Autism Documentary To Premiere On A&E

[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Roger Ross Williams’ feature-length documentary “Life, Animated,” will have its television premiere at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on the A&E Network.

“We are thrilled,” Williams announced on the film’s Facebook page. “What a wonderful way to start 2017!”

The documentary about a boy with autism who finds a way to communicate through Disney characters has been short-listed for this year’s Academy Award nominations. Williams won an Oscar for his 2010 short documentary “Music By Prudence.”

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School Psych Corner: 4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy

[Source: Edutopia]

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy has the capacity to transform individual lives for the better while helping to bring about positive social change in schools and communities worldwide. In psychology, there are currently two common approaches to empathy: shared emotional response and perspective taking.

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SLP Corner: Helpful Tips for Teaching a Language Group for Students with Severe Communication Challenges

[Source: Chapel Hill Snippets]

Here in North Carolina, no school has been happening for several days.  We had snow, and when that happens, we become shut in—no school, no shopping, no driving.  The power has stayed on, so I’m happy to blog, check Facebook, work on school work and babysit our granddaughter.  Lovely!

In spite of our school vacation, I wanted share an important part of my job today.  For the past 24 years, I have worked in our self-contained classrooms and taught weekly language groups, many times co-treating with our occupational therapist.  Some years have been easier than others, but I have felt committed to these groups.  I often work with the children from the group at other times during the week for individual or small group services, but the language group has remained a permanent fixture.

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PT Corner: Righting Reactions

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What are righting reactions you may ask.  Righting reactions are the reactions that help bring our head, trunk, and body back to midline so we can keep our balance.  They help us to be able to stand on a boat, or a moving train.  They help us to regain our balance after we catch our toe on something, or to be able to walk across an unstable surface.  Basically they are pretty important.

Righting reactions start to develop right away.  That’s what head control is all about.  When a baby can hold their head stable, their righting reactions are easier.  That’s because their inner ear sends messages to the rest of the body about where it is in space.  If it’s not where its supposed to be, the body is able to begin the correction process it to bring it back to where it should be.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Ways to Distinguish Between Picky Eating and a Pediatric Feeding Disorder

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Catering to a child who is a picky eater is like being a short-order cook: chaotic. Dinnertime becomes a war zone, leading to hopeless battles fought over vegetables and macaroni and cheese.

Picky eating is as normal as potty-training, a right of passage in childhood development. Taste buds evolve and food preferences expand in these early years. Even the best of parents can have a difficult time getting their child to eat. In fact, picky eating is one of the most common occurrences in children, often outgrown as the child reaches adolescence. But if eating behavior inhibits normal developmental and physical growth processes, it could be something much more severe – a pediatric feeding disorder.

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