The SMART Program: Treating Autism and Autism-Related Disorders

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when we got the diagnosis with my son it

was like okay what do we do the program

is designed to help kids work on

socialization through communication and

play with other kids while in a

structured environment it helps them

attend and listen better focus better

follow directions better many of the

things that come naturally to children

who don't have autism those those those

skills just don't come naturally those

are things that you have to teach after

did not start out where he is today

Oscar when he first came in could not

regulate himself when it came time to

sit to at circle he would get very angry

he would throw himself on the floor he

would peel his socks and shoes off

as you saw today Oscar was sitting in in

circle he was interacting with his peers

he was attending this is just like night

and day he enjoys it and it's beneficial

to him I mean I can see you know like I

said before his eye contact and his he

comes out with a huge smile on his face

it's a kid you know he's an autistic kid

so he is important to him to have fun

children who have autism spectrum

disorder not only do they have language

issues which is where the speech

language pathologist role comes in but

they also have sensory regulation issues

so they don't know how to calm their


the obstacle course helps the kids to

make them more energetic and it helps

sensory wise to get them to the level

that they need to to start playing with

each other and talking every small step

is a step in the right direction today

we did mr. Potato Head and we're looking

for them to ask for what they need and

being able to request that my son is

incredibly intelligent and we just kind

of have to find a way into his world and

he'll like invite him out coax him out I

think the smart program is a great way

to help us do that my job as his mom is

to make sure that he can be as

successful as possible