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  • Autism & Halloween: Tips for Parents

    By Lucas Steuber, MS, SLP/CF, MA-T Halloween is coming up, and for most people it's all about being spooky and scary! Of course, some of us don't like to be spooked and scared. I know there are definitely some movies, for example, that I will never ever watch.  For kids on the Autism spectrum, that can be especially true. Halloween ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
  • Autism & SPDs: Learning From an OT

    For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs), given her extensive experience. I strongly feel that SLPs working with children that have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on October 14, 2014
  • The Truth about Bilingualism

    When we don't have enough information about something we tend to make assumptions. I have often encountered this with the topic of bilingualism in both my practice with families and with colleagues. I always try to instill my colleagues with information regarding bilingualism in order to debunk some of their preconceived notions. This blog ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on October 3, 2014
  • The Weighted Vest Debate

    A recent discussion arose in the ''Pediatric Occupational Therapists'' Facebook group about the usefulness of weighted vests. The writer posted that there are numerous studies showing weighted vests are not an effective intervention in the pediatric population. Several studies were posted supporting this that I'm listing here: ● Pilot Study of ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • 6 Tips For Visual Attention/Visual Recognition

    Shawn lives in a group home and recently received his communication device. He is very excited about the prospect of communicating. Shawn was diagnosed with Autism and has not really had the opportunity to effectively communicate. He went through a trial period in therapy and has demonstrated that he is capable of using a communication device; ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • Is Bilingualism A Good Thing for Children With ASD?

    Most children have the capacity to learn more than one language, even if they have language delays. It should be noted that language delays do not discriminate. If there is a problem in one language, chances are you will find it in the other language as well. However, there are many beliefs about bilingualism and language delayed children, ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on September 23, 2014
  • Leashes

    Yesterday morning on the way to work I was listening to WWYZ, the local country music station.  The two guys on the morning show (Broadway and Don Juan) were talking about a woman who had just called in.  She was upset that she had been at the grocery store and saw a mom with her young child on a leash.  She felt that it was just ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 22, 2014
  • Infant Autism Study

    I'm sure you've heard by now about the recent study done by researchers at the University of California regarding Autism and early intervention. Their study, called the ''Infant Start'' study, is showing that infants who are showing early signs of Autism had little to no developmental delays by the time they reached their 3rd birthday when ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • Working with Bilingual Families

    When providing services for a bilingual or multilingual child, the therapist should have native or near native language proficiency. In addition, the therapist should have knowledge and skills about second language acquisition, language development for the particular language, etc. ASHA's ''Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on September 10, 2014
  • Autism & AAC: Communication Derailed

    Most disorders or diseases that affect communication are not homogenous. There are so many levels of communication that can be achieved, and with each user you have to be able to evaluate his or her need so that you can help determine what success looks like. Recently, I have been in touch with some caregivers of past patients to see where they ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
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