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Why Hands-On Learning is So Beneficial to Our Children

In Autism, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

As humans, we naturally like to move and use our hands! Do you ever notice yourself moving a part of your body (shaking your leg, biting your lip, playing with your fingers, touching your hair) or touching something in your environment (a soft couch, the tv remote, a cup, a fidget toy, a blanket, your phone). We also like to …

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Research-Based Program Helps Students with Learning Difficulties Improve Basic Reading and Comprehension Skills

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

This comprehensive research-based program (Corrective Reading) has been found to be effective for students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder.

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Individual on the Autism Spectrum Shares Perspective About Stimming, Sensory Overload & More!

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Anonymous Anonymous

The information below is posted with permission from an anonymous individual on the autism spectrum! We would love more than anything to credit the author by name; however, he/she requested anonymity! “Do you remember the moment you first heard the word autism? I do. It was February 3, 2004. That was when my mother decided to tell me I was …

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5 Best Selling Oral-Motor Sensory Toys of 2019

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Many school-aged children with learning and behavioral needs, have benefited from the use of a therapeutic tool known as a “chewy” and similar oral-motor sensory tools. A “chewy” is a cylinder-shaped piece of rubber tubing, which is placed in the mouth and sucked or chewed on. When a child utilizes a sensory tool like a “chewy,” it appears to have …

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Self-Monitoring Apps Help Students Improve Behavior and Time On-Task

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Teachers often report that keeping students focused on the task at hand is a challenge. While there are many strategies to improve time on-task and behavior in the classroom, research studies support the use of self-monitoring apps as one method for making a positive difference for students. For more on this research see: Implementation of a self-monitoring application to improve …

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder & Sensory Integration Therapy?

In Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Different-Abilities/Screening Tools, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

People with typically functioning sensory systems learn to tolerate stimulation through their senses in many different ways. They also learn how to use the information they receive through their senses to control themselves and their movements and interact with the world around them. For example, just as our eyes detect visual information and relay that information to the brain for …

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National Autism Resources Carries Over 1400 Therapeutic Tools for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Sponsored Posts by Rachel Wise

National Autism Resources, also known as NationalAutismResources.com, provides cost-effective, research-based therapeutic tools that meet the needs of people on the autism spectrum across their lifespan. NationalAutismResources.com provides school districts, hospitals, therapy centers, family members, and individuals of the autism community with effective tools that improve the independence and quality of life for people on the autism spectrum. For instance, NationalAutismResources.com carries …

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They Say I Have ADHD (A Poem About a Different Perspective)

In ADHD, Autism, Counselors, Education and Behavior Poems, Educators by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

They say I have ASD, or ADHD or ODD. I say I’m just me. They tell me I’m different and that’s special; but they want to make me like them I think. Do they have goals for me? What are they? This doctor said I have only one disorder, but the other one said I have three. Which therapies do …

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An Interactive Story to Teach Kids About Restaurant Behavior

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social Skills, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can be used to teach someone what to expect or how to behave in a particular setting. Because no situation is the same, it may be helpful to talk to your child about how their restaurant experience might be different from the story below. For example, in this story …

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Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Children's Health, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatment of ADHD. Maybe our first …

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What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

In ADHD, Autism, Educational Strategies & Tips, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Intro Are you wondering if your child needs special education services or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or how children obtain an IEP? In order to qualify for an IEP, your child needs to receive an evaluation in school (or at home if your child has not started school yet or attends homeschool or cyber school). Depending on your child’s …

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21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

In ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

*This article pertains to U.S. public schools. If your child attends private school or school outside of the U.S., talk to the school team to find out which accommodations they are able to provide. Parents may not always know what accommodations or modifications are available to their child with special needs in school. This article provides that knowledge, along with …

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Interactive Symptoms Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder

In Autism, Parents, Screening Tools by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Below you will find an interactive checklist for symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You can go through each symptom and check off the ones that pertain to your child. The symptoms in the checklist fall under two categories: A. deficits in social communication or social interaction B. restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Symptoms are based on the criteria …

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How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Parents by Rachel Wise

This article discusses how to use schedules with children to promote positive behaviors. Strategies can also be utilized with adults with special needs. Using visual schedules for individuals who may have trouble with reading or language is discussed as well. Schedules can make a positive difference in a child’s behavior in class or at home. When a schedule is in place, children …

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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and How to Assess It

In Autism, Parents, Screening Tools, Sponsored Posts by Sponsored Article

Sponsored Post Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be difficult to define, even by clinicians who diagnose and treat it and by researchers who study it. This is because there is no precise blood test or genetic test that indicates whether or not an individual has ASD or not. Rather, it is identified by a broad range, or a “spectrum,” of …

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Signs of Autism in Children and Steps for Parents to Take

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Parents by Rachel Wise

This article gives information about what to look for to determine if your child is showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also discussed are the next steps to take if you are concerned that your child may be exhibiting symptoms of ASD. The reason autism is considered to be on a spectrum is because autism affects people in different …

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I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

In Anxiety/Depression, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

Below you will find a social story about going to the dentist, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders, or for any child that …

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An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They …

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How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

In ADHD, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators by Rachel Wise

This article gives a number of strategies that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to create a physical environment that helps meet the educational and behavioral needs of individuals with autism or ADHD. Very young children or children who have trouble understanding language would also benefit from some of these strategies. Every person is a unique individual, so in a group situation …

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6 Types of Materials and Resources for Autism Parents and Educators

In Autism, Autism Spectrum by Rachel Wise

1) Free Social Stories Social stories are a research-based method used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in a certain situation. Here are four social stories on the following topics: behavior in school, behavior in a restaurant, preparing for a doctor’s appointment, and accepting the word no. All About Going …