Monthly Archives: September 2013

Are Robots an Answer to Social Skills?

All of us have struggled when our children plateau in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy. We ask ourselves “what else can we do?” Dr. Diehl, of Notre Dame turned to technology to investigate this answer.  Below are highlights of his … Continue reading

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Robots and Autism Spectrum Disorders

For those of you who live in the Erie area, the Barber National Institute is hosting Dr. Joshua Diehl, a professor at the University of Notre Dame. He will be discussing “Robots and Autism: The Impact, Potential, and the Future” … Continue reading

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Celebrating: One Woman’s Dream

A dream can be as individual as a fingerprint or as universal as a common prayer. For parents of a child with developmental disabilities, the dream may be for a child to speak or to walk. For an adult with … Continue reading

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Have You Heard of Extraordinary Ventures?

Yesterday I was at the gym lifting weights and listening to Squawk Box. My ears perked up as I heard the host talking about employment of persons with disabilities. The panel members were beginning a discussion on the need for … Continue reading

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Overcome that Obstacle (even with sand in your shoes)

It was cool brisk Saturday morning.  Sand had already seeped into my shoes as I walked between the registration table and starting line taking in the view. The course was set, volunteers prepared and contestants ready to compete.  Excitement penetrated … Continue reading

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Under the Sea

Last week one of the teachers used the “ocean” as the classroom learning theme. The students’ were exploring the ocean and when I heard about this I couldn’t wait to talk to them about what they were learning. As I … Continue reading

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Robots & Autism: What’s the impact? What’s the future?

A few years ago I was relaxing at home reading the latest edition of the Notre Dame Alumni magazine.  I came across an article written by Dr. Joshua Diehl, Assistant Professor of Psychology, on his robot research and I was … Continue reading

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