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Brain Balance Takes a Look at the Challenge of Sensory Processing Disorder

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“I can’t wear those jeans!” “No, I won’t eat mashed potatoes!” “Agh, don’t make me touch that!” These statements and tantrums are often how Sensory Processing Disorder shows itself in a child.   Sensory processing is the brain’s recognition of receptor (eyes, nose, skin, taste, vestibular, etc.) driven input, and the interpretation, integration, and prioritizing of […]

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Issue 39 – Working Together to Communicate Better

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 Dear Readers,Communication can be tough. As we all know, many children diagnosed with autism have a more difficult time developing the language skills they need at first. Nonverbal communication, such as eye contact, hand gestures and facial expressions, can especially be a challenge. While many children with autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) develop communication skills differently […]

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Treating Genetic Mutations in Autism

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Genetic testing is the biggest medical advancement of the early 21st century. Our understanding of how genes play a role in brain function is advancing every year. While many children receive negative genetic tests for Fragile X syndrome, there are thousands upon thousands of genetic tests available. If you think you’ve exhausted genetic testing for […]

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Issue 38 – Keeping ASD Kids Healthy

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Dear Readers,The journey toward good health — it’s in the news every day. It’s circulated on television, social media, newspapers, magazines…we are inundated by free-flowing advice.  It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed by all the reports, as they often contradict and they aren’t always easy to follow.That’s why we have chosen to focus this […]

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Quotes About Autism 2

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“Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing.… But autism … is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique.” – Paul Collins, Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism “I myself am opaque, for some reason. […]

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Quotes About Autism

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“Autism is not contagious, but my smile is.” “Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.” -Adrienne Bailon, Artist   “Autistic today. Genius tomorrow.” “Don’t think that there’s a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child […]

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Music May Hold the Key to Enhancing Language for Autistic Children – 7 Tips for Integration

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Through my experience working with children with autism, on numerous occasions, I witnessed how music could enhance their speech, language and communication skills. Several times I noted that children with very little speech who had been described to me as almost non-verbal, could easily recall words from songs. I carried out research for a PhD […]

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Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Consider the child when purchasing a gift. Just as you wouldn’t buy a truck for a Barbie loving little girl – nor should you purchase a 8+ science kit for a child with a cognitive ability of a three year old. I’ve often had people come right out and ask me, “What do I buy […]

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Sensory Corner

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Sensory Corner One of the greatest things you can do with your child is play. If they have sensory sensitivities, then helping them with sensory regulation through play is even more important to your child’s development.  Below are some fun ways to incorporate sensory play while playing with your kid/s. Flour One of the biggest […]

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Get Paid Helping Disabled Child Home

How to Get Paid for Helping a Disabled Child in the Home by Leslie Burby   Instructions Call or visit your state’s disability state council. To find your state’s disability council click the link – http://www.nacdd.org/about-nacdd/council-listings-map.aspx#Connecticut Get the grant application forms that fit you and your family’s specific needs from the Vocational Rehabilitation and Public […]

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Bins and Pencils

I live in New England, which for those of you not familiar with the United States is a group of states that gets to witness what every season has to offer. We get blizzards, we get heat waves, and we are well known for our beautiful foliage; when the leaves turn such vibrant colors that […]

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Autism in the Blood?

Autism in the Blood? by Leslie Burby Recently in the news, autism and blood tests have been a common thread.  The two main companies that seem to have caught my attention the most for autism research are Lineagen Incorporated with its FirststepDX genetics program and SynapDx Corporation on its quest to find a blood test […]

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