Reading comprehension and autism

Reading comprehension and autism

According to scientific research, children acquire decoding and reading comprehension skills at the same time, but each skill develops independently of the other. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) usually develop decoding skills, but have difficulty with reading comprehension. They can identify words relatively more easily than understanding what they have read. This may be attributed to the fact that comprehension is a more abstract skill than decoding.
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Development of Narrative Discourse

Development of Narrative Discourse

Narrative discourse is the narration, written or oral, of an event or series of events, real or imaginary. The narration is organized in function of the spatial-temporal context, but also following cause and effect logic.

Organization. This is the manner in which the narrative discourse is organized. It is organized around the three following sections:

- Beginning: presentation of characters and spatial-temporal context,

- Middle: episode(s) (triggering events/initial action, twists, outcome/solution),

- End: final situation (result, the narrator’s thoughts on the story told).

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Setting healthy boundaries with your children: why it’s important and how to create them

Setting healthy boundaries with your children: why it’s important and how to create them

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Setting clear boundaries with your children will help boost their self-esteem and will teach them the difference between appropriate behavior and inappropriate behavior. 

Ιmplementing boundaries can be tricky. When rules and expectations are enforced without love, grace, and respect, the family atmosphere turns legalistic, without much room for grace and forgiveness. Boundaries laced with love, respect and grace provide several important benefits to kids:

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Back to School: Making it Easier for Students With Learning Disabilities

Back to School: Making it Easier for Students With Learning Disabilities

Being back to school can be challenging for all children, but it is usually particularly difficult for students with learning disabilities. The summer provides a break from school and learning related issues- social, emotional, behavioral, suspensions, constant calls, etc. However, with the start of a new school year, there is always the possibility to learn how to deal with all those school/learning related issues.
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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: A support for children with autism spectrum disorder

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: A support for children with autism spectrum disorder

When individuals have severe speech and language disabilities, augmentative and alternative communication strategies (AAC) can provide them with an opportunity to express themselves and have a voice.

The inability to communicate effectively has a significant impact on quality of life, educational access, and development of social skills and relationships. The frustration of not being able to communicate can lead to negative behavior challenges as well.

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Music Therapy: Autism Through Different Eyes

Music Therapy: Autism Through Different Eyes

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Music therapy has often been linked to positive outcomes and progress in skill development for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

One of the reasons that music has quickly become a tool used in autism therapy is that it can stimulate both hemispheres of our brain, rather than just one. 

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