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Importance of Early Intervention

By |2021-10-27T04:47:17-04:00October 27, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Early intervention refers to the phase where you provide services and support that will help babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. These delays can include speech therapy, physical therapy, autism, etc. Early intervention in your child’s life is beneficial when it comes to their development. Treating the communication and language difficulties early in children can prevent the potential problems with their behavior, learning, reading, and social interaction. Early intervention helps the children enhance their abilities while also enabling them to learn new skills. Here are a few benefits of early intervention that can help the child and the family. [...]

Toilet Training Strategies for Autistic Children

By |2021-10-22T03:55:34-04:00October 22, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Be it for typical kids or kids with disorders; potty training is a tough task. Autistic children have developmental delays, because of which they usually face more difficulties than normal kids during the process of toilet training, taking longer than usual. Often, autistics also have trouble breaking their long-term routine of using a diaper. Plus, because of their limited verbal abilities, they face a challenge when it comes to toilet training and can develop anxiety around toileting. Here are a few strategies that can train your child with special needs to be self-sufficient when it comes to their toilet needs. Social [...]

Activities to Promote Eye Contact

By |2021-10-11T11:37:53-04:00October 11, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Eye contact is a very important skill when communicating. It tells the other person that you are listening to them and invested in the conversation. It is also used to gain others’ attention while helping you understand how the other person feels. Children with autism disorder usually have difficulty communicating, so they find it hard to maintain eye contact and face challenges in interacting. You can’t force a child to make eye contact; however, few activities can help promote eye contact. Face Painting Face painting makes you come physically closer to your child, encouraging eye contact. You can take turns and [...]

Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers

By |2021-09-29T02:35:22-04:00September 29, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Often, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show developmental alterations when they are babies, particularly in social, linguistic, and behavioral skills. Some toddlers even interact differently or may not interact at all with others. Babies can start showing signs of ASD as early as two months of age. Since autism is a spectrum, one child with the disorder will not have the same symptoms as the other children with autism. The symptoms in children vary a lot. Here are some common signs of autism in babies and toddlers. Limited interaction with caregivers or people in general Babies usually interact with their [...]

Strategies for Helping an Anxious Child

By |2021-09-08T03:16:10-04:00September 8, 2021|Recent|

Anxiety in kids is common, but it's not something that should be ignored. When a child is anxious, it is a natural response as a parent to take charge and help them through their anxious thoughts and feelings. However, some parents may not realize that not everything can help lessen their anxiety; some of their actions may even fuel the child's anxiety. Certain strategies can be applied by parents when it comes to helping their anxious children. This will help suppress the feeling and assist in developing coping skills in the child. Blow Bubbles Blowing bubbles is a very simple yet [...]

Strategies to Improve Joint Attention

By |2021-09-08T16:04:59-04:00August 24, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Joint attention refers to the ability to share a common focus on something with someone, including people, objects, concepts, events, etc. It is mainly a social form of communication built up during infancy and continues to grow until early childhood. Joint attention is a significant factor for a child's social development, cognitive development, and language acquisition. Joint attention is important for various things. It is needed to develop eye contact, attention and imitation skills, social interaction, and early language buildup, sharing of knowledge, and shared attention during social interactions. It is common for children with autism to have difficulty with joint [...]

Triggers of Behaviour for Children with Autism

By |2021-09-09T23:55:59-04:00August 19, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Children with autism disorder are very sensitive, and it's common for them to behave in certain challenging ways. However, not every autistic child is the same. If one factor is triggering an autistic child's behaviour, it might not affect the other child. Once a trigger has affected an autistic's behaviour, it is difficult for them to regain control quickly. Understanding these triggers for abnormal behaviour in autistic children can help improve behavioural control and assist parents or people near the child avoid any such kind of situation. Here are some common challenging triggers of behaviour for children with autism. Stressful situation [...]

The Three Functional Levels of Autism

By |2021-09-08T16:08:02-04:00August 16, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

When talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it features various levels starting from mild to severe symptoms. People diagnosed with the disorder are further diagnosed into the level of symptoms they have. The levels pave the way for more clarity for a person's diagnosis of where they fit in on the spectrum. To be precise, there are three levels of ASD; level 1, level 2, and level 3. These levels define the severity of the autistic's social skills and behaviours – the two domains of symptoms to which the levels are assigned. They are based on the individual's strengths and limitations [...]

Lesser Known Signs of Autism

By |2021-09-09T23:53:52-04:00August 13, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

We are all aware of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and its signs and symptoms. Its common symptoms are difficulty in communicating, displaying of social skills, and repetitive behaviours. However, there are certain signs that we may not know and are not that obvious to recognise. It is best to stay aware of all of the signs to detect the disorder early. Here are some signs that one should also look out for. Inappropriate laughing or giggling Many autistics show signs of laughing or giggling inappropriately. This can be due to sensory sensitivity, lack of communication skills, or trouble with high-level thinking. [...]

Myths About Autism

By |2021-09-09T23:52:18-04:00August 11, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Over the past years, so much has been written about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that at times one is unable to distinguish between truth and fiction. Because autism is characterised in different ways, many believe in a lot of myths and misconceptions. Let's debunk some common myths related to autism. Myth: Autistic people can't feel emotions Truth: People often believe that autistics are unable to feel emotions; however, this is not the case. Autistic people do feel emotions, but struggle to communicate them, and have a different way of expressing. Autism can impact a person's ability to communicate, because of which [...]

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