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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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Invisible Disabilities Open Forum

02/04/2013 – 3:55 pm |

On February 20th from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. there will be an invisible disabilities open forum at the Finger Lakes Independence Center at 215 5th St. Ithaca, NY.  The discussion is free and open to the public.  Topics will include: sharing personal stories and experiences related to living with an invisible …

New Regulations in NY

02/04/2013 – 3:52 pm |

Regulations amending Subpart 69-4 of Title 10 of the New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) became effective January 1, 2013. These regulations apply to all children newly referred to EIP on or after January 1, 2013. With regards to adding a new service, these regulations also apply to children …

Interview with Dr. Rader on ASD Research at Ithaca College

12/18/2012 – 1:14 pm |
Dr. Nancy Rader

Dr. Nancy Rader, who received her Ph.D. in Cognition, Perception and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University, is currently a professor of Psychology at Ithaca College. She runs the Ithaca College Cognition Lab, where she and her students are currently doing studies involving children with autism.
Rader previously worked with children who …

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. …

Summit Addresses Needs of 1:88

04/22/2012 – 10:05 am |

Colleagues at Summit Educational Resources in Buffalo, NY respond to the recent CDC report that 1:88 children are diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Steven Anderson, CEO of Summit emphasizes the need for research into effective, evidence-based interventions for the children, while Drs. Vicki Knapp and Deborah Napalitan0 describe their …

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 …

iPad App to Teach Elements of Story Telling

03/15/2012 – 9:40 pm |

I’ve been using Toontastic with a few of my clients to teach them to create characters, plot, conflict, climax, and resolution (the elements of imaginative story telling). It works really well for some kids. Generally, I use this as a reinforcer after the children have completed several “work” tasks. What …

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 …

Where’s Waldo, BCBA?

02/25/2012 – 9:40 am |

New York is a lopsided state in terms of population, with the greatest number of people centered in the New York Metropolitan Area. Accordingly, most of the Board Certified Behavior Analysts serve “downstate” clients.  Approximately 82 % of the 625 BCBAs in the state of New York reside in the …