DIY Washable Weighted Blanket, learn with emily dot com

DIY Washable Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets are often recommended for providing calming deep pressure input for individuals with anxiety, ADHD, ASD, and insomnia. The blanket contains some kind of weighting material distributed throughout the blanket to provide overall deep pressure input. This tutorial described the process I use to make a DIY washable weighted blanket. Disclaimer: This tutorial explains […]

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A review of the basic reading comprehension kit for hyperlexia and autism, learn with emily dot com

Review of The Basic Reading Comprehension Kit for Hyperlexia and Autism

One of my autistic children (first grade) is a fluent reader who is able to decode words well above grade level. Her reading comprehension scores, however, are below grade level. This discrepancy points to possible hyperlexia, a condition where a child can read accurately and fluently, but may not understand what they are reading. In […]

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A review of yoga curriculum for children, learn with emily dot com

A Review of Yoga Curriculum for Children

I am an absolute Yoga novice. I have read that Yoga exercises can benefit children diagnosed with autism and children with ADHD. Since this fits my family, I wanted to try Yoga out with my children as part of our P.E. curriculum this school year. I searched the internet and Amazon for Yoga curriculum for […]

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Review of More Autism Language Activities 5-Program Set

The More Autism Language Activities reviewed in this post are from Linguisytem’s Autism & PDD More Picture Stories and Language Activities Sets. I found this set when I was purchasing similar sets for ages 5-8. This review covers my experiences using The Autism More Picture Stories and Language Activities 5-Program Set with my own autistic […]

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A Review of Autism Language Activities 5-Program Set

The Autism Language Activities reviewed in this post are from Linguisytem’s Autism & PDD Picture Stories and Language Activities Sets. I first came across this series while teaching special education to autistic children. This review covers my experiences using The Autism Picture Stories and Language Activities 5-Program Set with my own autistic children. Overview of […]

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A review of autism and pdd picture stories and language activities for social skills, learn with emily dot com

A Review of Autism & PDD Picture Stories and Language Activities for Social Skills

When I taught in a self-contained classroom for autistic children, one of the speech therapist introduced me to Matt and Molly stories. These are officially called, Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities by Patricia Koski. This article reviews the 5-pack set of language activities for social skills for children ages 3 to 8. […]

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A drawing of a blood tube and butterfly needle with the caption, 4 steps to prepare an autistic child for a blood draw, learn with emily dot com

4 Steps to Prepare an Autistic Child for a Blood Draw

Periodically throughout a child’s life, their doctor may order blood work to get more information about their health. This medical procedure may be scary for any child. The following steps and materials can be used to help an autistic child, or any child who may experience anxiety with the unknown, prepare for the medical procedure […]

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ask me monday, autism genetics and autism family support tips, learn with emily dot com

Autism Genetics & Autism Family Support Tips

This first Ask Me Monday (AMM1) question covers the topics of 1) the genetic basis of autism and 2) autism family support. Families with multiple autistic members find themselves in a situation where it is helpful to balance differing routine and sensory needs. This article include Autism Family Support Tips to help gain that balance. […]

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An Unfortunate Language Development Misconception

In some professional groups, there is a language development misconception that using sign language or other visuals will inhibit the ability to learn to talk. Trusted professionals who give out inaccurate advise, although well-meaning, do a disservice to children. My experience with a professional’s language development misconception: My first two children met and often exceeded […]

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Image of a leapFrog letter factory toy in a box top with a bowl and the caption: structured teaching activity: leapfrog letter factory, learn with emily dot com

Structured Teaching with LeapFrog Letter Factory

Structured teaching adds visual clarity to a task. Many alphabet toys can be turned into structured teaching activities. In this activity, the LeapFrog Letter Factory toy was given visual organization as a structured teaching task. Learning objectives: Use 1-to-1 correspondence to move objects Use fine motor skills to place letters in the slot Exposure to letter names […]

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