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The Benefits of Pets with Autism: Maria’s Birds Heal Her Spirit

The Benefits of Pets with Autism: Maria’s Birds Heal Her Spirit

A friend’s teen daughter who has high functioning autism enjoys her bird pets. She is aware of their heartbeats and she notices their beautiful eyelashes. Most wouldn’t see these special elements of birds. Maria’s sensitivity is an amazing gift and her caring for all animals is inspiring. Animals are great healers for many children, especially… Continue Reading

Simple Ways Kids with ASD Can Gain Life Lessons

Simple Ways Kids with ASD Can Gain Life Lessons

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) take in information and learn differently. We know through various medical analysis and research that children on the spectrum can struggle in social situations, particularly around understanding communication and building relationships. Having worked with many children on the spectrum and with those who experience anxiety as a result of… Continue Reading

Educating Children About Special Needs Can Spark Compassion

Educating Children About Special Needs Can Spark Compassion

When we think about autism awareness, we think about educating the community leaders; the teachers, caregivers, police officers, neighbors, family and friends.  It’s so important to make sure as many people as possible are educated in autism and the challenges and beauty autism offers because awareness is key to acceptance and respect. The more people… Continue Reading

Best Ways to Explain Your ASD Child’s Needs to Teachers

Best Ways to Explain Your ASD Child’s Needs to Teachers

When it comes to autism, there can be many misconceptions and misunderstandings in the classroom environment. Sometimes, parents of children with autism in mainstream settings are blamed for their child’s unusual behaviors; teachers may not accept that behaviors they are seeing are typical of autism. This is probably because autism isn’t always apparent when a… Continue Reading

Valuable New Guide Helps Parents Better Understand Autism and Hand Skills From Flapping to Function

Valuable New Guide Helps Parents Better Understand Autism and Hand Skills From Flapping to Function

From Flapping to Function: A Parent’s Guide to Autism and Hand Skills explains why many children, as well as adults with autism, do not use their hands in a functional manner. Flapping the hands and lining up small items often replace natural fine motor experiences that are important for the development of hand skills. Readers… Continue Reading

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