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February 14, 2010

You Aut to Know Digest - Episode 2.2 Resource List

Happy Valentines Day!
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Today I talked about the four types of autism treatments;

  • Behavioral
  • Relational-Developmental
  • Biomedical
  • Sensory

Specifically describing ABA, Floortime, Biofeedback, Discrete Trial Training, The Miller Method.
Nexts weeks guest - Lindsey Nebeker

Focus on Foundation
Act Today - Grants $100-$5000

In the News
Spray version of 'cuddle hormone can ease symptoms of autism'Read more: 
Autism A-Z 
B - Biofeedback/Neurofeedback

Autism and Biofeedback
By Gary Ames

Books Discussed

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February 8, 2010

Continuing Education for Autism........for Parents

Continuing education in autism is not just for teachers and therapist. Every year new techniques and educational approaches are released to the public. Many promising extraordinary results and I want to know about all of them. If I could I would try them all out, each on a different kid. I like to be the person at the parent meeting that can say, "Oh yeah, I tried that with Sally and she did great" or "TimTim had modest success with that." I would if I could go to every seminar, training or workshop that was offered, or at least I used to be like that.

The last training I went to was about 9 months ago. That is not for lack of opportunity. I am very lucky to be in an area where I could attend an autism or disability related training, seminar, or talk once a week, if I wanted to...if time allowed...if I didn't have to work...if I had childcare...if I had the energy.

There are many excuses for not doing my autism continuing education, all of which are valid and similar to many other families who have a child(ren) with autism. We are not off the hook, researchers in California found that training via DVD is an effective way to convey concepts to parents on methods of dealing with their child's behaviors. Science Daily reported that;

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (Nicolette Nefdt, Robert Koegel, George Singer and Michael Gerber) explored whether providing training to parents through DVDs could help bridge this gap. The good news is that parents did improve their skills through watching the training videos, and there were improvements in child behavior as well.

While I find this to be great news, I have to admit that I have numerous DVD's and CD-ROM's with information that is valuable, but I somehow never quite find that 2-3 hours to watch. Sometimes the actual care and feeding of my children takes precedence and when I want to sit down and watch something it looks a little bit more like this:

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February 7, 2010

You Aut to Know Digest - Episode 2.1 - Resources

Back in the saddle again!  Join me next Sunday for more Autism News, Views, and Resources only on You Aut To Know!

2/7/2010 Show Recap and Resources

Review of Temple Grandin movie

Dr. Andrew Wakefield

RiteCare Language Program (from website)

In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.
Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.

Autism A-Z
Animal Assisted Therapy - Using animals to help people with disabilities

You Aut to Know Article Focus

Brains of people with autism recall letters of the alphabet in brain areas dealing with shapes

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