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  • Working Collaboratively Toward the Right Diagnosis

    As early intervention clinicians, we are in the home once or several times per week working with each child. After some time, we get to know the children on our caseload so well, including their preferences for toys, their behaviors in response to specific tasks, what sets them off, etc. In time, you also start to differentiate typical behaviors ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on August 22, 2014
  • Learning Apps and Games for Toddlers

    During the months of January through May 2012 I wrote several posts about apps that were appropriate and recommended for young children, especially those with speech and language delays/disorders.  It's been over two years and since then I have discovered many new wonderful apps and I'm sure even more yet have been created. Today's post is ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders: Neural Connections

    In a previous blog, I explained the differences between the symptoms of autism and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Recently, I came across an article that researched neural connections of children with autism and SPD. As cited by Bunim (2014), Pratik Mukherjee, a professor of Radiology, Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the University of ...
  • 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. ...
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