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March 2017 Newsletter

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5 Ways to Help Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism
It’s likely that we all know someone who experiences anxiety, and there’s no doubt that anxiety can be exhausting and can interfere with daily life. For children with autism, anxiety can occur more frequently and can be very intense. Seemingly simple daily activities such as leaving the house, interacting with peers, riding in the car, or taking public transportation can become increasingly difficult and anxiety provoking. 
How a Child's Special Interests Can Assist in Learning & Growing
Learning empathy from Simba. Recognizing emotions with Ariel. It may seem unconventional, but the inspiring story about Owen Suskind, an autistic child depicted in the book and adapted award-winning documentary, Life, Animated, illustrates an innovative therapeutic approach for autism: social and emotional skill building through communication with affinity-based avatars.
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New Program Prepares Teens with Autism to Serve in the Israel Defense Forces
Although almost seven thousand miles away, Leora Sali’s tone of determination resonated her passion for her work. She agreed to speak with me about the program she co-manages in Israel, Roim Rachok. “For the first time, he called his grandmother and planned a visit on his own. This is huge!” Sali described how the teens in this program, for the first time, are able to “decide what they do and how they do it.”  
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It Takes a Team: 4 Steps to Building a Stronger Therapy Team
For students on the Autism spectrum, having a strong and reliable therapy team to support individual needs can be an important factor in student success. When members of a therapy team are collaborating seamlessly, a student is more likely to have high quality support across all areas of development (communication, social, cognitive, play, motor, and adaptive skills).
Exciting News About Our Fun Foods Bingo Game!
We are proud to announce that our Fun Foods Bingo Game has received an Academic's Choice Award. The Academic's Choice Awards is the leading international educational award honoring excellence in mind-building media and toys. Get your own Fun Foods Bingo game here!

Autism in the News:

New York Daily News, March 19.
Julia, the first Muppet with autism, was able to get to Sesame Street.  The orange-haired, green-eyed puppet, who will be debut on the beloved PBS childhood show in April, made her first appearance on “60 Minutes” Sunday night. Read More ...
Science Daily, March 17.
Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, researchers have discovered. The discovery provides further evidence of the crucial role vitamin D plays in brain development. Read More ...


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Warm Regards,

Angela Nelson


President, Stages Learning Materials