When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, Autism had only just barely been named. Today, however, every one in 88 children is diagnosed somewhere on the spectrum.
Autism has moved from being study in just psychology, to neurology and genetics, and the groundbreaking research today has brought about changes in causes and treatments. In The Autistic Brain, Temple Grandin talks about the forefront of autism science, and brings in her unique perspective in the world of Autism.
“From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.”
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Ellen Notbohm, who also wrote Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew, teams up with Veronica Zysk to take the words “No, I can’t” out of your vocabulary. They have 1001 great ideas to help you find a new way to help teach and raise children with Autism or Asperger’s, and to help change that no, to “Yes, I can”. This book is a treasure trove of ideas waiting to be used, so why not try some out? You won’t be running out of ideas any time soon.
By Margo Pierce
re-posted from 12/05/11
Mobile technology and apps enable those who have special needs to function more freely and effectively in the classroom and out into the world.
Maureen Watson, the mother of two children “on the autism spectrum,” says apps on mobile devices have changed the world for her sons, ages 17 and 14. Starting with the iPod Touch, Watson migrated to iPads.
“A big problem is trying to get my other kids or family or friends or people to want to communicate with the boys,” she said. “My two sons were the first to get the iPad. Now these kids, who are not normally the cool, in-kids, everybody wanted to be around them and play with them and use the devices.”
One benefit is portability. Family members can download apps to their phones, making communicating at a restaurant or at a park as simple as taking out the phone.
Watson’s sons attend Giant Steps School in Southport, Connecticut, which uses mobile devices and apps to expand and improve the quality of education.
In the following slideshow, Watson and Lindajeanne Schwartz, Giant Steps’ head of school and program administrator, share their favorite apps for autistic learners. Continue reading "8 Top Apps for Autistic Learners"