Category: Autism

How To Spot Autism In Your Infant

Early diagnosis of autism plays a big role in successfully treating some of the most difficult symptoms of this developmental disorder. There is no doubt about it; the prevalence of autism in the United States has gotten the attention of many parents. Although there are still many unanswered questions about this developmental disorder, there are a few things we know …

3 ways students with autism benefit from art, music and recreation

How sensory, auditory and physical expression and stimulation can aid students with autism in their development. According to curriculum therapists, multi-disciplinary sessions appeal to students’ creativity, are relevant to their everyday lives, and help them acquire important skills—especially students with autism. In a recent webinar, “Art, Music & Recreational Therapy: Incorporating Creative Approaches for Students with Autism,” Courtney Carnes, MS, …

Why Do Kids with Autism Do That?

I have seen the power struggle first hand. A teacher, thinking they are doing the right thing and wanting to be in charge of a classroom, tells a kid with Autism to take their hands off their ears and work on an assignment in front of them. They students doesn’t comply. The teacher tries to coax or plead or force …

3 Ways to Help Autistic Children with Echolalia

Echolalia is the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either immediately after the words were said, or later on. It is often described as parrot-like mimicry. For instance, when asked, “Do you want some juice?” a child with echolalia may answer, “Want some juice?” Echolalia is, to some extent, considered to be a normal part of …

Mom ‘Ugly Cried’ The Moment Her Daughter With Nonverbal Autism Said Her First Word

“We were told that it’s possible that Taylor may never speak.” When Briana Blankenship heard her 5-year-old daughter say “mama,” it meant so much more than a word. It was a big win. In a video uploaded to Facebook, Blankenship explains that she was in a McDonald’s parking lot when she heard her daughter, Taylor, say “mama.” She started “ugly crying,” …

VIDEO: Boy with autism repeatedly hit by bus aide, threatened by driver: ‘You little monster!’

Surveillance video shows a 9-year-boy with autism being tormented and abused by two adults on a school bus in suburban Chicago over the course of several months, WBBM-TV reported. Criminal cases against the bus aide and bus driver were wrapped up in July 2017, but WBBM’s report Friday includes sad, shocking video clips recorded inside the school bus the year before. What’s …