Getting an autistic child’s attention by drawing an object of interest close to a human face is a technique employed by Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapy. Dads instinctively do the same thing, shaking a rattle close to their own faces in front of their babies. Who invented the drawing an object of interest close to a human face technique, the Early Start folks in Denver, or dear old dad?
Parents intuitively use props, coaching their babies to pay special attention to faces, voices, and human activities. Parents are drafted by toddlers into playing hide-and-seek for the… Continue reading
There was once a mother who took her autistic son to many doctors, used many different diets, and found one that really worked—the air diet—a diet of unobstructed breathing. After the doctor had cleared her son’s obstructed air passages in his nose and throat, her son was twice as responsive to his environment and learned twice as fast. The boy suffered from two conditions that interfered with his development—autism and sleep apnea. This is a true story.
The power of the air diet is well understood by those who study sleep apnea—sleep that is constantly interrupted… Continue reading
Why should your Kindergartner take music lessons or practice playing an instrument when his chances of growing up to be a musician are next to nil?
According to neuroscientists, you probably have the very best tool for language comprehension training lying around your house somewhere. Practicing an instrument rigorously trains the entire brain via a feedback loop that moves from the cochlea of the ear, through the more primitive brain stem (responsible for coordination of physical movement) to the cortex (the locus of higher-level brain functions) and back around again.
Nothing can match musical training for fine tuning language… Continue reading