Thanks to their extraordinary declarative memory people with autism can learn almost anything, including social rules

A recent paper published by the Simon Foundation for Autism Research Initiative reviews research on declarative memory and considers the possibility for declarative memory to compensate for emotional and social deficits in autism. Declarative memory allows us to link past information to new information in order to create useful combinations. Declarative memory is anchored in visual […]

Clues to autism emerge from cerebellum research

Decades of research indicate that the cerebellum, which is the brain structure known for coordinating and refining motor movement, is also involved in the modulation of cognition and emotion. National Public Radio (NPR) recently released a two-part story on the life of a man without a cerebellum. In addition to moving in an awkward manner, […]

Read poetry to your nonverbal autistic teen or adult to help speech development and relaxation

Reading to a baby or toddler is a very natural and spontaneous activity which parents enjoy as much as the child himself. Sadly, many nonverbal toddlers with autism become nonverbal adults with whom interaction is complicated and sometimes limited. Reading to your nonverbal adult has the same benefits as reading to a young child. It helps […]

Strategies to handle your child’s anxiety during the summer

Some parents see an increase in their child’s anxiety during the summer. It can be exhausting for parents to convince their child that everyday tasks are not the enemy. Studies show that nearly 40% of children and adolescents with autism have clinically elevated levels of anxiety, or at least one anxiety disorder (1). It is no […]

Why no lyrics is better when listening to music for therapy

This first mention of the research on words content and their influence is only to remind the parent that songs have a very different impact than instrumental music which is why the therapeutic effect of a soothing symphonic piece will have an effect, while a song will not.

Is your child irritable around lunchtime?

  Sometimes younger children can have a tough time after lunch. While an adult may either take a nap after lunch or some stimulants in the form of caffeine, we send our children away from the kitchen table expecting them to show contentment and a good mood. Sometimes it doesn’t work like that. For example, a four-year-old child […]

It’s official! Environmental Enrichment (a.k.a. Mendability) is now validated as an effective treatment of autism

WASHINGTON — In the first successful experiment with humans using a treatment known as sensory-motor or environmental enrichment, researchers documented marked improvement in young autistic boys when compared to boys treated with traditional behavioral therapies, according to research published by APA. — Mendability is Environmental Enrichment applied as a therapy.

Sensory Enrichment protocol: multisensory memory exercise / game

Studies also showed that without memorization of the sensory information, there is no learning possible and recognition of one’s environment is almost impossible as it can’t be related to past experience.

Nestlé International studies Sensory Enrichment in daycares

Here is a useful report on the impact of Sensory Enrichment on children in daycares, conducted in France in the 1990’s and sponsored by Nestlé International. Before Sensory Enrichment was a therapy for neurological disorders it was a method of enriching the environment to help typical children develop a healthy and strong brain. Overview Sensory […]