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Autism Awareness Month: 30 Vines in 30 Days

Posted on April 01, 2015 in Autism

It’s Autism Awareness Month once again! Every year, I post for 30 days in a row to honor students on the spectrum, their families and their teachers. In the past I have shared teaching supports, book recommendations and curricular adaptation examples. This year, I am trying something new and will post a VINE (6 second) video every day of the month. These posts are based on “You’re Going to Love This Kid” and will …

Flashback Friday: Text me!

Posted on November 07, 2014 in Autism, News

This idea is from the revised edition of You’re Going to Love This Kid!.

If you have a reluctant writer on your hands, try using daily text messaging as a tool for practicing spelling and composing sentences. Pick a motivating partner (grandma, older student, principal) and set up a system where the two text a note at roughly the same time each day. The “tutor” can ask the student to …

Just give him the train, dog, air conditioner, Batman, etc.

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Autism

I thought you would all enjoy this great picture that my friend and colleague, Dr. Jennifer Naddeo, shared with me last Halloween.

One of the teams she supports works with several kids on the spectrum and the staff on this team all dressed up like the fascinations of their students! As Jen put it, “the kids were in awe”!
This makes me want to thank a …

Day 30: Your choices

Posted on April 30, 2014 in Autism

I hope you enjoyed my 30-days feature this month and that you found some books for your summer reading lists. I know how much these books had an impact on me, so I hope they will do the same for you or maybe even inspire some of you to write your own stories. We need them!

As promised, I am opening up this last day of the month for you to add any autobiographies/memoirs that I was not able to list in just 29 days. Feel free to add in other titles too if they made a big impact on your understanding of autism or Asperger syndrome—even if they are not memoirs.

Day 29: Asperger’s From the Inside Out

Posted on April 29, 2014 in Autism

My final selection of the month is one of the most popular books on the market. Michael John Carley is the founder of GRASP, an advocacy organization for people with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Carly is the father of child on the spectrum and-not unlike many parents on the spectrum-was diagnosed at the same time his own son was evaluated.

Asperger’s From the Inside Out is a hybrid autobiography as it is part personal story and part user’s guide. Carley’s book is moving, interesting, and practical and you get …

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