Integrated Play Groups: Bringing Children Together

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson What would you think if your school told you that they had a plan to help your child with autism make friends and enjoy playing with them? Most of us have fond memories of times we enjoyed stretching our imaginations with our friends. […]

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FREE Online Parent Course!

Engaging and Respecting Autism: A Pathway to Understanding and Engaging a Child with Autism is a 90-minute LIVE ONLINE Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime®. This presentation will explore how DIR® and DIRFloortime® can help families and professionals better engage, respect, and understand Autism.  Jeffrey Guenzel, MA is a Professional Counselor and the CEO of ICDL and Kathleen Platzman, Ph.D is a […]

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Ten Apps for Learning, Thinking, and Imagination

Kids really love iPads.  They learn a lot from them too. While you don’t want time spent on tablets to take away from other kinds of learning, there can be great benefits in developing vocabulary and other skills.  Screen time can also be an opportunity for social learning, if we play with apps in collaborative ways. Here are ten very […]

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Book Review: The Autism Acceptance Book

Everyone you know and everyone you will ever meet is special and different in some way.  The world would be a boring place if people were all the same. It’s our differences that make us all unique and interesting. That’s the starting point of the Autism Acceptance Book by Ellen Sabin, written to help elementary school students look beyond the […]

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Book Review: Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children

“The truth of this book and the truth of your journey from diagnosis to acceptance is that unless you acknowledge your own vulnerability and develop your ability for self-compassion, your growth as a parent will not fully be complete. Guilt and self-blame are heavy stones in your boat as you row down this river. Compassion for yourself is wind in […]

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