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How to Choose the Right Pencil Grip

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How to Choose the Right Pencil Grip

A Pencil Grip improves handwriting, helps to give more control, and reduces hand fatigue that comes with writing the wrong way. As a parent, your child’s independence is very important to you. Many children can be fussy when learning how to write, especially if they feel like they can’t hold their pencil the right way, or if they feel like they can’t learn from who are teaching them. Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils caused by the excessive use of technology. Holding a pencil correctly requires strong finger muscle control to help produce legible writing and avoid discomfort. WHAT...


From Autism to Action

Andrea Ramírez

From Autism to Action

Described as a developmental disorder, Autism affects the way people interact and communicate with others, also being characterized by repetitive behavior. Signs usually show up during the first 3 years of a child’s life and they develop gradually. Besides affecting social interaction, people with ASD (Autism spectrum disorder) also have sensory issues, such as being sensitive to smells, sounds, or touch.  ASD presents itself differently in every single person. In the past, ASD has been divided into 3 diagnoses – autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, and also pervasive development disorder. Nowadays there is a single diagnosis given: ASD, which has three...


AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Andrea Ramírez

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

What is Autism Awareness Month? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. More than 3.5 million Americans currently live with ASD, and 1 in 68 children are born with a variation of it, so it’s likely you know, whether or not you’re aware of it, someone on the autism spectrum. The first National Autism Awareness Month occurred in April of 1970. Nearly 50 years later, April is still celebrated as a time to raise awareness around the differences of those on the spectrum, supporting people and educating the public...


Homeschooling Autistic & NonVerbal Children

Erik Hervas

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Homeschooling Autistic & NonVerbal Children

Homeschooling is an excellent way to protect children from bullying and aggressive teaching methods. But it can present unique challenges to the parents of nonverbal and autistic children.  Autistic children cannot process or tolerate the same level of stimulation as other children. Teaching your autistic child at home gives them the opportunity to learn at a pace and at a level of challenge and stimulus that is optimal for them.  An autistic child needs a program that is integrated with regular therapy, specifically tailored to suit their abilities. Teaching methods should complement the strengths of the child with autism, and...


What are common nutritional challenges for kids with Autism?

Andrea Ramírez

What are common nutritional challenges for kids with Autism?

  Food intolerance and lack of nutrition do not cause Autism. Therefore, changing the food your child eats will not cure it either. What it does is eliminate the physical responses your child experiences when eating certain foods. Inflammation is a major cause of chronic diarrhea, cramps, and other stomach-related issues.  According to the Autism Network, nearly one in five children with autism are on a special diet. There is no specific ASD diet, but removing certain proteins may relieve symptoms. The gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet has the most research and is one of the most common dietary interventions.  Why Changing Diet...