Last June, my oldest son graduated from high school. All parents who can say that about their children are proud, but for parents of children with autism, and learning challenges, it has an elevated meaning. My son graduating meant that he accomplished something we didn’t think was going to be possible for a long time.

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in Education and Classroom by Rachel Andersen

Could a visualizing and verbalizing® program be the answer for reading comprehension struggles? Children with autism spectrum disorder, especially those who struggle to form mental images while reading, may benefit from a program like the Nancibell® Visualizing and Verbalizing® Language Comprehension and Thinking program. Hearing your child read a sentence for the first time is

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in Education and Classroom by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

An occupational therapist advises how to maintain your child’s motor skills development. As an occupational therapist, I work on handwriting skills with many students with autism. Handwriting is one of the most complex skills our children have to learn, combining fine motor skills, motor planning, visual perceptual and motor skills, and sensory awareness.  The progress

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in Education and Classroom by Megan Huggins, MOT, OTR/L, CTP

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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in Education and Classroom by Mia Pritts

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

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)

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

Autism reading comprehension is a complicated topic as 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 text without understanding the meaning behind the words

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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

There are many different teaching strategies for ASD children. Often, it is worth taking a different approach to neurotypical teaching methods in order to support kids on the autism spectrum with their social skills, language, and communication. Because of the challenges that children with autism experience, which affect their ability to be independent, the TEACCH

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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

There are so many things to consider when considering whether homeschooling a child with autism makes sense and is what is best for their overall development.  Many parents realize that their child isn’t thriving in the traditional classroom setting, they tend to seek advice for their struggling learner and may wonder whether they should homeschool.

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in Education and Classroom by Donnesa McPherson, AAS

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

The world is constantly evolving. Technology and medicine are becoming ever more advanced, while society is constantly striving to become more understanding, compassionate, and accepting towards our fellow people. Historically speaking, this understanding and compassion have been less than giving towards those with special educational needs (SEN) requirements, fortunately as we as a population learn

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in Education and Classroom by Stephen Spriggs