Autism, Children, Education
We all play for a variety of reasons – learning, exercise, stimulation, and entertainment – and it’s very much the same for autistic children. They’re learning and exploring the world, testing out ideas and having a good time – but it’s just not always in the way that we experience play.
Autism, Children, Resources
Research done in the last 50 years or so has shown that music is a very effective method of reaching out to those who are otherwise emotionally, psychologically, or neurologically isolated from the rest of society- and thus, in this case, autistic people.
Autism, Children, Lifestyle, Resources, Therapy & Treatment
Just like most other children and teenagers, developing romantic feelings and develop sexual urges is part of growing up.
A caveat however, because they struggle with autism, the development of kids with autism is sometimes hampered and delayed in many areas – this includes sexuality as well.
Children, Therapy & Treatment
According to Lucy Bowen, Play Therapist and Executive Director of National Association for Play Therapy, India, “Play is important to a child’s development and learning. It isn’t just physical. It can involve cognitive, imaginative, creative, emotional and social aspects. It is the most common way children express their impulse to explore, experiment and understand. Children of all ages play.”
Michael Brannigan is 19 years old and one of the fastest runners in the world. He also happens to be autistic.
He is part of the US track team at this year 2016’s Paralympics in Rio-an achievement that brings to fulfilment, a dream he expressed over a year ago while still in high school.
His parents, coaches and peers cannot say they are totally surprised by this achievement: Mike broke the illustrious five-minute mile in the seventh grade.
By definition, those who struggle with autism have a hard time interacting socially with others. It would be over simplifying things to say that most of their social exchanges are riddled with foot in the mouth comments, because they are usually unaware of what counts as appropriate exchange and what doesn’t –in order words, on their own they are not capable of grasping the social situation around them enough to know when to be embarrassed.
Autism, Children, Family
The terrible twos and the tricky teens are often severe endurance tests for parents. It’s quite normal to wonder whether we will survive them without a nervous breakdown or violence or both! For the parents of autistic children, these phases are especially challenging.
Let’s face it, the days of ‘children should be seen and not heard’ are well and truly over. These days, children expect to be consulted, reasoned and negotiated with when they misbehave and there are sound psychological reasons for this. Giving children a voice and engaging them in behaviour improvement is more likely to be successful than the old school, ‘you can’t behave like that because I said so.’
Autism, Children, Education, Family, How to, Therapy & Treatment
Most people mistake reading comprehension with sight reading. The fact is, learning to read is a demanding process. Several complex cognitive functions are involved. It includes skills such as metacognition, visualization, drawing conclusions and navigating through information with personal experience. On the other hand, sight reading is characterized by decoding skills, phonetic and phonemic as well, which are usually strengths for students diagnosed with some form of autism.
Children who are diagnosed with autism often have difficulties coping with loud noises. Background noises can cause distraction and discomfort and make it difficult for them to process pertinent information. This is why it would be functional to have your child using ear defenders. They have the ability to lower decibel rate and suppress background noises but your child will still be able to hear when someone is talking to them. Ear defenders are proven to be useful in school cafeterias, malls, sporting events and large rooms that echo. If you only want the best for your child, there are many options available in stores and especially online. We have selected the three most popular pair of headphones which stand out for their specialties and usage.