Shannon: What is the difference between autism and mental retardation? Doreen: So autism and mental retardation are actually very, very different from each other. And I define both sort of from a clinical perspective. Autism is diagnosed when there are a number of different symptoms present. And these symptoms indicate there’s a pretty significant level…

Social skills are sometimes the most complex skills our children will learn. They include everything from communication, problem-solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations abilities that allow someone to initiate, build, and maintain positive social relationships with others. Having or not-having social behavior can interfere with friendship, adult-child relationships, learning, teaching, and the classroom’s orchestration and climate.…

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person…

Let me start by saying there are literally THOUSANDS of books, essays, literature reviews, TV shows, magazines and smoke signals that have tried to figure out the BEST way to potty train a child with autism. The interweb is SCATTERED with potty-training suggestions. Some say the same thing, others have widely different perspectives that can…

It’s exciting when we hear our child’s first word. But not so exciting when we realize some of their words aren’t functional words that help them communicate with us. Echolalia is the official term that refers to this mimicking, or “echoing”. Defined as “meaningless repetition of another person’s spoken words,” echolalia can come in two…

  Tantrums are a problem for parents whether their child has autism or special needs, or even if they are typically developing. Often times the approach to tantrums can be as simple as identifying why it happens, and using it as a teaching opportunity to ensure that your little one doesn’t learn the wrong lesson from…

  Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with…

Sara: Hello and welcome to Love My Provider TV. For those of you who haven’t watched before, we are a weekly YouTube channel and Roku channel that talks about amazing service providers within the autism and special needs community. So today, I want to talk about something that is really an issue that I hear…

Oxytocin is a naturally occurring neuro-hormone, commonly referred to as the love hormone for its correlation with increasing pro-social behavior. Oxytocin works both within the brain as a neurotransmitter, and through the blood stream as a hormone. Oxytocin is known to promote social behaviors such as trust, empathy, and compassion. Preliminary studies also show that…

1. The Help Group: Kids Like Me Burbank, CA Kids Like Me programs are designed for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Their programs engage children of all ages with structured activities organized and facilitated by highly trained professionals. Kids Like Me provide a wonderful social opportunity with a safe…