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.

 

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

 

 

February Special Needs Article Links

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

  1. Video games: A new therapeutic frontier for cerebral palsy– The Globe and Mail
  2. In case of emergency: ID bands offer extra protection for people with disabilities– Record Eagle
  3. 5 special things you might not know about autism– Autism Parenting Magazine
  4. Lego reveals first ever toy figure in a wheelchair– Independent
  5. Parents are the best advocates for children with sensory processing disorder– The Sensory Spectrum
  6. Trying to explain sensory processing disorder– Attachment Mummy
  7. How to design a calming room for kids with autism– autism.baydakh
  8. 5 reasons to read the autism book everyone’s talking about– parents.com
  9. 10 key reasons why autism unemployment so high– Autism Worlds- Eye Blog
  10. How to help your Aspie learn social skills: the 6 P’s to social skills coaching for parents– Autism Parenting Magazine
  11. Promises every special educator should make to their student’s parents– Think Inclusive.
  12. Bill requiring cameras in special education classrooms get mixed emotions-WSLS
  13. Scientist discover a link between epilepsy and autism for the first time– Daily Mail
  14. 10 rules for being an autism mom-Bloggy Mom
  15. 12 year old girl creates app inspired by sister on autism spectrum-ABCNews
  16. Why recognizing dyslexia in children at school can be difficult-KQED
  17. 24 tips for parenting a child with sensory processing disorder-Crystal & Co.
  18. Orlando hospital pilots ER program to help kids with autism-Bay News 9
  19. 5 things you must know about dating someone with sensory processing disorder-Health Medicine Network
  20. What it’s like to live with autism as an adult– Good housekeeping

 

January Special Needs Article Links

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

  1. IEP terms you should know– understood.org
  2. 10 Things Medics Should Know About Your Autism– Autism Parenting Magazine
  3. Horse therapy improved memory and attention in cerebral palsy patients-horsetalk.co
  4. 5 myths about sensory processing disorder– Integrated Strategies
  5. It’s not easy teaching special education-NPR
  6. 5 ways to use interactive books in the classroom-Autism Classroom Resources
  7. Parent of child with down syndrome pens book on financial planning for special needs family members– The Gazette
  8. Kindergarten and Sensory Processing Disorder– The Jenny Evolution
  9. Surviving the wandering nightmare– Autism After 16
  10. 7 best teaching apps for kids with autism– Teachercast
  11. Five early signs of autism-Neuroscience News
  12. 5 effective strategies for the inclusive classroom– KQED
  13. Preventing wandering: Resources for parents and first responders– Autism Speaks
  14. Why person-first language doesn’t always put the person first– Think Inclusive
  15. ABA- Teaching verbs to children with autism- About Education
  16. How journaling with my ASD son created a special life connection– Autism Parenting Magazine
  17. 25 fine motor activities using household items– Mama OT
  18. Why is occupational therapy important for children with autism?-Network Autism
  19. Temperature regulation: why does my autistic child refuse to wear a coat– Jeannie Davide-Rivera