VISION THERAPY: EYE SEE YOU

It was an exciting day when Real Connections warmly welcomed Dr. Derek Tong, who works with children as well as adults as a vision development optometrist. I was looking forward to the training session because in the past I wanted to be an optometrist and I was curious to see how it connected with special needs children. I have a strong passion working with children on the autism spectrum because of their positive energy and high spirits. Dr. Tong provides services for vision therapy, reading problems, brain injury, and stroke…

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A Closer Look at Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is when the brain is continually changing, creating new connections and constantly reorganizing in response to lifestyle and environment. The brain is amazing and can rewire itself, by the ability to adapt to new experiences. Changes occur in the neural pathways because of the change in behavior which is why Real Connections is using the concept of neuroplasticity in our work. The brain controls movement, feeling and pain within the body. For example, for a child who can’t move their feet in order to walk in coordination the problem…

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Losing My Senses Gave Me Sight

 By: Yael Moldovan ‘I am not sure sharing this experience will help others but I am positive of how it helped me.   I was more sick than I have been in years.  I could not move.  I had no desire to eat or to talk or to watch a movie.  I just remained frozen in the same position staring at a wall or at an unchanged channel on TV.   For more than a week.  I only got up to shower and I barely did that.   Breathing hurt to…

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A New Autism Story

  Part II   In Part I I described the broad context of introducing Real Connections’ blog. Today, I would like to tell more about what the idea of a New Autism Story means to me. The New Autism Story is a story of reciprocal empathy, neurodiversity, acceptance, development, individual differences, mindsight, relationships, intention, sense of self and understanding. The vision I have for the young autistic people I meet in my work is one where they are capable of living these concepts and never limiting the imagination for them…

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A New Autism Story

Part I Last month, October 2012, was the 10th anniversary of practice as a developmental therapist with autistic children and their families. Over the past 18 months, I have come to a point where I increasingly see a need for more voices telling a new story of Autism and offering families, professional, and autistics new words and perspectives for understanding the story of Autism. The idea of “A New Autsim Story” came from Gordon Wheeler’s work on developing a new human story along with the Royal Society for the encouragement…

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