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Carol Gray’s Social Stories

June 20, 2017

Nellie Valentine and son.
Why do we hug or kiss some people when greeting them and only shake hands with others? Why don’t you sit right next to a stranger in a movie theater when the theater is not full? Why is it okay to run and yell in a park, but not in a library?

There are literally millions of social rules we have learned throughout our lives that help to guide our behavior and help us to understand the world around us based on who we are interacting with, where we are, and our culture. We retrieve past experiences in order to make judgments about what social behaviors are appropriate and we make many of these judgments within seconds without thinking about them.

Many of our social rules make no sense to individuals with ASD and our behaviors in certain situations may seem perplexing or sometimes frightening to them. In addition, we work out our social problems quickly and intuitively while individuals with ASD do this through logic and deduction which involves a different part of the brain.

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The Magic of MAGIC Dance Arts

May 31, 2017

MAGIC dance class happening every Monday in the ACES San Jose office
Imagine a room of full of laughter, dance and song. That is the soundtrack for the MAGIC dance class happening every Monday in the ACES San Jose office. ACES is excited about our new partnership with MAGIC Dance Arts, a recreational program that provides Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) friendly dance classes to our children. MAGIC dance and ACES have come together with a shared goal of enriching the lives of our children and families by exposing them to an atmosphere filled with music, art and... more

Designing Home Spaces for a Child with ASD

May 16, 2017

Home Spaces for a Child with ASD: Safety Part One of Two ACES will be publishing a series of posts on residential interior design tips for the spectrum. Creating interiors for children on the spectrum can be both exciting and challenging. The main goals of designing autism friendly environments are to foster and nurture health, wellness, a sense of belonging and safety. A visually and sensory pleasing space will lend itself to growth, relaxation and a feeling of security for both a child and family.

Today's topic, Safety, is always the number one priority; which is why I will focus two blogs on this subject. Part One will cover furniture and floor safety. Par... more