Autism and Food

Does Autism Affect Diet? Yes – almost all children on the spectrum have dietary requirements that need attention. Due to the nature of ASD, autistic people can be fussy eaters with varying eating habits and particular food choices. Additionally, certain foods may also cause problems, or the lack thereof can cause deficiencies, thus, limiting the… Continue reading Autism and Food

Autism and Special Interests

What Are Special Interests? Special interests are commonly found in over 75 percent of people on the spectrum. Some interests begin in childhood, whilst others develop overtime. These interests can be narrow and quite focused on certain topics (wildlife, maps, music), subjects (math, science etc.), and hobbies (games etc.) and can get a bit intense at… Continue reading Autism and Special Interests

Sensory Difficulties In Autistic Children

What are sensory difficulties? Sensory difficulties arise in individuals with certain conditions, for example in autistic people. This means that these individuals perceive and react to things in an unconventional manner, since their brain processes sensory information (related to the 7 senses including body awareness and movement) differently. An example of such a sensory issue… Continue reading Sensory Difficulties In Autistic Children

Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness Day The United Nations declared April 2 as “World Autism Awareness Day” to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of people on the spectrum. This year marks the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day. This day is celebrated to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people, and contribute to… Continue reading Autism Awareness Day

Autism and Sleep Problems

Autism and sleep problems Studies show that over half of autistic people, including adults and children have sleep issues. This issue may last throughout their lives or might diminish in severity at different stages. However, this issue does not disappear as autistic children grow up. Sleep problems are twice as common among autistic individuals as… Continue reading Autism and Sleep Problems

Activities to Help Improve Receptive Language

Receptive language refers to how a child understands and comprehends language that he hears or reads. Children who are unable to comprehend language may have receptive language difficulties. For instance, they may face difficulties in following directions, reading or identifying objects and pictures. Following are some activities to help improve receptive language: Puzzles Books Play… Continue reading Activities to Help Improve Receptive Language

Music Therapy for Autistic Children

What is music therapy? This kind of therapy is a well-established clinical use of music which is used to accomplish individualized goals such as improving mood, reducing stress and self-expression. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects behaviour and communication. It may be diagnosed at any age,… Continue reading Music Therapy for Autistic Children