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Six Steps to Address Anxiety for Nonverbal People With Autism

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Six Steps to Address Anxiety for Nonverbal People With Autism

Anxiety in autism can wreak havoc on functioning. It can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but downright nightmarish for someone who cannot use language.  Although we still have a long way to go, the role of anxiety in autism is increasingly being recognized and therapies have been developed or adapted to meet this need.  I offer six steps to address anxiety for nonverbal people with autism. Modify the specifics to match the age, developmental level, and preferences of the person you are supporting. 

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How To Use Volunteering As A Social Tool For Children With ASD

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How To Use Volunteering As A Social Tool For Children With ASD

Helping your child connect to interesting volunteer opportunities builds a bridge for them to enter the social arena. Non-profit organizations thrive on volunteers and are often excited to have people show up to help. This provides a positive environment for them to learn, grow and hopefully succeed.

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5 Fun Sensory Learning Activities With Pumpkins

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5 Fun Sensory Learning Activities With Pumpkins

Kids with sensory challenges experience the world in a unique way.    Whether kids feel uncomfortable with touching sticky stuff, are grossed out by experiencing new textures or are simply frightened by the thought of an unfamiliar activity, fall is a great season to include pumpkins in some sensory fun  and learning .

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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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