A dandelion's name is derived from the French dent de lion, a reference to the irregular and jagged margins of the lance-shaped leaves. This is why “The Dandelion Program” is an apt title for the recruitment of “non-traditional talent sources”, such as individuals with autism, to combat cyberwarfare for the Australian Defence Organization. Though individuals with autism are often challenged... more
Why do we hug or kiss some people when greeting them and only shake hands with others? Why don’t you sit right next to a stranger in a movie theater when the theater is not full? Why is it okay to run and yell in a park, but not in a library?
There are literally millions of social rules we have learned throughout our lives that help to guide our behavior and help us to understand the... more
Imagine a room of full of laughter, dance and song. That is the soundtrack for the MAGIC dance class happening every Monday in the ACES San Jose office. ACES is excited about our new partnership with MAGIC Dance Arts, a recreational program that provides Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) friendly dance classes to our children. MAGIC dance and ACES have come together with a shared goal of... more
ACES will be publishing a series of posts on residential interior design tips for the spectrum. Creating interiors for children on the spectrum can be both exciting and challenging. The main goals of designing autism friendly environments are to foster and nurture health, wellness, a sense of belonging and safety. A visually and sensory pleasing space will lend itself to growth, relaxation and... more
Nobel prize winning peace activist, Malala Yousafzai, once said, "One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." This blog tells the inspirational story of a very special Autism Puzzle wall – a wall inspired by one ACES puzzle piece, one teacher, and one classroom. It is a perfect way to wrap up April Autism Awareness month.
The story begins in early April with... more
The first book I read by Temple Grandin described her mother's insistence that her young daughter learn manners. Her mother never said "stop" or "don't"; she did not get upset, she simply stated what the correct behavior was and ensured Temple followed through. Recalling my own early days as a mother, I had the same focus, but not the formula. My children's manners seemed to be the public... more
I know for many people "Autism Awareness Day" is every day. It is inescapable and it is forever. Yet for many without a direct link to someone with autism spectrum disorder, there is little understanding of how autism is treated. For this reason, I proudly wear blue on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) and take every opportunity to share what I know with others. Autism Awareness Month is... more
The unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship felt from a therapy dog can add an element of novelty that enriches a therapy session and bring joy to individuals challenged with autism. ACES is proud of our partnership with the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OC SPCA). For seven years and going strong, ACES has been a part of their P.A.W.S. (Pets Are... more
Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. As part of the second annual "+ Autism" series, ACES is grateful for the opportunity to co-sponsor Temple Grandin's lecture and panel discussion in partnership with the University of North Texas. The event will be held at 9 a.m. at the Temple... more
All children benefit from a structured day and staying engaged with peers during school breaks, but children with Autism are especially in need of ongoing structure, consistency, and social interaction when their daily routines are disrupted.
ACES has been practicing ABA for 20 years. We have found that offering specialized Seasonal ABA Camps are a great way to keep developing positive... more