Posts Tagged ‘spring 2017 issue’

Better Language Comprehension Through Brain Connectivity

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impairs communication skills, impacting the ability to engage and interact with others. The deficits in communication skills impact classroom performance for students with ASD, since comprehension of the English language is foundational to success within the United...

Empowering Parents: Caregiver Support for Youth and Adolescents with ASD

Parents rely on neighbors, friends, family members and other caregivers to provide in-home temporary care, frequently referred to as “babysitting,” for their children while they attend meetings, run errands, and have some “couple” time away from routine family responsibilities. This can be...

The Road to Adulthood: Planning and Preparing for Transition

For families of adolescents with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, planning for the future may seem particularly daunting. Parents are often faced with questions about what lies ahead for their son or daughter as they prepare to “age out” of their school district and...

Responding to the Changing Needs of Job Seeking Adults and Adolescents with Autism

The process of finding, applying for and obtaining employment is one that is constantly evolving. These changes often present new challenges for adolescents and adults with autism and related disabilities. For providers and clinicians, this means it is more important than ever to evaluate the...

Developing Independence: Teaching Goal Setting Skills to Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum

Research conducted amongst the broader population has reported that goal setting is a teachable and effective support strategy, yet it is one that remains under-utilized by the Autism community. The ability to live a meaningful life, with as little reliance on others as possible, is the aim of...

Autism, Sexuality, and Postsecondary Education

Approximately 50,000 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will turn 18 (Autism Speaks, 2012) with many high functioning ASD students completing high school in anticipation of enrolling in, and graduating from postsecondary institutions (Camarena & Sarigiani, 2009; Chiang, Cheung,...

Walking the Tightrope: Promoting Success in the Adolescent with ASD

It is tough being an adolescent. Adolescence is a time fraught with changes at many levels. Physically, the body is growing and changing, evolving from the body of a child to an adult, and becoming physiologically capable of bearing children. There is a tremendous surge of hormones that allow for...

The Soft Skills – A Call to Remember the (Not so Easy) Steps to Success

As we prepare our students for transitions from school to work, we put much emphasis on academics and trade skills. However, more and more, the employers are putting an emphasis on hiring individuals with the right soft skill set. For our students to be successful, we need to assist them in making...

The Importance of Self-Advocacy Skills for Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum

Self-advocacy is the ability of an individual to speak on behalf of oneself, and is a critical skill to acquire when it comes to moving towards independence. Self-advocacy includes the quest for finding information, the process of making decisions, seeking help in times of need, understanding...

Researchers Link Increased Infant Brain Fluid to Autism

MRIs show a brain anomaly in nearly 70 percent of babies at high risk of developing the condition who go on to be diagnosed, laying the groundwork for a predictive aid for pediatricians and the search for a potential treatment. A national research network led by UNC School of Medicine’s Joseph...