What happens after “autism”?

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According to the recent research on autism, children who lose their diagnosis may develop another psychiatric disorders. It means that even if the child is “off” autism spectrum disorder, it is necessary to continue psychiatric care and monitor the conditions. … Continue reading

Calming Bottles: What is it and Why it’s good?

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Got inspired by an Instagram post about sensory or calming bottles from @autism_superpower and decided to tell our readers why this “calm down” bottle is good and how to do it yourself or together with children. Certainly, there are a … Continue reading

ABCs of the IEP

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Individualized Educations Program (IEP) meetings are an important part of giving your child the best education to help them succeed. IEPs are personalized for each child and their families so that the school and staff can work at the child’s … Continue reading

5-Year-Old Raises Awareness

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Iris Grace is a five year old diagnosed with autism who picked up a paintbrush last year and has been making waves ever since. “It was her first painting I noticed a difference in her painting compared to how you … Continue reading

The Basketball League for Children with Autism.

 

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Sport therapy is important for kids with autism and at the same time it could be a great challenge for them. Some of the issues are motor functioning problems, difficulty in planning and low motivation. Exercise and team sports, such as soccer, baseball and flag football, can be a great benefit to improve these problems and also enhance the quality of everyday life for children with autism. We have talked about yoga and martial arts, having a positive impact on the behavior of children with autism, but how about a real team sport such as basketball?

The Minnesota Autism center organized a Basketball league for children with autism about three years ago. This Autism center in South Central Minnesota is a non-profit organization that support families affected by autism. The basketball league is a great success for the center and the Minnesota community.   Team sports help these kids learn how to communicate with each other and how to express themselves in a small group and listening to a coach give directions.   With every ball in the basket, kid’s faces light up with pride. The ability to accomplish goal, compete and to work with a group significantly boosts their confidence, which increases children overall happiness.

 

Original story http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/03/18/league-introduces-team-sports-to-kids-with-autism/

 

New York Autistic-Friendly Disney Live Show

We, at Shema Kolainu are very excited about the autism-friendly Disney live show that will take place during Autism Awareness month in New York . The Theater Fund has helped organize autism friendly performances for young children and adults in the past, including famous Broadway shows like “Lion King,”  “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and “Wicked”. This time Fund created an autism-friendly show by calibrating with Feld Entertainment, Inc. with main focus on younger audience.

Most children with autism cannot attend regular theaters as well as  movie theaters, due to the anxiety they get during the performance or movie. This show is constructed without strobe lights and loud sounds, specifically to make autistic children comfortable. Also, venue will have quiet areas with coloring books, beanbag chairs and autism experts. This calibration will provide a new place where New York  families will be able to engage with their kids. “Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure” will open doors on April 19, 2014 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This image released by The Theatre Development Fund shows the cast of ‘Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure.’ ”

Original story http://www.tdf.org/TDF_SupportPage.aspx?id=137

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‘Inner Talk’ Beneficial for Children with Autism

Teaching children how to ‘talk things through in their head’ has been proven to increase mental flexibility however it could be even more important for children with autism.

These skills might increase the chances of people with autism being able to live independent, flexible lives, according to the study led by a team at Durham University in England.

The researchers compared how 15 high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder and 16 adults without the disorder completed a test that measures planning ability as well as a short-term memory task.

The psychologists found that the use, or lack of, thinking in words is strongly linked to the extent of someone’s communication deficiencies which are rooted in early childhood. Continue reading