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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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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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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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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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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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The Functions of Behavior

By |2022-02-09T10:37:49-05:00May 3, 2020|Behavior Management|

What is behaviour? Behavior refers to actions or reactions performed by humans. Behavior can be voluntary,  involuntary, conscious or unconscious. Why does a behaviour occur? Behaviors happen for a specific reason. Sometimes the reasons are clear and can be understood easily, and other times they are unclear and difficult to understand. “What can be said with certainty is that your child is demonstrating a challenging behavior because it meets a specific need for him or her.” It is certainly essential to know why an inappropriate behavior might be happening so it can be replaced with an appropriate one. Functions of behavior: [...]

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