Bend Your Brain - Recommended Articles

ASD-Coverage Mandates Lead to More Treatment for Children (The ASHA Leader)
A study found that children covered by a insurance mandate tended to receive more ASD-specific treatment the longer a mandate has been in place. Florida is one of 46 states which require private health insurers to pay for ASD treatment. 

Some interesting things to think about - how and why to use technology and video games. This parent was able to use it to not only help her child but also to learn more about her child.
The documentary "Life, Animated" relates how one family used their child's fascination for Disney movies as "Affinity Therapy." 

Some Language Play Characteristics of Children 2-5 Years Old

We Don't Really Understand Autism In Girls, And That's A Problem (Huffington Post)
A large new study finds significant deviations in brain structure and behavior between boys and girls with autism -- a finding that could help clinicians to better identify and treat the disorder in both sexes.

ASAN Praises US Dept of Education's Letter Urging Schools to Look Beyond ABA
A very interesting article discussing the importance of including input from speech/language pathologists in evaluations and services offered to students with autism and other communication needs, and not limiting services only to those offered by Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapists.

Grants and Financial Assistance
A list of organizations offering grants and financial assistance to families (in NJ) affected by autism

A Boost for Central Auditory Processing Disorder Services (from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association -
Some parents struggle to get their children classified and receiving IEP services due to Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). CAPD includes the inability or difficulty to identify the source of a sound; discriminate between sounds; determine similarities or differences in patterns of sound; or sequence sounds into words. By including CAPD as a health impairment under IDEA, an appeals court opens the door to students with the diagnosis to receive school-based services.

It is important to note that while a parent, teacher or even a speech/language pathologist can “feel” or even “know” that a child has this difficulty, the only professional who can actually diagnose this is an audiologist, by conducting certain testing.

Everything is Unexpected (from
In our social group, we work a lot on prediction and context, both in stories or in real life. Some research theorizes that “predictive impairment” may be the underpinnings of the difficulties our children encounter. This ASHA article discusses why sensory-laden experiences, such as visits to the dentist, can be so terrifying for children on the spectrum—and how prediction support could quell their fears.

Aging Out: When Autistic Kids Grow Up (from NJ Monthly Magazine) 
Increased understanding of autism has vastly improved services for youths on the spectrum. But what happens when those kids turn 21?

Researchers: Vitamin D Deficiency May be Implicated in Autism
Interesting findings from research into a connection between Vitamin D deficiency and Autism/Social Behavior.

Articles From Michelle Garcia Winner's website

What is Social Thinking®?

Explaining Social Thinking® to Others - The Big Picture in Sound Bites

Social Thinking® Fact Sheet - Core Facts and Theories

The Recipe for Improving Social Skills Begins with Social Thinking ®
Parents of children with social learning challenges are often told that their children need to learn better "social skills" (i.e. teaching them specific rules on how to behave in different social situations - at school, at home, and in the community). But are these "skills" really helping them to be more socially savvy in the real world? From Michelle Garcia Winner's blog.

Moving Beyond Teaching Social Skills
Discusses the difference between teaching Social Thinking and Social Skills, and why social thinking is so necessary -- we can’t just abide by social rules, since there really aren’t any that will always apply to all situations.


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