Technology can be such a huge tool while teaching these little people! Not only is technology extremely motivating but you can find apps for just about any behavior you want to correct. Now, do I believe that hours of screen time is appropriate for kids? NO! But, when used correctly technology can be one of your biggest tools as a parent or educator working on tricky behaviors! Check out these four amazing apps for helping with behavior issues. These APPs are also all Autism Approved! Meaning- they are all tools that can be a HUGE help in the day-to-day life of a child with Autism. To get the full version of these APPS it will cost a little. But most of them you can try out for free! But, in my opinion if possible- these APPS are well worth the money!
Autism comes with many unique and interesting aspects and behaviors. One of my family friends, whom I admire deeply, has a son with Autism. The family may not even know it, but they are a big reason as to why I chose to become a Special Educator. When I was really young they would allow me to come over and work with their son on development games, social play etc… It impacted me so greatly that I became very passionate about children and adults with Disabilities.
This dear friend of mine, Lisa, has a blog and a Facebook account in which she shares amazingly interesting facts and snipits on Autism. As well as sharing stories and experiences she and her family have had while raising a child with Autism. Go check her blog out at Mom of a child of Autism. Many of these interesting facts have been pulled from her personal page and I cannot wait to share them with you! (Her son is referred to as “B” in this post).
April is World Autism Awareness Month! For the rest of the month I will be sharing information, facts, and tips on Autism. I am so excited to be talking about Autism all month long! I have always had a passion for Autism and I have always been fascinated with Autism and the behaviors that it can sometimes come with. Autism is often misunderstood… So I’m hoping to get rid of a few of those misconceptions with a few of the most commonly asked questions on Autism.
What is Autism?
Autism is an umbrella term for a group of brain disorders. These disorders interfere with a child’s ability to communicate and interact normally with others (close family members included!) It is distinguished by a wide variation of social, communication and cyclical behaviors that are considered out of the norm for children. The signs if Autism can be very subtle or they can be very noticeable and severe. (See signs and symptoms) There is such a huge range of behaviors that may have different symptoms of autism that the exact term for the cluster of disorders is, Autism Spectrum Disorder. (ASD)
On a weekly basis, I perform Developmental Screenings on Preschool Age Children. These screenings include; Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Problem Solving, Personal Social and Communication. Over 60% of the kids I screen fail or are borderline failing the Fine Motor Development Section. I typically don’t worry about a child being low in the Fine Motor section if there aren’t other catergories where they have failed. Especially if they are a first year preschooler. As parents, a lot of times we don’t give our young children opportunities to develop their fine motor. Why? Well, fine motor play can be pretty messy sometimes! Scissors, paint, markers, tons of small toys…YIKES! What parent wants to give their kid scissors and markers??? But, it is so important! Fine motor skills in early childhood will affect writing and higher fine motor skills later in life.
Did you know that the brain of an infant is 250% more active than the brain of an adult? The infant brain produces connections faster in the first year of life than any other time of life! If that doesn’t make you want to do some productive play with your baby, I don’t know what does! The first year of life is incredible! Simple brain games and simple play can create those connections in the brain (called synapses) quicker in that first year than any other year!
Needless to say, the brain of an infant is unbelievable! A lot of times people will say to me that they don’t know how to keep their newborn entertained. It is actually pretty easy to create fun and exciting learning experiences for those tiny little humans. Here are a few of the easiest games and activities to use with a new baby. There is absolutely NO prep and you won’t have to spend a penny! Let’s get those active little brains workin’!