Autism

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...

Creating a Support Team to Help with “Minefields of Ignorance”

I recently welcomed a new student to my class who is visually challenged. My school services students ages 3 through 22 with a variety of special needs – many with extreme medical and behavior...

WANTED: Hope in Action Throughout the Special Needs Community

Parents of a child who has special needs will almost surely hear at one time or another, “Now you know your child will never ”  These gloom and doom forecasts are meant to be...

Talking to Family Members About your Special-Ism Needs Child

If your situation was anything like ours—our first child was diagnosed with autism at age three—I’m sure you can relate to this blog. Whatever the special-ism need…ADHD, anxiety, FASD, Autism, not important…there’s always that dreaded...

Students Living and Coping With Sensory Differences

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I experience sensory differences. These sensory differences can and often do impact my day-to-day life. One important thing to remember is that I have always had...

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...
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“In His Shoes” by Joanna L. Keating-Velasco

I must start off by saying that In His Shoes, A Short Journey Through Autism is an INCREDIBLE book!!! The author, Joanna L. Keating-Velasco, does such a great job of including all of the many...

A Hunting We Will Go! Scavenger Hunts for Learning

Who doesn’t remember a good scavenger hunt as a child? It was fun to be at a party, divide into teams and go out into the neighborhood to find items. Well, good fun is...

Special-Ism’s Q & A: Communicating a Diagnosis to Your Special Needs Child

One of our readers writes in, "Hi Chloe, first of all, I want to say a huge thanks for sharing the tips and inside of what it is like to be on the spectrum...my question...

Help Your Child See Past their Own Point of View

Most children struggle with understanding another's point of view. It has long been thought that people with autism have "no empathy" and it's really only now that this concept is beginning to be understood. These children...