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September 2016 Newsletter

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A Special Thank You to a Special Teacher: A Former Student with Autism Shares his Gratitude for a Second Grade Teacher that Helped Him SucceedWhen I was growing up, school was very rough for me. I struggled with many of the same social and emotional challenges that many others on the spectrum had, and each day I am thankful for the fact that I survived. However, there were some school years that were better than others.  Read More ....
Cool Down Spaces: Best Practices for Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom or Home
Parents and teachers can feel confused and uncomfortable when students shout, cry, or act in ways that appear developmentally or culturally inappropriate. It’s helpful to learn who you can turn to for training or advice on behavior management and it’s equally useful to learn a few strategies to help children regulate their emotions and, in turn, their behaviors.  Read More ....
Interviews from the Field: Parent, Professional and Educator Janet Sauer
Janet has a passion for social justice, as well as inclusive education for all students. Through our conversation, it was clear that Janet believes that the structural aspect of our education system can sometimes be what hinders inclusive education. Therefore, a major focus of her research is to find a way to change the system to benefit all students. Read More ....
Everyday Object Bingo Wins 2016 Tillywig Brain Child Award!
Each year, the Tillywig Awards Program recognizes exciting products that energize the mind while seamlessly blending fun and learning. We are proud to announce that the Everyday Object bingo is a winner of this year's award! See more about our award or purchase your own Everyday Object Bingo - now available with the free Picture Recognition Bingo Caller's App! 

Autism in the News:

Venture Beat, Sept 14.
A new artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant that helps people on the Autism spectrum organize their lives and stay employed will be available in iOS and Android app stores next month, according to Identifor CEO Cuong Do. Read More ...

Link discovered between touch of individuals with autism, their social difficulties

Science Daily, Sept 15.

The sense of touch may play a more crucial role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than previously assumed. The main findings of the research show that individuals with ASD may have difficulties to determine which tactile sensations belong to the action of someone else.. Read More ...