Nature can be a stimulating environment for learning—this article looks at the benefits of the great outdoors for children on the spectrum. Our modern age provides extraordinary technological advances that help humankind, but we’re paying the price in some areas, including less time spent outside in nature. Children today spend more time indoors detached from

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Here are some ideas on how to build your autistic child’s handwriting skills. Handwriting is crucial for success in school, communication skills, and a child’s self-esteem. Children with autism often have handwriting impairments, so they may be referred to occupational therapists to address this most important skill.  My name is Linda Craig Dennis and I’ve

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in Education and Classroom by Linda Craig Dennis MEd, OTR/L

A tutor reflects on how every child with autism deserves reassurance in moments of distress and sensory overload.  Everyone needs to be assured, reassured, and sometimes promised that things are going to be alright. My story consists of two different schools and two different kids, but they both needed the same thing, which was reassurance

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in Education and Classroom by Corey Ashman

We don’t have to look very far to find research giving us rather disheartening statistics about the poor emotional health of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Up to 70 percent of children with ASD develop mental health difficulties, as opposed to 10 percent of the typical population. Of course, as practitioners and parents of

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in Education and Classroom by Sandy Turner, BEd (Hons) NPQH and Judy Turner, BEd (Hons)

We all have a story. Never underestimate someone’s capability without knowing theirs. When I left home for university, I came across an ad for AT&T with the words, “Words change worlds!” printed across the page alongside a picture of Rosa Parks. I don’t know why she was there, but I kept the words with me. 

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in Education and Classroom by Corey Ashman

Every child learns at their own pace. For children on the autism spectrum, it’s beneficial to adapt a multisensory approach to enhance their learning and comprehension. As a parent, you want reading to be a positive experience for your child. But if your child cannot understand the meaning of the text, why would he/she be

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in Education and Classroom by Keena Melville, MS, PhD Candidate and Liz McDonough, MA, MFT/RDT

Language acquisition leads to the development of skills as well as cognitive, social, and emotional development. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience a variety of associated symptoms, and attain language proficiency at different stages—some earlier than others. Reading comprehension requires the ability to understand language and literature. It isn’t enough to just read a

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in Education and Classroom by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

A determined mother shares her frustrations as she fights for her daughter’s right to earn her college degree. Life with Maggie, before college algebra, was one of remarkable focus and perseverance, because she is on the autism spectrum. Maggie is a mixed media artist from Gulfport, Mississippi, who uses the power of creativity to bring

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in Education and Classroom by Susan Russell

Learn about UK-based specialist autism school, The Cavendish School, and its important mission. Education is all about listening to those around you. From the start of our journey to opening The Cavendish School, the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school, we have been working extremely hard to ensure we are engaging in relevant

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in Education and Classroom by Ryan Kelsall, CEO

The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to significant changes in daily life for children, youth, and their families. According to the BMC Public Health children in the United States performed less physical behavior and increased their sedentary behavior.  The pandemic has changed how children access their education. Different options for school now exist: remote models (students

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in Education and Classroom by Sarah Allen, MOT, OTR/L, SCSS and Megan Huggins, MOT, OTR/L

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by difficulties in communication and language, understanding abstract concepts, gestures, and understanding the concept of time as well as engaging in social settings and creating interpersonal relationships, to name a few. Due to these difficulties, some children with autism lack the social or emotional ability to engage in conversations,

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in Education and Classroom by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Many parents are currently having to make critical decisions on the education of their children with autism. Some students will be going to school full-time. Others will be staying home until parents feel it is safe for them to return to the classroom. Finally, some parents will be selecting a hybrid model for their child

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in Education and Classroom by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Many students and parents think about college. Is college a possibility? How can we best prepare? Where do we look? What do we ask for? All good questions. Many students on the autism spectrum do well academically, and graduate high school with grades that make them candidates for college. We’ve all heard that one in

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in Education and Classroom by Marcia Eckerd, PhD

A beautiful day with the sun beating down on children darting around, cavorting and clapping with excitement. The day had been chosen for Orange Class to host a Color Day as a culmination of their achievements, and to practically demonstrate their emerging life skills. The class consists of eight children with a range of disabilities,

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in Education and Classroom by Jackie Moore

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects individuals differently, affecting a range of skills, from fine motor and language to social interaction and focus. As such, writing tasks can be particularly challenging for students with ASD. Yet, with the appropriate support and planning, students with autism are able to become fluent and successful writers. In order to help

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in Education and Classroom by Beatrix Potter

Collaboration between school representatives and parents is the foremost approach to accurate educational planning for children with special needs. This process rests primarily on the principle that parental participation is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). All parents can and should contribute meaningfully to their child’s education; as such involvement is integral

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in Education and Classroom by Laurie Wellner, EdD

If you’re considering the homeschooling path for your child, chances are you’re not satisfied with your child’s current educational setting. Whether it’s a public or private school, some parents or guardians discover the typical learning environment there just contains too many factors that can negatively impact their children. What works well for some children with

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in Education and Classroom by Kim Barloso, AB

Whether you call it special education or exceptional education, your expectations for its role in your child’s life are high, as well they should be. As parents of special needs students, we face decisions that parents of typical students rarely consider. Public, private, or charter school? Consider homeschooling? Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan? Standard diploma

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in Education and Classroom by Tara Bertic