Equine Therapy for Autism

Anecdotal stories pore in about the wonderful and therapeutic effects that animals have on children with autism. Reports from Thailand about children on the spectrum riding elephants leave me wishing our elephants weren’t confined to the zoo. But Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding are available for our children to benefit from riding a large animal — [...]

DIR/Floortime Therapy for Autism

DIR/Floortime is one of the many time tested therapies available to treat autism and other developmental disabilities. The stated objectives of DIR/Floortime are “to build healthy foundations for social, emotional and intellectual capacities, rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors." DIR stands for Developmental, Individual, Relationship-based, a model that enables clinicians, parents and educators [...]

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 [...]

Music Therapy Benefits Individuals with Autism

In my ongoing postings of alternative therapies to enhance the lives of children with autism, I would be remiss if I didn’t include music therapy. Everyone knows that music is a universal language and for children on the autism spectrum who have barriers to communication and social interaction, music is especially well-suited to their needs. [...]

Massage Therapy Beneficial for Children with Autism

Parents of children with autism are always seeking ways to enhance the quality of life for their children and massage therapy is becoming an increasingly popular way of doing so.  One would think that a child with autism, who is commonly averse to touch, would find massage therapy intolerable. However, a massage therapist who works [...]

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 [...]

Using Television as a Teaching Tool

One of the first guilt trips given to parents of newly diagnosed autistic children is the "too much television" bullet. Let’s get the timeline correct. Your child had autism before he started watching TV and it is no more responsible then vaccines, which just dropped out of first place. Kids like to watch television. Use [...]

DAN Doctor Directory Offers Alternatives for Parents of Children With Autism

DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) doctors are physicians who follow the "DAN Protocol,", which involves various forms of biomedical treatments, which may include Methyl B-12 injections, nutritional supplements, chelation, IVIG, and implementation of the GFCF diet.  Many parents have claimed tremendous success in treating their children with autism using DAN doctors.  However, many DAN! physicians are [...]

 
 
 

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  • * 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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