by Joan Brasher
Posted on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 — 11:44 AM
The iPad you use to check email, watch episodes of Mad Men and play Words with Friends may hold the key to enabling children with autism spectrum disorders to express themselves through speech.
New research indicates that children with autism who are minimally verbal can learn to speak later than previously thought, and iPads are playing an increasing role in making that happen, according to Ann Kaiser, a researcher at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.
iPads Help Late-Speaking Children With Autism Develop Language full article
Published: Oct. 17, 2013
Video-based teaching helps teens with autism learn important social skills, and the method eventually could be used widely by schools with limited resources, a Michigan State University researcher says.
The diagnosis rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder for 14- to 17-year-olds has more than doubled in the past five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet previous research has found very few strategies for helping adolescents with autism develop skills needed to be successful, especially in group settings.
“Teaching social skills to adolescents with ASD has to be effective and practical,” said Joshua Plavnick, assistant professor of special education at MSU. “Using video-based group instruction regularly could promote far-reaching gains for students with ASD across many social behaviors.”
Video Could Transform How Schools Serve Teens With Autism full article
AutisMate LITE gives users a taste of AutisMate, a uniquely comprehensive, customizable, easy-to-use communication and life skills learning app for adults and children with autism.
(PRWEB) July 03, 2013
SpecialNeedsWare, LLC, a software development firm devoted to helping people with learning and development limitations, has launched AutisMate LITE, a demo version of AutisMate, the company’s application for adults and children with autism.
AutisMate LITE is meant to give users a taste of AutisMate, an app that extends beyond the capabilities of augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) and learning apps through its comprehensive, customizable, and easy to use Smart Scenes™ technology. AutisMate’s
Demo Version of AutisMate, SpecialNeedWare’s iPad App for People With Autism, Hits the Market full article
The transition from youth to adulthood is the weakest link in the country’s already fractured approach to caring for children with autism
By Pauline Tam, Ottawa Citizen February 18, 2013
Two years ago, when Ashley Corbett of Arnprior turned 18, she entered Ontario’s Byzantine world of autism services for adults.
At best, the system treated her with benign neglect. At worst, she was invisible to it. Knowing that the wait was long for a coveted place at a provincially funded group home, Linda Murphy put her daughter’s name on the list when Corbett was just 13.
Six years later, she’s still waiting — one of 6,000 Ontarians with developmental disabilities who are on hold for residential care.
Autism’s New Frontiers PART 2: ‘The bridge to nowhere’ full article
By ERIN ANDERSEN / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
January 16, 2013
If you have a child with autism, now there is an app for that.
This new smartphone/tablet application is designed for parents, with the goal of helping them teach their primarily non-speaking children to communicate.
The app, “MySocius,” was developed by Keith Allen, professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha. It was created by the behavior app division of Sector Now, LLC, a Lincoln-based smartphone development company.
Think beyond the apps that let us play games like “Bubbles” and “Jewel Quest.” Beyond apps that track our phones, map our routes or provide a handy flashlight when the lights go out.
Nebraska Doctor Develops Smartphone App for Parents of Autistic Children full article
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
MyVoice® Inc. today announced TalkRocket Go™, a wheelchair-friendly app for kids and adults with speech disabilities that is
more physically accessible yet more affordable, at just $99. TalkRocket Go lets users connect buttons and switches, including
those on wheelchairs, to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, and then use those controls to speak words and phrases out loud.
“As a parent of a child with special needs, I can tell you TalkRocket Go is going to make a huge difference for so many
families, including mine,” said Tony Gross, MyVoice’s Community Director. “There’s nothing else quite like it.”
MyVoice Breaks Barriers for People With Speech Disabilities By Announcing Wheelchair-Friendly TalkRocket Go App at full article
The Associated Press
Posted April 27, 2012
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Teachers hurled insults like “bastard,” ”tard,” ”damn dumb” and “a hippo in a ballerina suit.” A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, “Shut up, you little dog.”
Stuart Chaifetz, was told that his son Akian was acting violently at his New Jersey school he decided to investigate. Akian has autism, as do the rest of the students in the class. This prevented him from being able to explain to his father if anything had been happening to him at school.
Parents Wire Kids to Prove Teachers’ Verbal Abuse full article
Updated: Fri Jan. 20 2012 20:55:34
Angela Mulholland, CTVNews.ca Staff
Autism advocates are worrying that proposed changes to the way that autism is defined could affect the way that children and adults with the condition access treatment and services.
An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is considering narrowing the definition of autism as it completes its fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM V, as it’s known.
The DSM is the standard reference book for mental health disorders and hasn’t been revised in 17 years. Most expect the new edition will narrow the criteria for autism to make it more stringent.
Plan to Change Autism Definition Has Some Worried full article
By Emma Graney, Leader-Post November 28, 2011
Levi Tetlock is a nine-year-old boy who likes playing with toy planes, watching films and eating popcorn.
He’s skinny for his age and his thick-lashed brown eyes are usually focused on the wall, small clues to the fact he has autism.
Until a few months ago, he didn’t really talk and simple interactions were beyond his grasp. But in September, he started Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – an intensive, one-on-one form of therapy.
Now, when his mother asks him questions in the living room of their Regina home, he giggles as he answers; he knows his name, age, address, names of his family members, where he went on vacation.
Families Push for Autism Funds full article
August 15, 2011
Susan Roque finds her son’s torn-up socks all over their Sudbury home. It’s an expensive habit she knows 13-year-old Marcus cannot control because he has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism characterized by emotional outbursts and obsessive behaviour.
“If there’s a tear in his sock he’ll start pulling at it. I have socks all over the place with holes everywhere. He just picks at it. He’s very sensory
sensitive. I’m always buying that boy clothes,” said Roque, a single mother of two.
Boy ‘Not Disabled Enough’ to Receive Tax Credit full article