Red Flags for Autism Episode 6 Special Needs

In this Episode of The Special Needs Podcast I give a list of 10 things that may be indicators of Autism. This is not a comprehensive list, but just an idea of some things to look for and be aware of as possibilities. Not all kids with Autism will have things on this list, and some kids without Autism will have things on this list. It is meant only to give you an idea of some red flags in development that could indicate a concern. If you have any concerns with your child’s development, please discuss them with your pediatrician!


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M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers:
CDC Criteria for Autism Diagnosis:
Eczema Information:
Autism Speaks; learn the signs of Autism:

Children with Special Needs
Sensory Processing
Child Development

Developmental Milestones and Red Flags for Autism

This Kindle Book offers information for parents on general developmental milestones as well as Red Flags in development that may indicate Autism.

Early Intervention Program Episode 5 Special Needs Topics

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On this show, I explain the Early Intervention Programs available throughout the U.S. Each state has their own program for children with disabilities or who are “at risk” for disabilities ages birth to 3 years.

Information for parents of Children with Special Needs, Sensory Processing, and Child Development or Developmental Milestones

Links to some of the states Early Intervention Sites:

Early Intervention Book For Parents

This book is written for parents and caregivers as a resource guide with additional strategies to help your child with early development!

Tactile Sensory Stretchy Critters on Amazon

This is just one example of the tactile sensory activities you can use to help kids experience the way different things feel.

Tactile Sensory Processing With Eating: Episode 4 Special Needs Topics

On this episode, I discuss how tactile sensory issues can affect kids while eating. I talk about how the sense of touch is connected not only on our skin and hands, but also in our mouth. This can play a large role in how well kids with tactile issues will eat a variety of foods, and where to start with helping them if they need it.

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Set of 4 Tactile Sensory Processing Toys!!

This set of 4 toys has some popular toys that can be helpful with kids who like to squeeze and play with toys that have different textures. These can also be good for encouraging kids who don’t like to touch things with textures! Even kids who don’t have any issues with Sensory Processing would love these!!
This one comes with 4 balls that all have different textures and colors!

Tactile Sensory Processing Episode 3 Special Needs Topics

Episode 3: Tactile Sensory Processing

In this Episode of The Special Needs Podcast, I talk about one aspect of Tactile Sensory Processing.  In my Occupational Therapy practice with kids and families I see issues with this area a lot!  There are so many things to talk about, that I will be breaking this one up into multiple episodes in order to try and keep things from getting too confusing!

Today, I am focusing mostly on kids that have some sensitivities to things touching them, and I give one long example with explanations.

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Special Needs
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Sensory Processing

Episode 2 of The Special Needs Podcast Now Available!

Episode 2: Auditory Processing in Detail

In this Episode I explain Auditory Processing in detail including specific information on strategies that may help you and your child!  This information  may also help you recognize  when your child is having trouble with Auditory Processing, and what to do about it!

Visual Schedule for Kids

This item is one of many examples of Visual Schedules that you can use with kids.  Visual schedules can help with transitions between daily activities and routines.  You can use the pictures to help them predict what is going to happen next in their day so they can be more prepared and not feel like they were caught “off-guard”