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  • 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
  • Earlier Years of ASD

    I thought it would be interesting to explore the history of autism. What is today known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder has evolved through time and drawn so much attention because of the rising prevalence, especially across the United States. Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler first used the term ''autism'' in 1908. He used it to describe a ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
  • 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
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