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Alexis Wineman’s with AbilityPath Google+ Hangout Autism Awareness & Acceptance
A story of an autism service dog and her boy...
In support of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month I want tell you and the world how much I love and accept you...
I'm Alexander, but I go by Sasha (a salute to my Russian and Ukrainian background). I'm in my early 20s, I'm from New York and I am a recent college graduate, with a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome and ADHD...
Liam was a typically-developing one-year-old who was talking and playing. Two months later that all changed!
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My son David, up until the age of 10, knew very few words...
I have always been a visual learner and to date I am best able to convey my thoughts, feelings and emotions via visual communication, through my artwork...
Jackson’s story is similar to so many diagnosed with ASD. We have come a long way since we first learned he had autism...
Tell Your Story - Share your personal story around Autism!
Autumn can be difficult for parents of children with special needs
Hands down, the biggest challenge of the season also happens to be the first: Halloween
In March 2011, AbilityPath released Walk a Miles in Their Shoes, a groundbreaking report raising awareness that bullying of children with special needs is one of the highest of any other subgroup.
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Inclusion values each child and person as a member of the community. It honors each child’s diverse and unique gifts and contributions
Preparing your toddler for the first day of preschool? Create a preschool preview book!
Read Carl’s story about working two jobs and staying active.
Parents of young adults with special needs may be anxious about transitioning their child into adulthood. The following article provides our inside look at how to make this transition smoother.
Wandering for children with special needs can lead to children getting lost and parents needing to contact local police or fireman to help locate their child.
Benefits, Methods and Goals of Social Skills Groups
With Irene expected to hit the U.S. East Coast this weekend, here are some tips we recommend you include in your preparations.
Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced amended legislation that would provide individuals with autism and pervasive developmental disorders access to insurance coverage
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The risk among male children is greater than 25 percent, and over 30 percent for "multiplex" families.
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There isn’t a kid in the world who hasn’t occasionally wanted to skip school.
New Studies Linking Environmental Factors to Autism Cause Controversy.
Over the course of several months, AbilityPath.org interviewed experts, educators and parents regarding this escalating issue facing children with special needs. It became apparent that the demographic most vulnerable to bullying also had the fewest resources.
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"Everyone makes a big deal about their children being bullied at school and it is a big deal. However, it is always the ‘normal’ children that you hear about."- Mother of an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome
"Everyone makes a big deal about their children being bullied at school and it is a big deal. However, it is always the ‘normal’ children that you hear about."- Mother of an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome
It sometimes takes a little detective work to find warning signs that your child is a victim of bullying.
Cyberbulling becomes a parent's worst fear when Facebook and YouTube are used to bully children with special needs on the Internet.
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“They came in and helped everyone understand why a lot of these kids did the things that they did...All of a sudden, some of the bullies were saying, ‘Oh, OK. the bullying isn’t even fun anymore." - Parent Juliette Wallen
One critical tool available in the classroom is the Individualized Education Program or IEP to help children with disabilities.
Since 2005, the issue of bullying has become so important in the United States that 45 of the 50 states have passed laws against it; but few address bullying of children with special needs.
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Parents who have lived through the experiences of their children being bullied are often times the best experts. Their personal experiences, how they chose to manage the situation can be helpful for other parents in similar situations.
Across the nation, entire industries of consultants and businesses have developed with curriculums, workshops and pep talks to combat bullying in schools. Although well-intentioned, a new “war on bullying” will have limited success for the same reason our earlier “wars” have come up short.
Five easy steps you can take to disable bullying.
Here are a variety of resources for parents, teachers and professionals to disable bullying.
Temple Grandin shares her expert knowledge and personal experience on teaching and autism.
Four recent studies related to the cause of autism in children
CES highlights some of these new 3-D gadgets at time when Nintendo issues health warnings.
A special experience for any child is a visit to a local movie theater to watch a film with their family. For a child with special needs or a sensory processing disorder, a visit to a local movie theater isn't the typical fun experience and may be filled with anxiety and fear.
No Problem Orchestra, to Perform at British Royal Wedding
A current study has been released reporting a possible link between autism and living near freeways
Jason has autism, and children with autism can experience sensory over-stimulation when visiting a mall with new sights and sounds
It’s my kids’ favorite holiday, and we’re getting ourselves ready for eight nights full of celebration. This year, Hanukkah starts at sundown on December 1st
Family members and professionals are often puzzled about what to do when an individual begins to ask repetitive questions
The brain does not tell the body to stop growing if the boy or girl’s developmental level is younger than their age
Parents are invested in improving their child's vocabulary and reading skills
There is little doubt that those of us raised with siblings have been influenced by that relationship
Most parents have had some experience with a child who has difficulty falling asleep, wakes up frequently during the night, and/or only sleeps a few hours each night
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families of sons/daughters on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges
The holiday season can be difficult for parents of children with special needs. But it doesn’t have to be
Another big challenge of the season sneaks up on all of us: the end of Daylight Savings Time
Much like Halloween, the problems here revolve around sensory integration disorder
Certain risk factors or signs of speech delays at age two suggest a child should receive early language intervention services
Although early intervention and speech therapy are essential to helping a child with speech delays, there are things parents and caregivers can do to support a child's speech
A speech and language assessment should be conducted prior to a diagnosis or entry into therapy or program is made
Children who are considered late talkers are those who have fewer than 50 words at age two and use limited or no two- or three-word combinations
The two most commonly used hearing tests for newborns are called otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing and auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
Seven percent of children are “late talkers
To understand your child’s speech and language development, it may help to better understand what’s involved and the differences between the two
If you have concerns about your child’s attention span, or if your child is exhibiting delays in other areas of development, contact your child’s pediatrician or family doctor
There is a range of typical speech and language development. However, children typically reach speech and language milestones at these points in time
Children develop speech and language in a variety of ways
(AD/HD) typically emerges in the preschool or early school years
If you are exploring AAC as an intervention to help enhance your child’s communication, here are some tips you may want to consider
Communication goals for all children
Intervention using AAC focuses on the communication act – the exchange of ideas, information, feelings, or questions between communication partners
Exploring quantity and physical attributes such as big, little, length and weight are important to know
To assist a child with limited oral speech, there are two main systems of AAC
Introducing patterns such as shapes, numbers, and sounds and encouraging children to predict patterns help build critical thinking skills
Tim’s service dog became his faithful companion and best friend to the entire family
A simple and inexpensive blood test may soon be available for parents to test their unborn child for Down syndrome and other disorders
What Every Parent Needs To Know About Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Autism Insurance Coverage
CA State Senate and Senator Steinberg Host Hearing on insurance coverage of autism
Special Education Students being held to national academic standards
Proloquo2Go is an inexpensive alternative to the more traditional Assistive and Augmentative Communication Device
Are they at Risk?
Toolkit: Social Skills
Amy is an AbilityPath Mom that has never stopped advocating services for her daughter while also raising her other two children
List of Autism Interventions
A powerful story about one mom’s journey thru autism with her son.
Recognizing Symptoms and Signs of Depression
We hope that the National Standards Project will help individuals with ASD, their families, caregivers, educators, and service providers to select treatments that support people on the autism spectrum in reaching their full potential
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This report provides comprehensive information about the level of scientific evidence that exists in support of the many educational and behavioral treatments currently available for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
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Children begin to learn and recognize numbers after hearing and seeing them repeatedly
As a child develops language skills, they begin to identify the names of shapes
Trust your instincts and seek further evaluation if you have any concerns about your child’s development
The diagnosis of severe hearing loss or deafness presents parents with many choices
Good hearing is key to developing good speech and language skills. We know that the foundation for these skills develops during the critical early years from birth to age three years old.
Late-talking children are those at age two with a vocabulary of fewer than 50 words and who use limited or no two- or three-word combinations
Many teachers are aware of the need to recognize what a child’s sensory system is telling him
Without buying any expensive toys, you can create a fun, sensory-rich environment in your own home
Is your child a late talker? Or does your child have other challenges with communication?
If you suspect that your child’s sensory development is not optimal, it is important to check with your pediatrician for further screening and follow-up
If your child is a late talker or has other challenges with communication, early intervention will likely be recommended
Prenatal screening tests give parents information about their risk of having a child with Down syndrome
Down syndrome is a genetic variation that affects one out of 800 to 1,000 babies born in the United States
Substance exposed or Intrauterine Drug Exposed (IUDE) infants have been exposed to toxic substances while in the womb. The most common substance exposure is to alcohol or illicit drugs, such as methamphetamines, heroin, marijuana, or cocaine
Sometimes medication or surgery can help manage symptoms associated with cerebral palsy (CP)
Try some of these strategies and techniques in your daily activities. They can encourage movement, sensory stimulation, vision development, play, and self-esteem
There are many treatment options for a child with cerebral palsy (CP). But play can go a long way toward encouraging development
Here are a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities which may help develop fine motor and sensory skills
Much of play is about communication and can therefore greatly enhance communication development
Although no one knows the cause of autism, most believe that genetics plays a role
How can you help develop your child’s pre-academic skills? Enhance pre-academic development while promoting learning, independence, and success
There may be times during your child’s early years that you may have questions or concerns about his or her behavior
If you find that your child is visually impaired, your next question may be, “What can I do to help my child?”
Play with your infant on the floor and encourage him to explore; Offer your child objects with a variety of textures—smooth, rough, fuzzy, soft
How do I know if my child’s behavior may be due to the environment?
Separation anxiety is common in children between the ages of eight months to three years
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is a temporary or permanent visual impairment caused by the disturbance of the posterior visual pathways and/or the occipital lobes of the brain
How do I know if my child’s behavior may be due to the child not knowing what to do, but being ready to learn?
How do I know if my child’s behavior may be due to an emotional need?
You and your baby have within you the building blocks for developing a healthy, secure attachment
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is an eye disorder affecting premature infants. This disorder was called Retrolental Fibroplasia in the past
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) refers to the underdevelopment of the optic nerve during pregnancy
Optic Nerve Atrophy (ONA) is a permanent visual impairment caused by damage to the optic nerve
It is important for you to understand why your child may be misbehaving
Practicing consistent, positive discipline is one of the most important ways you can support your child’s healthy development
AAC: Resources & Products
The introduction of Howard Gardner’s theory presents new possibilities in the field of education
Everything is new and exciting! The more experiences your child has, the more he is learning about his world
Albinism refers to a group of inherited conditions. People with albinism have absent or reduced pigment in their eyes, skin or hair
Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet
Light rays enter the eyes by passing through the cornea, the aqueous, the pupil, the lens, the vitreous, and then striking the light sensitive nerve cells (rods and cones) in the retina
Infants and children with motor delays or movement problems can benefit from early intervention.
A Preschool and Toddler Programs Checklist
For children with Down syndrome, there may be additional circumstances that lead to more challenges with eating and swallowing
Here are some things you can do to support your child’s prominent learning style
Infants prefer toys with many sensory properties
Sing songs with your child to develop vocabulary, sequencing, and phonemic awareness
“Inclusion, as a value, supports the right of all children, regardless of abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities.”
Looking at books together will help expand your child’s focus and attention
Your child may be eligible for Designated Instruction Services (DIS), also known as related services.
Encourage participation in open-ended art projects where your child can use creativity and imagination. Remember that your child learns most from the process and experience
With a little creativity, you can use things you already have around the home to help your child become active
Learning to write is an important part of every school curriculum
Self and Mutual Regulation: Resources and References
When your child encounters a “problem,” such as a toy breaking, or difficulty turning on a toy, give him time to work out the problem independently
Although they share a common diagnosis, children with Visual Impairment (VI) may have a wide range of visual characteristics.
Identifying an appropriate classroom environment for your child can feel overwhelming
A vision assessment can be done at home and school as well as the doctor's office
The retina is the innermost coating of the eye, containing light-sensitive nerve cells and fibers connecting with the brain through the optic nerve
If your child has trouble with self-regulation, it could be due to environmental stressors or your child’s unique differences
Environment is a key factor in determining an appropriate classroom setting for your child
How do you respond to your children’s needs, impulses, and behaviors?
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