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Autism education

Cheryl Cohen
Online Community Director
Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute
May 22, 2014

Over the years, I’ve run into many absorbing, amazing, heartbreaking, and life-affirming films involving individuals with autism, their families, and the world at large. Included in my favorites are the films by Dan Habib. Don't miss these short films.

Mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and smartphones have become widely popular. Given their interactive features and the inherent interest that children have in technology, caregivers are tapping into these handheld devices to teach organizational and study skills. Studies have confirmed that they can be also effective tools in teaching language, social and play skills in children with autism.

The Early Start Denver Model is an autism therapy that made news with reports that it "normalized" some toddlers' brain activity. Parents have looked to autism interventions for cures since psychologist O. Ivar Lovaas reported, in a groundbreaking study in 1987, that recovery is possible. But the Denver Model study provided the first physical evidence – in the form of brain wave tests – that an autism intervention works.