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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Effects of Speech Therapy on Behavior at Home, School, and in the Community

                                                                                                               By: Lara Pullen PhD

Children with autism not only have trouble communicating socially, but may also have problems behaving. The goal of speech therapy is to improve all aspects of communication. For example, sometimes children with autism have trouble understanding when it is acceptable to use bossy or polite requests. Speech therapy can help children to learn what sort of tone they should use when speaking.
Speech therapy sessions will vary greatly depending upon the therapist and the child. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is one type of speech therapy that is used for children who do not imitate the sounds of others. For these children, several speech therapy methods may help them learn to speak. AAC is often the first strategy to help them learn enough communication to be able to have some social interactions. There are five other methods that may also help these children:
1) avoid pressuring children to speak, and using puppets and play as encouragement instead;
2) imitating the child and they may start imitating others;
3) using exaggerated sounds and speaking slowly;
4) using visual feedback and touch to help teach skills; and
5) adding exercises for mouth movements that are specific to speech.

Speech Therapy Improves Behavior
Many scientific studies demonstrate that speech therapy is able to improve the communication skills of children with autism. In addition, many children also show improved behavior after speech and language therapy. A 2009 survey of the parents of 210 preschool children asked the parents about their expectations before speech and language therapy, and then asked about any improvements in their children after therapy. Parents said play, social skills, and confidence, as well as speech, improved after therapy. The child's behaviors at home, in school, and in public were also better. While these improvements in behavior are not generally used by speech therapists to indicate success, they can be very meaningful to the child and parents.

Social Skills at Risk if Not Caught Early For Autistic Children

This a personal story I wrote sometime ago and thought it should be presented once again.

My son Kyle is a high functioning autistic child, who at the age of 10 has had many issues with his behavior throughout the years. When Kyle was approximately six and starting kindergarten, we began to truly see the effects that autism presented from a social perspective. The early signs and symptoms of autism were already there so we felt we knew how to cope with an autistic child. However, his social development was a new chapter for us.

Can Google Glass Fight Autism

By: Allen Wood

Google Glass is one of the latest devices that is creating ripples in the world of gadgets and technology. One of the most interesting twists or recent developments that intrigued medical researchers is this gadget's contribution in the field of autism. Recent reports state that people can benefit, especially the autistic kids, with the help of this glass. Are you wondering how the above statement got validated? Paul Louden is one of the most prominent figures as a Google Glass explorer, who suffers from the Asperger Syndrome. It is actually his quest to find out how his invention can help the victims of this disorder.

What is the Google Glass?
The Google Glass looks like an eyewear and it is an electronic device that can get connected with your Smartphone or Bluetooth. This gadget has a small camera, touchpad, display, microphone and a battery, attached neatly inside the narrow frame. The frame spreads from one ear to the other. It is easily wearable and is also very comfortable. Clearly, this gadget is here to stay because of the kind of comfort it provides to its users.

The Views of the Medical Researchers
Medical researchers grabbed the opportunity offered by Google Glass. This device works in ways that prove beneficial for the people suffering from disabilities like vision, hearing and mobility. Not just autism, but this gadget can also help in curing other health problems as well. In case of poor health conditions, this glass can help in curbing the effects, if not preventing it completely. It is a great find in the field of medical science, broadening the scope of the medical researchers to explore more.

Google Glass - Its Uses in the Field of Autism
Some researchers went a step forward in trying to incorporate the facial recognition software into the Google Glass. This software mainly assists the autistic people to easily find or even understand the emotions of people around them. With the help of the facial analytics, this Glass can scan the face. After the scanning is complete, it sends out signals whether the person finds you interesting or not. As signals, this device flashes different colored lights. These signals help autistic people understand whether they should continue a conversation or not
Another major problem among autistic people is their tendency to forget what they should do next. This device helps to remind them about their next course of action all the time. By doing so, this glass acts as a constant guide they need, till a time when these actions become a habit that no longer needs a reminder.

Final Thoughts
Google Glass is one of the latest advancements in the field of technology that managed to touch people from all walks of life. It is a revolutionary glass, especially for the disabled. Why is it so? This is because this device assures to either benefit or cure the autistic people in more ways than one.
Allen Wood has a strong passion for kids with autism and contributes to help them. Researches show us that technology helps autism and aims to cut down on its adverse impacts. Therefore, this article focuses on how the Google Glass can help fight autism.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Comorbid Conditions


Many other medical conditions may occur along with autism. These comorbid conditions are also important in determining the diagnosis of autism. The comorbid conditions may be used to indicate autism; however, they do not have a direct effect in causing disabilities associated with autism. Autism is firmly diagnosed as a cognitive disability that starts in early childhood, continues through adulthood and has an effect on the development of imaginative, communication and social interaction skills.
Over 40 comorbidities have been associated with ASD. (Zafeiriou, Ververia, & Vargiamia, 2007) Some of the most common comorbid conditions are

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Many Signs of Autism

If you are the parent of a newborn or young child and are worried about them being autistic, you will be interested in knowing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded that as many as one child in every 100 may be suffering with Autism. It is recommended that you begin observing your child as early as possible. Research has proven that the earlier a child is professionally diagnosed with the disorder, the easier it will be to treat the disorder and have the prognosis for a good outcome.
So what are the signs of Autism that you should be looking for?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Using Praise to Unleash Your Child's Possibilities

Are you confused by all the information out there in cyberspace regarding the use of praise with children?

Is there a best way to praise a child and should a parent of a child with Autism distribute praise differently? If you look at the literature on using praise with children over the past 20 years or so, experts have been on both ends of the spectrum.

Many experts have claimed that praise is necessary to enhance a child's positive sense of self and others have stated that we have overinflated their self-esteem.

So how is a parent to know what to do? Is praising our children a good thing to do or not?

As parents we all want to do what is 'best' for our offspring. When the self-esteem of our children is at stake, the 'best' has less to do with whether or not we use praise but more to do with HOW we use praise. Praise can be a very effective parenting tool to use with ANY child, and the best way to apply praise is the same for ALL children - typically developing or not.
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