Facebook: Autism Discussion Page

posted Oct 4, 2013, 9:48 PM by Devorah Levin

I don’t know how many times I have heard doctors say “Your child can’t have autism, because he is interested in others.” There often seems to be confusion on the degree of "social interest" in children with autism. 

Facebook: Autism Discussion Page

posted Oct 4, 2013, 9:48 PM by Devorah Levin

It is imperative to get the kids up and moving. Many kids on the spectrum do not get enough physical activity, or get outside enough. Both of these activities have such developmental effects on the nervous system, for both the body and mind.

Facebook: Autism Discussion Page

posted Oct 4, 2013, 9:48 PM by Devorah Levin

The "Fragile World on the Spectrum" document is four pages of diagrams that summarize the relationship between stress, anxiety, and meltdowns. It also provides a comprehensive list of common stressors, as well a list of possible supports for each area of vulnerability. I use this document to explore with the person or parent the different layers of challenges and possible strategies for lessening the struggles. Parents have also found this to be a good document to share with the school, friends and relatives. You are welcome to share this document with any people who support your child.

Tips for dealing with echolalia

posted Sept 11, 2013, 9:48 PM by Devorah Levin
Just because your child says it, doesn't mean s/he it understands it! Echolalia often occurs due to an underlying auditory processing/receptive language problem.  Repetition often occurs when there is lack of understanding the question or know how to respond correctly - or perhaps both. Work on helping your child learn to understand more, and his spontaneous language should increase. Echolalia should diminish as language processing, comprehension and vocabulary improve.  

Social Skills Apps

posted Sep 10, 2013, 12:35 AM by Devorah Levin

Here is a great resource of Apps to help your child. There a many free apps out there, but most of the really specialized applications do charge a fee. Take a look and let us know which ones you like best.                

Why a social skills group?

posted Sept 9, 2013, 11:28 PM by Devorah Levin   

For many children, learning new social skills is like learning a foreign language. Similarly to acquiring a new language, it's important that children are immersed in the thinking and culture of interpersonal skill building. Social skills training groups help children learn and transfer skills from a group to a home and school environment.  In addition, groups will facilitate practice of skills inside and outside of group in order for new friendship skills to be lasting.

There are a few key elements that research on social skills training reveals as critical for real and sustained friendship building to take place:       

Teach me to talk!
posted Aug 2, 2013, 12:21 PM by Devorah Levin

I've recently chanced upon an incredibly helpful website for both parents and therapists called!  Laura Mize is a pediatric SLP who specializes in treating children ages birth to three with communication delays. Her website contains a wealth of information including a weekly blog podcast,  ideas for therapy toys and ways to use them, a therapy tip of the week, and a tons of other therapy ideas for parents and professionals.  Additionally, you can purchase her fantastic (I can say so myself!)  training DVDs and book.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Late Talker or Langauage Delay
posted Aug 26, 2013, 1:59 AM by Devorah Levin

To find out if your toddler is a late talker or may have a language delay, check out this article by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)  called Late Blooming or Language Problem?