Helping Children with Autism Succeed in the Classroom

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Back in October, I had the opportunity to speak at the Utah Head Start Association Conference for the Second year in a row. I always have the BEST time speaking at these events and was so excited and honored to be asked back again this year. I PROMISED I would post my presentation and am just barely getting around to it!! This year I presented on the ever important topic of Helping Children with Autism Succeed in the Classroom. This can be useful for educators, parents, peers and really, anyone who will come in contact with any child with Autism. (Which is pretty much…anyone!)

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Could My Child be Colorblind?

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As an Early Childhood Special Educator, I get asked quite frequently about color blindness. Often parents are concerned about color blindness because of a child being slightly delayed in learning colors. Color blindness is not as common at it may seem. However, studies show that approximately 1 child in each classroom has color blindness.

So, lets talk a little more about color blindness. What is a person actually seeing when they are color blind? Black and White???? No, it is VERY rare for someone to have “Monochromasy Color blindness” or complete lack of any color sensation. Most of the time, it is a weakened sensation of a certain color a certain color group. Actually, there are few different types of color blindness. To find out more about the types of color blindness and the prevalence check out this Website for complete details.

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25 words a TWO year old Should be Using

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Does my child talk enough?  By age two, your toddler should be talking. Research says your child should be using at least 50 words by the age of two. Leslie Rescorla, Ph.D, put together a list of 25 words (The 25 most common words that toddlers master) that your child should be using by the age of two. If your child is NOT using these words by the age of two or at least the majority of these words, you should have your child evaluated. Call your local school district or talk to your pediatrician to find out how and where to get your child evaluated.  To find out more about speech milestones check out this Month to Month Guide to Baby Babble and Toddler Talk.

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Stop Tantrums in Their Tracks!!!!

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Toddler Tantrums can come at anytime, any place and for any reason! Lately my little fellow has been getting a bunch of molars all at the same time. SAD! He is in so much pain! But along with the pain comes the grumps! You can’t blame these poor little babes for their stinky attitudes! Especially when something is going on that makes them uncomfortable!

Even though there is that cliche term, “The Terrible Twos”, you might start seeing tantrums as early as 12 months and they may go on past age 4! Woof!! But don’t worry! I will try to help you solve those problems today! We all know that toddlers tantrum. That is nothing new!  It is the WHY and the HOW to help stop/prevent tantrums that we need to talk about! So, lets chit chat about How to Stop those Toddler Tantrums in their Tracks!!!

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Get your kids to Follow Directions–The Easy Way!!

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Did you laugh a little when you read the title to this post? Not going to lie, I laughed a little while I was typing it… Getting kids to follow directions and “easy” don’t typically fall in the same sentence. But guess what? I can help with that! There are some simple fixes you can make to accomplish that seemingly impossible mission of getting your kids to follow directions! And, it can start as early as 12-18 months. (Keep reading, I swear I am not lying! And it is NOT tricky or impossible!) Now, these first few are for the younger crowd… but-if you have older kids read on. It will still be helpful for you!

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