Autism

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Why We Need to Advocate Against Our Children’s Labels

One of the quieter moments in the much maligned Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace, is the first conversation between Padme and Anakin. Listening to him talking about his past, she suddenly exclaims in...

Special Needs and Ignorance: Please Get To Know Me, Before You Judge Me!

As an individual who has autism, I have unfortunately came in contact with quite a few ignorant people throughout my life. People who judge me before they get to know me. People who tease...

ABA: What IS It, Really?

Sometimes parents tell me they want to start doing ABA with their child.  I always tell them the same thing, "You already are. Not just with your child, but with your significant other, your...

Can Video Games Facilitate Communication?

There have been online debates as to whether a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) should engage with video game playing. Some debaters are pro and give the argument that video games give...

Sharing Their Passions – How Can Your Child’s Passion Help Others?

I work in a school for students (ages 3 – 22) with various special needs and we recently welcomed a new student in my adult transition classroom. Getting to know “Max” has been fun...

6 Tips to Teach How to Throw and Catch

To throw and catch a ball may seem like such a basic skill, but for a child with motor isms, it may seem more challenging than going for an Olympic gold medal! It is amazing...

Tick-Tock Breath: Teach Special Needs Children to Modulate Moods

The nervous system is the control center of our body and mind. Children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) may already be experiencing “interference” or “overload” at the level...

Learn How to Cope with Change

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I like structure and predictability. I enjoy knowing what is going to happen, first, next, and last. Not only do I like knowing what is...

The 3 P’s to Keep Your Kid Safe During an Emergency

Imagine the building you’re in just went up in flames. Sirens are relentlessly sounding. A firefighter in an oxygen mask just burst in, grabbing you by the arm and barking commands—can you say scary?...

Networking at Special-Ism — Seth and Chris Make a Special Connection

Special-Ism writers, Seth Fowler and Chris Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, had not previously met in person prior to their membership to Special-Ism's writing team. Through Special-Ism's networking platform, we discovered that, unbeknownst to each of...