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Toys for Children with Autism

Toys can have a very positive impact on the development of children with autism spectrum syndrome. Choosing the right toys that will entertain your child and at the same time encourage development could be challenging. Toys are a big part of the development program at the Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices.

Keep in mind that ability of the child is more important than age recommendation when you are choosing toys for kids with autism.  Simple toys like puzzles and mazes will help your child to focus on completing tasks and will bring a sense of achievement.  Any type of painting or drawing will be great because working with tools will help improve your child’s motor skills.  Board games could be amazing entertainment for the whole family and it will improve the social skills of a child.

Besides regular toys, you can choose from a variety of electronic resources, apps and DVDs that are designed for children with special needs. Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices School use iPad apps such as Buddy Bear app and PlayHome.

Model Me Kids, www.modelmekids.com, specializes in creating toys that focus on the development of social skills, by teaching children how to express emotions and the proper usage of body language. Another company, TeaChildMath, www.teachildmath.comwill help with improving basic knowledge of math and will enhance motor and writing skills of the child.

Generally any toys would be extremely helpful with connection, improvement of social skills and overall development.

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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



Teaching Children with Autism to Understand Idioms

Teaching Children with Autism to Understand IdiomsThose with autism are very literal thinker thinkers. While ordinary people seem to love using idioms, metaphors and figurative speech, whether to aid communication or simply to make life more interesting, for people with autism they simply make no sense. Continue reading



Autism: Still on The Rise

autism still on the riseIf you float in online autism circles you may be well aware of the new autism figures released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday.  While it has been evident for many years that the number of those with autism is steadily rising, yesterday’s announcement that the number of cases has risen 78 percent in the last ten years is a sobering reminder.

The number of autism cases in the United States has reached one in every 88 children, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports. The figures vary wildly between girls and boys with one in every 54 boys affected, five fold the prevalence in girls: one in 252. 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.



Insurance Coverage for Autism

Insurance Coverage for Autism

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that an average of one in 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That adds up to around 730,000 people between the ages of 0 and 21 with an ASD.

Most health professionals agree that early intervention treatment programs are vital. Treatment options may include behavioral and educational interventions, complementary and alternative medicine, dietary changes or medications to manage or relieve the symptoms of autism.  Some families may spend more than $50,000 per year on autism-related therapies, such as applied behavior analysis.  Continue reading



Yoga Therapy Found to Be Hugely Beneficial for Children with Autism

Physical therapy has long been known to one of the array of treatment options to be hugely beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). However Yoga Therapy has proven to yield amazing results for children with Autism even outside the bounds of physical therapy.

A combination of poses, breathing and deep relaxation can not only aid the development of body awareness, motor coordination and overall health but can also help promote social interaction, sensory integration and provide self-calming techniques. Continue reading



Hear Our Voices Looking to Include iPads to Classrooms

With the onset of more accessible visual electronics such as iPods and iPads,

Visual electronics have been booming. Their popularity, of course, is due to their vibrant colorful graphics, simple touch interfaces, and endless supply of new applications that help users do everything from order a cup of coffee to produce a symphony.

As the accessibility of these products becomes more open to those younger and younger, even showing up in schools. While some parents and teachers disapprove of their personal use in classrooms, stating children may waste time on site like Facebook and not pay attention, other teachers, especially those of special needs and autistic students, are quickly taking advantage of such a powerful tool. Continue reading



Special College Programs for Students With Autism

Many autistic teens out there have the brains to make higher education a breeze, but are lacking in some of the social, time management and organizational skills they’ll need to make the grades they deserve. Luckily, there is a wide range of colleges out there stepping up to offer support and help for students with autism spectrum conditions. Here are 10 of the growing number of colleges that can be a good choice for students with autism, as they can provide support groups, assistance with courses, special classes and all the information students need to get a degree. Continue reading



Checklist to Identify Autism Earlier

A simple 24-item checklist developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in La Jolla may prove to be an important screening tool for detecting early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and language and developmental delays in children as young as 1 year old.

The checklist titled the Communication and Symbolic Scales Development Profile Infant-Toddler Checklist is completed by parents and guardians while they are in the doctor’s waiting room. Continue reading