Archive for December, 2015

Affinity Therapy

Affinity therapy is an approach developed by Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “Life, Animated,” and his wife, Cornelia, while trying to connect with their son Owen who has autism.  The Suskinds embraced Owen’s love of Disney movies and developed a therapeutic approach that incorporated this passion.  “Life, Animated” tells the story of their journey with Owen.  Read about the Suskinds’ story at:


To find out more about affinity therapy, go to:


A group of researchers from Yale, MIT and the University of Cambridge are proposing a study to test the Suskinds’ therapeutic approach.  For more information, check out this article:









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See Amazing in All Children

Elmo and Abby Cadabby have a new friend and she is on the autism spectrum. Sesame Workshop has introduced Julia as part of their “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative. The goal of the program is to reduce the stigma associated with autism. The initiative also aims to educate kids as well as their parents on how to have successful interactions with kids on the spectrum. A link to the videos is provided below.


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Whole Body Listening

Listening involves more than just “hearing” sounds or words with our ears. It requires a listener to use other parts of his/her body. Children are often asked to “listen” but they may have never been told or shown exactly how to this. To make listening more concrete and teachable, Speech-Language Pathologist, Susanne Poulette Truesdale, came up with a concept known as “whole body listening.” Please read more about it here- Whole Body Listening- Social Thinking Article

Here is a great visual created by Erica Bohrer (www.ericabohrer.blogspot.com). You can download a copy by clicking this link – Microsoft Word – Whole Body visual

Thanks for stopping by!

-Placentino SLPs

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