Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism

Jumpstarting Communication Skills

Although no two children with autism look alike, there are common characteristics that they will possess. Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will demonstrate deficits in their verbal and nonverbal communication and social skills, as well as, have restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests. Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism: A Parents’ Guide […]

Auditory Discrimination – What is that Sound?

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After our sensory and auditory systems are aware of the presence of sound, we recognize the pattern of the sound we hear. This leads to what we often call auditory discrimination. This level of auditory processing involves a combination of the auditory system and the cognitive system. Visit the first article in this series, entitled […]

Create Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors.  They also help to extrapolate information verbal discussion would not decipher. The social context, the behavior, the thought/intent behind the behavior, […]

Don’t You Get It? Living with Auditory Learning Disabilities

Don't You Get It

“Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) affects as many as 5 percent of children. It has been called a “hidden disability” because it is often mistaken for everything from odd behavior and deafness to other disorders such as ADHD or sometimes even autism. It is none of those things. It is a processing problem, considered a learning […]

Eight Year Old Energized by Seattle Seahawks – Derrick Coleman

Derrick-Coleman

Duracell’s marketing campaign #TrustYourPower paid off for the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos in the Superbowl.  The Seahawks surely trusted in their power last night! Our family is an interesting mix of Philadelphia Eagle and Green Bay Packer fans. What would have been just an average game for our family turned to a bit […]

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What Did You Say? What Did You Mean?

What did you say

The ability to understand metaphors can be a challenge for kids with a variety of isms.  Children with autism, Asperger’s or auditory processing isms often have difficulty understanding figurative language.  Children on the autism spectrum tend to use and comprehend language literally and expect words to mean exactly what they say. Children with an auditory […]

Social Skills Groups – 5 and 6 year-olds

Social Skills 2

This is the third post in a series designed to discuss social cognition groups for children aged 3-8. The first, titled Social Skills Groups 101 by Karen Head M.S. CCC-SLP shared the fundamental components of successful social skills groups (from our perspective). The sequential post highlighted groups for 3 and 4 year olds  as well […]

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Is it CAPD or ADHD?

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It is common knowledge that there is an alphabet soup of executive function disorders. Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, ADHD, bi-polar and more all have symptoms in common.There is one more disorder, which is not well-recognized, that is called CAPD (central auditory processing disorder). What IS CAPD? CAPD is quite elusive. Its’ symptoms can mimic those […]

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Eight Ways to Show Respect to an Individual Who Is Non-Verbal

facial expressions

Not being able to speak is NOT the same as not having anything to say! Following are eight strategies to foster a relationship of mutual respect when interacting with an individual who is non-verbal. In & Out of the Loop Just because someone is unable to communicate verbally, it doesn’t mean they are unable to […]

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Taking Things Literally – An Issue that Matters

Raining - Literally

One of the big problems of parenting self-help books, particularly those which focus on raising children with special needs, is over simplification. Sure, I get that these books are trying to reach a mass audience who struggle with some of these “new” concepts but even so, there’s a big difference between using trite information for examples and using […]

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