Non-jobs for people with autism

By Rick Colosimo / October 30, 2013 / Comments Off on Non-jobs for people with autism

As many of you know, my son with autism is still a young child. But already I see that I am more and more thinking about the next 80 years of his life. I am aware (not ready to resign myself to ANYTHING at this point or any other, ever) that his life may be…

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Autism Speaks housing survey – responses needed

By Rick Colosimo / July 31, 2013 / Comments Off on 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!

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What chores does your child do?

By Rick Colosimo / July 19, 2013 / Comments Off on 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…

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Pathway to individualized therapies

By Rick Colosimo / June 10, 2013 / Comments Off on 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…

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