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Introducing "What Your Child On The Spectrum Really Needs: Advice From 12 Autistic Adults"

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Introducing "What Your Child On The Spectrum Really Needs: Advice From 12 Autistic Adults"

When my son was diagnosed with autism at four, my husband and I sought the advice of every "expert" we were recommended to: doctors, therapists, psychologists, etc. But there was one problem with these professionals that left a big gap in our pursuit for the best support for our son–they weren't autistic. I grew tired of the media stories about what I should or should not be doing as a parent of an autistic child. Avoid...

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The Benefits of Yoga For Children with ASD

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The Benefits of Yoga For Children with ASD

As a speech/language pathologist, I became aware of the many opportunities to enhance a child’s speech/language skills through the practice of yoga.  Children can actively learn directional terms such as “in front/in back, next to, top/back, middle, right and left”. Social language skills are enhanced by introductions/comments during icebreaker activities and partner poses. Mindful listening games promote auditory awareness, discrimination and joint attention. Children improve body awareness and imitation skills while moving into different postures. They also increase awareness of the different parts of their body.

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Back-to-School: Top 5 Check List To Help You Connect With Your Kids

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Back-to-School: Top 5 Check List To Help You Connect With Your Kids

Let’s compare “getting to know you” steps of working with neuro-typical students versus students with special challenges. What are the “isms” which make this dynamic different?  

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What is SEL? 15 Books and Activities That Really Help

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What is SEL? 15 Books and Activities That Really Help

Have you heard the term Social Emotional Learning, or SEL recently and thought, what is social emotional learning and why does it matter?

Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, is the process by which children and adults learn to build relationships, identify and manage their own emotions, learn empathy and how to take the perspective of others, and to make good choices in their daily lives. But SEL is more than just learning the skills of social behavior, i.e. the “what”; it is also about learning the “why” of these behaviors. How we teach students becomes just as important as what we teach.

In this blog post, we will discuss experiences with SEL, SEL and Children, SEL and Adults, and why this is such an important topic. As an added bonus, we will be including books and activities that will assist you in implementing social emotional learning in the classroom.

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Gratitude is Grand: Tips for Helping Your Child Feel Thankful

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Gratitude is Grand: Tips for Helping Your Child Feel Thankful

By Elizabeth A. Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLPAuthor of Make Social Learning Stick! Gratitude is on the front burner around Thanksgiving, but it’s a mindset worth fostering year round.  UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center reports that gratitude plays a major role in adult well-being and that grateful young adolescents (ages 11–13) are happier, more optimistic, and more satisfied with school, friends, and family than their less grateful peers.  Likewise, grateful teens (ages 14–19) are more satisfied with their lives, more engaged in schoolwork and hobbies, and less envious, depressed, and materialistic than teens who feel less thankful. The time to help your child cultivate gratitude...

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