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Autism, Speech Therapy, and Early Intervention

A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ideally, these children would be diagnosed and begin receiving treatment as early as possible. Early intervention is key when you’re talking about autism. Kids with ADS often have speech delays and communication [...]

By | 2017-12-10T19:29:36+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Autism, Blog, Early Intervention, Visual Support|0 Comments

What is a social Story and how they can help children with Autism

Social stories are a great way to help kids with autism spectrum disorder. They are a simple and effective way to help kids to learn proper behaviors and what is expected of them. Many kids with autism use visuals to communicate. Social stories use visuals to tell a story. Think of it as a [...]

By | 2017-11-21T18:31:10+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Autism, School, Social Skills, Visual Support|0 Comments

The Best Activity to Target Every Goal on Your Caseload

by Jill Shook We've all been there: after 280173 iterations of your therapy schedule, you still have a lot of mixed groups. What to do when you have little Johnny working on prepositions, little Suzy working on past tense verbs, and little Kimmy working on /r/? Enter my secret weapon: interactive books! Here's how [...]

By | 2017-10-28T18:10:27+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Blog, Interactive Books, TPT seller|0 Comments

Ataxia and Communication

Ataxia is a condition that affects muscle control and can cause problems with walking, eye-movements, and speech. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ATAXIA? The symptoms of ataxia may include: A lack of coordination Difficulty walking Changes in fine motor skills such as eating and writing Changes in speech Involuntary back-and-forth eye movements Difficulty swallowing [...]

By | 2017-10-12T16:20:26+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

CORE VOCABULARY: They are no little things

Our language is made up of small words and enormous words, simple words and complex words, beautiful words and healing words. Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things. I am tempted to think there are no little things. –Bruce Barton.  There are many little words which make up our everyday language, a [...]

By | 2017-10-09T11:31:21+00:00 October 9th, 2017|AAC, Autism, Core Vocabulary|0 Comments

AAC: Where Do I Start? And then what?

One of the biggest problems in AAC is the lack of training for communication partners - and even speech-language pathologists. We have moved ahead of the thinking that we can just put an AAC system in front of the student and think he’ll start communicating. It has finally gotten through to us all that students [...]

By | 2017-09-24T15:52:08+00:00 September 27th, 2017|AAC|0 Comments

Do Kids With Autism Really Need Routines?

Most of us crave routine of some sort. Whether we enjoy our morning coffee or schedule things in order to get it all done, most of our days follow a usual and predictable ebb and flow. For autistic kids, though, routine is more than a want. For them, it is a need. ROUTINES MAKE [...]

By | 2017-09-24T13:57:33+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Autism, Visual Support|0 Comments