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  • The Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet and ASD

    Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) Diet is an alternative treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine. However, it is not based on evidence gathered using the scientific method. There has been little research conducted to support that the ...
  • Screening for Autistic Spectrum Disorder and your Pediatrician

    Often times when I meet a family that has a child with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), especially when the child is over 24 months and non-verbal, I wonder a few things: was the child ever screened? Why was the child not identified as high risk or red flagged for ASD by their pediatrician? Did the pediatrician screen the child but ...
  • Keeping Our Kids Safe Over the Summer: Children with ASD

    In my last two posts, I wrote about keeping kids safe on the Internet over the summer. Today, I want to address the importance of keeping kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) safe. The summer is a particularly dangerous time, because of the lack of routine, and increased access to water. Drowing is the No. 1 cause of death ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 9, 2014
  • Social Security Benefits

    According to Social Security, your child younger than 18 year of age can qualify for supplemental security income (SSI) if they meet social security's definition for disability and if their income falls within eligibility limits. This benefit can provide additional support for families with limited resources. In my experience, I have often found ...
  • Wisdom From The Parent Of A Child With Autism

    For this blog, I interviewed a Burmese mother whose child was diagnosed with a mild-moderate autism at 23 months. He is 3 years old now and has been receiving speech therapy, special instruction and occupational therapy for 13 months. He was diagnosed in May 2013. Question: How did you know something was wrong with your son? Answer: The Burmese ...
  • 3 FAQs on Transitioning to Preschool

    Once the children on your caseload are close to turning 3 years old, parents have many questions regarding preschool, known here in New York as Committee on Preschool of Special Education, or CPSE. Many questions as well as concerns may arise, especially if their child with autism is nonverbal. Families may feel anxiety consequent to the fact ...
  • Coming to Terms with the Diagnostic Report

    As we can imagine, and as some of us have experienced first hand, families undergo an enormous amount of stress and anxiety upon a diagnosis of autism. A report that diagnoses a child can be extremely overwhelming for a number of reasons. One reason may be that families feel they do not recognize the child described in that diagnostic report. ...
  • Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

    Sensory Friendly Films emerged in 2007, when a Maryland parent took her young daughter to a matinee. The parent picked an early showing because she assumed there would be fewer people. When her seven year-old daughter saw her favorite actor she began to flap her hands, dance, and jump up and down. Unfortunately other audience members complained ...
  • ASD Diagnosis Reduced With New Diagnostic Criteria

    Earlier this year, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the DSM-V that introduced new guidelines for diagnosing children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). As you may well be aware, 1 in 88 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with Autisms; this new diagnostic criteria will affect many children and their families. Changes to ...
  • Cole's Story of Communication Success

    Parents and caregivers of those we work with can educate us as much as we educate them. Recently talking to a parent of a new communication device user, I realized that there are some things related to the evaluation and treatment process I may have not discussed. How do you know when a child is ready for a communication device? In retelling ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on May 21, 2014
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