Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once. This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often our sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life.
Today is Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. My son, Norrin, is seven years old and I can count the times that he’s said “I love you” to me spontaneously. When I tell him I love him, he usually says it back (I never taught him to say it). Or he just says “yes” (and that makes me smile). I don’t know if he understands what love means. Love is an abstract concept for many kids with autism to understand. But I know that Norrins loves me, he doesn’t need to say it with words – he shows me.
I asked some autism mom bloggers how their kids show their love and this is what they shared:
“Music possesses a universal power recognised in cultures throughout the world,” Ms Parolisi said. “It is a great motivator. Not only can it be used to enhance communication, memory and physical rehabilitation, but also to help express feelings, alleviate pain and stress and promote a sense of peace and wellbeing.”
Even when we do not see any changes for a long period of time we cannot give up. We must continue to teach in a kind way and step in and out to the tune that is playing at that particular time. Our special needs children and adults certainly keep us on our toes and as they continue to grow and change we must too.
“Your son fits into the Autistic Spectrum Disorder.” Her voice was clear yet somewhat monotone. How many times has she said these words to an unprepared parent? I silently cried as her message began to fill hollowness deep inside my heart.
Many autistic adults would like if autism were recognized as a difference rather than a disability. Many in this group are the walking, talking autistics. We can go out in public by ourselves. Some of us are parents. We are your friends, neighbors and co-workers. We might seem to be a bit odd, but we can fit in enough to at least be allowed a place in the world at large.
Are you impressed with—but overwhelmed by—the number of apps designed to help kids on the autism spectrum? Do you want to narrow your search for the perfect app for a particular person?
The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) website features a helpful app wheel, divided into Common Learning Characteristics categories such as Social Skills, Need for Sameness or Routine, Sensory Sensitivity, Difficulty With Traditional Learning Methods, Behavior, and Communication.
Classroom guinea pigs help students with autism communicate with their peers and adults.
Becky B's insight:
When you think about guinea pigs, you don’t necessarily think of their therapeutic value. Yet within a safe school environment, these little critters go to the head of the class when it comes to helping students with autism improve their social skills.
Share the wealth! Find out about great books and other resources about ASD.
Becky B's insight:
Over the years, we’ve collected a list of quite a few great tools, and we’ve added a number of our own as well. And we’ve organized many of these resources into categories that we want to share with you throughout 2013. Categories include: Books, General Autism/PBIS Information, Professional Resources, Sensory Resources, Visual Support, and Technology.
A new study conducted by a BYU professor and two students shows that the severity of autism for children may be caused by fear.
Psychology professor Mikle South discussed that when talking with parents who have children with autism, parents often discuss the difficulties they face everyday when trying to get their children to adapt with life changes as well as changes in daily routines.
For most children, Sunday’s success would seem insignificant. But for children diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome or other sensory sensitivity issues, such holiday moments can pose huge hurdles.
The deviation from routine and the multitude of stimuli such as Christmas music, twinkling lights and bustling, noisy crowds can be overwhelming.
That’s why parents and Riverview Elementary Principal Dianne Holmes provided Sunday’s “Sensory Friendly Santa” event at the Spotsylvania County school.