The sport of gymnastics can provide children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) access to a differentiated approach, which potentially can create a model program to meet each child’s individual needs in a unique and effective manner. Gymnastics is a sport that provides an enriching environment filled with opportunities for sharpening the mind by stimulating the brain, fostering social skills, and strengthening gross and fine motor skills...
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Autism Resources for Families
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
CDC Autism Links and Resources
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Operation Autism for Military Families
Home Modifications for Autistic Kids
Temple Grandin's Teaching Tips
Thanks to Jasmine from Educator Labs for sharing these resources:
15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum
How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities
For Educators: Strategies for Working With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Helping Asperger’s Teens To Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps
Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism
Thanks to Christy from Wondermoms.org for sharing these resources:
Renters Rights for People with Disabilities
Guide to Remodeling a Home for Adults with Special Needs
Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
The 9 Most Hazardous Chemicals for People With Special Needs
Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs
Students with Autism
Guide to Helping Kids with Autism Sleep Better
Autism Resource Center
Creating an Autism Friendly Home
Autism Support Network Resources
Moving with Kids with Autism
30 Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month
Traveling with Kids with Autism
Thanks to Don from AbilityLabs for sharing these resources:
5 Pieces of Advice on Getting a Job with Aspergers or Autism
How to Travel Stress-Free When Your Child Has Autism
How to Create the Ultimate Playroom for a Child with Autism
How to Choose a Summer Camp for Your Child with Autism
Helping Your Child with Socialization
Supporting Students with Autism: 10 Ideas for Inclusive Classrooms
Enhancing Well-Being and Happiness for People with ASD Through Fine Arts
Thanks to Janet for sharing these resources:
How to Childproof Your Home When Your Little One Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
8 Ways to Use Lighting to Make Your Home Safer and More Comfortable for a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Loved One
Fire Safety for People with Hearing Loss
4 Tips for Driving with Hearing Loss
A Guide to Accommodating Deaf Employees
How to Work With Deaf or Hard of Hearing Customers and Employees
I saw this poem and thought it was fitting since April is Autism Awareness month. I learn something new everyday from all of the children on my caseload with Autism. There is never a dull moment, each child allows me to think outside the box to brainstorm new therapy approaches that will in some way help to advance their skills. Joy is the best word to describe what each one of them adds to my world!
I Am The Child
I am the child who cannot talk. You often pity me, I see it in your eyes.
You wonder how much I am aware of. I see that as well. I am aware of
much … whether you are happy or sad or fearful, patient or impatient,
full of love and desire, or if you are just doing your duty by me. I marvel
at your frustration, knowing mine to be far greater, for I cannot express
myself or my needs as you do.
You cannot conceive my isolation, so complete it is at times. I do not gift
you with clever conversation, cute remarks to be laughed over and repeated.
I do not give you answers to your everyday questions, responses over my well
being, sharing my needs, or comments about the world about me. I do not give
you rewards as defined by the world’s standards.. great strides in development
that you can credit yourself; I do not give you understanding as you know it.
What I give you is so much more valuable… I give you instead opportunities.
Opportunities to discover the depth of your character, not mine; the depth of
your love, your commitment, your patience, your abilities; the opportunity to
explore your spirit more deeply than you imagined possible. I drive you
further than you would ever go on your own, working harder, seeking answers
to your many questions with no answers. I am the child who cannot talk.
I am the child who cannot walk. The world seems to pass me by. You see the
longing in my eyes to get out of this chair, to run and play like other
children. There is much you take for granted. I want the toys on the shelf,
I need to go to the bathroom, oh I’ve dropped my fork again. I am dependant
on you in these ways. My gift to you is to make you more aware of your great
fortune, your healthy back and legs, your ability to do for yourself.
Sometimes people appear not to notice me; I always notice them. I feel not
so much envy as desire, desire to stand upright, to put one foot in front of
the other, to be independent. I give you awareness. I am the child who
I am the child who is mentally impaired. I don’t learn easily, if you judge me
by the world’s measuring stick, what I do know is infinite joy in simple
things. I am not burdened as you are with the strifes and conflicts of a more
complicated life. My gift to you is to grant you the freedom to enjoy things
as a child, to teach you how much your arms around me mean, to give you
love. I give you the gift of simplicity. I am the child who is mentally
I am the disabled child. I am your teacher. If you allow me, I will teach you
what is really important in life. I will give you and teach you unconditional
love. I gift you with my innocent trust, my dependency upon you. I teach you
about how precious this life is and about not taking things for granted. I
teach you about forgetting your own needs and desires and dreams. I teach
you giving. Most of all I teach you hope and faith. I am the disabled child.