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Spooktacular Explore Asian GFCF Black Bean Noodles and Cheesy Squash 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:00:00 AM

October is all about TRICKS and TREATS, but for some of our kids the selection of fun Halloween eats can be limited.  Explore Asian Foods has a great way for us to provide a fun, healthy meal to our GFCF kiddos and still celebrate the season with style.  Our main ingredient: Organic Black Bean Spaghetti!

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Monday, March 31, 2014 9:26:00 AM

Free Meditation for Overwhelmed Parents 

Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:46:00 AM

Being a parent can be so overwhelming, especially when life gives you extra challenges.  This short meditation will help to relieve stress and find the peace to cope with the craziest of days.  Shannon Penrod, host of Autism Live, leads the meditation. 

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Things You Should Know About ABA and Autism - Part 2 

Friday, January 31, 2014 10:09:00 AM
Part 2: There is a prescription for Autism treatment and it needs to be followed. First, a disclaimer: I am not a doctor, lawyer, board certified behavior analyst or a person with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am a parent, whose child was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 1/2. At that time, my son had virtually no functional communication and he frequently engaged in violent and self-injurious behavior. My son was given access to quality ABA therapy. He is now 10, high functioning, verbal, and in a completely included 5th grade class performing at or above grade standards. He plans on being a scientist. Here is what I want you to know about ABA and Autism: All ABA is not equal. It is imperative that you have access to quality ABA at today’s standards. There is a prescription for Autism treatment and it needs to be followed. If you missed my explanation to number 1 you can find it here. Okay, it’s time to take the gloves off and get real. The first time someone told me my 3-year old needed 30-40 hours of ABA therapy for 2 or more years, I felt physically ill. I didn’t even ask how much it was going to cost because I knew... read more
 

Things You Should Know About ABA and Autism - Part 1 

Friday, January 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM
Part 1: All ABA is NOT Equal By Shannon Penrod First, a disclaimer: I am not a doctor, lawyer, board certified behavior analyst or a person with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am a parent, whose child was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 1/2. At that time, my son had virtually no functional communication and he frequently engaged in violent and self-injurious behavior. My son was given access to quality ABA therapy. He is now 10, high functioning, verbal, and in a completely included 5th grade class performing at or above grade standards. He plans on being a scientist. Here is what I want you to know about ABA and Autism: All ABA is not equal. It is imperative that you have access to quality ABA at today’s standards. ABA has been around for a long time and has been and continues to be used to improve behavior for a wide range of purposes. It is not an Autism treatment. Businesses use it, Olympic athletes use it, the list of applications for ABA is endless. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that ABA was used for Autism. In 1987, the first study showing how effective ABA was in treating Autism was published. Since then, hundreds of other studies... read more
 

Let Our Life Songs Sing – Together 

Monday, December 2, 2013 9:58:00 AM
By: Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson The autism community has been galvanized by the recent resignation of John Robison from his role at Autism Speaks, the largest and most powerful autism advocacy organization in the world, due to comments from founder Suzanne Wright. Robison, who has Asperger’s, acknowledges that autism confers “both gifts and disability on everyone it touches.” Robison vehemently disagreed with Mrs. Wright’s description of autism as a “monumental health crisis” devastating the lives of millions of families around the world, leaving them depleted, both emotionally and financially. Mr. Robison and Mrs. Wright, you are both right. I know individuals on the spectrum like Alex Plante, the founder of Wrong Planet, who are higher functioning and far more talented than most of my friends. But come to my offices at ACT Today! and look at the files from families who have received or are awaiting grants. There’s a different story to tell. Read about the grandparents living on Social Security who want behavior therapy for their 13 year old grandson, abandoned by his parents, so he can be toilet trained and learn to dress himself before they die, so... read more
 

A Home of His Own 

Monday, November 25, 2013 9:34:00 AM
By Eliabeth Becker It was a wonderful evening. My son, Matt, was cooking hamburgers on his new electric grill in the kitchen while his siblings and their spouses were in the living room laughing and conversing with my husband, Tom. I was with Matt, helping him to play the role of host. You see, this was no ordinary party. This was a house-warming party for Matt. We had just completed putting his new apartment together that very afternoon. It was a party 25 years in the making and each one of us were now witnesses to the impossible. Matt’s dream of living on his own was finally coming true. Matt is almost 28 years old. He was diagnosed at the age of two as moderate / severe autistic – and that hasn’t changed. Although he speaks on occasion, he is mostly non-verbal and relies on other forms of communication; facial expression, gesture, and body language. He is highly sensitive to loud sounds, bright lights, strong smells and various textures and temperatures. His heightened senses were so very hard for him as a young child, but he found a way to deal with his sensitivities and now handles the onslaught of environmental stimuli very well. The severity of his autism meant... read more
 

Autism Live Holiday Give Away EXTRAVAGANZA!!! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:37:00 AM
The Autism Live Holiday Give Away Extravaganza!!! Here are the toys/games/products we've featured so far! Click on them to learn more: GAMES/TOYS: Endless Games: Oddly Obvious Name 5 Anger Management Kornered Encore Crazy Legs Leap Frog: Leap Pad Ultra Read With Me Scout & Violet Letter Factory Uncle Milton: Jake the Pirate Wall Friend Wild Walls Iron Man Repulsor Ray Grand Final Light Show Wicked Cool Toys: Scanimals The Wiggles Sing and Dance Guitar My Girl's DollHouse Fat Brain Toys: Squigz Ball of Whacks Tangles Hairy A-to-Z Magnatab Lekotek & Learning Resources: Farmers Market Color ... read more
 

The Holiday Treadmill Begins... 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:05:00 AM

November is finally here, which means the Holidays are going to come barreling down upon us. To make sure your holidays go well we have some Parent to Parent videos to help you get through them. We have a section of videos that are specifically on how to handle your family. Videos to help guide through having a conversation with your relatives about expectations and how to insure everyone has a wonderful experience.

Halloween Autism Advice 

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:38:00 AM

Here's a great image to remind parents that those "bad behaviors" that they see might be something else and not to jump to conclusions.

Have a great and safe Halloween!

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