Autism has slowly found a place on our television screens and is represented in numerous ways depicting just how broad the spectrum really is.
In last month’s article Irina explained the importance of functional communication. Once a child learns the fundamental elements of communication, we are then in a central position to start teaching them more complex communications such as requesting for help and conversations.
Function Communication Training (FCT) is the procedure through which individuals are taught that communication ‘gets them stuff.’ FCT teaches individuals how to use communicative responses in order to have their needs and wants met
It is no secret that the younger generations are technologically driven, visual learners. Technology can help our kids with ASD in a number of ways; here are a few different free apps that your child should have on their device.
There are a number of misconceptions surrounding Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) that we encounter on a daily basis.
A Functional Behaviour Assessment is a specific behavioural assessment designed to collect data on, obtain information about, and analyse the purpose a specific behaviour holds for a specific person.
AES is now using Exercise Buddy; a fun, interactive fitness based App for Apple and Android. Exercise Buddy uses a unique visual schedule system tailor made for individuals with Autism, and includes peer led instructional video’s and easy-to-use timers to encourage independent exercise and play.
I was prompted to write this ‘blog’ because of a parent picking up her child from our clinic the other day, mentioning how our Behaviour Interventionists always presented with such happy dispositions and are always so positive, encouraging and supportive towards not only her child, but to her as well.
As children enter the school-age years developing meaningful relationships, especially with peers becomes more important. Development milestones for this age group include developing a willingness to play cooperatively, take turns, and share as well as understanding their own feelings, developing self-regulation skills and development of more complex conversational skills. Children with autism often require additional support to acquire and improve these skills and our social clubs provide a safe and engaging environment for this to occur.
Parents are most often of the opinion that, when their child goes to school, school will take over and they will learn what they need to know. School as it appears to parents, is the benchmark for learning.
Do children with autism learn as their peers do, or in a similar fashion? Will the youngsters ‘get it’ by placing them into a typical environment. Has their early intervention program taught them enough skills with few hours, to manage appropriately at school, given legal school entry is now pre-primary? Will school/day care teach them to model play and social skills, so they can mix with their peers successfully? Well I’d say ‘not nearly enough.’