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Children will respond to statements because:
- they are not threatened by communication
- they know they are not being requested to answer
- they can enjoy the moment
- they are being included in the communicative intent
- they are hearing more vocabulary
- they are hearing more intonation patterns and animation
- they are in a “learning” pattern rather than a “testing” pattern
- they will value the SLP (adult) as a teacher/friend
Doug at UNLV Star of NV Marching Band
Benefits of Drumming
There are many reasons to choose drumming: communication/language development, social interaction, sensory diet, physical development, and personal development. These reasons are simple to complex and support self-esteem, typical school experience and quality of life.
Communication and language development: Communication is always a targeted area of concern for a person with ASD. This is often the most complicated and obvious aspect of their disability. What drumming does for language development is boundless. Learning to read music — the pauses, the length and style of the notes, the overall piece, and how the percussion parts fits into the whole — takes a great deal of language and problem solving.
When breaking the components of language down into finer details, it is not hard to see that drumming supports all of the language skills specified on most IEPs for children with ASD. These skills include: categorizing, sequencing, predicting, turn taking, attending, problem solving, socializing, making choices, following directions and perhaps even role-playing and reading body language. Whether the child with ASD is drumming on one drum or a set of drums, individually or in a group, he or she is practicing one or more of the above language skills in a functional activity.
I wrote this for ADVANCE for the Occupational Therapist
and you will want to read the entire article,
“Keeping the Beat.”
- April 2, 2011
April 2, 2011 is World Autism Awareness Day. My son’s birthday is April 1st.
The United Nations declared the first official World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2008.
Since that time, April 2 has been the designated day to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder.
The State of Qatar and Autism Speaks spearheaded World Autism Awareness Day.
KATHIE’S HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD LIST
Let me say this
Before I start my list.
I didn’t see them all
That would be a giant call.
Even some that I did see
I didn’t like that well for me.
But all, in all, this list for you to see
Are movies by Hollywood staring ASD.
||Hugh Dancy, Rose Bryne
|My Name is Khan
||Shah Rukh Khan
|Mozart and The Whale
||Josh Harnett, Radha Mitchell
|I Am Sam
||Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning
||Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise
|The Other Sister
||Juliette Lewis, Dianne Keaton
||Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin
|What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
||Johnny Depp, Leo DiCaprio
|Little Man Tate
||Dianne Weist, Harry Connick, Jr.
||Brook Shields, Burt Young
|House of Cards
||Kathleen Turner, T. Lee Jones
|The Boy Who Could Fly
||Jay Underwood, Fred Savage
||Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried
|The Black Balloon
||Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford
||Kirstie Alley, Sam Watterson
||Keeley Hawes, Ben Miles
|A Mother’s Courage (documentary)
||Kate Winslet (narrator)
|Mary and Max
Enjoy and let me know YOUR thoughts.
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my weekly
autism blog through ADVANCE for Speech/Language Patholgogists
Autism Spectrum Across Ages and Environments
Each weekly entry will inform and insprire SLP’s, other professionals, and parents.
I invite you to read, learn, and comment.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield
I’m asking, not making conclusions about Andrew Wakefield and his latest publicity. What do YOU think? The vaccine connection and autism has always been a fragile and debated area. The Wakefield study itself, was based on a small population and the public knew it at the time.
We, as parents and professionals all want an answer to the cause and a cure for AUTISM. Why shouldn’t we? Why can’t we have that? These are our children, our clients. Autism changes dreams of parents and it lasts a lifetime. We deserve answers.
I ask myself, why would Andrew Wakefield or any other person want to or try to fraud this population? I can’t find an answer to that because fraud would mean it was delibertly done. Is there the possiblity he was wrong – you bet – there has always been that possibility. Parents of children with autism are often ready to follow a new trend because it offers hope. I don’t know if Wakefield gave or continues to give hope, I only know that we as a society need to document and look closer before we follow.
I found the following link that might interest you as a parent/professional in the New York Times on 1-6-11. There are also many links from that article. An interesting one is to click on Andrew Wakefield.
Leave your comments about this – maybe it is the Wake-up call we need.
The US Autism & Asperger Association has just released their Top 10 Articles of 2010. You might want take a look at them as this organization always offers up-to-date and great information for both parents and professionals.
below – from US Autism & Asperger Association:
We hope that your complimentary USAAA WeeklyNews was helpful and informative for you in 2010. Be sure to forward your copy of the newsletter to family and friends so they can subscribe and learn about up to date news on autism spectrum disorders.
You gave us feedback on articles from all of the newsletters we featured in 2010. Below are the the top ten articles that received the greatest response from you. They included topics on technology, diet and nutrition, research, parenting, education, marriage, and the annual conference. We thank you for contributing your comments to our Parent’s Forum and Opinion section. Click here to read all past issues from our newsletter archive.
1. Apple’s revolutionary iPad a near-miracle for autistic boy
2. Study: Baby’s babble could be ‘clue’ to autism
3. Parenting A Child With Asperger’s Syndrome
4. Bridging from Cells to Cognition in Autism Pathophysiology
5. Autism And Allergies: What Can Your Child Eat?
6. USAAA Event Becomes Most-Viewed Autism Conference in the World
7. Autism Finding Could Lead To Simple Urine Test For The Condition
8. The Romantic Lives of Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome
9. The State of Marriages: Are there Insights to Be Learned from Greeting Cards? Part I
10. Meeting the needs of college students with autism