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Autism Awareness Day

By |2022-03-21T12:50:32-04:00March 11, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Awareness Day The United Nations declared April 2 as “World Autism Awareness Day” to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of people on the spectrum. This year marks the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day. This day is celebrated to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people, and contribute to making a difference, by being more accepting, and educating ourselves and those around us about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learn more about Autism: A developmental disorder that affects behaviour and communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be diagnosed at any age, with more than 3 million [...]

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Autism and Sleep Problems

By |2022-03-18T11:22:01-04:00March 7, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism and sleep problems Studies show that over half of autistic people, including adults and children have sleep issues. This issue may last throughout their lives or might diminish in severity at different stages. However, this issue does not disappear as autistic children grow up. Sleep problems are twice as common among autistic individuals as it is for those with other developmental conditions. Adults on the spectrum may have more trouble than neurotypical adults with issues such as sleepwalking and insomnia. Even when they do sleep through the night, an autistic adult’s sleep is less refreshing than that of their neurotypical peers. [...]

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Activities to Help Improve Receptive Language

By |2022-01-19T22:09:09-05:00January 17, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Receptive language refers to how a child understands and comprehends language that he hears or reads. Children who are unable to comprehend language may have receptive language difficulties. For instance, they may face difficulties in following directions, reading or identifying objects and pictures. Following are some activities to help improve receptive language: Puzzles Books Play “Simon says” Use simple language Arts n crafts   Puzzles Put a puzzle together with your child. Have him find specific pieces like animals, vehicles, or other objects. For example, describe a piece for your child to select “find the green vegetable” or “find the big, [...]

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Music Therapy for Autistic Children

By |2022-01-27T09:17:57-05:00January 14, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

What is music therapy? This kind of therapy is a well-established clinical use of music which is used to accomplish individualized goals such as improving mood, reducing stress and self-expression. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects behaviour and communication. It may be diagnosed at any age, but it generally appears in the first two years of a child. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments may help improve an autistic individual’s symptoms and ability to function. People on the spectrum may show developmental differences while growing up in the way they behave, [...]

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Fun Outdoor Play Activities for Kids

By |2022-01-18T10:39:32-05:00January 10, 2022|DIY Play Ideas and Activities for Kids, Early Childhood Development|

Kids should be physically active as it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. For them to be active, there are several play activities both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor play helps to build your child’s core muscles as well as refine small motor skills. In order to get your kids to play outside, you need to inspire them with some fun outdoor activities. Following are some fun outdoor activities for your kids:   Hopscotch This outdoor activity never gets old! Just take your kids outside, along with a chalk and a small object. This game can be played with multiple [...]

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Signs of Autism in Girls

By |2022-02-11T09:53:47-05:00January 5, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism in girls and boys: While some girls may have clear symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) like having trouble in language or communication, it may be harder to see the signs in others. It is particularly common among females at the high-functioning end of the spectrum. Though symptoms of autism in girls are not very different from those in boys, girls are more likely to camouflage or hide their symptoms. Moreover, autistic boys and autistic girls may have the same symptoms like difficulty in communication, stimming or struggling with speech. It is not necessary that boys and girls on the spectrum have the [...]

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Strategies to Reduce Echolalia

By |2022-02-02T09:20:00-05:00December 28, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

What is Echolalia? Echolalia refers to the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either after the words were said or later on. Echolalia in autism Echolalia is often associated as a function of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With an autistic child, echolalia may appear with more frequency versus children with standard developing language. While echolalia is most associated with ASD, it is not limited to it. Individuals on the spectrum may use echolalia to cope with overwhelming sensory challenges or as a means of communication when it is too difficult for them to form their own words. They [...]

Benefits of Water Play

By |2022-02-18T11:00:51-05:00December 23, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

What is play? Play consists of those activities performed for self-amusement that have social and behavioral rewards. It is child-directed and is enjoyable and spontaneous. Play allows children to gain control of their feelings, actions, and helps them achieve self-confidence. What is water play? Playing with water is not only a source of enjoyment, but it also helps in your child’s development. Water play involves using toys, buckets, containers and of course water, which your child can scoop, splash or pour with the above-mentioned tools. Not only will your child stay occupied while playing with water, but he will also start [...]

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Signs of Autism in Adults

By |2022-01-18T10:25:01-05:00December 16, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) occurs in all age groups. Severe forms of ASD are usually diagnosed in the early stages of a kid’s life. However, high-functioning people may not be diagnosed until later in their lives. Here are certain signs that can be observed in autistic adults:   Avoiding eye contact An autistic adult may avoid eye contact as it may be challenging for them. They do not like to look at someone’s eyes while talking to them. It is a common misconception that autistic individuals lack empathy, however, that is not true as making eye contact cause them anxiety.   [...]

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Activities to Help Improve Expressive Language

By |2022-03-11T10:20:19-05:00December 13, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

What is expressive language? Expressive language refers to the use of words, sentences and gestures to express and communicate. It involves naming objects, describing actions, asking and answering questions. Expressive language is critical as it enables kids to express their wants, thoughts and ideas. However, there are children who struggle with expressive language and need some activities to help them in expressing themselves. A child having difficulties with expressive language might: Remember, these difficulties will vary from kid to kid dependent on their age. Use sentences that sound immature for their age Have difficulty naming objects Not be understood by unknown [...]

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