Helpful iPad Apps for Autism and Other Related Disorders

It’s been a while since we posted an iPad apps for autism list, so here’s our 2012 version of some newer (and older) apps to consider for individuals with autism and other related disorders: 1) Shoe Tying 1 – Activity App – Teach your child to tie shoes in a fraction of the time with [...]

Luggage Forwarding Services Help Autism Families

As the holiday travel season comes to a close, many parents of children with autism are relieved that it’s over. As we’ve documented in the past, traveling with a child with autism can be a major challenge, with airports and airplanes providing a multitude of sensory challenges for those with special needs. Adding to these [...]

Apple Expanding Into Disability and Autism Markets

Apple’s invention of the iPad was a happy accident in unleashing a new wave of possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum. This device with its easy touch screen interface and ever expanding array of apps for increasing communication, is now in the toolbox of useful equipment for autism. An exciting development in this arena [...]

New Batman Comic Features Autism

My sons with autism have always loved comics. Now teenagers, they still gravitate towards graphic novels. Having a story broken down into small illustrated segments is inherently appealing to individuals with autism.  A comic book writer in New Jersey named Joe Caramagna tumbled into this affinity by reading comic book message boards. Inspired by the [...]

The Literal Mind of Autism

A common characteristic of those on the autism spectrum is the difficulty in grasping abstract concepts, meaning non-tangible ideas, objects or things are often difficult to understand. Thus, the majority of those with autism are concrete thinkers and tend to focus on the "here and now" and have difficulty in generalizations. Included in the concrete [...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Children with Autism

In light of my most recent post about zoos and children with autism, it was only fitting that our family decided to pack our bags and head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Having never been to this specific park, we were both anxious and curious as to [...]

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 [...]

Easing Autism Anxiety in Difficult Environments

I don’t know one person who likes going to the dentist. But the challenges facing a child with autism in the dental chair are multiplied exponentially. Truly, it is a sensory nightmare. My sons go to a busy university clinic with chair after chair in a large, open room, so there’s no privacy and a [...]

Bidet Device Helps those with Autism

The majority of children with autism have at least one or more sensory issues, which may include sensitivity to light, sound or touch. A particularly common problem for a child on the spectrum is an aversion to toilet paper, which can often lead to stressful potty episodes for parents. Even the softest toilet paper products [...]

New Tool Allows Children with Autism to Express Emotions

As parents of children with autism, we are always searching for useful ways to help our kids communicate their thoughts and feelings, and thereby achieve greater self-regulation. How many spectacular meltdowns could be averted if a child was capable of properly conveying a powerful inner feeling in lieu of kicking or screaming? With self-awareness, viable [...]

 
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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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