From the Autism Consortium, the Transitioning Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Resources and Timeline Planning for Adult Living manual provides information about the important steps needed to help your teen as they become an adult. It includes information on high … Continue reading
The Rockdale County Autism Support Group, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will host its 2nd annual “iCan Shine Bike Camp” at Rockdale County High School. The camp dates are from July 6–10, 2015. As a previous volunteer, we would love for you … Continue reading
Parent Academy is a learning opportunity for all adults, as well as “tweens/teens” (students ages 11-17), in the Rockdale County community. Classes include a variety of topics, such as parenting, college and career readiness, healthy relationships, computer skills, Zumba, financial … Continue reading
We have an extensive Wish List for our summer bike camp. Can you help? Name Tags (Hello, My Name Is) Paper clips Scissors Stapler Plain paper Pens/pencils Masking tape Permanent markers … Continue reading
Craft activities are fun for everyone, but for children on the autism spectrum, the opportunity to explore color, shape, and sensory experiences can stimulate attention, foster calm, and create loads of fun! Here are 10 activities that teachers and parents … Continue reading
The 114th Congressional term convened on Tuesday, January 6th with new faces in both the House and Senate chambers. To learn about your congressional representatives and their committee assignments, click here. … Continue reading
We all know what a huge chore it can be to get a child dressed in the morning – especially a child on the spectrum. We would like to share some helpful tips and tools that might make this job … Continue reading
Does Bullying Belong in an IEP? Did you know in both the U.S. and the U.K. bullying can be addressed in your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program)? Bullying is a special education issue when it involves disability-based harassment because a … Continue reading
Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most iconic scientists. A leading expert on animal behavior, she has even been the subject of a movie, in which Claire Danes played her in an award-winning performance. Her accomplishments are legion, including her creation of livestock-handling facilities based on animals’ natural behavior. But her greatest impact might be as one of the most prominent adults with autism. The condition has given Grandin unique insights, orienting her work on animals and allowing her to rethink human nature. The result is a series of best-selling books—”Animals Make Us Human,” “Animals in Translation,” and “Thinking in Pictures,” among many others—as well as the hug (or “squeeze”) machine, used for calming hypersensitive patients. More recently, autism itself has become the subject of her research. Her most recent book, “The Autistic Brain,” presents the latest physiological research and charts the shift from neurological to genetic approaches to the condition. Grandin shares this new work with her trademark intelligence and accessibility.
This program is generously underwritten by Rose L. Shure and shared by the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Asperger’s Syndrome: 1.) First identified by Hans Asperger in 1944 and introduced to the United States through the DSM-IV in 1994. 2.) Characterized by repetitive interests, activities, and thoughts, along with an impairment in social situations. 3.) There are no … Continue reading