Placebo effect and autism

We all know about the placebo effect, but we don’t really know how it works. It does seem, however, that there’s some mental element to the placebo effect, even to the point that recent studies show that if patients know they are getting a placebo (no double-blind there!), they still exhibit a placebo effect. A…… Continue reading Placebo effect and autism

Autism Speaks housing survey – responses needed

Autism Speaks is seeking responses to this housing surgery from people with autism aged 14 and up – and their caregivers. Take the Autism Speaks Housing and Residential Supports Survey to share your needs and hopes for the future! Complete it for a chance to win a FREE iPad! http://www.autismspeaks.org/housing-survey

What chores does your child do?

I just came across this article about a boy whose family has integrated him into family chores in the classic ABA model: harnessing natural motivations, creating discrete tasks, and implementing positive reinforcement, both tangible and social. My older son is 8, and he’s certainly capable of many things. But I haven’t formalized the chores for…… Continue reading What chores does your child do?

Pathway to individualized therapies

While the I in “IEP” mean “individual,” many parents question how individualized educational and treatment programs are. When every child in a class has the same amount of classroom time, PT, OT, and speech therapy, they wonder where the I comes in. One problem I see as a parent is what seems to be a…… Continue reading Pathway to individualized therapies

Thanks, Ridgewood Soccer!

Summer is well past over, and one hurricane, one Fall season, and a few major holidays later, there’s finally some time to think about it.   I’d like to say thanks to the Ridgewood Soccer Association, which runs a special needs soccer program alongside the large program for typical kids in town. What made this special…… Continue reading Thanks, Ridgewood Soccer!

Damn, science!

 I really love this site; she’s got a way of focusing on clarity of communication.   Damn, science!   Yes, I know that many parents don’t agree, many more worry, and even more are questioning. Some of those are people I personally like and respect. Feel free to sound off in the comments if you…… Continue reading Damn, science!