Speech Therapy For Autism

By |2022-08-01T14:04:17-04:00August 1, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Individuals on the spectrum face a lot of difficulty in communicating. Lack of confidence, sensitivity and speech-related problems can sometimes make situations potentially stressful for them. For this reason, speech therapy is highly recommended. Not only does it improve speaking skills, but also enhances communication and interactive skills. Speech therapy aims to target multiple communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, like for example, making eye contact or understanding gestures and so much more. What Speech and Communication Issues Do Autistic Individuals Face? Some of the issues revolving around interacting with others and speech are listed below: Not talking at all Babbling [...]

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Misconceptions About Autism

By |2022-06-17T09:21:00-04:00June 17, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

We’ve often heard people give their explanation of what autism maybe and unfortunately, not every time are the facts accurate. Overtime, there have been lots of misconceptions surrounding autism. This blog explores these common misconceptions and what the real deal is. Some of the top misconceptions are addressed below: Autism is a behavioral/mental health disorder: In truth, autism is not some behavioral or mental health disorder. Instead, it is a neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others as easily and effectively as other people can. Studies have shown that people on the spectrum have depicted [...]

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How To Manage Autism Meltdowns

By |2022-06-06T12:21:49-04:00June 6, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Autistic children experience a lot of hardship when it comes to regulating their behavior. Sometimes even the smallest of situations can affect their mood and cause them to have a meltdown. This can become challenging for the parents to manage, especially in public settings. What Is An Autism Meltdown? Unlike tantrums, autism meltdowns are not used as a tool to get something the child wants. Infact, it represents a loss of control. A meltdown is an intense response to new or overwhelming situations faced by the individual. This in turns causes them to lose control. What Causes A Meltdown? Some of [...]

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Autism and Anxiety

By |2022-05-30T10:12:41-04:00May 30, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Behavior Management|

It is a known fact that not all people on the spectrum are affected by autism in the same way. Hence, it is very important to understand the relationship between autism and anxiety, so that we are better prepared to help those in need. What Are The Different Types Of Anxiety In Autism and How Do They Arise? There are 4 main types of anxiety commonly found in people on the spectrum. These are listed below: Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Fear of Open Spaces and Crowds (Agoraphobia) Fear of Social Situations (Social Anxiety) Separation Anxiety Other Specific [...]

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Best Digital Apps For Autism

By |2022-05-20T11:47:53-04:00May 20, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

In today’s world, we are surrounded by rapidly evolving technology which has made screen time an essential part of our life. While it has its downside, this can be manifested in many positive ways, especially when it comes to assisting autistic children with varying needs. Some of the best apps that can help equip your child with some necessary skills are listed below: ABC Kids – Tracing and Phonics Pokémon Smile Aquapark.io GoTalk NOW LITE Starfall GoNoodle Reading Eggs Speech Blubs Proloquo2Go iCreate… Social Skills Stories First Then Visual Schedule HD Bitsboard Flashcards PRO ABC Kids – Tracing and Phonics This [...]

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Autism In Twins

By |2022-05-12T09:26:19-04:00May 12, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

What is Autism? Autism or ASD is a developmental disorder that affects the way a person interacts, behaves, and learns new things. Typically, people on the spectrum show a variety of behaviors, some of which include: avoiding eye contact sticking to a routine unable to learn new things easily strong likes and dislikes avoid talking to new people How Likely Are Twins To Be Diagnosed With Autism? Research has shown that identical twins are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, than fraternal twins. Researchers have identified that if one twin has autism, there is a 96% probability that the other [...]

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Autism and Food

By |2022-04-29T16:30:54-04:00April 29, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Does Autism Affect Diet? Yes – almost all children on the spectrum have dietary requirements that need attention. Due to the nature of ASD, autistic people can be fussy eaters with varying eating habits and particular food choices. Additionally, certain foods may also cause problems, or the lack thereof can cause deficiencies, thus, limiting the choices available to them even more. How To Identify Food Habits In Autistic Individuals? Autistic people may react a certain way when it comes to food that they may not like, making it challenging for parents. This may be evident if your child: Has a repetitive [...]

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Autism and Special Interests

By |2022-04-21T04:17:23-04:00April 21, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

What Are Special Interests? Special interests are commonly found in over 75 percent of people on the spectrum. Some interests begin in childhood, whilst others develop overtime. These interests can be narrow and quite focused on certain topics (wildlife, maps, music), subjects (math, science etc.), and hobbies (games etc.) and can get a bit intense at times. Why Do Autistic People Develop Special Interests? Two major core aspects of autism are repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. Since autistic individuals are less readily able to socialize, they tend to they seek out other interests as a diversion. Are Special Interests Harmful? Special interests [...]

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Signs Of Autism In Boys

By |2022-04-15T05:17:11-04:00April 15, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

How Does Autism In Boys Vary From Girls? Autism is more prevalent in boys than it is in girls, since boys are said to be four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism. Although girls on the spectrum have similar symptoms, they are still different than those found in boys. Additionally, girls can cover-up their symptoms better, which is particularly why many go undiagnosed. For example, boys have shown a strong focus on a particular object, whereas in girls, this feeling is found to be less intense. Why Are Boys Diagnosed With Autism More Than Girls? Autism has a different [...]

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Sensory Difficulties In Autistic Children

By |2022-04-08T04:31:50-04:00April 8, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

What are sensory difficulties? Sensory difficulties arise in individuals with certain conditions, for example in autistic people. This means that these individuals perceive and react to things in an unconventional manner, since their brain processes sensory information (related to the 7 senses including body awareness and movement) differently. An example of such a sensory issue is hypersensitivity. How can you spot your child has this issue? Sensory issues can be spotted as early as toddler years, especially when a child depicts unusual reactions to sounds, feels very irritated by small things, light, gestures etc. Additionally, if they are very clumsy and [...]

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