Autism

#WisdomWednesday Christy Edwards, MEd

Favorite toy to use in therapy? MUSIC!!!!-Children birth to 3 are developing skills. They are learning to communicate, developing motor skills, and establishing social behaviors.  Music can help foster all these skills.  Through singing, children are working on vocabulary, articulation, prosody, oral motor and memory skills. Through beating on a drum or shaking a rattle, children learn about body movement and muscle control. Through dancing or marching to music, children are fine-tuning their gross motor skills. Through musical play, children learn how to say “hello,” identify emotions, gauge how close to stand to someone, how to listen when someone is…

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Have a question? Ask Imua!

We here at Imua want to better connect with YOU. “Ask Imua” will open the floor to any questions regarding Imua’s services. You will be able to pose a question one of two ways: in the comment section of this blog, or on any of Imua’s social media accounts (facebook, twitter, instagam etc.) with the hashtag #askimua  and we will answer to the fullest of our ability. Confidentiality is a priority so for anonymous questions email us at msatoafaiga@imuafamilyservices.org. Names will be omitted unless otherwise noted. Ready. Set. ASK IMUA!  

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April is National Autism Awareness Month

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970’s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the community. Imua Family Services who has been meeting the needs or early childhood development for 66 years and the increase of autism cases has been a major contributor to the increase case load in children receiving services through Imua. In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control…

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Spot the Early Signs of Autism

Spot the Signs of Autism Early Here are some warning signals of autism, if you feel your child may have any of these signs and are concerned please feel free to contact our office 808-244-7467, or download a referral form to fax, mail, or drop off to our office. Mahalo! Warning Signals Include – By 2 to 3 months: Your baby isn’t making frequent eye contact. By 3 months: Your baby isn’t smiling at you. By 6 months: Your baby doesn’t laugh. By around 8 months: Your baby isn’t following your gaze when you look away from him/her. By 9…

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