Ashley Isaacson

About Ashley Isaacson

Ashley Isaacson writes fiction and journals about storytelling and faith on her new blog site. She's excited to publish one of her novellas before the end of the year. It was her close association with Learning Rx (a franchise training center that strengthens the cognitive abilities of students) that she became aware of autism. As a writer for Autism Daily Newscast, she likes being able to report on topics that concern human growth, development, and fulfillment.

How Music Therapy Helps Learners with ASD: Part Two

Music is a form of communication. Music conveys feelings and if the composition has lyrics, music also expresses itself through words and ideas that are reinforced by the moods created from tone and beat. Learners on the autism spectrum are not impervious to the communication expressed through music. People with autism can perceive moods in […]

Learners with Autism Respond to Music Therapy

Unique challenges call for unique approaches. The mind of an autistic person has not developed the same way that the mind of a neurotypical has. It follows, that the mind of an autistic person may not learn through the same methods that are prescribed for a neurotypical. A different means through which an autistic learner […]

The TEACCH Program Provides a Customized Learning Environment for People with ASD

Even as the challenges associated with autism are persistent and far-reaching, there seems to be a growing number of evidence-based methods to undergird and strengthen autistic people to overcome the obstacles to a fulfilling life. The University of North Carolina has established a successful program called TEACCH, Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped […]

Model Me Kids Curriculum Effectively Teaches Social Skills Through Video Modeling

It’s an ancient teaching method for students copy the style of their masters in developing their own skill, whether it’s drawing, sculpting, or writing literature. Even the role of parenting is essentially a modeling approach for children to learn social skills, values, and common sense. This model of teaching has not waned in effectiveness: two […]

Autism-Friendly Films for Autistic Moviegoers and Their Friends and Family

Autistic children and adults who may love watching movies but dread the movie theatre can now enjoy new releases in an autism-friendly theatre environment. Several cinemas in the US and UK are offering monthly showings in an auditorium suitable for an autistic audience. The autism-friendly auditorium will have dimmed lights (rather than complete dark), reduced […]

The Horse Boy Method Increases Cognitive Processing of Autistic Children

As the number of people diagnosed with autism increases (1 out of 88 children in 2008 compared to 1 out of 110 children in 2006 as stated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention), it becomes increasingly important to find methods to help autistic people experience the world in meaningful ways. Autism can cause […]

Service Dogs Help the Entire Family of an Autistic Child – Part 2

Anthony Kuznia, an 11 year old autistic went missing last Wednesday in East Grand Forks Michigan. Just over a day later, his body was retrieved about a half a mile from his home. Although there were no obvious signs of trauma, an autopsy will be preformed. Anthony had a history of wandering off as is […]

Dogs Help Autistic Children Bond and Grow: Part 1

Autism can make it difficult for children to bond with other people. For unknown reasons, aspects of an autistic child’s cognitive development are hindered, so it becomes difficult for children with autism to identify their needs and feelings and to express these to other people, including family members. Without the ability to more easily connect […]

Non Verbal Autistic Kids with Cameras Discover a way to Communicate

The 2009 documentary, Kids With Cameras, films a nationally acclaimed educator, Brad Koepenick, , teaching 11-19 year old autistic children the art of movie making. The camp lasts five days and each day is packed with learning all the aspects of film making  storytelling, writing, acting, voice-over techniques, and other elements. A common problem of effectively teaching […]

Greater need for Residential Communities for adults with Autism

Statistics can be unsettling, but also a way to mobilize. According to Montana ASA, at least 80% of autistic adults between the ages of 18 and 30 live with their parents. The unemployment rate of autistic adults is 81%. In the next ten years, around 500,000 children with autism will become adults. Thousands have been […]