January Newsletter | 2016

January Newsletter | 2016

STAGES NEWS: Information, Resources & More!
Therapeutic Power of Pets

The Therapeutic Power of Pets for Children with Autism

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

Exciting new research on pet therapy for children with autism explains how dogs and even guinea pigs can be used to reduce stress, encourage positive social behavior, and improve cognitive functioning for children and adults with autism. Stages Learning investigates how children can benefit from pet therapy. Read More ...

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Language Builder Picture Cards Unboxing Demo

So you've heard about Stages Learning's Language Builder Picture Cards ... Would you like to see what comes inside? Watch our unboxing video! This tool has 350 noun cards to teach key language concepts to preschool age children; children and adults with autism, developmental delay, or speech/language delay; or to anyone first learning or re-learning basic language skills.

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Occupation Card Perspective Lesson Plan

Occupation Card Perspective-Taking Lesson Plan

This month, students will infer how professionals feel at work by verbally elaborating on visuals from occupation cards. The lesson practices expressive language, verbal syntax, occupation identification and vocabulary, and perspective-taking. Read More ...

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Spotlight App

My Autism Day

My Autism Day is an iPad app that helps you track your day to day lives with Autism. My Autism Day replaces your daily planner, address book, progress reports, baby sitter notes and therapy recommendations. It not only keeps all these notes in one place, caregivers can use the graphs and daily comparison options to better understand what’s working.

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First Monkeys with Autism Created in China

MIT Technology Review, January 25, 2016. By Antonio Regalado..

Scientists in China say they used genetic engineering to create monkeys with a version of autism, an achievement that could make it easier to test treatments but that raises thorny practical and ethical questions over how useful such animal models will be. Read More ...

Viral Video Praises Inclusive Employer

HRM New Zealand, January 26, 2016. By Nicola Middlemiss.

“Sam never thought that he would be able to work behind the bar because of his sudden movements but his manager Chris believed in him and got Sam to channel his movements into dance,” explains Carly Fleischmann, who took the video, also has autism and campaigns for better understanding of the condition. Read More ...