The SCTL focuses on understanding the process of how kids and teens connect to one another and make friends. We have a particular focus on researching this process in children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Using a variety of lab and community-based methods, we study how children and teens develop effective social competence. Then we use this… Read More
A special professional can make all of the difference to a child with special needs. These professionals did. Read their inspiring stories here.
As a researcher focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I have spent many years talking to families about participating in research studies. I try to express the importance of research, why it matters, how it can help us to support children and families, and how much progress we’ve made because of it. But 3 years ago – when I had… Read More
Late last Fall, when my Early Intervention private practice suddenly took on a life of its own, I found myself in need of a website. Having worked for the state for almost 20 years for the NYS Early Intervention Program, it is especially gratifying getting hired privately by families and schools who have seen my work and the progress of… Read More
The question of what makes a meaningful life is often the most fulfilling, joyous, and challenging endeavor one encounters in life. Many people carry on with their daily life, without giving further consideration to whether they are on the path toward a fulfilling existence. It is often only during times of intense conflict or through momentous occasions where these introspections… Read More
By Eric Poniatowski The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo (JCC) Holland Family Building is providing children in Western New York diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) with a unique swim program, Au-Some Swimmers. It is designed to teach critical life skills and provide a gathering place for families to connect and support each other. Au-Some Swimmers began in July… Read More
“If we do that for you, then we’ll have to do it for everyone.” I can’t tell you how many times parents have come to my school with a story of the myriad of reasons that the public schools were unable to meet the needs of their child. Often, it has to do with making accommodations for special needs, but… Read More