Student rewards…that aren’t junk food!
Have I mentioned that I’m tired of all the junk food at my daughter’s elementary school? And I am not talking about what they’re serving in the cafeteria. I am talking about the junk food that’s constantly being used for rewards, parties and activities. Here are just a few examples… “Box top” prizes where winning …
The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans are similar but different. See how they compare in what they provide and the processes and laws involved.
The Benefits of Assessing Learning Styles of Your Students and Intervening Early
This article discusses the benefits of assessing the learning styles of students early on and using them reduce the number of special education referrals.
Stimtastic Chewable Jewelry, Stim Toys and Fidgets
Stimtastic is affordable stim toys, chewable jewelry and fidgets for Autistic adults and teens (and kids too!). Owned by an Autistic person, Stimtastic celebrates stimming as a natural part of life on the spectrum.
SFARI | Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) aims to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.
For Many With Disabilities, Special Education Leads To Jail - Disability Scoop
Far too often, students with disabilities end up on a path to prison when their behavioral and emotional issues are not well addressed at school, experts say.
The Everyday Advocate
The Everyday Advocate book. Read 6 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. As an individual rights attorney and parent of an autistic chi...
Fashion lines designed for people with Down's syndrome
Ashley DeReamus and her mother Connie from Hoover, Alabama, have founded Ashley By Design, one of two new fashion lines designed specifically for people with Down syndrome.
Autism and Eye Contact by Judy Endow, MSW
Autism and Eyecontact: If my teacher demanded eye contact I obediently did so, but at a price. I would float out of my body, hover up near the ceiling and look down, watching the little girl of me. Judy Endow.Painted Words: Aspects of Autism Translated on Ollibean
Study Offers Clues To Soaring Autism Rates - Disability Scoop
The substantial rise in autism in recent years is primarily, but not entirely, due to changes in how the developmental disorder is defined and reported, a new study suggests.
Active Acceptance: Why Does It Matter?
Active Acceptance: Why Does It Matter? When it comes to opposing the cure culture and tragedy rhetoric that perpetuates the dehumanization and abuse of autistic people, some people ask, Why does it...
'Anti-shake' spoon allows Parkinson's sufferers to eat soup again
Google has purchased the rights to the 'Liftware' spoon (pictured). Electronics in the handle can cancel out shakes and tremors by 70 per cent.
Day #30 – Social Cues
You may have already noticed that I use the term 'social cues' in this blog. Of all things we experience with our child on the spectrum, this could be the most difficult. What are social cues? Social cues are the signals people send through body language and expressions. ((http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/types-of-social-cues) Simply put, he has difficulty noticing and responding to…
An Open Letter to Jerry Seinfeld
Dear Jerry, I feel I may call you Jerry now, instead of Mr. Seinfeld, for you have declared that you are one of us: those on the autism spectrum. That means you have declared yourself to be a member of my neurotribe and at least a cousin, if not a brother. Welcome to the family.…