COVID19 and ASD

We have all been preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic, but how can we not be. Good news is that this year, one since this post was originally written, we have a vaccine! I’ve re-written it with reflection in mind and the fact that there is concern. April is also Autism Awareness month and April 2ndContinue reading “COVID19 and ASD”

Summer Tech Use?

On Facebook recently, I read the following question from a parent and had some ideas about what might be helpful: “Anyone had success in detaching their kids from the electronic world? I have a huge concern about what this is doing to my 2 boys with multiple letters in their diagnosis…I am afraid our summerContinue reading “Summer Tech Use?”

Back to School?

Sending your child in the midst of a pandemic is a huge decision for parents. There is a lot to consider; but don’t overlook the needs of your child to understand the nature of covid19 but also to deal with any feelings about what they may experience.

Types of Language

Functional language is exactly that.  Functional language is the communication that is used in order to effectively obtain what you want or need.  It is purposeful.  Without its use, language has no true meaning so this is a goal that we want to see achieved in anyone who is learning to speak one fluently. IfContinue reading “Types of Language”

Memory and Autism

For those who see that all in their child with Autism is bleak – please see a light of strength that they may possess.  The challenge to consider is how to use this productively: “Visual memory for some types of material has been found to be an area of strength for children with autism butContinue reading “Memory and Autism”

Feeding Senses

  The article below appeared in a publication from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association a few years ago and with the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be helpful to share with others.  Feeding poses challenges not only in terms of nutritional needs; but, socially and emotionally for special needs families. Perhaps these ideas […]

Halloween with a Special Needs Child

Halloween is tomorrow! Are you ready?? Typically families with young children may be approaching them with excitement. In my experience, families with children who have disabilities may have apprehensions. How can you proactively approach Halloween? How can your family prepare for dealing with stimulating settings and create a more meaningful/less stressful day in this HalloweenContinue reading “Halloween with a Special Needs Child”

What Can You Do When the Screen Goes Off??”

] The blog post https://blog.asha.org/2019/05/13/the-best-toys-for-slps-are-the-toys-that-do-nothing/ that recently appeared in the ASHA Leader resonates with me. I put individual links to which the author refers at the bottom of this post, So does the book “If You Give a Mouse an iPhone (of course available on Amazon in print). Here is a link to the storyContinue reading “What Can You Do When the Screen Goes Off??””

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