Transfer water and matching colors, trying not to spill. Learning, following instructions, fine and gross motor skills, visual and tactile processing, memory.
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
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,
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.
These new tools will improve the child’s learning abilities, and their capacity to store information in more than one area. This exercise will also help the development of auditory processing and selectivity which are deficiencies in children with autism.
It’s official! Environmental Enrichment (a.k.a. Mendability) is now validated as an effective therapy for autism
In May 2013, Behavioral Neuroscience published the results of the first study evaluating the effectiveness of Environmental Enrichment as a therapy for Autism. The results are very promising.
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.