(Press Release)CONCORD, N.C. (April 30, 2014) – Today, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium (SEA LIFE) launched a new creature educational program, Octopus Enrichment. The program is designed to mentally stimulate SEA LIFE’s resident Giant Pacific octopus, Ruby. With proper engagement, Giant Pacific octopuses can develop the mental capacity of a five-year-old.
During . . . → Read More: Octopus Enrichment Program Begins at SEA LIFE Aquarium
UC Behavioral Analysis Program
Playdates are beneficial for ALL children to practice critical social skills on which future relationships will be built. The benefits of playdates include: increasing confidence; improving social decision making; and practicing skills in an adult supervised yet natural setting. Playing together allows kids to be a part of the action vs. being quiet observers. . . . → Read More: Ten Tips for Playdates With Kids of All Abilities
Love is Not Enough
A Mother’s Memoir of Autism, Madness, and Hope
When Jenny Lexhed and her husband have their first child, Lucas, they are living the dream. They’re happily married, they’ve just bought a house, the company they built together from the ground up is starting to blossom. But with the arrival of . . . → Read More: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism
I’m up late tonight. I can’t get my mind to shut down, so I decided to try putting all my thoughts into a blog post. I’ve had a few nights over the last few weeks, of having trouble sleeping. My main worry, however, isn’t those few nights. My main concern is that I’ve been . . . → Read More: Having Trouble Sleeping and Venting
(Press Release) A study of Australian mothers’ attempts to access more appropriate schooling for their autistic children offers a new perspective on inclusive education policies and practices.
Writing in the International Journal of Inclusive Education, Rozanna Lilley of Macquarie University draws on the experiences of eight New South Wales families whose children needed . . . → Read More: Change schools – not students – for more inclusive education
“Dr. Lisa, I know that Halloween usually means handing out and collecting conventional candy, but the more I am reading about the ingredients in them, the more I question if . . . → Read More: The Toxic Trick in Halloween Candy and Why You Must Dump the Junk
When you do a search for “autism” or “what is autism”, you get websites that will provide you with a sweet, scientific definition. It will tell you that it is a “complex developmental disability”, or a “brain-based disorder.” These definitions are a nice stepping stone for understanding what autism is, but they . . . → Read More: What Autism Is – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly