Study Finds Kids With Autism Lack Language to Describe Behavior

A new study finds that kids who have an autism spectrum disorder are not accessing the language areas of the brain in order to identify behavior that is socially inappropriate. They can recognize the behavior, and understand that it is bad, but lack the language to effectively communicate about it. One of the symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder is that the child has great difficulty with social skills and in appropriately and comfortably navigating through social situations. Typically, the social cues and behaviors that children automatically pick up on as they grow are things that need to be systematically … Continue reading

Love Languages

We all feel love differently and our children are no exception. When we learn to speak our child’s love language we give them a sense of security and well-being, which is especially important in cases of divorce. Each of our children are different and may need love expressed differently to them. When I was growing up, my mother had two children whose love language was very strongly physical touch. They needed hugs and kisses and a pat on the back. Mine was quality time. I wanted to do things together, to spend time together, and to have her full attention. … Continue reading

Feline Body Language, Part 2

Today I’m concluding my look at the meaning of feline body language and noises, as set out by animal behavior specialist Amy Shojai. The rest of Shojai’s list covers actual body language as opposed to noises. First I’ll describe an upset, aggressive cat using her parameters, then a relaxed, happy cat. Scared cats arch their backs to look larger, whereas defensive cats try to shrink into themselves. Ears flicking back and forth mean agitation, ears directed sideways indicate unease, and ears curled tightly towards the head denote that the cat’s preparing itself to attack. The fur bunches and stands up … Continue reading

Baby Language

With my first child, I never worried too much about “teaching” her how to talk. However, I did come up with one technique that seemed to work when she was a toddler. If she would mis-pronounce a word, I would simply say it back to her correctly. If she was having difficulty saying something, I would tell her to look at my mouth. When she was watching my mouth, I would enunciate slowly as she watched. It almost always did the trick. She would be able to say the word correctly from then on. Now, I have a boy and … Continue reading

Are You Speaking the Same Language?

When my husband was in high school, he discovered that he has a knack for learning foreign languages. Since that time, he has learned six, and is currently working on Italian. He reads books from different countries all the time, sometimes forgetting that English is his native tongue. Some of those other languages are constructed very differently from English, and there are times when this wreaks havoc with our communication as a married couple. Some of these languages don’t use connecting phrases. This makes things quite interesting when it comes to understanding what he’s saying to me. For instance, yesterday … Continue reading

Math…Now you are speaking my language.

Math is the subject where many have brain shutdown and go in a panic. However, math is also a very important subject and those accomplished in math can look forward to much success in school and career. Math is misunderstood by its complexity and therefore compartmentalized in math class. Yet we use math every day. Math is not simple numbers but a language. Once your child learns to speak math a higher understanding will evolve and math suddenly is not so intimidating. Think of it this way; if someone tried to explain street directions to you in half English and … Continue reading

For the Strength of Youth Series: Language

Have you ever noticed that you can tell a LOT about a person by how they speak and what they say? I’m an observer by nature, and I’ve spent a lot of time listening to people and I’ve noticed over and over again that language is a key indicator of the type of person I’m listening to. The For the Strength of Youth pamphlet points out several things about language that I personally appreciate including the statement that “how you speak says much about who you are.” The pamphlet gives some good direction on things you should do regarding language. … Continue reading

The Confusing Process of Learning

My son is starting to get excited about things. He used to just be interested in what was right in front of his face: small objects, fingers, blanket corners. These small things helped him figure out the amazing things his hands could do. He controlled these amazing things floating in his visual field. He could turn them and twist them and move them up and move them down. He could animate other parts too but with less certainty. Soon enough he could use individual fingers to manipulate zippers or grab blankets or flip light switches. He could not only pick … Continue reading

Musings of a Mom

Today is a special day in our family. My oldest son turned 16. Was it really 16 years ago that I went through 32 hours of labor and two hours of pushing to deliver this remarkable young man? I clearly remember the way he looked those first few days whenever he was hungry. His tongue would move in and out. My husband and I jokingly referred to him as a lizard. Now his tongue is sometimes too quick to whip out a zinger or something smart. I remember looking into those deep, dark brown eyes and feeling almost like I … Continue reading

Good News and Bad News About Rosetta Stone Language Software

Somehow I missed the news last week that Rosetta Stone program had introduced an online learning option called Rosetta Stone TOTALe This program delivers Rosetta Stone directly to your browser and requires a high speed internet connection. Rosetta Stone TOTALe consists of three parts. 1. There is RosettaCOURSE which is comparable to the traditional CDrom version many homeschoolers are already using. It teaches languages through the immersion method which teaches the language in a whole language approach. 2. RosettaSTUDIO allows users to practice with other learners in an online environment and also with Coaches in one hour sessions. Finally homeschooling … Continue reading