Through it all, this remarkable family has shown gratitude and humility that has touched everyone who has met them and shown us that helping others in need can bring joy and comfort to us all, “You cannot know heaven until you have experienced hell” Michael said to me one day. They believe a miracle has happened in the lives of their nephew and daughter, due to the generosity of others. One look at the happy face of a little boy named Criscent shows that miracles can come true.
Start the year off right with this month’s fun Smary video! This month (January) features an activity for children to practice their episodic memory skills. In doing so, they’ll get to make a fun time capsule. Just follow along the template below (also found on the Autism Live Facebook page) and you and your child will have a fun, simple time capsule to put memories in!
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As the ball dropped and 2014 was officially rung in, my first thought was, “More Americans with Autism will have access to important, life- changing therapies than ever before!” My second thought, after a heavy sigh, was, “It’s not enough.” There is so much more work to be done. Autism as a community of individuals, both those who are on the spectrum and those who love those on the spectrum, has struggled to find a clear voice. Ironic? Perhaps. But the time to come together is now; the time to be clear, concise, and direct is NOW!
Creating a time capsule is an ideal activity for developing episodic memory skills. Episodic memory, as the name suggests, refers to an individual’s memory of specific episodes or events they have experienced. It includes the ability to recall immediately experienced episodes, recently experienced episodes and episodes experienced in the past. In addition to remembering the information and knowledge from past experiences, it is important for children to learn to relate and apply this information and knowledge to new experiences.
In this segment of “Empowering Autism Parents”, autism mom Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson elaborates on a technique she uses to forget about the holiday to-do list and remember all the blessings in her life.
We’re just a few days from the holiday break! As the kids finish up those holiday art projects and assemblies at school, now is your chance to prepare for all the unstructured time heading your way.
The unfortunate reality with autism is that most peopleknow very little about itwhichleads to those on the autism spectrum feeling unfairly judged and misunderstood.
At CARD, we believe in adding value through measurable results. Nothing motivates us more than seeing positive outcomes in the families and individuals whom we treat. Our mission is to provide our clients with the treatment that they need, expand their opportunities to achieve, and help them lead happy, independent lives.
The A-word chronicles a family’s experience with autism and progress motivated by therapy from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Follow Mike, Cheryl, and little Jack Riley, and experience the true meaning of autism, the A-Word.