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Dear Kathie: I know that autism (ASD) is a
complex syndrome. I had a parent ask me just the other day if I could give them
one single word that best describes
what autism is or how it feels to have autism. I guess because you know about
autism and you've lived with it for so many years raising your son, I felt that
perhaps you ...
This blog is
based on the following presentation from the 2011 ASHA Convention:
Characteristics/Family Factors in Evidence-Based Practice for Autism
Perryman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Are you at
special little gifts for the first few SLPs who
introduce themselves to me in San Diego.
you have say, ''I read your
ADVANCE Autism Spectrum Blog.''
I have on an
exhibitor's badge representing AliMed, as they
publish my Tongue Tracks ...
I'm working with
several young, bright children on the autism spectrum and I need a new,
creative way to teach the alphabet. I want to take them beyond rote memory
skills and into conversational speech. What kind of ideas do you have for me?
Tips: Have I got a
great, new, techie, alphabet chart to share ...
posted last week, my blog presented some fun strategies for targeting humor/
laughter and attention/focus for the very young autistic mind. The purpose of
these two blogs is to mesh the right side of the brain with the left side of
the brain and to help a person with ASD ''dance'' in a more synchronized fashion.
are two ...
Part I I talked about the characteristics of
the right and left sides of the brain and how they do not dance together in people with autism/ASD. I gave you twenty signs
that I see that indicate how Mr. Left Brain and Mrs. Right Brain dance alone.
Part II I was on a kick
about strategies that SLPs bring to the table to assist ...
Everybody's brains are different
and certainly, the autistic brain connects in an unorthodox manner. Autism is
not curable, but there are many language strategies the SLP can do to assist in
organizing the brains of people with autism.
It is my theory that people with
autism do not cross hemispheres of the brain, from left to ...
discussed, ''Should You Ask a Non-Verbal
Child a Question?''
that's a good question. My answer is: usually not. Instead, make statements!
Children will respond
to statements because:
They are not threatened by
They know they are not being
requested to answer
They can enjoy ...
Have you ever thought about how
you, as an SLP, talk to people?
That means all people-- but
specifically, non-verbal children with autism.
We have two forms of sentence structures: questions and statements.
We bombard children with questions.
We do not give children time to answer
children will ...
Keeping with my previous theme of poems for
special occasions for the speech/language pathologist, I wrote this one for SLPs
as the 2011 school year begins. Beginnings are unique and can be scary for all
children, especially those with ASD. When I think of all of the children and
their fears, I also reflect on the parents who put their child ...