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Everyday Communication - Part 1

In the latest Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism (SANA) blog post, the first in a four-part series, social worker and speech and language pathologist Megan Lyons offers a multitude of tips for utilizing everyday activities to promote communication at home. In this first part, she discusses tips for helping children with imitation skills.

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  • The Power of the Breath

    In this blog post, Karyn Bailey, LCSW, offers advice on the value of deep breathing. This is a step-by-step guide to learning a simple but very effective technique to help alleviate stress, for adults and children alike.

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  • Self-Care Strategies for Parents & Caregivers - Part 2

    In the latest Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism (SANA) blog post, Yale Child Study Center Social Worker Amy Giguere Carney writes about how parenting can be a rich, joyful, fulfilling experience -- and can also be incredibly stressful and exhausting, often more so for parents of children with special needs. Several strategies and practices to employ are offered to help manage this stress. This is the second part of self-care strategies.

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  • What Parents Should Know About Complex Motor Stereotypies

    Complex motor stereotypies, or stereotyped movements, are repetitive and rhythmic movements that usually start in early childhood and often continue into adulthood. The movements may include hand flapping, waving, rotating or tensing of body parts, and are observed just as frequently in both boys and girls. It is worth noting that children often develop their own "signature" movement patterns. Some may flap their arms while walking in circles, while others may repeatedly shrug their shoulders or tense their hands. Complex motor stereotypies may be distinguished from simple motor stereotypies. The latter are common in early childhood, and include nail biting, tapping or fidgeting, and usually disappear as children grow older. Complex motor stereotypies are frequently observed in children with autism, developmental delays, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], anxiety, and some neurological conditions. However, they also occur in children who are developing typically.

    Source: Autism Advocate Parenting Magazine
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  • New blog for families launched on Yale autism program website

    The YCSC Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism (SANA) Program recently launched a new blog to provide current information and resources for parents, family members, and other caregivers of children with autism. Monthly blog posts written by clinical and research faculty and staff will highlight the lab’s research, staff, and resources.

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