Instructional Strategies for teaching Autistics

What are some strategies for teaching autistics? After receiving my ASD diagnosis around the age of two, my parents got me early intervention services. My early intervention services included all kinds of therapies, in which I received seven days a week. Evidence-based practices were applied, which helped me tremendously. Today, I apply evidence-based practices intoContinue reading “Instructional Strategies for teaching Autistics”

Assessments for ASD

How does a child or adult get evaluated for ASD? What kind of assessments are involved? During the age of one, my parents were recommended by a neurologist that I should get evaluated for ASD. My parents wanted to know what was going on with me in regards to my development, so they followed theContinue reading “Assessments for ASD”

Stimming

What is stimming? Wang (n.d.) explains the meaning of stimming as repetitive behaviors, such as movement and/or speech. Stimming is one of the signs/symptoms of Autism. When I was really young, I used to rock back and forth, bang my head against the wall, and spin in circles nonstop. There are many reasons that AutisticsContinue reading “Stimming”

Eye Contact

Do our eyes tell so much about ourselves? Eye contact is a form of non-speaking communication between people by demonstrating emotions. Poor or lack of eye contact is one of the signs/symptoms of Autism. My parents shared with me that I lacked eye contact for a very long time. It took me a long timeContinue reading “Eye Contact”

Early Detections of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Have you ever had a feeling that something was different? After I turned one years old, my parents noticed I was not making regular developmental milestones compared to my older sister, Samantha. This was back when my family and I were living in Brooklyn, NY. The Child Mind Institute (n.d.), shares some developmental milestones infantsContinue reading “Early Detections of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”

Interview with Timothy Rohrer on Disability Inclusion

What is disability inclusion? The CDC (n.d) shares the meaning of disability inclusion as allowing individuals with disabilities be part of society just like everyone else. Examples of disability inclusion includes the following: individuals with disabilities being employed in the workplace, participating in school clubs and activities, playing in games and sports in the community,Continue reading “Interview with Timothy Rohrer on Disability Inclusion”

Traveling on the Autism spectrum

What are your plans this summer? The summer season has begun, and many families are traveling for day trips or vacation. Although, depending on an individual’s personality and/or where the individual is on the Autism spectrum, needs and challenges will be different for everyone. Thus, day trips and vacations can be difficult for many Autistics.Continue reading “Traveling on the Autism spectrum”

4th of July

This year’s 4th of July is coming back to how we used to celebrate 4th of July. From watching fireworks to having BBQ parties, it is a fun holiday. Although, this holiday is one of the many holidays that can be hard for Autistics, due to social interactions and/or sensory sensitivity. When it came toContinue reading “4th of July”

Echolalia

What is echolalia? Lowry (n.d.) explains the meaning of echolalia by an individual repeating words, phrases, or sentences that occurs in the environment. Echolalia is one of the signs or symptoms of Autism. For me, I had echolalia after starting to develop verbal language at age six. I repeated words from anyone who interacted withContinue reading “Echolalia”

Choosy eater to Healthy eater

Are you someone who likes to eat only certain foods? One of the signs or symptoms of Autism are people’s less interest in food or uncommon food preferences due to sensory issues, underdeveloped oral motor muscles, or behaviors influenced from the environment. During physical therapy at a very young age, I had trouble chewing foods,Continue reading “Choosy eater to Healthy eater”