Parent Resources… Finding A Needle in the Haystack, Part 1

An autism diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming on a lot of levels. There is A LOT of information out there, some helpful, some downright toxic. This topic will be part of a 2-part series to allow caregivers the opportunity to fully explore resources available instead of being overwhelmed by the amount of information.

So where does BAC guide parents? Here are a few places to start …

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Zingo Tip!

Our clinicians love to engage children in play-based activities that not only address their goals, but also allow them to have fun! We added stickers to our Zingo game so that we can practice pronouns (ex. her kite), building sentences (ex. He has a tree), and following directions (ex. give the apple back to the girl) with each turn.

Fitness Friday!

Did you know that 2 year olds can bear crawl?

Try walking on hands and feet down a hallway. For an added challenge, bear walk over pillows and couch cushions!

Bear walking requires engagement of multiple muscle groups including the abdominal muscles. This exercise improves endurance and coordination as well.

Story Time!

Are oral or written narratives challenging for your kiddo? Is learning a new story map/chart each year with a new teacher difficult?

Our speech-language pathologists often utilize the Story Grammar Marker, a multi-sensory manipulative, to teach narrative development. Children greatly benefit from the multi-sensory use of the tool rather then a visual only support. Another great feature is that the Story Grammar Marker can be use with the child as they progress from prek to high school. It support learning a variety of story structures  and can be used for oral narrative and written language.

For information about the Story Grammar Marker visit:


F I T N E S S * F R I D A Y

Start with knees straight and hands near your feet. Slowly walk your hands out all the way into a plank without moving your feet. Then, keep your hands still and take small steps to walk your feet in. Repeat this all the way down a hallway.

Walking like an inchworm improves abdominal, upper and lower body strength. This exercise engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously and can assist in supporting proper posture. Additionally, the muscles in the hip and ankle are stretched. Coordination is improved, as this requires proper sequencing of the upper and lower body.

To see a sequence of the steps visit: