Using animal helpers with autistic children is growing in popularity. Service dogs show great promise in being able to calm the children, keep them safer, and reduce behavior disruptions and meltdowns. However, they may not be appropriate for your family. Here’s some information to help you decide.
While making new friends or carrying on a conversation comes naturally to most kids, the autistic child finds the process difficult or even overwhelming. Teaching them how to handle social interactions gives them confidence and lowers their stress. Try this role-play model with your child.
There are long-term skills autistic children need to learn like how to dress and groom, hold a job, or go to the grocery store. How well each child learns these skills depends on the severity of their condition, but most can learn. Here are some key things they need to know for daily life.
It’s a paradox — children with autism may have incredible abilities to draw accurate scenes from memory. However, drawing skills with autistic preschoolers may be impacted by decreased attention, motivation, tactile defensiveness, pencil control, cognitive and motor planning skills. How can this be?
This article provides a variety of reading strategies designed to help students with aphasia make maximum progress in minimum time. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for teaching aphasia reading strategies that will positively impact aphasia patients.
Social interventions for special ed students benefit children and teens with autism spectrum disorders and other conditions that affect communication skills. Among the available forms of social interventions are social skills groups led by a therapist, wraparound services, and peer-to-peer pairing.
You can use a task analysis to teach students with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism) to complete a given task. These four steps in writing a task analysis will help you make sure that you include the most important steps to complete the task.
This article provides a sample circle time schedule that can be used in a classroom, playschool or special education set up. It’s especially important to stick to a consistent routine when teaching students with Autism.
Learning about nutrition early can help students make healthy life choices. Nutrition education is also important for students with intellectual disabilities, as they are at risk for nutritional issues as they get older. Learn about teaching nutrition to persons with intellectual disabilities.
Test anxiety can be difficult for students to deal with, even more so for students with intellectual disabilities. Learn about test anxiety in students with intellectual disabilities and different techniques that can help them overcome the anxiety.