Reach For The Stars Pediatric Therapy Blog

Reach For The Stars with this pediatric therapy and autism services blog by the national early intervention company Achieve Beyond serving CA, CT, FL, MD, NJ, NY and VA continuing to expand. This blog features stories about special needs children, professional therapists and editorials for special needs parents.
Jun
12

5 Inspirational Videos on Autism Everyone Should View

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis throughout New York, California and Virginia. In this day and age of YouTube and the rise of video online, this medium has become a more powerful tool then ever to raise Autism Awareness in this country. Here are 5 inspiring videos on Autism that everyone should take a look at. They are exceptional videos that will most likely shed a new light on Autism for most that view them. If you have an inspirational video on Autism please feel free to post links to these apps below. Feel free to share these apps on your favorite social networks as well.The Face of Autism BBC - My Autism and MeJake: Math Prodigy Proud of His Autism Autistic Girl Displays Unimaginable IntelligenceWhat It is Like to Have a Brother With AutismHave a question? Want to suggest...
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Jun
12

5 More Autism Videos That Will Surely Inspire You

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis throughout New York, California and Virginia. In this day and age of YouTube and the rise of video online, this medium has become a more powerful tool then ever to raise Autism Awareness in this country. Due to the great response we received in our first video blog, we have listed 5 more inspiring videos on Autism that everyone should take a look at. They are exceptional videos that will most likely shed a new light on Autism for most that view them.& If you have an inspirational video on Autism please feel free to post links to them below. Feel free to share these videos on your favorite social networks as well.Autism: How My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts WrongBringing the Early Signs of Autism Into FocusLife With Autism In Their Own WordsAutism...
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May
16

Great Online Resources for Special Needs Parents

Readily available resources for parents makes adjusting to life with a special needs child much more manageable. These online resources have been hand picked by Achieve Beyond Texas Program Director, Dana Mangus, as excellent resources parents of special needs children can consult for helpful articles, beneficial books, practical workshops they can attend, products that could help raise their children in their natural environments and more. Please feel free to bookmark these links, share them on Facebook with your friends or leave a comment with additional links at the bottom. We would love to hear your suggestions. 1. Autism Speaks Official Website http://www.autismspeaks.org/2. Mommy Speech Therapy http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/ 3. Pediastaff Official Bloghttp://www.pediastaff.com/blog/4. American Speech and Hearing Association Official Website (ASHA)http://www.asha.org/ 5. American Occupational Therapy Association Official Website (AOTA) http://www.aota.org/6. American Physical Therapy Association Official Website (APTA) http://www.apta.org/ 7. Super Duper Incorporated Website http://www.superduperinc.com/Handouts/Handout.aspx?id=508. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilitieshttp://nichcy.org/ About Dana Mangus:Dana Mangus holds a Masters...
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May
07

10 Great Autism Parenting Books

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services aids special needs children and families on a daily basis. We know that parenting a child on the autistic spectrum is a consistent challenge. Parents are always looking for new methods and advice to make their child have the best chance to thrive in their natural environments. We took the time to recommend 10 excellent resources that special needs parents can look to as valuable references, for inspiration and to help make a difference in their child's lives. If you have any additional resources to suggest please do so in the comments section below. We would love to hear what books you would recommend. If you agree with these resources please feel free to share on Facebook and Twitter as well.Here are 10 books we recommend for special needs parents.Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew – by Ellen Notbohn1001 Great Ideas...
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Apr
23

Autism, Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis

Bryan is 3 years old and has a vocabulary of three words. His parents say that he doesn’t seem to pay attention to other people. He attends preschool three days a week and his teachers say he is well behaved. However, he rarely plays with others and prefers flipping the pages of his favorite book. He was evaluated by a psychologist who diagnosed him with autism. She recommended early intervention using applied behavior analysis, what she called an ABA home program.It is difficult to receive news of a diagnosis of autism and fully understanding the professional recommendations can be overwhelming. This blog will provide a brief overview of autism, early intervention, applied behavior analysis (ABA) along with supplying additional resources for families. Autism, a developmental disorder, includes symptoms in three areas: difficulty with social interactions, delays in language and communication development, and restricted or repetitive behaviors. Symptoms are seen before the age...
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Apr
15

10 Autism Quotes For Special Needs Parents

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\Achieve Beyond serves children on the autistic spectrum nationwide on a daily basis. We believe that quotes are a very memorable way to get powerful messages across that leave a lasting impression. We have compiled some of our favorite autism spectrum quotes to share with you from unknown authors, to Autism activist Temple Grandin to brilliant minds like Albert Einstein.

We hope these quotes inspire you enjoy these quotes and please feel free to share more with us in the comment section below or share this post on your favorite social network like Facebook or Twitter as well.

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Apr
15

10 Facts About Autism

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Apr
15

10 More Autism Quotes For Special Needs Parents

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Achieve Beyond serves children on the autistic spectrum nationwide on a daily basis. We believe that quotes are a very memorable way to get powerful messages across that leave a lasting impression. Due to the popularity of our last post, we have compiled more of our favorite autism spectrum quotes from around the web to share with you from unknown authors, to former presidents, to professionals in the field of ASDs. We hope these quotes inspire you and enjoy these autism related quotes. Please feel free to share more with us in the comment section below or share this post on your favorite social network like Facebook or Twitter as well.“I'm autistic: before they made me, they broke the mold.” - Unknown“What I like to tell parents is that raising a child with autism is running a marathon. It's not a sprint” -Dr. Brian Bowman“Get to know someone on the spectrum...
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Mar
29

What To Observe On A Child Who Might Have A Diagnosis Of Autism

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As Speech Language Pathologists we need to be aware of some behavior/signs that children on the Autism Spectrum might have. It does not mean that every child with Autism will present these behavior/signs, but most of them will prompt us to make an accurate observation on the child's responses to make the proper referral for an evaluation which can lead to an appropriate diagnosis.As Linda Watson, Ed.D.,CCC-SLP Associate Professor from the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC wrote in different articles familiarity with the literature about the early development of children of Autism will improve the ability of professionals to appropriately diagnose and intervene young children who may have a form of autism.In her article "Toddlers with Autism, Developmental Perspectives", she presented the development of young children with Autism by discussing the developmental domains of affective development, sensory processing and attention, praxis...
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Mar
01

10 Summer Activities For Special Needs Children

Summer is here! There are so many great activities that can be done when the weather is sunny and warm outside. Here are some fun activities that can be done with special needs children that can potentially help them improve their social skills, motor skills and cognitive abilities. If you have more fun activities you would like to share with other special needs parents that read this blog please feel free to leave a comment below or post them on Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy & Autism Services's Facebook pageDig for worms This a great exercise to improve a special needs child’s fine motor skills. Re-home the worms next to that seedling you planted. The child can have fun getting their hands dirty and at the same time help your garden at the same time. Build a “fairy house” Create a miniature “fairy house” outside with your own yards’ twigs, pebbles, pine...
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Feb
26

When We Hurt For Our Kids

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It may be impossible not to do, but maybe just being aware of it when we experience it, would be helpful.There may be almost nothing more painful than watching our kids hurt. Most often we'd rather do their suffering for them.I am sure it is "Mama Bear instinct" when we see our kids in any kind of pain - whether it is physical or emotional - whether they are the cause of their pain or not at fault.There are, of course, situations when their pain needs to be our business.And there are plenty more situations where their issues need to belong to our kids.However, the focus of this article is not about whether or not to step in. It is aboutbringing to light the serious ramifications we could create simply with our perspective of the child's issue/s.Sometimes when our kids have pain, we feelsorry for them. …down-right pity them. Learning disabilities,...
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