Monday, January 30, 2012

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Military families are fighting for insurance coverage for their loved ones who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Learn about the problems with TRICARE.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

not maybe so

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'not maybe so'
Our favorite apps before, during and after Joshua recuperates from his tonsillectomy:
These are our family choices.  PREFERENCES ARE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER- only listed by Categories and types.


1) Emmy Chen - Phonics Vowels (Abatalk)
2) Angry Birds - Seasons-HD, Rio-HD, and Rovio-HD versions
3) Multiplication
4) handPaint 
5) ANSWERS:YesNo HD by SimplifiedTouch
6) DropZap
7)Tantrum Apps - Letter Quiz - Learn ABCs, write alphabet tracing, teach letters flashcards with learnng games for kids (Lawrence Ingraham) [game]


1) YES/NO app

2) Choiceworks (refer to post on 20th January, 2012)

3) Model Me Kids -
'Going Places' app is good for Doctor visits.

4) - Word Abacus FREE (Johannes Fieres) [game]

5) Oriol Ferrer Mesia - Anemona [game]

6) Bedazzled - game

7) Facetime - show relatives how well you are doing

8) Emma Chen - Math Bug Free (Abitalk)

9) Coin Drop!

10) Kevin Caldrone - Gomi HD (games - environment/ecosystem)

11) Kid Blocks

12) iWriteWords

13) Kids's Puzzles

14) iBooks

15) DUPLO Jams

16) Hungry Fish

17) Flick Soccer HD

18) Dinosaurs

19) Pocket Frogs

20) Squishy Fruits

Honorable Mentions
1) Netflix
2) YouTube

Best Sites to Learn about apps:
1) Facebook., families and friends
2) Apple iTunes
3) Android market
4) Technology in (SPL) Education
5) Technology for Autism Now, Inc.
6) Twitter
7) Apps for Kids
8) Apps for Autism
9) Special Apps, Special Kids
10) Apps for Homeschooling
11) @AppModo
12) @pocketlint
13) Apps for Children with Special Needs (A4CWSN)
14) @The_iPaddict
15) @iOSnoops

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NH school principal dives in river to rescue boy

What a  princiPAL

NH school principal dives in river to rescue boy

Learn more about Safety for your loved ones, Students and neighbors who are experiencing Safety and Wandering and Elopement problems due to being on the Autism Spectrum.

We pray and hope that all families and individuals who experience Wandering, Elopement and other Autism Related Safety Issues have communities that understand and help them.   

Wendy Fournier, National Autism Association

Tennis Courts to prevent 'bolting'(during exercise) - a critical pro-active behavioral intervention

Autism Awareness - Firefighters, EMTs, EMSs and emergency workers 

A wander awareness video

Tracking a child with Smart Pup

SafetyNet by LoJack

Project Lifesaver

Autistic or Person with Autism

*The term 'autistic' is the descriptive referenced by the video title.  It is understood that 'Autistic' is not a preferred 'People First Language' designation as advocated by Kathie Snow - 'Disability Is Natural' and many other individuals and organizations who support the Independence, Inclusion and Integration of persons with Developmental Disabilities

We are sharing a few methods we use as Parents, our son's Teachers/Therapists incorporate and community support organizations and safety experts espouse to help communicate, teach and mainstream Students on the Autism Spectrum.
As Parents, we continue to work with our son on expectations, Transitioning, Peer Engagement, Obedience, as well as, Wandering, Elopement and Safety issues.

Parents of Students on the Autism Spectrum desire the same goals as Parents of Students who do not have Developmental Disabilities:  TO LEARN AND ENJOY ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOL.  

Autism animation - creator Thomas Coltran was 16 years old in 2010 (YouTube)

Peer Mentoring Networks for Students with Autism

Teaching Students with Autism (2009) 

iPads for Autistic Students(Oakwood and Veterans Elementary School,2012)

Using Visuals to Teach Autistic Students

Serving Autistic Students - Firestone Charter school's different approach

'Cue' - raises awareness about Autism: Philadelphia Design Project

Incight - College Advice for Students with Learning Disabilities

A new program helps Students with Autism - UATV: Paige Brown

Better Ways to Teach Autistic Students - Sara Bolt MSU Reaserch - WILX

Life Skills, Appropriate Behavior  for Teaching Autistic Students - Silver Lining Multimedia Software

Autism Students - Music Therapist John Foley 

Antecedent  Interventions for Students with Autism

'Canine Companions for Independence' - Service Dog helps Autism Student find his voice -

References and Resources

'Enjoyable School Year :-)'

AWAARE - Big Red Safety Box

Dennis Debbaudt - Autism Risk Management

Autism Safety Project

Autism Related Wandering Safety and Prevention 

Project Lifesaver - International Headquarters


Safety Toolkit - National Autism Association

NICHCY - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Autism Speaks Family Services & Safety Planning

PACER Center - Assistance for Children with Disabilitiles


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The EDifier - Center for Public Education

The EDifier - Center for Public Education
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sharing an apartment/house with other people. Thoughts, Experiences and Advice?

ASPIESCentral asks,
Sharing an apartment/house with other people. Thoughts, Experiences and Advice?

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Safe Student Collaboration and Communication: An Educational Community with Filtering, Monitoring, Engagement 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning
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The Chartwell Center Autism Workshop on Positive Behavioral Supports

The Chartwell Center is conducting an 'Autism Workshop on Positive Behavioral Supports'.
Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D will discuss 'Designing Behavior Suppport Plans for Those Who Challenge the System'.
-Crisis Management
-Functional Behavioral Assessment
-Behavior Support Plan
-Strategies to Teach Alternative Behavior
-Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA)

Dr. Pratt is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability on Disability and Community located at Indiana University.  She was named the Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine.  Dr. Pratt pursued her doctorate at Indiana University and is on faculty.  She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Autism Society national Board. Also, Dr. Pratt earned her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). For more information on Dr. Pratt, including the Advisory Boards she serves and articles she's written, refer to the Chartwell Center.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center
University of New Orleans
2045 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana

*Certificates of Attendance (Continuing Education Credit hours)
**At door Registration, if space permits
The Chartwell Center
4239 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Thanks Training Coordinator Carrie Cassimere, MSW and The Chartwell Center for your service to the Autism Community.
Although this serves as our final post about this event, The 'EnjoyHi5Autism' Family will continue to share information about The Chartwell Center's school, fundraisers, services and future events.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Apps for Special Needs

Apps for Special Needs

Choiceworks for iPhone and iPad | iOSnoops

Choiceworks is designed for Caregivers, Choiceworks app is on sale!
Here's a review by iOSnoops--

Choiceworks for iPhone and iPad | iOSnoops

Choiceworks is an "essential learning tool to help kids complete daily routines, understand and control their feelings, and improve their waiting skills."

Also, the iTunes app for Choiceworks is available for the iPod Touch!

This Bee Visual app will help Joshua transition back to his school schedule. We are glad for Choiceworks simplistic and user-friendly format. We hope other Caregivers will use it. too. 

Thanks to everyone for your support while Joshua is recuperating from a tonsillectomy. 
Your app suggestions are great!  When he is awoke, our son is remaining calm and engaged while enjoying his tech-gadgets and the age-appropriate, person-centered apps.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

"Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience"


Here are several cartoons/animations that talk about the Autism Spectrum.

Also, we posted several others on our EnjoyHi5Autism Facebook page.

"Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience"
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