Morgan’s Wonderland: A Theme Park for Special Needs Children

Last week, one of our authors posted an article about some sensory challenges her child experienced while on a trip at Disney World. With these types of issues common for special needs guests at theme parks, San Antonio-based philanthropist Gordon Hartman recently opened “Morgan’s Wonderland,” a 25-acre amusement park designed for special needs children, while [...]

Summer Reading for Children with Autism

Summer can be a time of stress for a child with autism and parents are mindful of not wanting their children to lose ground educationally over the long break.  Reading is an important element of the summer structure and you’ll want to create a pleasant experience outside his or her usual routines. A great way [...]

Top iPad Apps for Autism and Expressive Language

By now, we’ve all heard that iPads can be very helpful to children with autism, allowing them to communicate desires and feelings in ways not otherwise possible. Gone is the keyboard and mouse as the child now has direct control over the entire interface. The devices are considered “cool” and don’t call unwanted attention to [...]

Church Inclusion Increases for Autism Families

Many autism families would like to be able to attend church, but have given up on that possibility due to the obvious stress and strain of their child having to sit still for an hour (or more) or properly behave in a children’s ministry. Missing not only the worship aspect, but the support of a [...]

Summer Safety for Children with Autism

With summer rapidly approaching, it’s a good time for parents of children with autism to give extra thought to their safety.  According to statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism, with many of these incidents occurring during wandering-related episodes, so it is very important that parents and caregivers [...]

Dancing Can Benefit Individuals with Autism

After the stunning performance of James Hobley, the eleven-year-old with autism who blew away the audience on “Britain’s Got Talent” with an amazing dance routine, it’s a fitting time to address the benefits of dance for children on the autism spectrum. The practice of dance is highly structured and very ritualized, a selling point for [...]

Art Therapy for Autism

Individuals with autism have innate visual prowess, as I discussed in a previous article. Given that children with autism are so visually oriented, it makes perfect sense to engage them in art activities, be it formally with an art therapist, casually in other classes or at home.  Because children on the autism spectrum struggle with [...]

Yoga Beneficial for Children with Autism

The ancient art of yoga is proving to have great benefits for children on the autism spectrum. Yoga comprehensively addresses their heightened anxiety, poor motor coordination and weak self-regulation, something that otherwise is very difficult to do.  Yoga is particularly instrumental in helping kids with autism learn self-regulation. By becoming aware of their bodies and [...]

Martial Arts Proven Beneficial for Individuals with Autism

A recent and growing trend that has provided many benefits for children on the autism spectrum involves their engagement in karate and other martial arts.  A 2010 research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin physical therapy department confirmed what parents were already reporting — in the course of learning martial arts, children with autism [...]

Khan Academy Turns YouTube into Virtual Learning Tool

Sal Khan was a hedge fund manager tutoring his cousins through distance learning. He started making them instructional videos to reinforce their learning when he couldn’t be there in person and after a few lessons, his cousins told him that they liked him better on video. After absorbing the shocking statement, he realized it was [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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