FOX Features Character with Autism on Touch

Soon to join a growing list of television characters on the autism spectrum is Jake Bohm, an 11-year-old boy with an extreme form of autism who is also nonverbal. Portrayed by David Mazouz, Jake’s character is at the center of a new show called Touch on FOX.

Special Movie Showings for Special Needs Kids

One theater in Massachusetts recently began hosting sensory-friendly screenings of movies for children with special needs. The families who attend these showings do not typically have a chance to see movies in theaters because some children have trouble sitting still and others experience sensory overload.

Special Needs App of the Day: Injini

Injini: Child Development Game Suite Lite’s collection of learning games for young children is one of the best apps on the market for toddlers and preschoolers with language, cognitive and fine motor delays. Included are nine games that feature a variety of skills development methods, 100 puzzles, and eight farm-themed mini games such as shearing sheep or washing muddy pigs. There are also over 50 hand-panted tracing game illustrations that teach shapes to kids while they practice fine motor skills. 

Respecting Autism: A Talk with Dr. Gil Tippy

Dr. Gil Tippy, co-author of Respecting Autism and a founder of the Rebecca School in New York, talks to about his book and the philosphies that the school was built upon, many of them Dr. Greenspan's legacies.

Special Needs App of the Day: Turn Taker

Turn Taker teaches sharing using visual and audio cues to children with Down syndrome, autism, ADHD, and other special needs. Sharing is a key skill for growing and maintaining social relationships, which in turn promote an improved use of language. Turn Taker makes it possible for a parent or caregiver to introduce the concept of sharing by setting the time of each person's turn during an activity. Initially, the learning child's turn should be set much longer than the other person's. This alleviates some of the anxiety they might feel when it is not their turn.

Autism: A Different Way of Being

"I don’t want a boy like that in my class," writes Ms. Linden upon hearing that she is to be my son Neal’s teacher.  A boy like that!  My mind goes to lyrics from West Side Story, "A boy like that " he kill your brother... forget that boy, and find another…"

Helping Kids Learn about Autism

When signing up my child for baseball one cold Saturday morning I asked the chairperson, "Is there a coach familiar with autism?" He responded kindly enough, "Yeah we have one that is ADHD." Wow, I thought. Autism has been around for many years, and yet it still seems the world doesn’t understand what it is. As a mother and elementary principal in Ohio, I see how autistic children need to just be understood. I thought to myself, how can I tell this baseball team about Hunter? Then, I got an idea. 

Autism Movement Therapy "Wakes Up the Brain"

"Programs like Joanne's Autism Movement Therapy offer opportunities for our kids to develop the necessary and fundamental skills that benefit all our kids.  Art saved my life!"  

Keep Children with Autism from Wandering

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: They turn their attention away from a child for just a moment to answer the phone or check dinner in the oven, and when they look again, the child is gone, and a frantic search begins.  

Why Martial Arts Are Best for Special Needs

It’s no secret that a traditional martial arts program is one of the best extracurricular activities a child can participate in.  For children with special needs the benefits are invaluable because of the inherit structure and discipline the arts bring to a child’s daily life. All children need structure, some more than others. Some might need to be reminded more often or a different approach might be necessary, but in the end it's all the same.