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Color Sorting – Baskets and Toys

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The first concept that children learn in colors, is that colors are different from each other. Sorting colors is a skill that needs to develop before children start learning to name them. It’s the same with children with Autism. Instead of starting by teaching them “This is Red”, start by teaching them to sort colors.

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Mainstreaming or Special Schools? Which One is Best?

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Forty years ago a child who was non-verbal, aggressive, resistant to forming relationships and prone to repetitive behaviors was more likely than not labeled “retarded” and shunted off to a special education classroom. Kids who exhibited less-severe behavioral issues such as communication disorders, mood swings, language disability, hypo-activity, lack of affection or mood swings were . . . → Read More: Mainstreaming or Special Schools? Which One is Best?

Benefits of Pool time for a child with Autism

Summer is here and the best place to cool off is the pool. However, for a child with Autism, regular pool time does more that just cooling off. “How?” you ask . Let me explain:

Why more Pool time?

Most of you are aware about the physical advantages of playing around in the . . . → Read More: Benefits of Pool time for a child with Autism

Paper Mache as a Sensory Activity for Autism

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Paper mâché can be used to provide sensory input to a child with autism. The process of tearing paper, making paste out of glue and water and mixing the torn bits of paper into the paste helps the child experience varieties of sensations. Thus the activity can be fun as well as therapeutic for the . . . → Read More: Paper Mache as a Sensory Activity for Autism

The “Happiness Rating Chart”

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Children on the autism spectrum have difficulties in understanding and evaluating their own emotions. Here’s an activity that helps develop these skills.

As children with Autism, Asperger’s or PDD become older, we need to teach them to make choices. Also understanding the concept of priority, or what they want the most is very important. To . . . → Read More: The “Happiness Rating Chart”

A Tribute to Mothers of Children with Autism

A mother’s day tribute to mother’s of children with autism . . . → Read More: A Tribute to Mothers of Children with Autism

The SODA Strategy

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Children with Autism and Asperger’s have difficulties with social skills. Training in social skills can help them deal with social situations, and live independently. A number of techniques are used to teach social skills, but here’s one that I found recently.

It’s called The SODA Strategy.

S – STOP

O- Observe

D- Deliberate

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