Rapid Prompting Method: Two Success Stories

methods Mar 14, 2018

The saying goes “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to teaching children with autism. There are many methods of teaching kids with autism but for non-verbal children, breakthroughs in education and communication are harder to come by. Parents of these children work tirelessly to tap into the unique minds that lie beneath the barrier of non-communication.

One method that has proven to be successful in recent years is the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). Developed in India by Soma Mukhopadhyay for her son, RPM has grown to have a worldwide following for its breakthrough with children and adults with severe autism — including some of my We Rock the Spectrum gym owners and their children.

What is the Rapid Prompting Method?

RPM involves constant, fast-paced questioning accompanied by an alphabet board that the students point to in order to spell out their...

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Tips to Reduce Sensory Meltdowns

checklists Mar 12, 2018

Is that a temper tantrum or a sensory meltdown? Learning the difference between these two similar situations can help you handle them better the next time they happen. It’s important to note that for the most part tantrums and sensory meltdowns seem so similar that parents who are not familiar with autism may not even know sensory meltdowns exist.

What Is The Difference Between a Temper Tantrum and Sensory Meltdown?

Temper tantrums and sensory meltdowns both manifest in alike ways but occur for different reasons. So while the end result may be the same, the stimulus is very different. A temper tantrum is an outburst that occurs when a child is frustrated but cannot adequately explain or understand their frustration. For example, a tantrum may occur when a parent denies their child from having an inappropriate snack. Not understanding the parent’s reasoning, the child may begin to yell, cry, or lash out to express...

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Special Diets and Autism

diet Mar 08, 2018

You’re probably familiar with the sensory input issues that often come with autism. More than 75% of people with autism have significant symptoms of sensory processing disorder, which is a neurological condition that occurs when the brain does not adequately process sensory signals. This can often result in irregular responses to the environment. For someone without autism, a blanket may feel soft, warm, and comforting, but for someone with autism, it can feel hot or even feel harsh against the skin.

So while many of us are familiar with autism and the connection to sensory processing disorder, few immediately see the relation it has to a person’s diet. When you eat food, however, you’re using all five senses to process it — touch, taste, smell, feel, and even sound. Maybe to someone who doesn’t have sensory processing issues an egg is silky, smooth, and delicious, but to those who do it’s unbearable to even think about consuming.

According to a...

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The Beginners Guide to Autism!

checklists Jan 07, 2018

When your child is diagnosed with autism, you begin to look for ways you can help and try to figure out what you need to do. Since 2013 autism has been classified as Autism Spectrum Disorder and encompasses several different disorders, some of which did not have funding or support prior to this classification. Having a child with autism often leaves you feeling lost and embarrassed, hopelessly trying to figure out what you need to do in order to understand how you and your child are going to live with autism.

My Story
As you may know, I founded We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym as a place for children with special needs to play with other typically developing children and to have the sensory equipment they need to aid in their development. We Rock is much more to me than a sensory gym. It provides my family with a chance to interact with the world outside of our home. Before I founded We Rock, I attempted to utilize the benefits of many of the sensory gyms in my local area in...

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Learn About What It Means To Be A Sensory-Safe Service for Kids with Autism

top 10s Jul 27, 2017

What does it mean to be a sensory-safe service or place for ALL kids?  It means making sure that the company or person provides a safe environment for all children. Believing in inclusion is the key(especially when it comes to play) and firsthand I have seen every day how this ideology benefits not only children on the spectrum or with special needs, but neurotypical children as well. Allowing ALL children to play and learn together teaches them understanding, compassion, and helps to spread awareness.

Don't forget, the universal language for All children is FUN! Make sure you look at google and yelp reviews when trying to find a sensory safe place for play for your little one. Also don't be nervous to call and speak with the owner. This will give you a good understanding if they are compassionate to our kiddos. 

If a We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym is in your area.... well lets just say we have you covered! 

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