Category: Autism

Teacher Creates Tennis Ball Chair to Help Students With Autism With Sensory Issues

One Round Lake, Illinois, teacher got creative in order to help her students with autism. Amy Maplethorpe, a first-year speech-language pathologist at Raymond Ellis Elementary School, used tennis balls, a hot glue gun, Mod Podge and a bit of paint to create two chairs that offer students with autism with sensory issues. According to the school’s Facebook post, which went …

What to Do for Children Who Have Autism With Violent Behavior?

Faced with a world in which they find it difficult to interact socially, communicate clearly and control their own behavior, children with autism sometimes respond with violent behavior. Aggression, both physical and verbal, is a common symptom of autism, and can be aimed at inanimate objects, caregivers and family members, other children or even toward the child himself. An observant …

8 Proven Strategies to Attract and Retain Job Candidates on the Autism Spectrum by Samantha Craft

Here are several strategies for attracting and retaining autistic job candidates, based on my experience working as a job recruiter and community manager for an innovative technology company that provides employment for individuals on the autism spectrum in the USA. 1. Understand autism from different perspectives Take time to read up on autism, including cultural and historical context by respected …

How to Discipline a Child With ADHD

  Nurturing a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be very difficult, as they need distinctive discipline techniques that are not the same as other children. Otherwise, you may risk unnecessarily excusing your child’s behavior, or become too severe in punishment; you must perform the intricate task of balancing between these two extremes. Experts in managing children with …

How an autism assistance dog turned a family’s life around

A simple dash to the supermarket with the kids or a visit to the zoo were impossible for Teresa Brown and her family before they got their beloved assistance dog, Jason. Teresa’s five-year-old son, Reilly, has autism, which means he can become overwhelmed by the noise and movement of highly stimulating environments like shopping centres, and when Reilly struggles to …

Best Dog Breeds for Kids with Autism

A dog’s presence often calms those of us without autism, but for a child with autism, he offers something we can not, which is the ability to calm a child who is in sensory overload, simply by being there for him.  Dogs can model for children how to be calm and relax.  They offer a distraction as well, which sometimes …

Dear Mom of a Child with High Functioning Autism

You are part of a unique group who may not quite fit in with the traditional autism community. You may even feel guilty for using the term “autism” when your child is far from “Rain Man.” You may feel like you don’t deserve to use that term when others are far worse off and your child is verbal and may not even …

How To Design For Autism

The architect behind the Center of Autism and the Developing Brain says the key is to be sensitive to light, sight, textures, and sounds. Problem: many autistic kids are super sensitive to the sight, sound, and feel of their environment. So when New York-Presbyterian decided to build an early intervention center for autistic children, they needed it designed with their …

Evolution Championship Wrestling hosts “Fighting for Autism”

ELIZABETHTON, TN- Wrestling fans packed the Evolution Sports Gym in Elizabethton Saturday night as Evolution Championship Wrestling held its “Fighting For Autism” event. The goal for the evening was to raise money for the non-profit, while bringing about awareness and understanding for autism. Fans of the hit show “The Walking Dead” were given a treat with a few cast members …