Archive | Video Discussions

24 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Twas the Night Before Christmas

This book is a visual delight for friends with autism who enjoy a visual accompaniment to songs and stories. Extraordinary paper artist Robert Sabuda illustrates Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas tale. Sabuda holds the 2002 copyright to the book published by Simon & Schuster, NY. If you are receiving this message via e-mail, click on […]

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13 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Do Not Touch!

Individuals with autism are often intrigued with the lights, colors, and shapes on a Christmas tree, sometimes to a point of breaking or damaging ornaments. The new unbreakable ornaments and the new pre-lit trees with LED lights built into the needles allow our friends with autism to get into the holiday spirit without the constant […]

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06 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: 12 Days of Christmas

Robert Sabuda’s beautiful holiday book combines four delights for many individuals with autism: visual surprises, numbers, predictable sequences, and music. ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ is published by Simon & Shuster, NY, and the copyright is held by Robert Sabuda, 1996. If you are receiving this message via e-mail or podcast, click on our website […]

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25 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Talking Turkey

Abby Levine’s clever book, “This is the Turkey,” helps youngsters with autism learn what traditional activities to expect on Thanksgiving day. They also see their friend Max deal with the ups and downs of the celebration. If you are receiving this post via e-mail or podcast, you can click on our website to view the […]

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14 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Making Music

We can encourage our friends with autism to join in a jam session, even if they are not able to learn music in traditional ways. People who have difficulty concentrating or those who have very limited skills can make music playing instruments with open tuning or by following letter-cued or color-cued music. Joining in a […]

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08 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Literal Words

Sometimes our friends with autism cannot connect with abstract ideas because they are such literal thinkers. We can adapt the text of books, stating concepts in concrete terms so people with autism can connect and enjoy. Listen to the adapted lyrics of Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks by John Bucchino, a book with incredible […]

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01 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: ABC’s

Check out this incredible book. Many of my friends with autism (kids AND adults) have been intrigued with the clever visuals paired with the familiar Alphabet Song. If you are receiving this message via e-mail or podcast, check out our website for this visual delight: This INCREDIBLE book, ABC3D, is by Marion Bataille. It […]

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26 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Cooking Supper

One of my students stayed over for the weekend. We captured the finale of his cooking supper on video. If you are receiving this post via e-mail or podcast, you can click on our website to view the Seesmic video

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18 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: We’re Great!

A youngster who typically has difficulty focusing for any length of time is intrigued by his image on the screen. You can see his enthusiastic, joy-FULL viewpoint on life oozing out of his pores as he sings this song with his music therapist. If you are receiving this post via e-mail or podcast, you can […]

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07 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Book Music

People with autism sometimes find it difficult to maintain eye contact with people and may struggle to focus on visual cues. Click on the “play” arrow at to check out this video of a book that has captured the attention of dozens of students with special needs, mesmerizing them with a foolproof combination of […]

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05 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Fine-Feathered Friends

Some individuals with autism respond very well to pets. Some love having a cat or dog around the house or in the back yard, and others enjoy riding horses. Some individuals with autism need a great deal of supervision when it comes to caring for or interacting with family pets, and others are very conscientious […]

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27 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Tyler’s Conversation

You can see in this Seesmic video that my friend Tyler, an older teen with autism, enjoys this conversation with people who are thousands of miles away. As a toddler, Tyler was frustrated by limited language and the inability to communicate. Many folks in his life worked hard to help him learn to use words […]

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19 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Visual Delight

In my “real job” as a music therapist, I have the privilege of spending time with dozens and dozens of individuals with autism every week – toddlers, kids, teens, adults, and older adults. During this past week, I shared a book that captured the attention of every single person. Even folks with autism who normally […]

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06 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Instant Messaging

For a variety of reasons, many of my friends with autism are not able to speak or they struggle to use words effectively. But, they can certainly communicate in a low-tech, instant messaging style. Click on the Seesmic link for a video discussion or read more below. We welcome your input. Send an e-mail to […]

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01 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Kid Talk

Youngsters with autism often say whatever comes to mind without regard to the situation or the people around them. Their comments can be entertaining or clever, or they can be embarrassing or hurtful. Our friends do not, of course, intend to insult someone or betray a confidence, but some kids with autism simply do not […]

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23 August 2008 ~ 2 Comments

VODcast: Back to School

All families struggle a bit when it is time to go back to school. When autism is mixed into the equation, the transition can be particularly challenging. Click to watch the Seesmic video discussion or read the helpful tips below. Autism VODcast: Back to School Quick tips for smoothing out the transition from the lazy […]

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16 August 2008 ~ 3 Comments

VODcast: ONLY Peanut Butter??!?

What do we do if our child with autism will only eat peanut butter? She eats it on bread or crackers, but she NEVER eats anything else. No ice cream or fruits or veggies or meats or milk or candies. Just peanut butter – morning, noon, and night! Click to watch the Seesmic video or […]

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09 August 2008 ~ 1 Comment

VODcast: Neurology

A recent AP article highlights newly published research that takes one more step toward unraveling the mystery of autism. The Harvard study, published in the July 11, 2008 issue of Science, indicates that six genes are key pieces in the puzzle.

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05 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Pets

The families of several friends with autism got dogs this summer. One of the youngsters was entranced with his puppy. He enjoys romps in the back yard with his dog, and helps his dad with the daily care of his new buddy. The new dog experiences were not so positive for two other youngsters. Those […]

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28 July 2008 ~ 0 Comments

VODcast: Dog Tags

When kayaking with my family on a sunny, calm day on the Texas coast last week, we heard a message warning of an impending emergency evacuation due to an approaching hurricane. The experience brought to mind the need for families to plan in advance for unanticipated emergencies and evacuations. A key element in that plan […]

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