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Autism And Stimming

By |2022-09-19T09:30:06-04:00September 19, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Behavior Management, Early Childhood Development|

What Is Stimming? Stimming refers to self-stimulatory behaviors that involve repetitive movements and sounds. Although stimming is most commonly associated with autism, it can also be found in non-autistic individuals. For instance, tapping your feet when nervous is an example of stimming. However, when talking about stimming in the case of autism, what must be considered is the type and quantity of the behavior being expressed. At times, stims like hand-flapping or rocking can get out of hand. How To Identify Stimming? To identify whether your child is stimming, carefully notice the way they behave. Stimming is often said to occur [...]

Potty Training Kids On The Spectrum

By |2022-09-19T09:36:58-04:00September 9, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Potty training is perhaps the most troublesome part of the toilet training journey, particularly if your child is giving you a hard time. For parents with autistic children, this task may prove even more difficult as they will need a lot more patience and tactics to help their child learn this new skill. However, this article covers many tips and tricks you can use to make this task easy for you and your child both! When To Begin Potty Training? Starting potty training before your child is ready may not be the best thing to do. Hence, it is best if [...]

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Respite Care

By |2022-08-18T08:36:33-04:00August 18, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

What Is Respite Care? Respite care allows caregivers to temporarily take a break from looking after those who require attention as someone else steps in to do that job for them. So if you are exhausted and are looking for a little break, this is the best option out there since it gives you some time for yourself! Most importantly, you won’t have to worry as much because those you care for will be in good hands! What Does Respite Care Involve? Respite care is generally provided by designated institutions that can provide experienced and trustworthy caregivers to look after your [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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Benefits of Playdough

By |2022-01-18T10:32:59-05:00November 23, 2021|Early Childhood Development|

Playdough is one of those inventions that is not only fun to play with, but also helps in your child’s development. Although it is a mess to clean up, playdough has a wide range of developmental, learning, and sensory benefits for children. These are the following benefits your children can get when playing with the playdough:   Develop fine motor skills When children are playing with the playdough, rolling, squishing or poking it, they are building strength in the muscles in their fingers and hands. This will help them in holding a pencil, coloring or manipulating items such as scissors, and [...]

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