Articles of September,2014

Let’s Switch on the Learning!!

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

For children with autism, sensory training can be extremely helpful. The stimulation of lights, sounds, and movement can be just what the doctor ordered.

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Posted in Sensory Switches

Helping Your Autistic Child Become More Sociable

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Children within the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have a tough time dealing with social situations. For some reason, their brains don’t develop properly leaving these children with social shortcomings. Through early intervention and therapy some of the social skills can be taught and learned.

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Posted in Sensory Motor

Coping with Autism and Bullying

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Bullying is appalling no matter who it happens to, but when your child on the autism spectrum it seems to be worse. Since autism affects social development because children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to mean-spirited barbs from other children.

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Posted in Calming

Improving Gross Motor Skills for Your Autistic Child

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) develop differently than other children. ASD is a disorder that affects the brain’s development and varies widely from child to child. While one child may be nonverbal while another may have trouble with auditory input. Another way a child may be affected by autism is in their development of motor skills.

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Posted in Gross-Motor

Getting into the Swing of Therapy

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

To children there is nothing more exciting and fun than playing on a swing. For a child to develop properly they must experience this type of motion without fear. Children in the autism spectrum can have difficulty with this type of sensory input. The use of vestibular swings can be an integral part of sensory integration therapy.

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Posted in Therapy Swings

How Can I Help My Child with Auditory Stimulation?

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

The diagnosis of autism can be daunting for any parent, but that’s just the beginning. Parents need to work with their doctor and physical therapist to develop a course of action to help their child. The earlier the therapy begins the better chance of behavior modification succeeding.

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Posted in Auditory-Stimulation

Using Visual Stimulation for Autism Therapy

Posted on Sep 02, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Since autism affects every child differently, it is important to tailor therapies to target each child’s specific needs. The goal of these therapies is to allow each child to learn communication and social skills needed to interact with others.

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Posted in Visual-Stimulation

Can Tactile Stimulation Help My Autistic Child?

Posted on Sep 02, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Our children are like snowflakes, no two are alike and unfortunately Autism Spectrum Disorder takes this same approach. The hard part about designing a therapy for a child affected by autism is identifying and targeting that child’s specific needs. Children can be affected verbally, socially, or have a tough time processing and interpreting external stimuli.

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Posted in Tactile-Stimulation

Helping Your Autistic Child Develop Fine Motor Skills

Posted on Sep 02, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

As a child grows and develops, they master gross motor skills (which involve the large muscles in the body) and then fine motor skills. The development of fine motor skills involves smaller tasks like manipulating things with their hands and developing hand eye coordination.

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Posted in Manipulatives & Fine Motor

Time to Sit down!! How to Position Your Autistic Child

Posted on Sep 01, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Many children within the autism spectrum have difficulty sitting and concentrating for long periods of time. They are often distracted by other sensory items such as sound and light, therefore making the learning of other tasks difficult.

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Posted in Seating Positioning