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 […]

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 […]

Mother’s fight against California school who are discriminating against her Diabetic and Autistic son

David Swanson is 21, a non-verbal Autistic, and to further complicate the situation, a Type I Diabetic. When David turned up to school in Sutter County California, both he and his specialised private nurse were turned away by school officials, which has started a crusade by his mother, Heather Ball Houston, against Sutter County Superintendent […]

Britain proves really Great in provision of free schools for Autism

In the week where great steps  are being undertaken in the understanding of Autism, we are happy to report of one Country’s steps to provide for the growing number of children with a diagnosis. Great Britain takes this increasing number incredibly seriously. Where a few years ago, it was impossible to find a school place […]

Autistic children better at maths according to new study

A small-scale study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry suggests that children with High Functioning ASDs,  are more proficient than their peers at Mathematics. Research conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, looked at the brain scans of 36 children between the ages of 7 and 12 whilst they were sitting a series […]

Quick Trainer Device Shows Potential for Toilet Training Children with Autism

A new toilet training device developed by researchers at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York shows potential in reducing the time it takes to toilet train children with autism. Called Quick Trainer, the device consists of a disposable, self-adhesive pad with a built-in sensor, an iPod, and a reusable Bluetooth transmitter. The child […]

Tom Caffrey and Overcoming the Challenges of Autism

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. Caffrey says: […]

Mobile Lab Brings Research Studies to Schools

A grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development has funded a new mobile laboratory for the Shriver Center, a division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School that develops research, education, and service programs aimed […]