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Activities to Help Cognitive Development

Activities to Help Cognitive Development

Cognitive development relates to the information processing and perceptual skill of brain development. It can often be characterized by how a child learns and interacts with the environment. In addition, cognitive skills can be gained by completing certain activities. Here are a few to further develop your child’s development: Describe Colors and Shapes! Describe different objects around the house to your child: “That apple is round and red. That computer is square and gray.” Doing this will reinforce the proper way of describing items, and help build the child’s comprehension skills. After awhile, begin asking your child to describe things to you: "Can you...

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Creating a Daily Schedule

Creating a Daily Schedule

As society reopens, normalcy returns to our lives. Some children have opted to return to traditional schools; others have remained at home with virtual classes. Some people have gone back to their offices; others chose to continue taking care of their kids at home. Regardless of our preferences, we can all agree that scheduling is a needed trait for all of us - especially for autistic children.  If you want to help acclimate children to new situations, always create schedules for them. Planning activities would help grasp the responsibilities of the day and prevent meltdowns. Here are some tips to...

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How to Help During a Meltdown

How to Help During a Meltdown

Meltdowns are very much common ordeals with those on the spectrum. It’s an intense response to an overwhelming situation, like an environment of loud sounds and bright lights. After being overstimulated, a person may temporarily lose control of their behavior, and may express their discomfort verbally and physically. Meltdowns may worry onlookers, but it’s an especially uncomfortable experience for the person enduring it. There are several things to realize about meltdowns. First - they are all not the same. Meltdowns could stem from several different reasons. Some could last for minutes; others could go on for hours. Expressions could consist of cursing, yelling,...

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Autism Acceptance Month

Why We Care about Autism Acceptance Month

Next month is April - otherwise known as “Autism Acceptance Month.” 30 days will be dedicated to raising awareness for Autism Spectrum disorders. Specialists will share information relating to the tendencies and qualities of the spectrum. Organizations will host several sessions for newcomers to learn how to become better allies. And the world will, hopefully, become more welcoming for autism. Assistees believes in raising awareness for autism, but we also emphasize its importance. Throughout the years, there has been a spike in police brutality cases stemming from ignorance. For example - an officer, investigating a crime scene, notices a possible...

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Why We Need Shirts for the Blind

Why We Need Shirts for the Blind

“Why do you make t-shirts for blind people? If they can’t see designs, what’s the point in crafting one for them?“ These are the questions that we are constantly asked. People don’t see the importance of blind awareness in today’s society. They’re under the misconception that the world doesn’t need to know if someone’s blind. That the knowledge is irrelevant and may lead to further division in this growing polarizing climate. This idea can’t be more detrimental.  Blind man Marco Zepeda experienced police brutality in the year 2018. While searching for a urinal in a gas station, Zepeda accidentally approached...

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The Importance of Deaf Pin-Back Buttons in the Pandemic

The Importance of Deaf Pin-Back Buttons in the Pandemic

One day, I was walking through a hallway while wearing a mask. I smiled at a person who I was passing - only to realize he couldn’t see my smile. So, in his view, I looked like I was blindly staring at him. The pandemic has brought a slew of inconveniences, but nothing can compare to the difficulties that the deaf community has to face every day in today’s mask-wearing world. As they lipread to understand what someone is saying, how are they supposed to participate in conversations when everyone’s wearing masks? People are striving to fix this problem. Some...

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