Sensory Friendly Films for Autism

Most children love going to the cinema, but while movie-going is a pleasant experience for many families, it can be difficult for families with children with autism.  The bright screen in a very dark room and the loud sounds from surrounding speakers is often over-stimulating and frightening for children with autism, and they often have to leave before the movie is over.  Still other children find it difficult to sit still or stay quiet for an entire film, leading to the disruption of other families.

Jesse Saperstein:  A Role Model for Change

When asked why he would jump out of a plane, Jesse Saperstein does not hesitate to reply, “Because I’m insane.”  All humor aside, he adds, “I thought it would be an exciting an creative way to stop bullying.”  Indeed -- is there anything more exciting than skydiving?

Book Review:  Carly's Voice

Parents of children with autism, especially those children who are non-verbal, understand the daily struggle of communication and lack of understanding.  In the book Carly’s Voice, father Arthur Fleischmann details his personal story, with the help of his daughter.

What is Autism?

For a parent of a child with autism, it can be a confusing time when it comes to getting the proper diagnosis.  However, as many parents that have children with autism will tell you, learning about their child’s diagnosis did not rob them from the joy of parenting.  In fact, many parents are relieved when they discover their children has autism because it answers a lot of questions and concerns they had since the child was an infant.

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.

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.

A Family Picture

Picture this with me:

A dad.  A mom.  Two daughters -- one who is thirteen years old and one who is ten years old.  A nice little family that remembers the baby days with fondness but is content for them to be just that; memories. 

Great Expectations

Great Expectations of Special Education Professionals 

Call me naïve or whatever you will, but I am the kind of person who likes to believe people will do the right thing -- especially people who work in the special education field.  But being a special needs parent and dealing with the New York Board of Education has jaded me a bit.

Cases of Autism on the Rise

It seems that with the rise of awareness of autism, the rate of diagnosis of the disorder is ever increasing.  In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly 1 in 150 children have autism; in 2009, the numbers rose to 1 in 110.