Posts Tagged ‘Autism’

A Milestone in Language Processing!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by admin

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Yesterday one of our students made a clear transition from Autism to Language Processing! You’re probably wondering how this could happen!? Well, in autism, individuals have little to no comprehension and do not really understand riddles, puns, or jokes. This student was taught the joke:

Why was six afraid of seven?

Answer: Because seven ate (8) nine!

When he first heard the joke, he took it literally. “I know 7, 8, 9!” But when asked, “Can seven EAT nine? “, he started to laugh!!! And now he tells everyone his new joke!

Riddles are a wonderful method for teaching this transition! Find your old joke books or search online for children’s riddles and jokes to enhance your child’s cognitive skills!

3 Steps to a Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by admin

Fireworks-New-Years-2014-Clipart-HD-Wallpaper-For-Desktop-Background-1024x683Little black dresses, dancing, and a midnight toast are what we imagine when we think of New Year’s Eve. When you have kids, New Year’s Eve is usually the exact opposite, but that does not mean that it has to be boring! What is the secret to a fun New Year’s Eve at home? PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!!!

1. Plan your activities!

Facebook and Pinterest are filled with wonderful ideas for games and crafts the whole family can do together! You can have everyone dress up in their formal wear and make a playlist of everyone’s favorite songs. You can even have a theme night! Are your children obsessed with Star Wars? Get Star Wars party supplies to decorate your dinner table and living room! You can even have Star Wars themed games! Hide Darth Vader and play “hot and cold” until someone finds him!

2. Plan your food!

What are your kids favorite foods? If you have little ones you might choose to make lots of finger foods so that everyone can eat independently and enjoy family time. If your kids love to help in the kitchen try making a meal together. Keep it simple and fun!

3. Plan the evening!

Have an idea of what you want the kids to do and how late they will stay up. Maybe you want to start a tradition of the family staying up until midnight together? Maybe you would prefer the kids to go to sleep at their regular bedtime? For most children, staying with their regular routine usually has the best results. And don’t think that because your child’s bedtime is at 8 pm, he or she will not be able to ring in the new year! There are many apps that offer New Year’s countdowns. An hour or two before bedtime, you and your children can celebrate the New Year! Then they can get ready for bed so Mommy and Daddy can celebrate the New Year again at midnight!

The most important part of any celebration is being with the ones you love! This New Year’s Eve put the phone on silent, turn off the tablet, and enjoy this precious time with your family! Happy New Year!!

Video Games: Designed for Addiction!

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by admin

If you are a Brainjogger, you know NOT to play video games. Gaming undoes the positive effects of Brainjogging. But unlike other unhealthy bad habits, video games are specifically DESIGNED to be addictive, reports National Public Radio. “An unexpected reward has much more power than one that is regular in driving behavior,” head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Nora Volkow told NPR.
When individuals play video games, dopamine is released; this is the unexpected reward. Although there is no definitive research yet on what technologies inspire true addiction, there is evidence that people who play video games often do so for the neurochemical payoff — the good-feeling chemical dopamine. Volkow likens the behavior of avid gamers to that of Skinner’s rats. Remember? They pushed a lever and received food – randomly, but, nonetheless, they kept hitting the lever hoping for the reward.
Watch your child for things like affect, behavior problems, sleep issues, or other uncommon occurrences in your children when they have too much screen time. When staring at a computer screen, the eyes actually turn INWARD in order to look at a single object. Children can develop accommodative dysfunction; they may experience symptoms like eyestrain, temporarily blurred vision and/or headaches.
It’s simply NOT WORTH IT! Monitor your children. Determine time limits for technology. Remember that as their parents, you have a responsibility to keep your children safe from harm. Simply put, video games can be harmful!