Helping Children with Autism Learn to Eat with Tom Caffrey

Tom Caffrey, M.Ed, BCBA, international trainer and speaker and founder and director of VBN Training, has created a series of video training modules to help parents and professionals overcome the daily behavioral challenges children with autism and their families face. As a parent of a child with autism, Caffrey understands these challenges firsthand. This is […]

Can Adults with Autism Achieve Independence?

Research shows that young adults with autism are more likely to live with their parents than those with other diagnoses. The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, a long-term, federally funded survey of special education students and their parents, followed 620 individuals with autism, 450 with intellectual disabilities, 410 with learning disabilities, and 380 with emotional disturbance […]

Snug Vest: A recent addition to possible aids for children with special needs

Our final in the series on weighted vests highlights a former swimming instructor and classroom volunteer from Vancouver who has designed a special type of vest to aid children with special needs in their daily activities. The 24-year-old, Lisa Fraser, who has worked with these children first hand, believes that hug can mean so much for […]

New Autism communication study urges actions to speak louder than words

25 pc  of people diagnosed with Autism or an ASD are non-verbal. 25 years ago, that figure stood at over 50 pc. Ongoing research and communication between pediatrics, educators and parents are showing significant results in aiding those diagnosed with Autism, to find forms in which to communicate. But researchers from the centre of Research […]

Portland School Still Has Seclusion Room

Oregon State Representative Sarah Gelser says it’s “outrageous” that Pioneer School in Portland still has a seclusion room, in spite of a state law requiring they be removed by Sept. 1. Christine Miles, spokesperson for the school, admits that the room is still there, but claims that the school is awaiting guidance from the Oregon […]

Discounted weighted vests and affordable wrap arounds for children with autism

Weighted vest are trusted as an aid to children with autism. It is proven to be durable and dependable in supporting them with their routine and sleep as it provides just the right amount of added weight and pressure for calming effects. This is second in our series on weighted vests. Unfortunately, weighted vests may […]

Enzymes responsible for Autistic brain pathways isolated

A number of enzymes (proteins that aid in biological reactions) have been pin-pointed in having a profound effect on the genetic building and neurological pathways associated closely with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The family of proteins, called topoisomerases are predominantly responsible for winding and unwinding DNA during the process of replication, when new cells are […]

Petition urges Cross Country trains to change their policy regarding special needs

A petition has been  started to urge Cross Country trains to change and review their policy after a number of special needs children were allegedly made to sit outside a toilet on a journey from Edinburgh to Lanarkshire. The train was reportedly full as the 10 children, aged from four upwards, had been on a […]

Back to School: Autism and sharing information about the school day

Parents of children with autism generally have a hard time teaching their children to share information about their school day, as one of the core symptoms of autism is « difficulty with language and other forms of communication » according to the Boston Children’s Hospital’s website (www.childrenshospital.com). talked to one mom of a seven year old. Names […]

How Do Children with Autism Play?

Experts agree that play is a vital part of a child’s development. Play during early childhood helps children to develop gross and fine motor skills, and can help them to learn basic academic concepts. Play is also integral in helping children to learn social skills, such as empathy, cooperation, and collaboration. How is play affected […]