Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category

April 2, 2012 “Light It Up Blue” with Filice Insurance

My name is Ron Filice and my company, Filice Insurance, along with my sister company, www.eIndividualhealth.com are giving our full support to Autism Awareness Month this April.  I have been personally affected by autism, my 12 year old nephew struggles with the disorder.  I continue to be amazed by both his struggles and his progress.  I know that there is a brilliant mind and soul behind every person struggling with autism, I know that the world will be a better place if their unique talents are able to contribute to society, and I know that with continued research, support, therapy and services we get better help for these special people, and ultimately, a cure.  Join us this April, and April 2nd for World Autism Day, a time to light it up blue in support and solidarity.

Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 3: Inferencing Through Language Activities

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

http://morning2moon.com/

This is the third part of the series focusing on inferencing, especially for children with Autism. To review, in Part 1, I spoke about tuning into all of the sounds in the environment and inferring where they’re from and what they mean. In Part 2, I spoke about inferring facial expressions and body language before pairing it with any meaningful language so that the child can interpret the emotion before he or she has to process the language. In part 3, we will be building inferencing by integrating expressive language for the child to infer what a speaker means by moving from concrete to more abstract language and by using indirect language, such as indirect commands for the child to tune into, understand, and act upon. How to pay for speech therapy? Get health insurance for children now.

Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 2: Non-verbal Communication

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

http://morning2moon.com/

Speech and language deficits are often the first sign of autism.  Some people with autism never learn to speak, or speak only in rote phrases that they have hear thousands of times.  Understandably, this inability to communicate causes panic and alarm, and parents are anxious for speech therapists to teach their autistic child words.  But, speech and language begins well before words come out.  Before anyone can learn to speak, they must master non-verbal communication and inferencing.  In part 1, we used the acronym HAWK to describe the need to listen to and identify noises. In part 2, we are addressing the importance of body language in inferencing and interpreting speech.

Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 1: HAWK

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

http://morning2moon.com/

Speech and language deficits are often the first sign of autism.  Some people with autism never learn to speak, or speak only in rote phrases that they have hear thousands of times.  Understandably, this inability to communicate causes panic and alarm, and parents are anxious for speech therapists to teach their autistic child words.  But, speech and language begins well before words come out.  Before anyone can learn to speak, they must master non-verbal communication and inferencing.  Using the acronym HAWK, we can describe these necessary building blocks for talking. How to pay for speech therapy? Get health insurance for children now.

When to Refer a Bilingual or Multilingual Child for Speech-Language Therapy

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

http://morning2moon.com/

Babies born to bilingual households often develop speech and language more slowly than children born to households speaking only one language.  Usually, this delay is natural, no cause for concern and the when the child does speak, it is bilingually.  However, there are times when a child’s delay in speech and language development is due to more than just spoken to in two languages.  When is it time to refer a bi or multi lingual child for speech therapy?  How to pay for speech therapy? Get health insurance for children now.

The iPad In Your Child’s Toy Box, Enhancing Play with Technology

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

www.morning2moon.com

Parents are using mobile technology at an ever-increasing rate and therefore need to constantly be using their critical thinking skills to determine which apps are the most appropriate for their child’s learning style and development. There are a number of factors to consider when selecting apps –both for home use and when integrating them into a child’s educational program- and I’ll discuss how to make wise choices based on various developmental theories. Click here for affordable health insurance plans.

Tantrums…Everybody Has Them, What Parents Can Do

Author – Moira Sullivan, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

www.wholekidstherapy.com

Everyone has witnessed a child throw a tantrum. For Parents, it is nerve wracking, embarrassing, exhausting and makes them want to throw their own tantrum. What should a parent do? Grandparents and Great Grandparents everywhere nostalgically remind us that “in their day, a good slap with the belt….” But, spanking is a parents’ own tantrum, a reaction to something a parent does not like. There are better ways to quell a child’s tantrum and reduce their frequency.

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Using iPad’s Apps to Build Auditory Processing Skills

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

Auditory Processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Both Auditory Development, and Auditory Processing are the cornerstone of learning language, and essential to child language development. Some children struggle with auditory processing. The iPad offers tremendous opportunities to build their auditory processing skills. Use an HSA to pay for your child’s iPad, click here for health insurance plans with an HSA.

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