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Teaching Empathy

I had the opportunity yesterday to watch a video by Temple Grandin. She began by discussing her process of learning, which involved being taught each individual skill, from emotional response to academic instruction. I have often made the same comment … Continue reading

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The 7 Minute Difference

Did you know that over the next decade, more than 500,000 persons with autism will become adults? And, did you know that 80% of adults with autism younger than 30 years of age reside at home? Talk to any parent/caregiver … Continue reading

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Autism & The DSM-5: Doorstop or Diagnostic Tool?

The definition of autism has evolved over the years. I remember teaching (many years ago) when children who are now considered on the spectrum were diagnosed as “mentally retarded with autistic tendencies”. Then DSM-IV was published in 1994, and we … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Thursday Ideas

Between June and September kids can have approximately 82 days of summer vacation. How do you fill all those days? In many of my blogs I talk about keeping a schedule during holidays, vacations, and especially, during the summer.  It … Continue reading

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Transition Services: Moving to Multiply

The stories on research, education and support related to children with autism seem to appear daily. Awareness is growing, and so are the children. Approximately 50,000 individuals with ASD turn 18 each year in the United States. What happens when … Continue reading

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July 4th …with a Twist

I love fireworks! When Ryan was three, I was so excited to take him to his first fireworks display. The first blast erupted spraying the sky in magical colors that glowed in radiant hues and then… Ryan began screaming. We … Continue reading

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Arts and Autism Spectrum Disorder

ArtsErie offered “Teaching Arts to Students with ASD” yesterday at the Barber National Institute in Erie, PA. The workshop was sponsored by the Very Special Arts (VSA) and the Kennedy Center Institute. Two of our staff, Ann Ellison, MA, BCBA … Continue reading

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