The world of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encompasses a large list of diagnosis-specific vocabulary. Often this jargon can be confusing to those who may not know much about ASD. Understanding these words might help you better comprehend how this condition impacts loved ones on the spectrum and provide insight into their unique needs.
Please Don’t Minimize My Son’s Autism
Minimizing autism strips away the hard work that a person with autism must go through on a daily basis.Continue reading Please Don’t Minimize My Son’s Autism
The Vestibular System: The Seventh Sense and Autism
In our childhood, we were taught the five senses: sight, taste, smell and touch. But did you know there are actually 8? That’s right! The lesser-known three senses are proprioceptive sense (sense of where your body is), vestibular sense (the way that gravity affects us) and interoception (how the body is feeling on the inside).
Interoception: The Eighth Sense and Autism
I jotted down on a piece of paper several odd behaviors I recently noticed in my autistic three-and-a-half-year-old son. At first glance, these behaviors didn’t seem related. He never seemed hungry, thirsty, or sleepy. He was often under-responsive to pain or physical touch and overly responsive to the temperature in food and beverages. He alsoContinue reading Interoception: The Eighth Sense and Autism
Eating with Autism: The Happy Dance
My husband and I often refer to Barclay’s food preferences as The Nursing Home Diet. Barclay prefers his food soft, bland, room temperature, and not much of it. But the truth is, up to 80 percent of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), like Barclay, are selective eaters. This is the result of numerous reasonsContinue reading Eating with Autism: The Happy Dance