Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How to use Pokemon Go to help your autistic child

The internet is ablaze about pokemon Go.  You or your child may have played it.  You may have figured out how to use it to promote socialization for your child.  If you haven't and even if you have these tips will help you understand how to use pokemon go to its max to help you autistic child.  Being someone on the spectrum I have inside knowledge of what to do.

When I work with someone with autism I look for their interest and how I can use that to my advantage.  One example is a client who loved animals.  I took him to the zoo, pet shops, and other places with animals.  Take the time to learn about the game so you can help your child out the most.  There are plenty of youtubers you can watch to get informed I'm watching this guy

While for you it's ok to get all the info at once, you want your children to work to socialize.  There is much they have to learn.  Have them ask other Go players.  So little is explained that you have to ask to get the info.  Some good things to ask are

How do you evolve eevee into the form you want
Where are certain pokemon (they appear in different areas) (great for breaking habits)
How does this work

I know I struggled with friends as a child.  Although liked I wasn't invited to do things with other often.  Pok√©mon Go gives you the opportunity to make an easy get together event.  Just make sure the people your child interacts with are good influences (and watch out for unfair trading when trading comes in)

In a few months they will add new pokemon, and they can keep it up for 3 years learn how to use it as it can help your child out a lot.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Special in Uniform

I am now representing this organization and raising money for it if you are interested in getting in touch

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Family trip to Israel for people with disabilities

December 20-29, 2016 (in Israel)

Families with children with disabilities are invited to join Ramah Israel and the National Ramah Tikvah Network for the Tikvah Family Israel Trip, led by Howard Blas, Director of National Ramah Tikvah Network. No prior Ramah affiliation needed! Explore Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, the Dead Sea, and much more.

Ramah Tikvah families together in New York, September 2013

$3,271 per person in a single room
$2,618 per person in a double room
$2,577 per person in a triple room*
$2,464 per person in a family of three**
$2,368 per person in a family of four***
$2,459 per person in a family of five****
$2,388 per person in a family of six*****

* based on three adults in one triple room.
** based on two adults and one child in one triple room.
*** based on two adults and two children in two double rooms or in one suite.
**** based on two adults and three children in 2 rooms (1 triple room and 1 double room) or a two-bedroom suite.
***** based on two adults and four children in 2 rooms (2 triple rooms) or a two-bedroom suite.

This price includes: nine nights accommodation at hotels/guesthouses (including breakfast), thirteen group meals throughout the trip (including full board on Shabbat), transportation on group bus, entrance fees to sites, Ramah tour educator, Ramah family educator, complimentary sourcebook and map.

Flight info: There will be no group flight. Please reserve a flight that will land in Tel Aviv in time for you to meet the group in Jerusalem at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Your return flight should depart from Tel Aviv no earlier than 11:00 pm on Thursday, December 29, 2016.

To join us: Please register here and select “Tikvah Family Israel Trip” from the list of programs on the participant information page.

Questions? Please contact:
Howard Blas – Director, National Ramah Tikvah Network
Adin Rodman – Trip Coordinator, Ramah Israel Institute

Group Photo - Tzuba
Ramah Tikvah Israel Trip participants at Kibbutz Tzuba, December 2015
Ramah Tikvah Israel Trip participants at the Western Wall, December 2013

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pokemon Go is great for people with autism

To figure out how you can use pokemon go watch this video

If your child is autistic and has the ability to communicate, but is not good at socializing then Pokemon go may get your child excited to get practice to socialize.

A little explanation.  Pokemon is a series that is now 20 years old where people play a game (often as a portable video game) where the goal is to catch pokemon or pocket monsters.  Before Pokemon GO it was already a good way to connect people as you need to trade pokemon to collect them all, you can battke and so much more.

Now there is an app available for Smartphones with Augment reality is  a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data to play the same game.  The app Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps now.  Why do I say it is good for someone with autism, the answer is so many reasons.  First of all to find pokemon you have to get up and go places and not stay inside.  Next is the aspect that there are so many other people playing the same game.  Many gamers who have been playing the game have come across many others playing the game.  This is a great way to get your child in social situations and even make friends.  Just make sure your child knows who to friend.

 You can find out more about pokmeon go on Pokemon's offical website