Category: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sensory Play: It’s Summer!

Sensory Play: It’s Summer!

Sensory play is about playing games that stimulate the senses. Children use their senses to understand the world they live in. Sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste offer different ways for children to experience their surroundings. Sensory play is also important for developing the senses […]

“I Must Have Cried 1000 Tears”

“I Must Have Cried 1000 Tears”

“I must have cried 1000 tears,” wrote Amanda Coley of her two year-old son Jack’s loving interaction with Snow White at Walt Disney World, this past November. Jack, you see, has autism and doesn’t speak words. But his love for a beautiful Disney character comes through […]

Eye Focus, Getting Emotional, and Autism

Eye Focus, Getting Emotional, and Autism

Eye focus and especially eye contact is, for most people, a way of connecting with people. It shows we like the person we’re speaking with. Breaking eye contact, on the other hand, may show we’re embarrassed, lying, or feeling guilty about something. Most of us know […]

Pet Therapy And Your Child

Pet Therapy And Your Child

Pet Therapy is type of treatment using trained animals to help people cope with a variety of issues, including illness and mental health issues. Pet therapy sessions are guided by the animal’s handler, who is trained in pet therapy. Another name for pet therapy is […]

Lynette’s Law: Teaching Kids to Be Effective and Kind

Lynette’s Law: Teaching Kids to Be Effective and Kind

I have a general rule of thumb that I call Lynette’s Law. It is basically a rule of engagement. I call it “Four Compliments To (every) One Correction!” It teaches you how to be an effective person who is kind. People like rules, instruction manuals, […]

Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe

Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe

Melatonin is a hormone that helps us know when to sleep and when to be awake. At night, our brains make and release more melatonin and this makes us sleepy. When the sun comes up, the brain slows its production and release of melatonin, so […]

Childhood Apraxia Of Speech, Autism, Or Both?

Childhood Apraxia Of Speech, Autism, Or Both?

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder which makes it difficult for children to speak sounds, syllables, and words. The difficulty has nothing to do with weak muscles or paralysis. Instead, in childhood apraxia of speech, the brain has a problem with […]

Immunization Debate: Do You Say Yes to Vaccines?

Immunization Debate: Do You Say Yes to Vaccines?

Immunization Awareness Month is upon us which means we wake up the sleeping beast: the debate for and against vaccination. There’s a lot of hot feeling on either side of the debate which is only natural. These are our children we’re talking about and their […]

Drama Therapy and Your Child

Drama Therapy and Your Child

Drama therapy is a form of treatment that uses playacting to explore feelings in a safe environment. In drama therapy, participants may use storytelling, improvisation, and performance to solve problems, vent feelings, or work toward emotional goals. Drama therapy can succeed where other forms of therapy […]

Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Is This What Your Child Has?

Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Is This What Your Child Has?

Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) or (NVLD), also called Nonverbal Learning Disability, is a brain-based developmental difficulty with nonverbal skills. The term that describes this deficit is confusing, because one might think NLD describes a child who is “nonverbal” and therefore has trouble with words. Actually, […]