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04 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Constant Nagging

Although we may have the best intentions, we can certainly fall into the trap of constantly nagging our family members or students with autism. It can be helpful to take an inventory of the words we speak every day and to move toward gentle nudging rather than constant nagging. Listen Now:

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03 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Outside Adventures

Families, teachers, and others who care about the well-being of individuals with autism frequently ask for ideas to help prevent isolation. Challenges like loud outbursts, aggressive behaviors, repetitive mannerisms, and meltdowns can make folks hesitate to get out in public. Sometimes it is just easier to just stay at home to keep the peace. The […]

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08 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Behavior Categories

Parents of a pre-teen diagnosed with autism realized the scope of behavior issues they are facing. They stated they wanted to avoid constant nagging, and they didn’t want their lives to be ruled by multiple, complex behavior management plans. The parents were looking for ways to prioritize behaviors and to decide which behaviors to tackle […]

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03 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Noisy Fireworks

Fireworks are a fun part of many summer celebrations – ball games, outdoor concerts, amusement parks, and other big events. But many individuals with autism react to random, loud noises by screaming, scratching, throwing objects, or running away. How can we help our friends enjoy the colorful visual patterns and brilliant bursts of light in […]

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24 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Unwritten Group Rules

Because most of us just join into group activities naturally, we are not aware of the vast array of prerequisite skills necessary to do so. In addition to dealing with issues surrounding transition, compliance, peer interaction, and sensory overload, individuals with autism must be aware of and follow commonly understood unwritten group rules. Listen Now: […]

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16 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Miraculous Breakthroughs

Sometimes we hear of incredible breakthroughs for people with autism Television often features individuals who have been “cured” of autism or who have excelled in music, art, sports, or academics. We might read of a non-verbal person who suddenly begins talking. Or an extremely withdrawn student in our child’s classroom may suddenly start interacting with […]

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21 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Myth of Relaxation

We can best meet daily challenges when we relax. But how many teachers and therapists and parents of individuals with challenges related to autism find time to relax? Is it unrealistic to strive toward an impossible goal of relaxation? Listen Now:

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19 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Forget to Listen

My throat is beginning to heal and my ability to speak is finally emerging after 48 hours of virtual silence. As I am slowly becoming more able to communicate with the people around me, I am getting a brief glimpse into the world of my non-verbal friends with autism. Listen Now:

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18 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Non-Verbal Communication

Those of you who are listening to this podcast can tell that my voice is still lost, and that it is difficult to understand what I am saying. Having spent over 24 hours without talking has made me realize some of the challenges of non-verbal communication. non-verbal_communicationListen Now:

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17 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Sick Neck

This will be a very brief podcast because I have actually lost my voice. But take a minute to listen, because I have two quick stories to tell you. Listen Now:

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04 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Patient Dad

I read a funny anecdote that describes one aspect of the lives of parents, teachers, and other people involved in the daily lives of individuals with autism. Did you hear the story about Donald? Listen Now:

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03 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Bubblegum

Occasionally our friends with autism are somewhat removed from their surroundings – sitting aside from others, self-absorbed in their own stimming and repetitive scripts. How can we encourage connections and interaction? Try bubblegum. Bubblegum?!? Listen Now:

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30 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Hitting, Part 2

In this, the second half of a discussion about the aggressive behavior of some youngsters with autism, we will take a brief look at possible causes for our friends suddenly and unexpectedly striking out to hit, scratch, pinch, or bite other people. Listen Now:

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29 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Hitting, Part 1

It can come out of nowhere. In spite of our implementing pro-active strategies for decreasing aggressive behaviors, some youngsters with autism occasionally reach out suddenly, impulsively hitting, biting, pinching, or scratching anyone in reach. What causes these abrupt, hurtful actions? Listen Now:

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21 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Effective Teaching, Part 2

We are continuing our conversation based on a clever quote by novelist Gail Godwin. What are some of the factors that allow us to teach individuals with autism effectively? Listen Now:

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20 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Effective Teaching, Part 1

Although she was writing about traditional classroom education, American novelist and short story writer Gail Godwin articulated the essence of an effective strategy for teaching many individuals with autism when she wrote, “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.” Preparation and theater are definitely important. Are there other keys to effective teaching? Listen Now: […]

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19 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Teen Drama

Adolescent girls can be rather dramatic when responding to issues and events in their lives. How about teens with autism? Although it may appear on the surface that our young ladies with autism are not as emotional and reactive, we might want to closely explore the tie between their emotions and their behavior. Listen Now: […]

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16 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Embarrassing Secrets

Just a word of caution: be very careful what you say in the hearing of your friend with autism. Want to know why? Listen Now:

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15 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Ignoring Me

A dad expressed concern about his pre-teen daughter who rarely seems to pay attention when her parents, her teacher, or other adults talk to her. What factors can lead to inattention and ignoring conversations? Listen Now:

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14 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

For The Birds

As I was sitting at the dining table watching birds flock to our bird feeder this morning, it dawned on me that some of my friend with autism might really enjoy my bird watching hobby. Listen Now:

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