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Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism

Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism

Communication issues and autism For many children with autism, communication issues are one of the first telltale signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As autism covers a spectrum of challenges, children can present communication issues differently from one another. Some children might have a large vocabulary and learn to read at a young age but… Continue Reading

First Responder Training to Include Autism Awareness

First Responder Training to Include Autism Awareness

Disability awareness training needed Since 2014, there has been an increased national awareness regarding how police interact with the public during arrests and emergency situations. The autism community is no exception. During search and rescue missions, crime scene investigation, medical emergencies, and human services investigations, the way in which police and other first responders serve… Continue Reading

Has My Child Reached Full Communicative Potential?

Has My Child Reached Full Communicative Potential?

Although the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997 requires assistive technology (including communication devices) be considered for every child with a disability during Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, it seems as though there is a specific population that tends to be overlooked…the high school-aged child. While there is much evidence to support early… Continue Reading

Bussing My Son To The World with Autism

Bussing My Son To The World with Autism

I thought they were kidding when they said my three-year-old son would be taking a school bus to his preschool.  Let me get this straight. My nonverbal, three-year-old son would be taking a bus? By himself? Without me? How is that even possible? Prior to learning he had autism, Lucas was already the baby of… Continue Reading

Important Ways Storytelling Can Benefit Kids with Autism

Important Ways Storytelling Can Benefit Kids with Autism

Storytelling is at the core of the human experience.  Personal stories are what ground us; they give us a sense of purpose and identity. Storytelling helps children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) master language skills, improve listening skills, increase attention span, develop curiosity and creativity, and better understand nonverbal communication.[1] Storytelling is both an inbred… Continue Reading