iCan Shine Teaches Biking to Children With Disabilities

Spring is in the air and with it, comes thoughts of summer. Parents know they have to plan well in advance to get their kids the best camps to meet their needs. A wonderful program that teaches kids with disabilities to ride a bicycle is iCan Shine. Formerly called Lose The Training Wheels, iCan Shine [...]

Cub Scouts Beneficial for Children with Autism

A challenge for many parents of children with autism is finding age-appropriate activities that help improve their social skills and interaction with others. For some, the Cub Scouts (part of The Boys Scouts of America) can provide a great way for children to improve in these and other areas, all while having fun in the [...]

NonPareil Provides Tech Training for Adults with Autism

Parents of children with autism often experience life as a matter of making it through each day. But no matter where we are in our journey with our child’s autism, we wonder what lies ahead for them as adults. Reports of children aging out of their special education programs and support systems at school with [...]

Cheerleading Squad Benefits Individuals with Autism

Disability Scoop brings an uplifting story of a teenager named Sarah Cronk of Bettendorf, Iowa, who started the nation’s first school-based cheerleading squad including students both with and without disabilities. Sarah was inspired to do this after her brother with autism was befriended by the school swim team captain and she witnessed how much that [...]

Trains and Autism

Many children with autism have a well-documented interest in trains, enthralled by their motion and predictable patterns. They tend to prefer trains to planes because of their back-and-forth motion, in contrast to the variability of flight patterns. With their complex schedules and maps, trains have a great deal of information for those with autism to [...]

Improvisation for Autism

One thing I’ve learned over the last fifteen years of raising my twins with autism is the power of being oblique. After one son bombed out of a series of social skills classes, I felt like I may as well make a little pile of money and burn it. Even worse, the experiences made him [...]

Drum Therapy for Autism

When I recently took my fifteen-year-old son with Asperger’s to his weekly therapy session, I was thrilled when he was offered the chance to participate in drum therapy. Instantly, I recalled the days when he was a toddler throwing a spectacular meltdown, beating himself with his fists until I set a drum in front of [...]

Meditation and Autism

Meditation is as old as the hills. Now, some researchers are conducting new studies into its benefits. Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin, has used high-tech imaging tools to examine the brains of Buddhist monks as they practice meditation. He has discovered that meditation stimulates the parts of the brain associated with [...]

The Stress of Recess for Children with Autism

Parents of children with autism are painfully aware that recess time can be the worst part of their child’s school day. The piercing sound of the bell signals a time of loud, chaotic activity that is in and of itself difficult, but the inability to interact and play with their peers makes it a time [...]

Gardening for those with Autism and Special Needs

In our modern society filled with stress, getting “back to the garden” is a good idea for everyone. According to a 2010 report released by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), teaching gardening to special needs children and young people is especially conducive to their development. Gardening is practical and process-orientated, suiting the visual and learning-through-doing [...]

 
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