Sensory Processing Disorder: Symptom of Autism

“I only eat Cheerios for breakfast.” says one of my clients on the autism spectrum.  People on the autism spectrum often have reduced palates. Sensory processing disorders can impact speech and language.Some children are sensitive to sensory information like tags on clothing, textures of food, noise level, quality of light, and more. Sensory processing disorder is often a symptoms …

Context makes a difference

Whether at Church or at a Supermarket My intern, Alicia Guerreiro has researched and found interesting articles on aspects of language which I focus on when working with high functioning clients on the autism spectrum. Although this article focuses on context with regard to social interaction, understanding the impact of context is not just limited to …

7000 students drop out everyday!!

7000 Students drop out of high school every day in New England!! Is that possibly true?  I recently took a trip to NYC and on the ride back I passed a billboard with that statistic. I could not believe it, so I looked it up online. In 2012-13, 85% of Massachusetts students graduated from high …

“I don’t like to…”

Pre-teens, teens, and language remediation “I don’t like to read!” says one pre-teen who is known to struggle with reading comprehension. “I don’t like to talk; I’m quiet,” says a pre-teen who struggles to formulate his ideas verbally. “Writing is stupid. Why do I have to do that? I will never use it,” says another …

Words are not enough

Vocabulary Development and Asperger Syndrome “Mama!” screamed the toddler from his crib. Usually children say their first words by 12 months,  as do some children on the autism spectrum; however, children with Asperger’s syndrome first word are often more complex than typically developing children. For example, a child with Asperger’s syndrome may say “airplane” as …

More on categorization…

Alicia has been busy again finding articles  that relate to my current interest in categories. A study by Church et al., examined the theory that children with high functioning autism (HFA) may form and recognize categories differently than typically developing children. A dot pattern categorization task was used on both children with HFA and their …

All about Categories: Resouces and games

A few resources for working with categorization at home Categories:  furniture, things,  that are green ( red, yellow), electronics, shapes colors, places people live, States, things in a classroom, transportation, things in space, nature, wild animals, living things, non-living things Dont’ forget to teach and help kids learned to think about sub-categories to improve mental flexibility. …

10 Fruits in 60 seconds: The importance of categorization

“Quick, in 60 seconds name 10 items that go in the category, fruits.”  Generally, this task for typically developing children age 10 and older, can perform this task quickly.  Categorizing information into similar items is a task we often take for granted.  However, for children with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome, classifying and sorting like …

Context Breakdown

Context involves the setting or environment surrounding a situation. People with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism are very interested in details while their deficits result in the inability to take context into consideration. This inability is noticeable in social situations as well as in their written work and verbal expression. People with AS perform quite …

Test says… no services needed!

Context a difficult area to assess “Johnny’s, received A’s and B’s on his report card, we are so proud of his accomplishments, and now we recommend a reduction in his additional services, but of course we will keep the social skills group,”  exclaims  the smiling school officials. I’ve watched stunned parents’ receive this news in middle …