Peer Programs: A Win-Win Proposition

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Peer Programs: A Win-Win Proposition

This article was contributed by Wanda Curley, an Autism Resource Specialist and mom to a son with autism.   “When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.” – Jean Vanier, “Finding Peace”   This past year, our son with…

Surviving School in a Nutshell

This article was contributed by Kim Tizzard, Autism Resource Specialist and mom to a son with autism. The beginning of a new school year has somehow snuck up on us. For many, the uncertainty of how our child’s needs will be met can be a source of angst. Like a video loop, the same thoughts…

Legislative Wrap-up 2014: Education Policy

This article is the last of several wrapping up the 2014 legislative session.  The Autism Society of North Carolina’s focus on education continued to highlight improving education for children with disabilities in public schools while also offering options to parents who need to find different academic settings. Public Education: Per-student funding was not changed for…

Tips, Myths, and Facts about the IEP Process

This article was contributed by Nancy LaCross, ASNC Autism Resource Specialist in the Raleigh area and mother of an adult son with autism. The Autism Society of North Carolina has 18 Autism Resource Specialists serving all 100 counties in our state. We receive phone calls from parents and professionals about lots of issues, but the most…

All Students Count: Testing for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

This article was contributed by Vickie Dieter, ASNC Autism Resource Specialist. All students count. It is a worthy sentiment, but it has not always been the case in terms of students with disabilities participating in state achievement tests. Upon signing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), President George Bush made a statement that might…

Supporting Students with ASD in Inclusive Settings

This article was contributed by Louise Southern, Training Specialist with the Autism Society of North Carolina. As a consultant and former special education teacher, I have worked in a number of primary and secondary school settings to support students with autism who spend the majority of their day in inclusive settings. Often, these students are…

Autism and Learning Disabilities: What Can I Do To Help My Child?

This article was contributed by Kathleen Dolbee, a parent, educator, and ASNC Autism Resource Specialist. What can you do if in addition to autism, your child seems to have a learning disability? If your child already has an IEP, ask for a meeting of the IEP team, explain your concerns and present whatever evidence you…

IPads and Autism: A Perfect Match?

This article was contributed by Amy Perry, an Autism Resource Specialist for the Autism Society of North Carolina. A version of the article was originally published in the summer 2013 edition of  the Spectrum magazine. For those who would like to learn more about autism and iPads, Amy Perry will present a workshop during the…

Early Intervention Strategies to Promote Communication Behaviors

Editor’s Note – This article was submitted by Louise Southern, M.Ed., BCBA, Training Specialist for the Autism Society of North Carolina. When we are called upon to support young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we often find that a key area of focus is communication. Communication can mean many things, and it is not only…