Chewing and Autism

Chewing is a common behavior in special needs children, especially those with autism or ADHD.  Children with sensory issues often feel compelled to chew on paper, clothes, or other objects. 

Special Needs App of the Day: ReacTickles

ReactTickles Magic is interactive software designed for children on the autism spectrum.  This app uses touch, gesture, and audio input to facilitate interactive communication.  And what’s even better?  It’s free.

Battle to Autism Diagnosis

Recently, within a few days, two of my friends confided in me that they are starting to think one of their kids (two different families) may be on the Autism Spectrum, and then they asked how I knew my son had Autism. I’ll admit that my ex-husband (we were married at the time) was the one who brought it to my attention when the kids were 18months old. I was surprised.

Activities for Kids: Activities for Nonverbal Children

Communication is key for all relationships, and the lack of speech can hinder the way children interact with their peers and caregivers.  Being nonverbal is often associated with autism, although this condition can occur in children with other special needs.  Finding adaptive ways to communicate and play with your nonverbal children can help possibly stimulate speech or facilitate cognitive growth.

Book Review: Living Through Charlie

While it reads and is labeled as a novel, parents of special needs kids will know that Living Through Charlie is a true story, and that people really did live through it.

Help for an Arts Foundation for Autism

This guest piece is written by a man passionate about his vision. David Berkowitz lives in Las Vegas, is an honorably discharged veteran and spent the last 20 years in sales and marketing. David lives with Asperger Syndrome and is raising three kids also on the spectrum. Looking to improve the lives of individuals with autism through technology and the arts, David wants to share a bit about his vision with our readers. He is trying to make a difference for autism, please help him in his efforts.

Is Myelin Content Related to Autism?

Research in recent years has shown that autism might be linked to white matter in the brain.  White matter is responsible for neuropathways and connections between regions of the brain, and it is also related to myelin, or the protective cover of each nerve and suggests the density of neural connections.  Brain connectivity mediated by myelinated axons might be altered or abnormal in autism. 

The Help Group Summer Camp Programs

The Help Group has four specialized day camp programs, which service kids ages 3- 21 with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs.  Our unique programs assist with social development in a structured, creative and exciting way.  The camp programs aim to prevent regression during the summer months when away from the school environment as well as to offer the camper the opportunity to acquiring new skills.  Each camp is specifically designed within a safe and nurturing environment so the camper can build confidence, self-esteem and independence.

How to Modify Aggressive Behavior in Children with Autism

Bright Minds Institute

A frequent question from both parents and teachers is how do you discipline children that behave badly -- and by that I mean become physically aggressive or start having tantrums and throwing things around physically.

Book Review:  Next Stop

“First, it’s important to know that a story about autism isn’t a story about a single child.  It is a story about an entire family,” writes Glen Finland in her memoir Next Stop.  It’s a love story, and not just about romantic love, but the love of a family.