SGDs: Helper or Impeder?

SGDs: Helper or Impeder? Featured

SGDs (Speech Generating Devices) are Helpers. When SGDs are handled systematically it helps in language acquisition and helps to express/communicate – wants, needs ,thoughts and ideas. With a therapist having an expertise in both SLP/ AT specialization would be crucial. Read More

The Power of Attitude & Beliefs in Individualized Education Programs

The Power of Attitude & Beliefs in Individualized Education Programs Featured

Attitude & Belief(s) from various stakeholders in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team can have a massive impact on the IEPs. The A & B(s) manifestations are quite insignificant initially as these are invisible. With time it gets inherited from one tier to the other and gets carried to gain power incrementally. Later upon reflection, this A & B(s) was square 1 along with other factors. Becoming aware – of their existence and their mechanisms in the IEPs will be significant for IEP implementations. Thus A & B(s) play a pivotal role in IEPs. Positive A & B(s) from team members( parents, teachers, Director and therapists etc.) would reflect as skills acquisitions and growth while Negative ones can cause slow-limited gains in the IEPs, unless these dynamics are changed. Read More

Welcome to April: The Evolving Autism Awareness Month

Welcome to April: The Evolving Autism Awareness Month Featured

“It is not enough to merely be aware of autism in your mind; it is important to accept neurodiversity in your heart. And that acceptance must translate to action, inclusion, and opportunities! People must look deeper than outward characteristics and seek to learn the complexities that lie beneath the surface of every person.” Read More

Interview with Mom’s Choice Award-Winner Sandy Petrovic and David Petrovic

Sandy Petrovic and David Petrovic MCA Interview Series Featured image

For this interview, we were able to sit down with not just one but two of our MCA honorees, Sandy Petrovic and David Petrovic! Sandy and David Petrovic are the mother and son duo that co-authored the Mom’s Choice Award-winning book, Expect a Miracle! Written from the separate perspectives of an autistic young adult and his mother, Expect a Miracle enables an intricate understanding of life with autism. It uniquely chronicles the challenges and victories of each developmental stage from toddlerhood through young adulthood and includes topics such as bullying, sensory challenges, transitioning, college preparation and success, and acclimation to employment. Inspiring hope and practical ideas, this book would be valuable to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s, their parents and loved ones, and professionals who work with autistic individuals in any way. Read More