I apologize for the long delay, I have been busy getting the website together. That’s in another post!
This is the final post on the Stim Soup Series, “What’s In the Soup?” Part Eight. After pawing through notes and deciding on what would be relevant, I felt these last terms would be the most helpful.
For the sake of those reading this series for the first time, my explanations on the terms are to the point. Nothing intense about it. I figured there is no sense in writing long-winded definitions. As a new parent to the Autism community that is not what you are searching for. You are seeking answers and would rather forgo the stuff in between.
Sensory Integration Therapy
Speech Language Pathology
Sensory integration therapy – The therapy improves daily function in children with autism. Symptoms often include a difficult time processing sensory information such as textures, sounds, smells, tastes, and light. Referred to as Sensory Processing Disorder. These difficulties can make ordinary situations feel overwhelming. They can interfere with daily function. Largely used by occupational therapists, uses play activities to change how the brain reacts to touch, sound, sight and movement.
Speech Language Pathology – Autism can affect speech, language development, and social communication in many ways. Speech Therapy can benefit persons with Autism. Kids may babble, be non-verbal, have various communication challenges and can help with any issues in Speech and Language.
TEACCH– Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children. Founded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The primary aim of TEACCH is to help to prepare people with autism to live or work more effectively at home, at school and in the community.
I truly hope you as a Parent/Guardian have found this eight-part series to be informative. It is meant as a starting point of a long journey in Autism. As a mother of a 12-year-old with Autism, I have been on this road for quite a while now. The road has been bumpy, long, and quite the learning adventure. But the road will always go on and some day you might see the end. But for the time being I can at least help smooth out the bumps in the road and guide in you your search for spoonful’s of information. A little bit at a time.
If you have not read my other parts of this series, please take the time to do so. I am hoping the series will answer some of the most common questions regarding Autism.
As throughout the series, all topics are to the point and just to get your feet wet. It is not meant to overwhelm you. My purpose is to take the confusion out of an already vast expansion of the disorder we know as Autism.
Keep in mind these terms are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many, many more and I will be expanding on many of the terms and including several other ones as well. Autism Spectrum Disorder is very broad and includes many aspects so stay tuned!
One final note: I will be making this Series into a PDF document for you to download on the new Stim Soup website. Free for to you to print out on to use at your first IEP meeting and impress the heck out of them with your knowledge. Or print it out just for reference.