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Co-op Helps Children with Autism Get iPads

Ipads for Autism

For parents of children with autism, the iPad has been a godsend. And now, thanks to the help of an electric cooperative, anIndianaschool has been able to get several of the devices to help students with autism learn. Continue reading



New Autism Social Learning Software A Success

New Autism Social Learning Software A Success

The Language Express, a developer of social learning software for children on the autism spectrum, received its first round of seed funding from a private investment firm. The company’s initial product, The Social Express™, is a 16-lesson autism app that’s receiving enthusiastic reviews from parents, therapists, educators, and bloggers. Continue reading



Dietary Changes To Alleviate Asperger’s Symptoms

Dietary changes can help children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome according to Craig Kendall, author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. Gluten and casein free diets help overcome Asperger’s syndrome symptoms improving behavior in children. Continue reading



City Hall Rally to Save Autism Funding 2012

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

On Tuesday, April 24, New York City Council Member Mark S. Weprin invited Council Members, service providers, and families of children with autism to a rally on the steps of City Hall, in an effort to urge the New York City Council to continue funding for its citywide autism initiative. Continue reading



Autism Workshop Teaches Adaptive Daily Living Skills

Shema Kolainu's Educational Coordinator Chani Katz, MA, BCBA, fields a question.

Parents and professionals were welcomed into Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices today for a free autism workshop.  As part of our workshop series, our Educational Coordinator Chani Katz, MA, BCBA, presented a workshop written by our Education Director Gili Rechany, MA, SBL, BCBA, on Adaptive Daily Living Skills and helping those with autism to be independent.

We at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, School and Center for Children with Autism regularly open our doors and share our findings about how children on the autism spectrum learn to communicate, socialize and succeed while engaging in daily routine activities and interacting with others.

Autism Workshop toilet training exercise

Attendees participate in an exercise on toilet training

Chani started by going through toilet training, including what to do before you start, baseline and training procedures as well as possible problems that may be encountered. She then spoke about self care skills, explaining how to use social stories and task analysis to assist in training skills such as brushing teeth, dressing and eating.  Chani finished up by covering pre-vocational skills such as following task analysis or activity schedules to do tasks like making the bed or completing homework.

Throughout the workshop Chani stressed that every child is different and that specific attainable goals should be set for each child.

Shema Kolainu's Educational Coordinator Chani Katz, MA, BCBA

Shema Kolainu's Educational Coordinator Chani Katz, MA, BCBA

Our educationand training program is designed to inform and enhance the knowledge of participants about autism, related services and behavior analytic techniques used to effectively teach personal, social, and academic skills.

This workshop series was designed in response to parents, teachers, therapists and others who requested to learn how to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders.



Parents Push for a Wider Spectrum of Autism Research

Parents Push for a Wider Spectrum of Autism ResearchMany parents of children with autism have often been ahead of his doctors and caregivers in coming up with new ways to help their children.

Science and medicine coming around to parents’ view of the condition, and a more nuanced outlook is slowly emerging: Autism is not just an issue with the brain. Continue reading



Autism Wandering

autism wanderingThere are various reasons someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may wander, but mainly they are looking to either get to something or away from something. Wandering occurrences tend to increase in warmer months when persons with ASD are more likely to play outside or attend summer or day camps. Continue reading



Siblings of Those with Autism

Research indicates that the majority of brothers and sisters of children with autism cope well with their experiences. That does not mean, however, that they do not encounter special challenges in learning how to deal with a sibling who has autism or a related disorder.

With more children being diagnosed with autism, and many within a family where several children are neuro-typical, it’s raised some questions on how these children feel about their sibling with autism taking more time and attention from their parents. Continue reading



Music Therapy for Autism

Music Therapy at Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices

Music Therapy at Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices

After covering how one boy’s hidden talent was discovered through music therapy, we thought we’d take a closer look at how music therapy works. Continue reading



Children with Autism get Great Benefits from Using Computers

Children with Autism get Great Benefits from Computers

Simon Baron-Cohen is professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Recent studies by Nottingham University and Carnegie Mellon University have shown the enormous benefits and functionality that those in the autism spectrum experience when using computers. Continue reading