(Originally posted as a guest blog on Autism Speaks)
Every parent of a child with autism asks themselves, “Am I doing enough to help my child?” They look to doctors, specialists, and (particularly) other parents with kids just like theirs for ideas and for validation that they are on the right course. With more therapies out there than there are hours in the week and dollars in the bank account / second mortgage to pursue them, parents are forced to prioritize. So what are the “best” therapies out there? Which ones work best for other kids just like yours? We asked the world’s foremost experts – parents of kids with autism – that very question. To be specific, we asked the parents on MyAutismTeam.com - a social network for more than 28,000 parents of individuals with autism – the following question: “What therapies, if any, worked best for your child”?
“I Hate Summer” was a recent post by Laura Rossi Totten on The Huffington Post. She writes,
Special Needs Parenting is challenging 365 days of the year. Unlike the shorter winter break or spring vacation, summer is unique because it is long and most special needs children now expect the routine, support, predictability and familiarity of the school year. Frequently, school-age special needs children struggle with the concept of time and that contributes to the confusion and anxiety many children experience during these three months.
What’s a parent to do? What options exist?
For parents who are looking for ways to keep their kids progressing (whether they’re Aspies, high-functioning, or non-verbal), there are few inexpensive options to turn to during the summer months. We recently spoke with Robyn Catagnus, EdD, BCBA-D of Rethink Autism to learn more about the online curriculum they offer parents.
“IQ is malleable.” A recent study published online in Nature and summarized in the Wall Street Journal found evidence that IQ is not fixed (as was once thought), but instead can change over time correlated with changes in the brain. Specifically the study looked at 33 British teens (the sample was too small to draw broad conclusions for all teens), giving them an IQ test and MRI in 2004 and again in 2008. What they found is that IQs jumped up or down for about 1 in 5 teens and those changes corresponded to changes in the brain.