In recent years, iPhones and iPads have revolutionized the way we think about teaching skills. Apps developed for iPhones and iPads have also become a wonderful teaching tool for individuals with autism from teaching basic skills to providing many with the means to communicate. Currently, there are over 1 million different apps to choose from which makes it difficult for parents to determine which would be most beneficial for their child. In addition, apps can be expensive and are often not designed to work well for individuals with autism. Therefore, ACES will be reviewing apps and updating this page frequently with new apps we feel may be appropriate for your child.
Feeding issues are common in children with autism. Research indicates that 69% of children with autism are resistant to eating novel foods and another 46% have rituals surrounding their eating habits.
Regional Center System in CaliforniaMore
Regional Centers are private non-profit corporations that contract with the California State Department of Developmental Services to provide and/or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Regional Centers assess the needs of the individual and determine eligibility for services.
Autism Speaks has compiled a comprehensive directory of safety products, websites and instructional toolkits. The following are three resources included in the Autism Speaks National Safety Resource Center that parents may want to consider.
This list provides examples of the most common types of safety products. It is not a complete list and the items here should not be seen as ACES recommendations. Parents may use this guide as a starting point for determining the products that suit their needs best. No safety device should be seen as providing 100% security or as a replacement for adult supervision. Product categories are: Labels, Locks, Alarms, and Locators.
Science Vs. PseudoscienceMore
There are countless treatment methods available for treating autism. How does a parent make the decision between so many methods? What guides the decision to try one treatment over another or to combine treatments? This is where the difference between science and pseudoscience becomes critical. What matters is what helps the individual and family the most.
Simple Steps to Better SleepMore
Whatever routine you choose, stick to it. Every night! Select only calming activities for the bed time routine. These activities may include bath/shower, books, puzzles, drawing, rocking/swaying, etc. Make sure that the entire bed time routine takes place in the same room the child will go to sleep (bedroom). The goal in this is to create a “sleep message” that tells your child that bedtime is approaching.
Task analysis is a process whereby a multi-step behavior or skill such as brushing teeth, is broken down into smaller steps that can be taught and reinforced. The task analysis is the step-by-step listing of the steps of the behavior.
The IEP ProcessMore
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. This is required by a Federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).