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SAP to Recruit Workers with Autism

05/26/2013 – 4:49 pm |

A German software company, SAP has recently pledged to recruit employees on the autism spectrum. The company believes that it will diversify talents and has already run a successful pilot program. Read More…

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What To Do If Your Child “Wanders”

11/10/2012 – 9:31 pm |

Wandering away from supervision is a serious concern for parents of children with autism. A recent study reported that nearly half of all children on the spectrum have “eloped” at least once (Pediatrics, October 2012). Many children with autism cannot tell their name or address and do not recognize environmental …

Natural Born Optimist

05/03/2012 – 11:21 am |

I attended a CSE meeting yesterday for a boy was transitioning into high school. His achievement is a few years below grade level and his cognitive skills are in the low- average range. The school staff encouraged the parents to place him in a 12:1:1 classroom in the high school. …

Social Skills for Children with Asperger’s & Autism

03/17/2012 – 7:56 pm |

Teaching socialization to children on the spectrum is one of the more subtle challenges for educators. Social interactions involve so many component skills that disentangling them can be perplexing.   A few general guidelines can help. First, move from structured to unstructured social opportunities. Structured means that the adult schedule, design …

Psychoanalysis and Autism: Refrigerator Moms, Seriously?

03/14/2012 – 6:36 am | One Comment

NOTE: The French Court has ordered Ms. Roberts’ film be removed from YouTube on March 28th. I’m glad I downloaded it before it was censored! ~ mf
“The Wall or psychoanalysis put to the test for autism”, is a French documentary filmed by Sophie Robert.
It describes the misuse of the psychoanalytic …

Helping Military Families Care For Autism

02/03/2012 – 6:55 pm |
Helping Military Families Care For Autism

Congress is currently working on a bill to help all military families, regardless of duty status, qualify for Autism benefits under the military’s insurance program known as “Tri-Care.” Peter Bell of Autism Speaks and army wife Rachel Kenyon joins Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss.
The Bill, HR 2288, the Caring for Military Kids …

Thinking Inside the Box (Part 4): The Tasks

06/07/2009 – 10:21 pm |

Referred to as “TEACCH Tasks,” “Shoebox Tasks,” or “Work Tasks,” the learning activities presented to students in their work areas have characteristics that optimize the learning of children with autism.

Thinking Inside the Box (part 3): Work Areas

03/15/2009 – 11:20 pm |
Work Area

Visually Structured Classrooms (often called “TEACCH” classrooms) use individual works areas for students to complete their independent tasks. The structure of the area may differ from classroom to classroom and may look different depending on the skill level of the student. However, a student’s work area must be presented consistently to optimize independence.

Thinking Inside the Box (Part 2): The Schedule

03/15/2009 – 11:17 pm |

Visual schedules allow students with autism to transition and complete multi-step tasks without assistance. As students gain independence in using a schedule system they are better able to enter general education settings. For the beginning learner schedules are very concrete, placed in a fixed location, and provide visual cues throughout transitions. As students become more advanced, these schedules are replaced by portable, text-based schedules and checklists similar to those used by many people to keep organized.

Temple Grandin Discusses Animals & Autism

03/14/2009 – 10:53 am |

Terry Gross interviews Temple Grandin after the release of her latest book, Animals Make Us Human.

Thinking Inside the Box (part 1): The TEACCH Method

03/08/2009 – 1:31 am |

Interventions for children with autism typically emphasize the interaction between the teacher and student. However, the learning environment-its structure, stimuli, and teaching materials-may also contribute to the effectiveness of interventions. Students with autism usually learn best in highly structured and predictable environments. University of North Carolina’s TEACCH program created a methodology for developing learning environments that reduce behavior problems and increase learning. However, educators should recognize that structured environments are only one piece of the array interventions necessary to teach students with autism.