Inclusion vs. Self-Contained Education for Children with ASD Diagnoses

The idea is not new. Including children with special needs in classrooms to learn alongside typical learners promotes the sense of a welcoming environment for all, where differences are valued and learning opportunities are accessible to all, in every classroom. Depending on where you live, the concept may be referred to as “mainstreaming,” “integration,” as well as “inclusion.” Long before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with disabilities did not attend public school. […]

Divorce, Custody, and ASD

Divorce is difficult on all families. Parents often struggle with the decision to separate from their spouse, worrying about the consequences divorce may have on the children. For parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the decision to separate and eventually divorce from a spouse is especially difficult. Parents worry about a myriad of things, and there are no clear cut answers to most of the questions you may be contemplating. Nonetheless, the questions […]

My Child Seems To Put Everything Into His Mouth

By James Mulick, PhD Ohio State University Pica refers to the apparent appetite for non-food items with no nutritional value. It presents a problem when the items are poisonous, pose the risk of infection, are otherwise harmful to health or might produce injury (as a result of swallowing something sharp). Exploring objects by tasting and smelling is a universal human investigative technique, which eventually diminishes based upon experience and learning. Babies explore many things with […]

Placement Options for Preschool Students Receiving Special Education Services

There are a number of placement options to consider for your preschool child. The Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team – which includes you, the parent – will decide which placement or placements are appropriate. The placement decided upon by the IEP team will be paid for by the school district in which you live as part of your child’s Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). When considering an educational placement, the IEP team must decide […]

Children With Autism Bolting and Neighborhood Safety

By Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D and Kate E. Cerino Britton, MSEd, MA BCBA, Alpine Learning Group You are not alone. In fact, according to an online survey conducted by the National Autism Association, 92 percent of the parents indicated their child with autism was at risk of wandering away from his or her home or care provider. An additional concern is that when wandering, many children with autism are unable to take steps to ensure […]

Placement Options for School-Age Students Receiving Special Education Services

Special education is a service and not a placement. If your child has qualified for special education services, where your child will receive those services must still be determined, and there are a number of placement options to consider for your school-age child. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team – which includes you, the parent – will decide which placement or placements are appropriate based on your child’s specific strengths and needs. The placement decided […]

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 […]

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, […]