February Newsletter | 2017

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February 2017 Newsletter

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Six Simple Mindfulness Practices for Kids with Autism
The practice of quieting the mind, otherwise known as mindfulness, is increasingly being practiced across the board – from Google executives to classrooms as a replacement to detention (Bloom, 2016). Mindfulness specifically refers to the practice of paying attention to the present moment non-judgmentally. Observation of our thoughts and feelings allows us to better understand our emotions and react rationally to negative situations.  

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Autism Magazines and Journals
The following are some of the leading magazines geared towards families, therapists, educators and researchers interested in staying on top of the news and scientific developments in the field of autism.

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7 Tips For Teaching Your Child With Autism to Cook
I can still remember when I was a child watching my mother cook. Her face always beamed with a smile so big that everyone could tell how much joy she had in preparing a great meal for my family. It seemed cooking was not only a hobby that she enjoyed, but also one of her passions.

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The Twitter Accounts Every School SLP Must Follow
Twitter is a valuable tool for professional development (PD) and community building, especially for members of the education community. The platform is a must-have for digitally literate teachers who use their timelines, followers, and hashtags to inform and improve their PD and pedagogy. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are also turning to Twitter to connect and collaborate.

Autism in the News:

The Scientist, February 17.
In a study of nearly 150 infants and toddlers, researchers compared MRI scans of children’s brains when they were six months, one year, and two years old. A computer then processed the six-month and one-year scans and managed to correctly predict which children would go on to receive an autism diagnosis. Read More ...

Findings from a new autism study suggest that changes in the brain in early infancy may predict diagnosis at age 2 in children who have higher odds of autism because an older sibling is autistic. The study, published in Nature, doesn’t tell us anything about causation, but it does incidentally confirm that the MMR vaccine has nothing to do with autism. Read More ...


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Warm Regards,

Angela Nelson


President, Stages Learning Materials