Treatments


Accupuncture

Dr Weil cites studies and supports acupuncture for kids for increase relaxation or to to reduce pain

Assistive Technology (AT) 

http://www.hopetechschool.org/ATManual/index.html see 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

http://digitalscribbler.com/ see 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)

www.talktometechnologies.com 
Also, Betsy Hicks has a great interview on this topic with Matthew Duning - see AutismOne radio

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20147325,00.html  Jamie Burke’s story

http://www.salinascircle.org/docs/nl_april2006.pdf two 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.

http://www.down-syndrome.org/practice/338/  

http://www.tacanow.org/learning/helping-nonverbal-kids-to-communicate.htm

 

Auditory and CAPD traetments

www.tomatis.com Tomatis
www.advancedbrain.com  The Listening Program, interesting case studies (see Studies)
www.vitallinks.net therapeutic listening, interesting case studies too
www.hemi-sync.com Hemi-sync, can be played on stereo speakers, headphones optional
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
www.cogcon.com Earobics
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
www.bioacousticsforsoundhealth.com 
http://www.thedaviscenter.com/therapies/t-bioacoustics.htm

Autism and education
www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/ This site has excellent articles regarding education implications of Asperger's. Click the Education link on the left side of the page.

www.nimh.nih.gov/HealthInformation/autismmenu.cfm 
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.

http://firstwords.fsu.edu/pdf/ASD.pdf 
Article on the early indicators of autism spectrum disorders in the second year of life.

www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=3Dallaboutautism 
This website from the Autism Society gives lots of information, including how autism impacts education.

www.autism.org//temple/tips.html 
http://www.autism.org/temple/tips.html 
Teaching tips for children and adults with autism by Temple Grandin.

www.cesa7.k12.wi.us/sped/autism/structure/str10.htm 
Structured teaching strategies for supporting students with autism.

www.cesa7.k12.wi.us/sped/autism/early/ear11.htm 
Effective programming for young children with autism (Ages 3-5)=20

www.teacch.com/teacch_i.htm 
List of articles dealing with autism spectrum.

http://ww2.netnitco.net/users/chart/tips.html 
Tips for teaching students with high-functioning autism.

www.untangleautism.org/iep.htm IEP center for students with autism, including database of sample IEPs.

http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/teachers_guide.html 
Asperger's syndrome guide for teachers- written from parent  perspective.

http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/social_skills/  behavior_management.htm
Behavior management: getting to the bottom of social skills deficits.

http://www.nasponline.org/futures/autism.html  Social Skills Interventions for Students With Autism

Behavioral Approaches, ie ABA

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 considering ABA

Dentistry can make a difference- biological

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WAPF-SF/message/3910 

Diet-GFCF
moved the GFCF tips to this 
page 
see also 
Vitamins and supplements section

Diet-SCD
http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info  official site
http://www.pecanbread.com  many tips, recipes, etc
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/pecanbread support group
http://www.whiteegretfarm.com only goat DCCC- best for PDD/ASD

Diet-WAPF 

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
http://onibasu.com/archives/cl/date_index_6.html 
www.nourishingourchildren.org 
www.wisefoodways.com
www.nourishinghope.com 
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WAPF-SF/
 

Digestion-learning about

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) 

 

Drainage

Brain drainage, Total systemic drainage, lymphatic drainage
Intercellular hydration andrew goldsworthy paper - cellular membrane rigidity and leakage

Dyspraxia treatments

http://www.specialneeds.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?Search=Yes&sppp=10

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.

EEG  test ( Seizure meds or learn what to avoid)

Many kids on the spectrum also experience hidden seizure activity (sub-clinical, spikes, etc). 

 

EEG test introduction (Epilepsy Foundation - USA ) 

Specialized EEG called DEEP 
http://www.brightmindsinstitute.com

 

Request a copy of the FINAL written report & the electronic EEG study on DVD (in case later need to share with other professional )

Facilitated Communication FC (augmentative devices) 

see AT section

Feldenkrais

www.feldenkrais-resources.com/products.htm  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

www.feldenkrais.com

www.anatbanielmethod.com – Homepage for Anat Baniel, leading expert in working with Children with Special Needs. Marin County. Resources for parents, articles, referrals, and information.

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.

www.josephfeinstein.com – Homepage for Joseph Feinstein, Anat Baniel Method for Children practitioner and Feldenkrais practitioner. Specializes in working with children for improved movement, breathing, and speech.

Floortime in general 

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.

http://circlestretch.blogspot.com amazing Floortime site full of great info
Floortime repository 
www.icdl.com  The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. Features information on upcoming conferences, publications including books, audio and video tapes, and the following additional information...
http://icdl.com/ICDLguidelines/toc.htm 
http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nimh/031119/agenda.cfm  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.
http://whyy.org/91FM/Voices200209.html  Public Radio Show recording featuring an interview with Greenspan for about the first 15 minutes.... 
http://www.hiddenlaughter.com/ 
www.coping.org/earlyin/ftpres/ 
http://www.stanleygreenspan.com/ 
http://www.hiddenlaughter.com/questions/floortime.html
http://home.sprintmail.com/~janettevance/floor_time.htm  
http://www.mindspring.com/~dgn/playther.htm
http://icdl.com/ICDLguidelines/toc.htm  
http://www.polyxo.com/floortime/buildingplaypartnerships.html  http://www.hiddenlaughter.com/questions/links.html 
http://www.zerotothree.org/jacob.html Here is a really cool parent story
http://www.curledup.com/boywho.htm The book, the Boy who loved windows is a wonderful account of a family who floortimes
http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/education/HamItUp.html 
http://www.icdl.com/Vol3No3.htm school and floortime
http://www.icdl.com/Vol.2%20No.3.htm school and floortime
http://www.icdl.com/Newsletter_Vol2_No1.htm school and floortime

Floortime in schools

Some schools today that formally practice DIR/floortime principles. Here are ones I’ve heard of: Here is a summary list (with additions): 

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

Gestault learning
"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 parent!
http://www.edsnet.na/Resources/TBCM/TBCM18/M18p24.htm 
www.barryprizant.com 
http://www.hyperlexia.org/analytic_gestalt.html 
http://www.conradsimon.org/AutismText.shtml#Gestalt  description of the brain as relates to 
Floortime tips for a 
Gestault learner

Hippotherapy
different from but similar to therapeutic horseback riding
See some local places here 
http://www.helpingdelayedkids.com/sf_bay_area_resources.htm#fun_just

Inclusion
www.hopetechschool.org 
www.kidstogether.org
http://members.tripod.com/~pex/inclusion.html 
http://smartinclusion.wikispaces.com/Smart+Inclusion+Research 

My book recommendations about inclusion and mainstreaming

Kinesiology (BioEnergetic Testing, EAV,  Autonomic Response Testing, etc)

 TBA

Neurodevelopmental- ie BrainGym

http://www.fernridgepress.com/autism.exercise.phases.html  exercises simlar to Piaget's Thinking Goes to School
Braingym

Neurofeedback

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.

I am 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

Book "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  ),

Parent's health and wellbeing

www.look-at-the-bright-side-of-life.com

Perceptual movement

http://www.makura.com/bookstore/bodymovement.html  interesting book list
 

Sensory integration and OT

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.icdl.com/forparentsbyparents/sensoryprocessing/sensory.htm  
http://www.mindspring.com/~dgn/sensory.htm sample sensory diet
http://home.earthlink.net/~sensoryint/ the Ayres clinic, see the FAQ under "know more"
http://www.alertprogram.com/  the Alert program
www.atready.com the At Ready approach
http://www.autism.org/si.html an introduction
www.autism.org/interview/ljk.html 
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.pfot.com  materials/toys
www.sportime.com materials/toys
www.southpawenterprises.com materials/toys, esp larger therapy items for OT/PT, ie swings
www.theragifts.com materials/toys
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.geocities.com/~kasmom/sid.html 
http://www.amyzier.com/home%20equipment.htm swing and climbing wall instructions
www.new-vis.com oral motor, mealtime related products and articles 
www.sensoryresources.com workshops, and excellent sensory related book/audio selection
www.out-of-sync-child.com author site, excellent books, good extra ideas/links
www.cameronsspecialts.com weighted T shirts
www.weightedwearables.com weighted clothes
www.weightedvest.com 
www.pdppro.com training, products 
www.sensorycomfort.com 
http://www.educyberstor.com/store/bryanhouse/catalog/activitybooks.html more easy maze books
www.talktoolstm.com oral motor, straw/bubble therapy, site of a popular author/protocol
http://www.frogstore.com/frogbeanie.htm to make a weighted lap frog
http://www.make-the-grade-ot.com floortime/dir approach

Medical-biomedical

See DAN!

Medical- homeopathy

www.mirandacastro.com

Playdates and Social 

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 
www.thegraycenter.org  

Teaching others how to respect, help, communicate with, and have vision for persons with disabilities

http://www.disabilityproject.com/study_guides/High%20School%20-%20DisAbility%20Project%20Study%20Guide.pdf

https://www.dvusd.org/assets/pdfs/department_education/Disability_Awareness.pdf

http://www.albritton.us/celebs.html

Processing speed – research?

 TBD

Propolis diffuser

http://beehealthyfarms.com/HealthCare_GOEMButtons.htm

 

Schools-inclusion

List of books for parents and teachers about inclusion / mainstreaming
http://www.bridges4kids.org/IEP/Inclusion.html 
http://www.coping.org/involvepar/inclusion.htm 
http://www.cayboces.org/Special%20Education/Autism/autismweb/getting_started_with_inclusion.htm 
http://home.comcast.net/~aspergers/Inclusin.htm 
http://www.advocatesforspecialkids.org/links_inclusion.htm
http://projectparticipate.org/handoutsforms.asp 
http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/teaching_techniques/inclusion_schultz.html 
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


 

Schools-homeschooling for special needs

http://mkdowney.com/mkd-homeschooling.html ; http://mkdowney.com/mkd-presentation-homeschooling.htm

Shadow aide 

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 CLASSROOM 
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/relsvc.aide.steedman.htm How to request a one-to-one aide
http://projectparticipate.org/handouts/TipsforParaeducators.pdf tips
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

Sleep sanctuary

http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=149&Itemid=62

http://buildingbiology.net/

Sensory Motor Integration SMI

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

Social thinking

http://www.cspd.net/wmper/docs/MWinnerHO.doc really helpful notes from a workshop

and abstract thinking http://www.bianys.org/learnet/tutorials/concrete_vs_abstract_thinking.html

Speech therapy

www.mankato.msus.edu/dept/comdis/kuster2/sptherapy.html wonderful 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 finite.
 

Technology

 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/ 

 

http://teachingall.blogspot.com/ 

http://momswithapps.com/ 

Tics - treatments

www.latitudes.org Tourette board is great, full of ideas   

Vision Therapy

http://www.children-special-needs.org/vision_therapy/what_is_vision_therapy.html 
http://www.devdelay.org/issues.html#vision 
http://www.autisticvision.com/id22.htm

Visual Motor

www.ndta.org  neurodevelopmental treatment, NDT, interesting bulleting on visual motor, links

Word Retrieval ( Word finding ) - researching

http://members.tripod.com/~Caroline_Bowen/wordretrieval.html
http://www.cslot.com/children/word_find.htm  
www.wordfinding.com
http://icdl.com/Vol3No2.htm 
http://www.asa-tgcc.org/Labeling.htm
http://teacherweb.com/MA/NAAmvet/GWalker/h5.stm
http://www.motamedfamily.com/tips.htm#IdeaRetrieval  floortime idea retrieval

http://www.wordfinding.com/

http://www.bianys.org/learnet/tutorials/retrieval_problems.html

http://www.bianys.org/learnet/tutorials/slow_information_processing.html

Vision Therapy


http://www.drbradfordmurray.com

Yoga

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

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