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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Does ABA work on typical kids?

By Rick Colosimo / February 21, 2011 / Comments Off on Does ABA work on typical kids?

I enjoy reading Eric Barker’s blog because he cites to published research on interesting topics. I think his tagline should be: “not what you thought.” This post questions the wisdom of using rewards to encourage desired behavior, namely eating vegetables. It caught my eye for lots of reasons: School’s been expanding my older son’s menu…

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Have you bought “Your Baby Can Read”?

By Rick Colosimo / November 16, 2010 / Comments Off on Have you bought “Your Baby Can Read”?

It’s come to my attention from a friend, classmate, and father of a child on the spectrum that the “Your Baby Can Read” program was recently exposed (challenged, to be sure) as a likely fraud. It was the subject of a segment on the Today Show about a week ago. Here’s the clip: Apparently this…

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Improve learning and retention of flashcard info

By Rick Colosimo / October 25, 2010 / Comments Off on Improve learning and retention of flashcard info

So many, many flashcards and pictures around our classroom (what the unitiated refer to as our “playroom”) fill bins and bins, sorted into ziplock bags. This Lifehacker article suggests that using a slightly more unusual font, such as Comic Sans MS or Bodoni MT, had 14% greater retention, even at different font sizes. One group…

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