Monthly Archives: January 2013

Autism-Friendly Winter Activities

This morning, looking out my office window, I’m amazed at the beauty and power of the weather.  It’s blustery, cold and snowy – a typical Erie winter day. Yet, just yesterday I sat here, looking out the same window watching … Continue reading

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Wellsville TV: Inspiring Health and Fun!

Saturday was a fabulous day!  Dr. Tony Snow, Kathy Iorio and the Wellsville TV crew arrived at the Barber National Institute ready to film a segment on children with special needs.  What is Wellsville? It is a multifaceted program created … Continue reading

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DSM-IV Changes

The American Psychiatric Association recently announced some changes in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), to be published in May 2013.  The authors originally planned to change the diagnosis of “mental retardation” to “intellectual developmental disorder.”  

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Children with Autism and Optimal Outcomes

The Wall Street Journal yesterday carried an article, “Who can outgrow or recover from autism?” The Journal was reporting on a study conducted by Deborah Fein, Ph. D., of the University of Connecticut, Storrs. I’m sure that every parent of … Continue reading

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75 Days – but who’s counting?

One Tuesday, two months and 16 days from today, what color will you be wearing? Odd question, I know. Today is January 17th, so who’s thinking about what to wear 75 days from today? I am! The sixth annual World … Continue reading

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Therapy on Four Paws

Walking through the halls of the school this morning, I saw Bradley and Don greeting Laure Seiber and her therapy dog Charlie (a Newfiedoodle).  Laure and Charlie, members of Therapy Dogs United (TDU), were making their weekly visit to the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Friendship

In A. A. Milne’s classic creation, “Winnie the Pooh,” where the ‘silly old bear’ says, “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?“‘ This sums … Continue reading

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