Thoughts and ideas to support children and adults with autism

Source: Living Autism
Written by: Geoff Evans

One definition of a foundation refers to it being an anchor and providing a solid surface upon which to build.
In a world of quick fixes and instant solutions when supporting individuals with autism we are all at risk of being drawn in to trying interventions and approaches that offer a quick fix or an easy solution without having to do all the hard work of laying the foundations that will help ensure success.
Over many years of working with children and adults with autism I have learnt that what often works is taking time to lay the foundations, that is to ensure we have both the values and best practice in place to support what we do. In this article I explore some of the basics that help provide a firm foundation upon which we can build successful interventions and approaches.

The person with autism has a right to be consulted with and involved in all aspects of living their lives including what approaches and interventions are used

Underpinning all we do should be a commitment to seeking the views and opinions of the person with autism irrespective of their abilities and how autism impacts upon them. Whilst we may take this for granted in the past we might have often put approaches and strategies in place without consulting and actively involving the person with autism and then wondered why they were not successful. I will cover this area in more detail in a future article; however, for now it is worth considering and asking yourself the following:

1. What support and methods can we put in place to enable the person with autism to be fully involved, make comments and make real choices regarding their lives and the support they receive? This can include the use of photographs, symbols, video clips or one of the many Apps that are now available for smart devices. Click here to read the rest of the story.

 

Autistic Teenager Creates App To Help People On The Spectrum

Source: Forbes
Written by: Nicholas Fearn

An 18-year-old software developer has created an iOS app to help those on the autistic spectrum in their day-to-day lives.

Ethan Shallcross, who has a form of autism and lives in the English town of Torquay, developed Aumi to enable people to manage their anxiety, monitor their mental health and reduce burnout.

“The app has been built with people on the autism spectrum in mind, and his has influenced the design and functionality of the entire app,” he says. “However, it is not just for people on the autism spectrum. People who have high anxiety, are frequently burnt out, or struggle with their mental health may also find it useful.” Click here to read the rest of the story.

May Special Needs Articles

Welcome to the May article links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of May on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

5 things I learned from being an autism dad (Fatherly)

7 toilet training tips that help nonverbal kids with autism (Autism Speaks)

8 ingenious innovations helping autistic children communicate (Mashable)

9 important things autism moms want people to know (Autism Magazine)

10 steps to include students with autism in general education classrooms (Think Inclusive)

After an autism diagnosis: 13 necessary next steps for parents (Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism)

An overlooked resource- people with disabilities (Think Inclusive)

Author tells own story of life with cerebral palsy (Madison Magazine)

Autism: The hidden talent that shows up in the workplace (Business Standard)

Gaming may help kids with ADHD (The Newspaper)

How to help children with autism make, and keep friends (Chicago Tribune)

Kids treated for ADHD can still struggle in school, especially girls (Reuters)

The joys and challenges of being a parent with autism (The Atlantic)

Using visual schedules to get a child with autism organized in 45 minutes (Autismag)

What sensory processing disorder says about autism (Spectrum)

March Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the March article links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of March on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

3 key lessons no one told about dyslexia (The Pavlovic Today)

7 key social skills to help children with autism cope with bullying (Upbility)

7 signs adult ADHD might be interfering with your performance at work (Techco)

7 tips for motivating kids on the autism spectrum (PopSugar)

11 signs of autism in girls (Very Well)

Helping Asperger’s teens transition to college (My Asperger’s Child)

Helping your ADHD child with homework (Healthy Place)

Is sensory processing disorder the same as sensory processing sensitivity? (The Highly Sensitive Person)

Organization and attention challenges related to sensory processing disorder (The O.T. Toolbox)

Parents: Don’t hide your children’s autism diagnoses from them (Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism)

Sensory processing disorder at home ideas (Kids Activities Blog)

Sleep strategies for kids with autism and sensory needs (And Next Comes L)

What an autistic shutdown is like for me (The Mighty)

What teachers should know about ADHD and ASD (Edutopia)

 

February Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the February links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of February on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

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10 fun activities for children with autism (education.com)

12 things to remember when working with challenging students (Think Inclusive)

Autism awareness and wandering- tips for parents and the wider community (Patient Talk)

Adults with autism: Scarce funds and wait lists (WUWF)

Adults with autism see interests as strengths, career paths (NYU)

Imaging study confirms differences in ADHD brains (The Conversation)

Justice side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog (ABCNews)

Sensory processing disorder and autism: Task and the picky eater (Aspergers 101)

Supporting students with autism in the classroom: What teachers need to know (My Disability Matters)

 

 

8 Reasons Why You Should Hire Someone With Asperger’s Syndrome

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Source: (Life Hack)

When you hear the word Asperger’s, what kind of person do you think of?

Asperger’s Syndrome (ASP) is a type of mild autism that affects an average of 1 in 88 children in the US. In popular media, there are certain stereotypes attributed to people with Asperger’s (just think of Sheldon Cooper from TV’s Big Bang Theory). Often, due to their unusual gifts and behavior, highly creative and gifted people are labeled with Asperger’s, especially if they are socially awkward.

Furthermore, there’s been a trend recently where “experts” diagnose famous people with Asperger’s posthumously. The list of “diagnosed” includes Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, George Washington, and many others. Obviously, such post-mortem diagnoses are nonsense. Diagnosing Asperger’s is a difficult process and such diagnosis can only be established by psychiatrists or psychologists. They typically use specialized psychoeducational assessments to diagnose Asperger’s syndrome. To read the rest of the story, Click Here

September Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the September links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of September on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

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3 ways technology can help students with autism (Ed Tech Magazine)

5 ways autism makes me a cool dad (Autism Speaks)

10 things to never say to parents of a child with sensory processing disorder (Daily America)

Autism: Useful tips for school teachers back to school (HuffPost Parents)

Doctors are failing to spot Asperger’s in girls (The Guardian)

Myrtle Beach airport opens room for children with autism (The State)

Parents of children with autism face ‘exhausting battles’ to get educational support (HuffPost Parents)

Play therapy helps children with ADHD build social skills (ADDitude Magazine)

Student with autism now the ‘most popular kid in the room’ after visit from Florida State Player (Fox 61)

The ABC’s of Cerebral Palsy (Yahoo News)

Timing is key to understanding sensory, social issues in autism (Spectrum News)

The gifted brain and sensory processing disorder (Genealogy Jen)

Top ten apps to help improve the lives of as children (Yu-Kai Chou)

When children are diagnosed with a sensory disorder (Wall Street Journal)

When kids sit alone (The Atlantic)

Why I’m done worrying about grade levels and deficits (Scary Mommy)

June Monthly Article Links

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Welcome to the June article links and resources. These are articles that I tweeted and received during the month of June on special needs and developmental disability topics.

10 ways to help autistic children and adults  (The Art of Autism)

20 things I have learned since my son was diagnosed with autism (Huffington Post)

Autistic people are not failed versions of “normal.” They are different, not less (Ideas.TED.com)

Benefits of therapy dogs for autistic children (dogville.com)

Differences between tantrums and sensory meltdowns (Understood)

Exercise can help adults better cope with ADHD symptoms (Science Daily)

Girls with ADHD: How it’s missed (ADDitude)

How a dip in a pool can help open up a new world for children with autism (The Journal.ie)

How well does early intervention work for children with autism? (verywell.com)

Man with Cerebral Palsy goes surfing (New York Daily News)

Raising a daughter with Down syndrome makes me dream of a more inclusive society (Huffington Post)

Resources scarce for adults with autism (The Gazette)

Robot designed to help children with autism (Fast Company. Coexists)

Teen with Down syndrome becomes a police officer for a day (CTV News)

Teen with Down syndrome launches her own dog treat business (TMJ4)

Treating ADHD without medication (ADDitude)

Using poetry to give young adults with disabilities a voice (Washington Post)

What sensory processing disorder has to say about autism (Spectrum)

What it’s like to have ADHD (The Wireless)

Why I’m teaching my child with autism how to swim (Autism Speaks)

Do you know of any interesting articles on special needs and developmental disability topics you would like to see included in the monthly article links? please feel free to contact me at: specialneedsresourceblog@gmail.com

 

 

May Special Needs Article Links

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Welcome to the May article links and resources. These are articles that I  tweeted  and received during the month of May on special needs and developmental disability topics. I tweet articles and links everyday.

3 types of autism spectrum disorder explained (Bustle)

6 resources for working with scouts with autism (Scouting Magazine)

8 learning strategies for children with ADHD (Advance Psychology)

17 ways to help students with ADHD concentrate (Edutopia)

30 academic resources on learning ( Informed)

A letter to my child without ADHD (ADDitude Magazine)

Adult ADHD slipping under the radar (The Sidney Morning Herald)

Aging out of sensory storytime: How libraries can provide services for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum (American Libraries)

Autism-friendly Broadway performances allow families to enjoy theatre together (Fox News Health)

Brain signals between seizures may explain memory problems in patients with epilepsy (Medical Press)

Children with ADHD may benefit from following healthy behaviors, new study suggests (Science News)

Effectively teaching mathematics to students with Down syndrome (Teacher)

Flying with autism: 10 smart tips for an enjoyable experience (Cruising with Autism)

High school senior with cerebral palsy breaks barriers in sports world (WBRC)

Mother pens book about raising 1 twin with autism, 1 without (Fox News Health)

Museum of Disability to open exhibit on Down Syndrome (The Buffalo News)

Navigating an online education for students with disabilities (Online Schools Center)

Not wrong, just different: wisdom for those dealing with ADHD (Huffpost Education)

UK grocery store to offer ‘quiet hours’ for shoppers with autism (Fox News)

Young man with Down syndrome becomes youngest business owner in his town (Eyewitness News)

March Upcoming Events

March 5, 2016

Visions of Community
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
For More Information: www.fcsn.org

March 11, 2016

Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers
Conference and Trade Show
Galt House Hotel
Louisville, KY
For More Information: www.stnoline.com

March 18, 2016

2016 Statewide Disabilities Conference
Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (ARIDC)
Westin Pasadena Hotel
For More Information: Statewide Disabilities Conference