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Improving Therapy with Autism Products

Does your child with autism thrive in his or her personal therapy sessions?  The right therapy and therapist can work wonders with any child with special needs.  Encourage your child’s therapy even more with these cool toys and products made especially for children with autism.  These autism products are a great way to keep children with autism entertained, as well as helping your child improve between therapy sessions.

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Best Toys for Autistic Children

The Best Toys for Autistic Children

As a parent of a child with autism, it may be discouraging at times when your child seems disinterested in several types of toys and games.  Because autistic children process things differently and at a different level than other children, their playtime needs may be a little different.  Autistic children can love toys and games just as much as other children with the right types of toys.

Don’t Pick Toys Based Off of Age Levels

Professional Organization for Special Needs

Organization can be challenging for families living with a special needs child.  As the parent of a daughter with autism, I know about the overwhelming day-to-day effort that comes with raising a child with particular necessities.   Many areas need to be checked on a daily basis -- calendar, paperwork, toys, and so forth.   Below are some tips to help reduce stress.

Sensory Integration Through Swings

Sensory integration refers to the means of processing incoming stimuli from our bodies and our environment.  Our senses work together to give us an idea of ourselves and our place within an environment.  For most people, sensory integration happens without us realizing it, but it can be more difficult for individuals with special needs, such as autism.  Certain therapeutic tools have emerged as a means of hel

Autism Book Giveaways and Resources

To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, Brookes Publishing Company is holding several giveaways of their professional books.  Each week in April, Brookes will select two winners for a series of Paula Kluth titles or a selection from multiple authors.  Brookes is a leading publishing company of resources that support individuals with autism.

Summer Camps for Troubled Teens

Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about summer camps for your special needs child.  There are many exciting opportunities for summer camps, and many are incredibly specialized -- many camps offer summer programs to positively affect teens with issues such as ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, obesity, learning differences, and behavioral problems.

Advantages of Special Needs Camps

Parents are often bombarded with advertisements for summer camps, and it’s true there are numerous camps to choose from.  The decision to send your child to a special needs summer camp might not be easy, especially when you must weigh the benefits versus the cost and potential problems.  For parents who have not yet had a summer camp experience for their child, finding the right camp can be an anxiety-provoking and exhausting process.  Budget is certainly a concern, but you should also consider t

What is a Pressure Vest?

For parents of children with autism or ADHD, each day can present new struggles for calming their children during a tantrum or meltdown.  While they are not used much even today, weighted or pressure vests are tools, in addition to weighted blankets, that have a calming effect on children with disabilities.

Very few scientific studies have investigated the usefulness of pressure vests, but testimony from those that use the vests is positive.

Special Needs Daycare

As a parent who needs to work, daycares are a great resource to ensure your child gets the proper care and love while you go to work. Even if you are a stay-at-home parent, daycare is a good choice for many children because it can teach them fundamentals of learning while developing their social skills. However, as a parent of a special needs child, not just any daycare facility will do. A special needs daycare that has experienced caregivers will provide your son or daughter the best care.

Lexercise for Dyslexia

Technology is revolutionizing the way therapy and treatment modalities can be provided.  Webcams and the Internet are making it possible for therapists to help individuals with special needs all around the world, and Lexercise is one organization that offers online help for individuals struggling with reading, writing, and spelling.

Lexercise offers a free dyslexia test to see if your child is having difficulty with reading and processing words, and they offer a full evaluation to develop an individualized treatment plan.