15 May · hopeautism · No Comments

What do I do best

What do you do best? What do you like? When is the best time of day for you to do it? So you like to be around people or not? These are just a few questions that must be asked when planning for a job for people with high functioning autism or Asperger’s. In reality, …

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14 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Sensory Experiences

Different sensory experiences such as sound, light, textures, and temperature to name a few, bring about responses unique to the child. Adaptations in an environment may allow individuals with autism to more fully participate in the world around them. One such adaptation is the use of sensory films. At these films, individuals are permitted to …

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14 May · hopeautism · No Comments

The Transition

Challenges during the transition from high school to the academic world may be difficult for individuals with Autism, in this case Asperger’s Syndrome. A new set of skills identifying strengths and weakness need to be in place. First, having an idea of the resources and challenges that may be found in different areas is needed. …

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13 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Play Therapy

For most, play is a way to meet others; it comes naturally. For children with autism, play therapy is one way interaction can be fostered. Play therapy is one form of Autism Therapy used to incorporate the autistic child’s obsessions and interests to begin to slowly form social relationships and communication skills. For children who …

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13 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Siblingz

“I wish I got as much attention as he always does.” “It is not fair that we have to leave the store because she won’t stop screaming at others.” Will I ever be able not to have to watch him when you go outside?” Multiple frustrations can consume the lives of the siblings of a …

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12 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Compassion

When thinking of a family with a child with autism, many ideas and thoughts may run through your mind. A family member may ask “why”. A teacher may have the thought of having another opportunity to help the child improve educational progress. A neighbor may have a misinformed opinion of what a child with autism …

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12 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Art as a Sensory Experience

On the table are shaving cream, a box top, and marbles. These are the sensory objects being used in an art therapy experience for children with autism. Through the volunteer efforts of a local university, the children will have a time to play as they have not before. One table has tempera paint, flattened aluminum …

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12 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Individual Plan

Finding and implementing the most effective education plan for an individual with autism can be difficult. The Education Act outlines the services a child with a disability is entitles. The plan needs to meet the specific needs of the child to the committee, the Identification, Placement and Review committee identifies the children who are eligible. …

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11 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Alternatives to verbal communication

No matter who it is, we all have forms of communication that is an alternative to verbal. Between two people, it may be a hand wave, or a whistle, or the blinking of a light. Each action brings a reaction between the two individuals involved. Sometimes words don’t means as much as we think they …

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10 May · hopeautism · No Comments

Parental Involvement

Parents involved with their child with autism can be a valuable part of the child’s growth in the ability to build relationships. The bond between the parent and the child is not the focus, but instead an overall socialization for the child. Recognizing the early characteristics of Autism can help in diagnosis and early autism …

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