Autism Corner: Why “High Functioning” Autism Is So Challenging

[Source:  The Temple Grandin School via About.com]

By  Lisa Jo Rudy, Autism Spectrum Disorders Expert

The autism spectrum is very large.  If you think of it as a rainbow (or a bell curve), you’ll note that there’s an awful lot of the spectrum that is at neither one end nor the other — but somewhere in the middle.  At this point in history, we don’t have good information to tell us whether MOST people on the autism spectrum are “somewhere in the middle,” but it is clear that the lion’s share of media attention goes to folks at the high and the low ends of the spectrum — that is, the profoundly disabled and the very high functioning.

If the media is to believed, the high end of the autism spectrum is peopled largely by eccentric geniuses — Bill Gates and Albert Einstein are often mentioned, along with Dan Ackroyd and Daryl Hannah — who by and large do very well indeed, though they march to the beat of their own drummer.  The reality, however, is that “high functioning autistic” and “genius,” “business tycoon,” and “Hollywood star” rarely go together.

In fact, people with high functioning autism may not have a higher IQ than their typical peers.  They may have very little of the kind of intense motivation for public success that sends a Bill Gates to find funders or an Einstein to find a publisher.

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OT Corner: Benefits of Yoga for Kids with Special Needs

by Sari Ockner, OTR/L

Occupational therapists help children with special needs build the underlying skills necessary to promote their success and independence in daily activities.  This includes building their physical strength and endurance, while regulating their activity level, behavior, and emotions.  Additionally, occupational therapy facilitates and feeds each child’s creativity and imagination.

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If you are a yoga enthusiast, such as myself, you can likely already imagine all the benefits Continue reading


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Basketball Themed Gross Motor Ideas

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In March, it’s tournament time.  If you live in the same type of home that I do, there is no doubt you are aware of this.  Our television is flipping from one tournament game to another and even high school basketball tournaments.  Every once in a while I’ll even get in on a bracket.  The good news is that basketball is easy to apply to gross motor games and can easily be incorporated into gross motor planning this time of the year.  Check out some of these great Basketball Themed Gross Motor Ideas.

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