How Families Can Help Their Son or Daughter With Disabilities Find Work

Families and friends can play an important role helping those with disabilities plan for employment and find a job that is a good fit. Job Matching Families know their child better than anyone else and can contribute important insights throughout the job development process.  To help an individual find the right job it is important to share information about: A person’s interests and skills A person’s learning style A person’s social skills Environments that support […]

After Other Options Fail, A Family Tries Medical Marijuana For Son With Autism

Heard on Morning Edition Lynn Arditi One November afternoon inside a raised ranch in Rhode Island, Kristal and Chris’ 13-year-old son was just getting home from school. “How’s school?” Chris says. “Bad!” Dylan says. He’s a skinny kid with glasses – still small enough for his mom to wrap him in a bear hug if he gets out of control. He’s had a lot of bad days. Dylan’s parents review the daily reports his school […]

Children With Autism Dental Exams

By Jennifer Hieminga, MEd, BCBA Associate Director, (http://www.newhavencentre.com/) New Haven Learning Centre. Toronto, Canada For many individuals with autism, routine appointments such as medical, dental and haircuts can be extremely difficult to tolerate. There are many factors that may contribute to this intolerance such as novel environments, novel adults, novel or aversive sounds, bright lights, foreign tastes, painful sensations, sitting for long periods of time and physical touch. As a result, many children with autism […]

Colorado House OKs bill on medical marijuana use for autism

by Associated Press DENVER — The Colorado House has passed a bill allowing medical marijuana use to treat autism spectrum disorders. The bill had strong bipartisan support, passing 63-0 on Thursday. The Senate is expected to do the same, and Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign it. Autism spectrum disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome and other developmental disorders whose symptoms range from mild to severe. Current law allows medical marijuana use for cancer, glaucoma, HIV, PTSD, […]

Federal Study Shows Universities Lack Plans for, Feds Lack Attention to Student Sexual Assault Victims with Disabilities

The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal advisory body – released the results of a national study on college sexual assault policies as they pertain to student victims with disabilities during a policy briefing sponsored by the American University Sexual Assault Working Group. The briefing will take place at American University. NCD’s study found that students with disabilities are not “on the radar” of colleges in their sexual assault prevention efforts, policies, […]

Organizing an Inclusive Birthday Party

Birthday parties can create fear in many parents. All the excitement, noise and sugar at the start, followed by tears and tantrums at the end. Not to mention all the expensive, catering and planning that’s involved. But one aspect of the planning that parents shouldn’t worry over is the invite list. Should you invite the child in the class with special needs? The simple answer is, yes. Having children with special needs at the party may require a […]

Toilet Training Children With Autism

By Frank Cicero, PhD Director of Psychological Services at Eden II Programs Here is the good news…children with autism can be toilet trained through the exact same methods that are used with typically-developing children. And what are these methods? Applied behavior analysis! If you have ever toilet trained a typically-developing child, you probably used a combination of praise and rewards for going on the toilet, explaining your expectations, removing the child‘s diaper, prompting to the […]

Kids With Autism Want To Connect. Here’s How Other Kids Can Help.

By Kendra Stanton Lee My brother Michael leaves the best voicemails, is a great traveling companion and does a spot-on impression of our late grandmother. Michael is also on the autism spectrum, and has been my life’s best reference for loving someone who is neuroatypical. Because he lives 1,000 miles away, though, my kids barely know him. We don’t visit Ohio, where Michael lives with my parents, frequently. My kids, who are 10 and 8, […]

Microsoft’s Emotional New Super Bowl Ad Promotes the Adaptive Controller

Microsoft’s commercial features children with disabilities who love the adaptive controller. “When everybody plays, we all win.” That’s the slogan of Microsoft’s emotional Super Bowl ad released on Thursday. The commercial, titled “We All Win,” highlights the Xbox adaptive controller, which can be used by gamers with disabilities. It features young gamers and their parents whose experiences have changed thanks to the device. One of the children interviewed was 9-year-old Owen. His parents said in […]

Food Selectivity Is Common In Children With Autism

By Jill K. Belchic-Schwartz, PhD Pediatric/Child Psychologist, Childhood Solutions, PC, Fort Washington, PA Food selectivity is a fairly common issue with children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many children who have been diagnosed with an ASD have difficulties with rigidity and a need for sameness, and this holds true for their food preferences as well. This can be very distressing for parents and caregivers. Prior to initiating a feeding intervention, it is important […]