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Tips for Making Odd Behaviors More Socially Acceptable

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

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Autistic people often exhibit quirky behavior that is not appropriate in a social setting, ruins clothing or toys, and hurts them.  Things like biting on a their collars or sleeves, picking at their skin, flapping their arms, making a high pitched scream, jumping up and down…sometimes these behaviors are in response to sensory stimuli, sometimes they are provoked by anxiety, sometimes they are a way to communicate, and sometimes they are just a bad habit.  Whatever the case may be, often the more we try to stop them, the more they persist or morph into something worse.  When dealing with quirky behaviors, rather than try to stop, try to REPLACE the behavior with something less destructive and more socially acceptable.

How to Approach a Child with Autism

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

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Friends, family, neighbors and even teachers often do not know how to approach a child with autism and make a connection without overwhelming the child.  Most people mean well, and of course, want to communicate and connect with the child, but struggle with the best way to approach a child with autism.  Here are some suggested do’s and don’ts when socializing with the autistic person in your life.

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

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

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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.

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