On this episode, I talk about the criteria for receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am not qualified to diagnose anyone with Autism, but I can help you recognize some of the possible symptoms, and describe what the criteria for the diagnosis mean.
CDC Autism Diagnostic Criteria: https://www.cdc.gov
“Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 Apr. 2016, www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/hcp-dsm.html. Accessed 12 Sept. 2017.
Autism Speaks Diagnostic Criteria for Autism: https://www.autismspeaks.org
“DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria.” Autism Speaks, 28 July 2013, www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis/dsm-5-diagnostic-criteria. Accessed 12 Sept. 2017.
On this episode, I talk about Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism and how they are 2 different things. You can have Sensory Processing issues without having Autism. However, it is very uncommon to have Autism without Sensory Processing issues.
“Abnormal white matter microstructure in children with sensory processing disorders.” Abnormal white matter microstructure in children with sensory processing disorders – ScienceDirect, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213158213000776. Accessed 6 Sept. 2017.
Sensory Processing Disorder
I am currently working on Episode 2 of The Special Needs Podcast. I will be discussing Auditory Processing in a lot of detail! This one will be less technical and more real life examples and suggestions for what to do if your child is having trouble in this area!
I plan on submitting the podcast on Friday so hopefully it will be up that same day!
Parents of children who have recently been diagnosed with Autism can check out this upcoming web conference for free!
This is one of my favorite toys for teaching cause and effect with preschoolers! It also teaches skills like: putting toys in, pressing a lever, and turning a dial to make sounds. When you push the lever down, the toy lights up and music plays at the same time one of the balls spins through the inside of the toy and rolls out of the bottom right in front of the child. You can turn the lights and sound off to simplify the cause and effect to the lever and ball if you want. However, kids usually love learning how to make the lights and music play!
These feeders are great for little ones learning how to feed themselves, but without the fear of them choking! You just open it up, place a small amount of food inside, close and latch the end, and let them start tasting. Excellent for things like peaches, pears, steak, chicken, or even ice cubes (for teething)!
Sort and match the pieces by color and shape. You can also work on counting each stack of colors!
Many of the families I work with are using these Angel Wings with their little ones. The halo protects the baby’s head when they fall backwards so their head doesn’t hit the floor. They have worked perfectly for the people that I know who have been using them!