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No more “More” : A Response to “In Defence of More”

No More “More:” A response to In Defense of “More”—10 Reasons I Still Teach the Sign More First  By Tracy Vail, MS, CCC-SLP, Autism Consultant and Heather Forbes, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA   There is currently a great deal of debate in the field of speech-language pathology about the kinds of words that should be taught […]

What is Parent Training?

Parent training refers to involving the parents or caregivers in their child’s learning of new skills. At Aspire parent training is a cornerstone of our intervention programs. Not only in our early intensive programs but also our consultancy programs once children go to school Some parents think that the cost of parent training would be […]

Top 10 considerations for a successful transition to adulthood.

The period of transition from being a child to an adult can be one of the most difficult periods of life for us all, let alone for a young person with special needs. School ends, paediatricians hand over to adult doctors, hormones are raging, more and more support services are becoming involved, guardianship issues arise, […]

What words do I teach my child with a language delay?

What words do I teach my child with a language delay? Your child may have a diagnosis of Autism, Down Syndrome, global developmental delay and she has just found her voice and has started talking. Yay! So how do we choose what words and language skills to teach? This blog will show you what kind […]

Heartfelt Advice From Children With Learning Disabilities

These kids help us to step into their shoes and see things from their point of view. Children with learning disabilities can find it difficult to communicate their needs or even what they are feeling. It’s important for us to remember that everybody learns in different ways and the best way for us to help […]

Five reasons why you should read aloud to your kids – and pick their favourite book

Originally published on The Conversation, written by Ryan Spencer, Clinical Teaching Specialist. As parents know all too well, children love to re-read their favourite books over and over again. While this may feel painfully repetitive to adults, there is something in the text that is bringing children back time after time. Children benefit greatly from […]

Sesame Street’s Nationwide Initiative to Help People See Amazing in All Children

Beloved children’s television program, Sesame Street has launched a wonderful new initiative, See Amazing in All Children. Developed with input from parents, autism service providers, and people with autism, See Amazing fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids. The initiative includes a website packed full of free resources and tips to […]