating and understanding, about how and why their bodies and feelings are making such a drastic change at puberty?. For girls it can be an even greater challenge as they go through major physical changes to which if they don’t understand can be a very traumatic event. Continue reading
Posted in Autism Teaching Aids
Tagged Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Puberty, Autism Teenager health issues, Fay Angelo and Rose Stewart, Heather Pritchard, Heathwer Anderson, Julie Davey, puberty, Puberty and Autistic teenagers, Secret Boys' Business, Secret Girls' Business