November Newsletter | 2015

November Newsletter | 2015

STAGES NEWS: Information, Resources & More!
New Tools to Help Your Child Sleep

New Tools to Help Your Child Sleep

By Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S.

Research confirms what many parents of children with autism already know: children with autism have a higher incidence of sleep challenges, and the more severe the autism symptoms the more severe the sleep challenges. Research, as well as common sense, also tells us that impaired sleep has a negative impact on physical, emotional, academic, and social functioning. Read More ...

FREE Language Builder Bedtime Resources

FREE Language Builder Bedtime Resources

We are thrilled to be able to offer you 8 FREE Language Builder Bedtime Routine Cards for your own bedtime use! If you are already using a routine think about where it tends to get off track. These cards can be used as visual cues to help your child go through the bedtime routine in an established order.

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U-Play Mat Lesson Plan

Building Basic Letter Knowledge with U-Play Mat

In this month's lesson plan, children utilize the personal work-space of the U-Play Mat to begin recognizing letters, and build gross and fine motor skills. Children will match plastic letters to a word on a Language Builder Card beginning with the same letter. Read More ...

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The Magical Plate

The Magical Plate

The Magical Plate is an E-book series where kids get to become a super food hero by joining "Fruity" and "Veggie" along with The Magical Plate. This fun book will take kids on a mystical journey. They help Fruity and Veggie with a mission of encouraging kids to begin eating their fruits and vegetables at an early age. Armed with The Magical Plate they enlist a group of garden friends to help a little boy named "Unhealthy," who doesn't want to eat his fruits or vegetables.

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CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes

U.S. News & World Report, November 13, 2015. By Tara Haelle.

About one in 45 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. This apparent increase is likely due to a change of questions parents were asked about their child, the study authors said. "Probably the most important finding of this paper, which is hardly new, is that how one asks a question matters," said Dr. Glen Elliott, chief psychiatrist and medical director of Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, Calif. Read More ...

History of Autism is First Popular Science Winner of Non-fiction Book Award, November 3, 2015. By Steve Connor.

A book that documents the controversial history and science of autism has won this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the first time in his 17-year history that the award has gone to a popular science book. Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently is written by Steve Silberman, a science journalist based in California who has chronicled the history and attitudes towards a childhood developmental condition that affects millions of people across the world. Read More ...