Saturday, July 8th, 2006
Do you own an IPOD or other MP3 player or do you use ITUNES on your computer? There are now many PODCASTS (i.e. reports or stories that you can listen to on your computer or IPOD) about autism.
Check out our new podcast, from an interview I did with Scott Ryan from Autism Speaks in May.
AutismOneRadio is a very good podcast to try out, I like this one a lot because it brings in researchers, professionals, and parents and is done in a very professional yet interesting way. There are several different perspectives and the interviews are done by different people so there is a lot of good variety.
Autism Tales is a good one because it is actually real stories from people with autism and other special needs (or their families or people who worked with them) read by Jonathon Singer.
Bartholomew Cubbins is an interesting one that is kind of like a blog that you can listen to, he expresses his opinions about different things going on in the world of autism.
Michael Boll, a father of a child with autism and a former teacher, does Autism Podcast which is pretty interesting. In this one, Michael Boll interviews various people associated with autism such as authors of books, etc. You can check out his website too where you can get all of the podcasts and more information: http://autismpodcast.org/
There are courses that you can purchase by well-known people in the field of autism at Autism Education Online. Courses are up to two and a half hours in length and cost $49.97. If you would like to take multiple courses, the cost for a package of three is $99.97 and a package price for 12 courses is $299.
Autism Today also offers audio courses for $24.95 each.
Also, if you are interested in watching online videos about autism, I found this interesting site, Autism TV, which provides links.
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Monday, July 3rd, 2006
When looking for a behavioral consultant, it is really important that you look at the qualifications of that person, particularly at the supervision level.
The California Association of Behavior Analysis provides a useful article about how to find a behavioral consultant: http://www.calaba.org/AAMR-BehConsultantsFlyer.pdf.
Here is another excellent article about finding a behavioral consultant from Community Gateway: http://communitygateway.org/faq/behavioral.htm
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board is the first organization to provide national certification credentials for behavioral consultants. When you see BCBA or BCABA after someone’s name, this assures you that the person has completed the required number of hours, supervision, education, and passing the national board exam. If you would like to know if someone has these credentials, you can look them up on the BACB site! This is a great place to start looking for someone to help you with a home program that lives in your state.
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Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
The California Children and Families Commission is one of the few government programs which focuses on the treatment of children with ASD who have a diagnosis today - most government resources focus on research for a cause and a cure and although that is very important, it is also important to have programs to help the children currently diagnosed, and I am always excited to learn more about these programs. I recently learned about this program and wanted to share it with all of you.
The First 5 California Mission:
Current research in brain development clearly indicates that the emotional, physical and intellectual environment that a child is exposed to in the early years of life has a profound impact on how the brain is organized. The experiences a child has with respect to parents and caregivers significantly influence how a child will function in school and later in life.
The California Children and Families Act of 1998 is designed to provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services. Through the integration of health care, quality child care, parent education and effective intervention programs for families at risk, children and their parents and caregivers will be provided with the tools necessary to foster secure, healthy and loving attachments. These attachments will lay the emotional, physical and intellectual foundation for every child to enter school ready to learn and develop the potential to become productive, well-adjusted members of society.
The First 5 California Special Needs Project works with families, caregivers, child care providers – including Head Start and State Preschool programs, educators, health, mental health, and social services providers – to support young children with a broad spectrum of special needs in the context of and as an integral part of the First 5 School Readiness Initiative community approach.
Special Needs Project emphasis areas include:
1. Universal access to screening for early identification/diagnosis and referrals for physical and developmental issues (including social/emotional/behavioral) 2. Improved access to and utilization of services and supports through coordination and reallocation of existing resources and building of new supplemental resources.
3. Inclusion of young children with disabilities and other special needs in appropriate typical preschools, child care and development and other community settings with provision of necessary supports to help the child succeed in these environments. 4. Evaluation to identify effective practices and to improve programs.
They also have the Map to Inclusive Child Care Project. The Map Project works under the umbrella of the California Institute on Human Services (CIHS) at Sonoma State University and is funded by the California Department of Education’s Child Development Division. This project seeks to expand opportunities for children with disabilities and special needs in child care and development programs. The project is committed to improving the delivery of quality child care services to children with disabilities and other special needs in inclusive settings. This is accomplished by bringing together key stakeholders who have an interest in and have impact on quality child care programs that include children with disabilities and other special needs.
They have a book available to help parents who have children with difficult behaviors called Children with Challenging Behavior, it is a PDF, you can just print it out for your home or office.
Also interesting is their SCHOOL READINESS program whose goal is to implement programs that improve the transition from early care settings to elementary school and increase the schools’ and communities’ capacity to promote the sucesss of young children. You might also like to check out the POWER OF PRESCHOOL program, which is a high-quality, free, voluntary, part-day preschool program for all four year-olds (or three- and four-year olds). The program will assist children in becoming personally, socially, and physically competent, effective learners, and ready to transition into kindergarten.
I appreciate that they are also taking the time to collect data to assess the effectiveness of these programs.
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