Oct 24 2014

COOL STUFF: Virtual Tours – Before and After Travel

virtual tour

Most parents, teachers and therapists who work with children who have autism know that visual schedules and social stories can be amazing tools. Pictures help those with ASD understand the plan visually, enhancing the understanding that sometimes verbal explanations miss. On this blog, I have reviewed apps like Kid in Story that help me create …

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Oct 17 2014

REVIEW: Happy Geese (app)

happy geese icon

What do I love more than a good app for children with special needs? A good app for special needs kids that allows them to interact socially with their families! Luckily, I am not the only one who thinks this way; the fine people at the Appically, a Barcelona-based app company, developed Happy Geese with …

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Oct 03 2014

COOL STUFF: Closed captioning for autism

Thomas screenshot

I have been doing a lot of consulting for WNET/ Channel 13, the PBS affiliate here in New York City. It’s really fun work to me because it involves creating materials for educators who work with kids who have autism spectrum disorders around the characters in Thomas & Friends. As you may or may not …

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Sep 19 2014

QBLOG: A Summer “Unplugged” at Smuggler’s Notch

Q on a llama trek!

We are a tech and media family; I think I’ve made that pretty clear on this blog. For one thing, all four of us love our screen time. (Really, children’s educational media and technology is my career. So basically, I think about this stuff all the time!) This summer, however, we took some time to …

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Aug 22 2014

HOW-TO: Download YouTube videos onto your iPad

youtube download

While most of the country is getting ready to go back to school, we are heading out for a week-long summer vacation. Schools start later in our part of the world and we like to take advantage of smaller crowds in vacation spots! (Also, Quentin – like many special needs students – only has a …

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Aug 15 2014

QBLOG: The 4 words every Mother of a non-verbal child waits for

I love you Mommy

The other day, something quite momentous happened. I was prepping dinner in the kitchen when Quentin approached. “Glasses off,” he said. To most people, this means nothing. But for Quentin, this is code for “I want to cuddle and/or hug you, Mommy.” Because apparently, in order to hug me properly, I cannot be wearing my …

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Aug 02 2014

QBLOG: The Staples Clock

staples clock

While Quentin’s love/ obsession/ affinity for corporate logos rages on, he still has some “side” affinities. These passions are not as great as the magnetic draw of a good logo for Quentin, but they do get him excited. One of his side obsessions is about clocks and watches; particularly analog ones. I’m not sure if …

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Jul 25 2014

COOL STUFF: Google Maps for your Child with Autism

Suppose you have a child, diagnosed with autism, who loves words and corporate logos. Suppose that said child is obsessed with reading words and logos so much, that it makes it difficult for you to travel around your city neighborhood with him, because he runs away from you to read everything he possibly can in …

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Jul 18 2014

RESEARCH: Video eye-tracking patterns for individuals with autism

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I often watch Quentin watch television (or streaming video on his iPad) and wonder about what he’s learning from it. He likes to rewind. He often will re-watch the same part of a video clip over and over again. He also likes to flip around and see different clips, as if he’s looking for something. …

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Jul 11 2014

QBLOG: I {heart} scripting from books!

that is not my bunny

Let me be the first to say it if no one else has: I LOVE it when my son with autism “scripts” from books. My heart melts when I hear Quentin’s voice repeat a phrase he has learned to read. It’s amazing to hear something from my child who once had so few words. When …

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