5 Jul

World’s first water park for people with disabilities is literally the coolest thing ever created

Water parks are the definitive location for cooling off in hot-as-hell summer weather. But the hot spots for fun in the sun are notoriously inaccessible to people with disabilities.

A new water park called Morgan’s Inspiration Island was designed for people with a wide range of disability identities — and it’s mind-blowingly accessible. The park, which opens June 17 in San Antonio, Texas, is fully wheelchair-accessible and hopes to welcome people with disabilities through careful consideration in design.

The tropical-themed park features six major attractions, including …

2 May

Parents look to lawmakers to stop children with autism from ‘falling through the cracks’

“Autism Speaks advocate Lorri Unumb works with the nonprofit group to fight for better autism treatment coverage across the country.”

Updated: Monday, April 24th 2017, 5:39 pm PDT
By Ashleigh Holland, State Reporter

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The parents of children with autism say their needs can fall through the cracks in South Carolina – especially if their families don’t have the insurance coverage they need to pay for expensive treatments.

A bill in the State House now aims to expand insurance coverage for those with autism. Autism advocates are pushing for it to pass, but …

24 Apr

The Controversy About Restraints On People With Autism

You may want to learn about an organization of BCBAs that provides crisis intervention trainings…

03/21/2017 08:24 pm ET | Updated Mar 25, 2017

I’m sitting in my office when I get the familiar knock on my door accompanied with, “It’s a crisis and you are needed!” This is the prompt that has me jump up from my chair, pull my hair back into a bun, and run toward the problem. I can usually hear where it is coming from based on the screams and loud banging from one of our therapeutic rooms. I enter the room and assess the situation. Then, …

SHEKNOWS | Some children with autism engage in behavior like head banging and hair pulling for many different reasons including, but not at all limited to, pain & seizures.
20 Mar

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists.

Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning style approach among some teachers.

13 Mar

What Are the Early Signs of Autism to Look For?

In recent years, more and more children in the United States and worldwide, are being diagnosed with autism. In the United States, the rate is holding steady at 1 in 68 children. I’m a mom to one of those children, as you know. Parenting an autistic child has not always been an easy journey. I’ve had my fair share of wins and I’ve had my fair share of moments where I was ready to just quit and be done. Getting through the initial diagnosis was an accomplishment within itself. Still, I wanted to make the most of this or at least be able to offer some sort of support to fellow parents. I’ve already talked about how to recognize signs of autism in toddlers, so let’s talk about more of the early signs of autism to look for.

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21 Feb

An Unexpected Takeaway From The Early Autism Diagnosis Study

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14 Feb

11 Sensory Red Flags

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Due to the enormous popularity of 10 Sensory Red Flags, I wanted to share with you a few more, because the truth is there are a lot.  Part of my mission here at Your Kid’s Table is to demystify sensory processing, but the shear volume of behaviors that seem odd, quirky, annoying, or frustrating and are a result of sensory processing is huge.

I suspect that you are here reading for one of two reasons. First, you are…..

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6 Feb

Sit, roll over, fetch: Students learn social skills from therapy dog Duke

By Kaley Toy

12:42 am Monday, January 30, 2017

WOODSTOCK – Duke, an 11-month-old labradoodle, supplies endless happiness and kisses to students and staff in Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Heather Pugh, an occupational therapist who works with special needs students, brings Duke, her…

Quintana Varela, 14, of Woodstock, gives Duke some attention as her classmates read a story about Duke in their classroom at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. Rich Cooley/Daily
Quintana Varela, 14, of Woodstock, gives Duke some attention as her classmates read a story about Duke in their classroom at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. Rich Cooley/Daily
9 Jan

Top 5 Sports for Kids with Autism

By:  Office of Public Affairs  |  Apr 28, 2015 9:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the U.S. has autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability affecting social and communication skills. Utah ranks higher than the national average, with one in 54 kids having ASD.

Julia Connelly, Ph.D., a psychologist and the clinical director at University of Utah Health Care’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic, explains the common symptoms of ASD:

  • Difficulty in social situations
  • Preoccupation with certain topics or subjects
  • Sensory sensitivities, such as noise, light, clothing or food
  • Communication difficulties, such as problems developing speech or understanding social language, difficulties with eye contact or use of gestures

“While it’s important for kids to get 60 minutes of daily exercise, some team sports are challenging for those who have autism,” says Connelly. Here are five of the best sports for kids with autism to try:

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20 Dec

Million dollar gift establishes endowed directorship and support fund for WVU Nursery School

Any Behavior Analysts and Direct Instruction Professionals, who is interested in Early Childhood Education, should visit the West Virgina University Nursery School in Morgantown, W.VA. Anonymous donors just donated a $1,000,000 to support this nursery school. Please click the link below to read the article.

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Working on puzzles in the WVU Nursery