Purrr-therapy

For my son’s school, they have therapy dog’s that come I think once a month. In this setting the kids at the Autism Society of Southern Arizona get to see two to three homeless kittens and cats each week through the Purrs for Autism program.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Purrs for Autism Pairs Kids With Autism With Kittens for Social Play by over at The Mighty. I must admit, I’m thinking my son would prefer that.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Cat therapy

So at school my son has dog therapy every other month but, here at home he has cat therapy. Mind you, he’s not a trained therapy cat, he’s just our cat and his name is Oreo. As is probably obvious to most people, his name is Oreo because he’s….

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Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Pet therapy

I know when most people mention pet therapy, they think of dogs. My son had a class last year where about once a month, they had dog therapy. I would argue however that dog’s aren’t the only ones who can provide therapy.

Case in point, the article entitled “Precious Photos Show the Unparalleled Bond Between a Girl With Autism and Her Cat” by The Mighty staff. Score one for cats. I know my son loves our cat, Oreo:

Oreo

This by the way was my younger son’s valentine card this year, with a quote inserted saying “Happy Valentines Day”. So for us, he’s our family therapist.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

 

Autism glasses?

Okay, so when I first saw this article, I must admit I was intrigued. Glasses to help someone with autism? Well, it’s an interesting article to say the least. It’s entitled “Autism Glass Takes Top Student Health Tech Prize [Slide Show]: A Stanford grad student’s invention uses Google Glass to help autistic children recognize facial and social cues in real time” by Prachi Patel over at Scientific American. Maybe you just have to see it to believe it.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Doctors & disabilities

When I read this article, i thought back to my son and his diagnosis, first with epilepsy and then autism. While the epilepsy started with a seizure and in that case, it was rather easy but the diagnosis of autism took in my mind, too long to get.

Maybe this article, “Doctors Get New Recommendations for Diagnosing Disabilities” by Shaun Heasley at disability Scoop will encourage doctors to do more, earlier. The sooner one has the diagnosis, the sooner they will begin therapy.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

 

mendability

I came across this treatment just the other day but unfortunately I can’t remember where. When I went digging around, I found a couple of articles including this one at Science Daily. The article is entitled “Autism: Sensory-Motor or Environmental Enrichment May be Promising Approach“. I also found a link to a website that goes into great detail about the treatment, Mendability.

If that isn’t enough for you , here’s a link to the study entitled “Environmental Enrichment as an Effective Treatment for Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Cynthia C. Wood and Michael Leon at the University of California-Irvine.