Dr Weil cites studies and supports acupuncture for
increase relaxation or to to reduce pain
Assistive Technology (AT)
how HTS uses AT to help students communicate
And contact HTS if you are interested in bringing your child to
the AT Lab in Palo Alto http://www.hopetechschool.org/content/assistivetechnology/AT_Lab2.htm
the Quick Talk app - amazing - this is from a family with two kids that are non
verbal - yet they are able to communicate so much!!!
See the Technology section of this page (search on technology)
Also, Betsy Hicks has a great interview on this topic with Matthew Duning - see
Jamie Burke’s story
articles written via fc by kids
Notes from presentation by Dr Ricki Robinson at ICDL 2003
conference: “FC and DIR can it work?”…Dr R explains some lessons learned: if it
(FC) functions astheir voice – must use all the time, open pandora’s box of
emotions, nonbelievers can railroad progress, often writing content and
behavior are disconnected, eventually lead to increased expressive language output.
Auditory and CAPD traetments
www.advancedbrain.com The Listening Program, interesting case studies
www.vitallinks.net therapeutic listening, interesting case studies
www.hemi-sync.com Hemi-sync, can be played on stereo speakers, headphones
www.interactivemetronome.com IM, designed to help improve motor planning,
sequencing and timing
http://www.dynamiclistening.com/recommended_reading.cfm related books/articles
www.gatewayin.com Samonas , Fast ForWord, IM
www.sensorylearning.com music, visual, and vestibular input together,
see the streaming movies
www.samonas.com Samonas, enhances listening and learning, after
Berard AIT or Tomatis
http://www.thedaviscenter.com/therapies/ site that compares the different approaches
http://www.vitallinks.net/auditory.shtml comparing different approaches
www.autism.org/ait2.html http://www.isn.net/~jypsy/ait.htm Berard AIT, Tomatis comparison
http://www.interdys.org/pdf/PS29-Steppingstones.pdf comparison of Earobics, Fast ForWord, LiPS
http://www.scilearn.com/prod/ Fast ForWord
http://www.lblp.com/LiPSindepth.html LiPS Lindamood bell, note local clinic may have
monthly intro with raffle
www.ganderpublishing.com see LiPS - materials
http://pages.cthome.net/cbristol/ CAPD site
http://mkdowney.com/music.htm Music for special needs kids
http://www.apduk.org/ auditory processing organization
Autism and education
site has excellent articles regarding education implications of Asperger's.
Click the Education link on the left side of the page.
This pamphlet by the NIMH is a great introduction to autism. It discusses
causes, interventions, educational implications, and even ways to help the
child's family cope more effectively.
Article on the early indicators of autism spectrum disorders in the second year
This website from the Autism Society gives lots of information, including how
autism impacts education.
Teaching tips for children and adults with autism by Temple Grandin.
Structured teaching strategies for supporting students with autism.
Effective programming for young children with autism (Ages 3-5)=20
List of articles dealing with autism spectrum.
Tips for teaching students with high-functioning autism.
center for students with autism, including database of sample IEPs.
Asperger's syndrome guide for teachers- written from parent perspective.
Behavior management: getting to the bottom of social skills deficits.
Social Skills Interventions for Students With Autism
While I don't have
firsthand experience with ABA, I can share some more behavioral approaches that
we use in addition to our Floortime approach. For example, he loves videos, and
while I limit his TV watching to 30 minutes or less a day, I
still want to take advantage of the time. So, I've also found that he learns
well if I pause his favorite videos and insist on answers to questions before
the video continues (if he becomes frustrated I give up and let him watch for 5
min alone so he can relax, then I start pausing the video to engage him again
"How does Thomas feel?" "What's going to happen next?"
"oh no, who ate the cake?").
http://rsaffran.tripod.com/ excellent site for parents new to Autism or
Dentistry can make a difference- biological
moved the GFCF tips to this page
see also Vitamins
and supplements section
many tips, recipes, etc
goat DCCC- best for PDD/ASD
I am a huge fan of Weston
A Price.Helps my family a lot to use many of his learnings!
www.westonaprice.org the best place to start
www.wobenzym.com click on the video of Dr Sanford RothSee
book: Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments (Have We Done Everything We
Can For This Child? Individuality In An Epidemic)
Brain drainage, Total systemic drainage, lymphatic drainage
Intercellular hydration andrew goldsworthy paper - cellular membrane rigidity
See book: The secret life of the dyslexic child
See book: the Gift of Dyslexia
See article Is your child Dyslexic?
And contact the Schwab Foundation for
Learning at (800) 230-0988.
test ( Seizure meds or learn what to avoid)
Many kids on the spectrum also experience hidden
seizure activity (sub-clinical, spikes, etc).
introduction (Epilepsy Foundation - USA )
Specialized EEG called DEEP http://www.brightmindsinstitute.com
copy of the FINAL written report & the electronic EEG study on DVD (in case
later need to share with other professional )
Communication FC (augmentative devices)
see AT section
audio tapes, video: The Feldenkrais Method with Children Who Have Learning
Disabilities, Feldenkrais For Children with Stephen Rosenholtz "Move like
the Animals" and "Monkey Moves"
Book: The Brain's Sense of Movement: Perspectives in Cognitive Neuroscience
Alaine Bertholz (movement and cognitive relationship)
Book: The Mind and The Brain
Book: A Basis For Sensorimotor Development
Homepage for Anat Baniel, leading expert in working with Children with Special
Needs. Marin County. Resources for parents, articles, referrals, and
www.banielfeldenkraistraining.com – 90
day training in the Anat Baniel Method, based on the work of Dr. Feldenkrais.
Unique Mastery Training in working with Infants & Children.
Homepage for Joseph Feinstein, Anat Baniel Method for Children practitioner and
Feldenkrais practitioner. Specializes in working with children for improved
movement, breathing, and speech.
www.floortime.org The floortime foundation! Especially
helpful tip is to search this site using google advanced search, see http://tinyurl.com/floortime
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Floortime/ This list is best for parents and caregivers who
are implementing a comprehensive program for their children with autistic
spectrum disorders. The primary purpose of the list is to provide information
and support for those implementing a program based on the work of Dr. Stanley
Greenspan and Dr. Serena Weider.
Floortime site full of great info
Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. Features
information on upcoming conferences, publications including books, audio and
video tapes, and the following additional information...
Autism Conference November 2003. Recording of Stanley Greenspan,
see Wednesday November 19th at 3:15pm, He comes in at about 17 1/2 minutes
into the broadcast.
Public Radio Show recording featuring an interview with Greenspan for about the
first 15 minutes....
is a really cool parent story
book, the Boy who loved windows is a wonderful account of a family who
Some schools today that formally practice
DIR/floortime principles. Here are ones I’ve heard of: Here is a summary list
Celebrate the Children in NJ, http://home.sprintmail.com/~janettevance/floor_time_in_northern_new_jerse.htm
Lionheart in Georgia www.thelionheartschool.com ,
Oak Hill School Sausalito CA, 415-331-7601,
Smart Start in Santa Monica, CA 310-452-5437
Montclair State University demonstration
preschool http://www.montclair.edu/pages/ecele/floortime.htm in New Jersey
One in Chicago, IL contact Cawn/Krantz Development
Therapies for name
My son's school is not Floortime based...but it is
full inclusion, small ratio, and good accommodations to sensory integration and
I can highly recommend...www.hopetechschool.org
Contact www.ICDL.com to ask for a longer list!
You can also buy the audio tapes of a DIR in schools
session at a past ICDL conference www.icdl.com
"Gestalt learning refers to acquiring things as "whole pieces,"
rather than sums of component parts. Gestalt language means that a child learns
entire phrases or other language chunks as indivisible wholes, as opposed to
individual words that could be moved around, re-ordered, or re-combined with
other words to make new phrases/sentences. A typical example of this is the way
(my son) learned to say good-bye. He would always say, "Bye -- see ya later!"
because that was the farewell at the end of every Blues Clues episode. He
didn't acquire it as a series of 4 separate words that might be used in
different contexts; it was one language "chunk," and it was the
*only* chunk for the purpose of saying good-bye. This learning style means that
kids will pick up video-talk, common social niceties, and often, very mature
sounding vocabulary (from adults), but not have particularly flexible or fluent
use of the language. Now that (he) is 6.9, he is starting to ask for
definitions of individual words that he's been using correctly in conversation
for years (such as "more" and "older"). I believe that he's
finally starting to understand words as separate entities that exist in various
contexts, rather than always part of some larger, memorized language
Gestalt." Sandra Shove, a very articulate and perceptive special needs
description of the brain as relates to
Floortime tips for a Gestault learner
different from but similar to therapeutic horseback riding
See some local places here http://www.helpingdelayedkids.com/sf_bay_area_resources.htm#fun_just
recommendations about inclusion and mainstreaming
Kinesiology (BioEnergetic Testing, EAV, Autonomic Response
http://www.fernridgepress.com/autism.exercise.phases.html exercises simlar to Piaget's Thinking Goes to
re: WildDivine: I just meant that the Playattention
might be more kid friendly in terms of theme, images, and introduction to the
exercises. The exercises themselves are a very good idea and once I think my
son can understand enough, mom offered to give us the software to use/try.
interested personally in the neurofeedback game that works with a Playstation.
I think they have probes and you have to think or breathe a certain way to get
your car to go (race) on a playstation. It's a thing that I recall plugs into a
playstation. Here is the site http://www.smartbraingames.com
"Biofeedback for the Brain" by Paul Swingle
Nutrition - improving
NANP—National Association of Nutrition Professionals
( www.nanp.org ).
This organization includes students and graduates
of long-time educational institutions such as Clayton College of Natural Health
( www.ccnh.edu ) and Bauman College (www.baumancollege.org ),
http://www.makura.com/bookstore/bodymovement.html interesting book list
http://www.coping.org/earlyin/sensory/sensorymod.htm good introduction
http://groups.msn.com/DeannaSavasWebsite The BEST and most complete archive of
files for OT/SI ideas for therapy
http://www.sinetwork.org/ full of introductory articles and resource links
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sid_dsi/ discussion board and great files in the files
area http://www.sensoryintegrationhelp.com/ informative articles and resourceshttp://www.angelfire.com/tn3/task/SI.html many sensory integration links
http://www.zerotothree.org/bulletin/Vol17-5p26.pdf sensory integration
www.coping.org/earlyin/sensory/sensintegact.htm heavy work
http://www.mindspring.com/~dgn/sensory.htm sample sensory diet
http://home.earthlink.net/~sensoryint/ the Ayres clinic, see the FAQ under "know
http://www.alertprogram.com/ the Alert program
www.atready.com the At Ready approach
http://www.autism.org/si.html an introduction
www.theraproducts.com materials/toys - my favorite. multiwriter,
dot-to-dots, pencil grips, finger crayons, rubberband ball, rainbo maker,
forns, wikki stix, grabbers, cutting food box, wind-up toys,
www.Ateachabout.com Diane Henry's site (OT), great ideas/books
www.southpawenterprises.com materials/toys, esp larger therapy items for
OT/PT, ie swings
www.TherapyShoppe.com materials/toys, Pressure vests
www.sensorycomfort.com materials/toys, Pressure vests
www.specialkidszone.com materials/toys, Pressure vests
http://www.out-of-sync-child.com/more_resources.html good links for si
http://www.amyzier.com/home%20equipment.htm swing and climbing wall instructions
www.new-vis.com oral motor, mealtime related products and
www.sensoryresources.com workshops, and excellent sensory related
www.out-of-sync-child.com author site, excellent books, good extra
www.cameronsspecialts.com weighted T shirts
www.weightedwearables.com weighted clothes
www.pdppro.com training, products
http://www.educyberstor.com/store/bryanhouse/catalog/activitybooks.html more easy maze books
www.talktoolstm.com oral motor, straw/bubble therapy, site of a
http://www.frogstore.com/frogbeanie.htm to make a weighted lap frog
http://www.make-the-grade-ot.com floortime/dir approach
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Floortime/message/1258 Great attachment with ideas for playdates with
3 year old and typical peers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Floortime/message/1174 Playdates with typically developing peers, and
a link to melinda spring’s interesting but more aba like playdate ideashttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/Floortime/message/1047 Playdate game ideas http://www.onlineplaygroup.com/playthemes.html more melinda spring
others how to respect, help, communicate with, and have vision for persons with
List of books for parents and
teachers about inclusion / mainstreaming
http://www.ncmsa.net/ressum14.htm middle school
http://mkdowney.com/movingschools.htm Tips for Finding a Good School for special needs
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/bayareaprekasd/message/1262 more tips, but you will have to join that yahoo
group to read the message
http://mkdowney.com/mkd-homeschooling.html ; http://mkdowney.com/mkd-presentation-homeschooling.htm
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DTT-NET/message/7555 a person writing a book on this subject http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DTT-NET/message/7357 hourly rates and the school district http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Floortime/message/887 facilitating? Facilitating for a boy named
Graham http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Floortime/message/2330 tips from someone who is an aide http://www.mindspring.com/~dgn/school.htm Using A Faciliator At School http://www.mindspring.com/~dgn/school2.htm FACILITATING FOR A CHILD IN A TYPICAL
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/relsvc.aide.steedman.htm How to request a one-to-one aide
http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/evolve/evolvegsa.pdf - Guidelines
for Selecting Alternatives to Overreliance on Paraprofessionals
http://www.wrightslaw.com/heath/parapro.qual.htm iep and paraprofessionals
Parviz Youssefi, who runs the GMS Institute's Sensory Motor
Integration division in a giant gym in Manassas http://www.gmskids.com/smi/classes.html
helpful notes from a workshop
and abstract thinking http://www.bianys.org/learnet/tutorials/concrete_vs_abstract_thinking.html
page of speech therapy ideas
Links to Language (http://www.linkstolanguage.com) teaches
kids how to recognize/decode the pattern of English as well as building working
memory, effective for kids with ASD, apraxia and language delays.
Not all children will do well with Links and the program includes instruction
on when you know it isn't going to work for the kid. Also teach kids that they
can control themselves ("quiet sitting") and that each task is
Technology can help our kids in many ways... see how my own
son has benefited from technology for homework http://helpingdelayedkids.wordpress.com/tag/technology/
Tics - treatments
board is great, full of ideas
treatment, NDT, interesting bulleting on visual motor, links
Word Retrieval ( Word finding
) - researching
floortime idea retrieval
I think that yoga is great and breathe control /proper breathing
is very important. I have the yoga for the special child book and did try some
of it on my son...I should pull it out and revisit as he is way more capable
now. Here is my last tip (I am a big note taker) on this subject Yoga
positions, great! Get the nice yoga cards and or poster from www.theraproducts.com and
there is a nice book from amazon "yoga for the special child"..at 4.0
I ask him to pick one of three yoga cards or positions…we hold it for a count
of 20. I have the yogakids video, but that hasn't worked for us...I am hoping
to add the breathing soon