I use TED talks often for teaching because they are generally short enough for my digital age students to attend to, give interesting and multiple perspectives on a topic, and I can often find a variety of professional scientists sharing new facts. Recently, I was lead by a friend to a TEDx he wanted to share. TEDx is an independently organized series of TED talks by a local community or organization. This one was, of course, about autism. There are several talks by people who work with those with autism, have autism, have someone with autism in their family and so on. After working in the field of autism for 30 years, the talks weren’t all that unique to me. What fascinated me the most is the comments people made after watching different talks! You can see the daily struggles those with autism face along with their families, their caregivers and their advocates. We have reached an apex in the field where we applaud neurodiversity while wanting better therapy and services. We know what kids need in schools and still haven’t found a way to provide it in many areas of our country. We see success in adults with autism in multiple ways, yet still see rejection and idle living situations pervasive in many places. Although that is very frustrating to me as a professional and advocate, I am enthralled by the passion this topic creates. Check it out for yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6-PwVuYy2Y or, go to Youtube, search for TEDx autism.
I found this article about nature-based therapeutic service and I think its great. Nature based therapeutic service takes healing of the earth and progress for our kids on the autism spectrum to a deeper level of growth. Understanding the benefits of connecting with nature reinforces how we connect with others. It can also be a bridge between building safe social connections with plants/animals and building them with people. Here’s the article link:
To see Dr. Chung discuss some of the genetic findings related to autism, watch: https://www.ted.com/talks/wendy_chung_autism_what_we_know_and_what_we_don_t_know_yet
A Blog about Ideas, Information, and Interventions for Kids with Autism, ADHD, Learning Differences, Tourette’s Syndrome, and Other Neurobehavioral Differences
Hi! I am committed to service and education of children/youth with learning differences, disabilities and their families in hopes of an improved quality of life. I have resisted such advances as Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and Blogging. Mainly, I don’t do them because I feel terrible when I cannot get back to everyone in a timely matter—too much to manage.
And basically, I feel that although many blogs are useful, educational, and objective; many of them are less than promising with people sharing their opinions or daily life issues because they now have a venue to do so! I certainly have my opinions, as many of you know; however, I don’t want to be assuming or annoying! Nonetheless, time has come for me to get on social-networking-board. So, I am offering ideas, thoughts, strategies, information and/or research that I hope will be useful to you parents and professionals somehow to help our unique group of children and youth. I welcome your comments; however, I will not be responding to them. Thank you for visiting!
Every trip I make to a hardware store or a grocery store, I purchase incandescent light bulbs. You know, the “old fashioned” kind that look like a bulb instead of a spiral. I don’t stock them up in my basement because I have a bulb fettish. I do it because there is a law that is now in place outlawing the making of or importing of incandescent bulbs in the US (The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, PL 110-140) ! Our light bulbs are to be replaced by the new, “save the world” compact fluorescent lights (CFL), halogens or LEDs. This law came out seven years ago, but I only heard about it last year. The intention of it was to save energy and create efficiency, according to the lawmakers. There are lots of issues like expense, overloading circuits, learning about lumens, and the amount of time it takes the CFLs to warm up that you can read about all over the internet this week.
Dr. Susan Larson Kidd
An educational and behavioral consultant with over 25 years of experience in special education.