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Summer is lots of fun, sure. But all that free time can be challenging for kids with ‪#‎autism‬. Here are five ways to help your child with autism cope with summer’s relaxed schedule: http://wapo.st/1r6mKuY
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Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests. http://bit.ly/1jJ9NSB
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Joni Downey

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How about books that discuss good character with an activity, too? Kids can relate to these characters. Check them out at www.shop.charactersofcharacter.com and contact me at anytime for stuff to share!
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Bryan Edwards

Images about Autism  - 
 
True.
 
"It's not those with #autism  that are lacking empathy, it's those that are too ignorant or closed minded that are lacking."
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Jenny Fury

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Nate- Progress and Planning For The Future
Well hello there, it's been awhile.  We've been quite busy continuing with interventions for both boys not to mention just regular summer stuff.  I've been finding it harder and harder to make myself sit down and write in the evening.  My life is pretty ful...
Well hello there, it's been awhile.  We've been quite busy continuing with interventions for both boys not to mention just regular summer stuff.  I've been finding it harder and harder to make myself sit down and write in the...
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Shiny, happy people!  - 
 
As a former member of the US Navy, I admit I am proud to be an American citizen. Thank God for the USA! as always, just my opinion,,,
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PS - I know I got the lyrics backwards, I was thinking about how our veterans are the reason we remain free...
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HUGE preliminary findings! Shows the value of OT for our kiddos with sensory issues.

http://www.thesensoryspectrum.com/research-treatment-sensory-processing-disorder/
The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation has just released preliminary results documenting the effectiveness of the STAR treatment model for children with SPD.
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Kathleen Tehrani

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Kathleen Tehrani originally shared:
 
*SPECIAL    "AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Apps 4 Autism with Lois Jean Brady" coming up this Sunday. Lois will be talking with  Dr. +Tom Buggey  of the Sisken Children's Institute. Tom's work in VSM (Videotaped Self Modeling) is some of the most reknown and respected in this area.
 
*Additional special guests on this panel to discuss VSM will be:
Dr. +Stephen Shore http://autismasperger.net and
+Fazli Azeem http://www.fazliazeem.com 
( +Lois Brady http://www.proactivespeechtherapy.com/ )
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Tom Buggey, Ph.D.
Siskin Endowed Chair of Excellence in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

http://www.lookatmenow.org/uploads/visual_edit/tom-buggey-vita.pdf

Joining the Institute in 2007, Dr. Buggey became the organization's first researcher on staff. As one of the world's leading researchers in a specific intervention for children with autism — video self-modeling — he serves as the Siskin Endowed Chair of Excellence in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to conducting research at the Institute, Dr. Buggey also teaches courses as a faculty member in UTC’s College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.

He taught for 10 years in Pennsylvania and spent 6 years in Newfoundland, Canada as a special education supervisor. Before moving to Chattanooga, he was a professor at the University of Memphis for 14 years serving as the project director of RISE (Inclusion), Make a Difference (Positive Behavior Supports) and Project Memphis (Early Intervention). For the past six years, Dr. Buggey has worked as a consultant on the School Improvement Grant with the state Department of Education, which has been spearheading the Response to Intervention initiative in Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. in Early Intervention from Penn State University.
http://www.siskin.org/downloads/vsi.pdf


#Autism   #TechnologyforAutism   #AutismResearch   #VSM   #VideoModeling   #VideoSelfModeling   #AutismTherapy   #AutismBrainstorm   #KathleenTehrani   #Golf &BodyNYC #TomSchiff  +Tom Schiff 
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About this community

"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human." ~ Dr. Albert Ellis Welcome Our community is dedicated to the Autism Acceptance movement; supporting the empowerment of autistic individuals, encouraging self-advocacy and promoting our fundamental belief that: All persons are worthy of appreciation and respect without discrimination as to abilities, age, culture, education, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religious beliefs, political opinions, sexual orientation or socio-economic class. The idea of changing the public, private and not-for profit sector emphasis from "Autism Awareness" to Autism Acceptance will need the dedication and organization of many individuals to make this cause a reality. We believe that everyone can agree that Autism Acceptance is needed in our society to improve the lives of individuals living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. ​ Disclaimer: The information posted on ALL of the of Autism Acceptance community topics should not be considered medical or mental health advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified physician or other mental health care service provider. All third party links are provided for convenience purposes only and does not constitute endorsement.
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           When Father's Age matters a lot
#ASD stands for #Autistic / #Autism Spectrum Disorder

Prepared to be an aged father: be aware of high risks of #neurology   diseases to your kids, like Autism, schizophrenia, and many others....

In fact, several studies found that the likelihood of autism increases by almost 600% when the father is over 40 (immunization shots aside), while the risk of *schizophrenia doubles

Women start heading “over the hill” #reproductively at around age 30, but men begin the decline a full 6 years earlier, by age 24

Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found that once men reach age 29, their chances of fathering a bipolar child increase by 11%. That risk climbs by 37% by the time men reach age 55, when compared to men still in their 20s. And bipolar illness tends to have an earlier onset in children of older fathers: those born to dads over age 55 are twice as likely to develop manic-depressive illness before their *20th8 birthday.

"...greatest #mutational health hazard to the human genome is fertile older males" - James F. Crow,  prominent #genetic , 1997

In a simple words, as men age, sperm quality drastically decreasing and accumulate bad mutations that 'll be transferred to next generation, and after to another, and so on

Until recently, the assumption has been that new #sperm is fresh and healthy because it is new, even if it comes from an older man.
Not so, the evidence shows because sperm production involves duplicating #DNA , and as men #age , their ability to accurately replicate DNA declines. This results in DNA copy errors, and the #mutated DNA can lead to a host of complications

One of the most surprising of the complications is that older sperm contributes to #miscarriages

      The message here for men and women is -
Don't wait too long if you would like to have healthy kids

Oh, and I almost forgot — apparently #marijuana decreases male #fertility   and it’s *directly sperm toxic.  And so does #Viagra , as it causes sperm to ejaculate its #enzyme load too soon to penetrate the egg.

#health #healthyliving #psychology #age #autism #scientists #interesting #interestingfacts #bestoftheday #reproduction #fertility #pregnancy #conceive #children #kidshealth  

Information and Image credit: wiki, knowingneurons, themalebiologicalclock
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Bryan Edwards

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Autism Understanding and Acceptance: http://youtu.be/Oe899jpg6Ho


A conversation between to adults. 
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Bryan Edwards

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My little brother has autism: http://youtu.be/vbgo8AZKZcc

All very true. 
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Weddings are joyous occasions, right? My niece is getting married next month, and my husband and I couldn’t be happier for her. Hubby and I were talking about the upcoming wedding and the things we needed to think about for … Continue reading →
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A Successful Program:
Success in steps, relationships, correlations, and re-enforcements
1) Children relate to and accept Characters visually as they would their favorite cartoon characters
2) Children learn Characters’ actions through stories, readings, teachings, activities and discussions
3) Children comprehend the Character traits because of the relation of the character and their ‘actions’
4) Children internalize the Character traits and begin to portray them in a positive light
5) Visual re-enforcements in the classroom, on the classroom rule posters, and on printed classroom schedules help students to relate using good character to understanding and obeying rules
6) Positive re-enforcements in the program help students to understand what it feels like to have good character
7) Children portray good character daily at school, at home, and in public
8) As students grow older they continue to build on their character in later grades, at work, in family life, and in careers
9) Students in later grades are able to mentor younger students with Character related activities and are re-enforcing their good behaviors to such a deep understanding that they are habitual in nature

One Principal said, “It has made an incredible impact on our students, and has really helped to improve the climate and culture of our school.

Please share us with your schools and community. Thank you
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Sensory Overload.

"I look down and concentrate on my feet, moving over the floor. The shining floor, wood polished to a sheen never intended by nature, whorled and swirled in patterns from trees meant to live in peaceful forests, now ripped into planks and screwed down into this tortured existence.

Across and move and don't look at the faces inherent in the knots of the floor or the movement of the shining wood as it too reflects light from that damned chandelier. My feet are small and shuffling, trying not to pick up too high in case I trip, not wanting to find myself down there with the wood, echoing the agonies of being formed and fixed into an unnatural use."

Read more:http://aspie-girl.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/sensory-overload.html
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With the holiday tomorrow, here are some tips for celebrating the Fourth of July with a child with autism. http://wapo.st/1rQYhJV
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Sports  - 
 
Physical Therapy: New research studies how running programs can help autistic children. http://fxn.ws/1lTNsWm
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Joni Downey

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I home school my children and when they were introduced to the characters in "Characters of Character", they responded so well; they looked forward in practicing what each Character portray. My kids love to show off what they have learned and I can see they are proud to do what is right. I am proud to see my children re-act so positively to the teachings that "Characters of Character" have brought to my home.
 Thank you, Characters, we love you!
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