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Autism In Twins

By |2022-05-12T09:26:19-04:00May 12, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

What is Autism? Autism or ASD is a developmental disorder that affects the way a person interacts, behaves, and learns new things. Typically, people on the spectrum show a variety of behaviors, some of which include: avoiding eye contact sticking to a routine unable to learn new things easily strong likes and dislikes avoid talking to new people How Likely Are Twins To Be Diagnosed With Autism? Research has shown that identical twins are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, than fraternal twins. Researchers have identified that if one twin has autism, there is a 96% probability that the other [...]

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Autism and Food

By |2022-04-29T16:30:54-04:00April 29, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

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 choices available to them even more. How To Identify Food Habits In Autistic Individuals? Autistic people may react a certain way when it comes to food that they may not like, making it challenging for parents. This may be evident if your child: Has a repetitive [...]

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Autism and Special Interests

By |2022-04-21T04:17:23-04:00April 21, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

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 times. Why Do Autistic People Develop Special Interests? Two major core aspects of autism are repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. Since autistic individuals are less readily able to socialize, they tend to they seek out other interests as a diversion. Are Special Interests Harmful? Special interests [...]

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Signs Of Autism In Boys

By |2022-04-15T05:17:11-04:00April 15, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

How Does Autism In Boys Vary From Girls? Autism is more prevalent in boys than it is in girls, since boys are said to be four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism. Although girls on the spectrum have similar symptoms, they are still different than those found in boys. Additionally, girls can cover-up their symptoms better, which is particularly why many go undiagnosed. For example, boys have shown a strong focus on a particular object, whereas in girls, this feeling is found to be less intense. Why Are Boys Diagnosed With Autism More Than Girls? Autism has a different [...]

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Sensory Difficulties In Autistic Children

By |2022-04-08T04:31:50-04:00April 8, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

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 is hypersensitivity. How can you spot your child has this issue? Sensory issues can be spotted as early as toddler years, especially when a child depicts unusual reactions to sounds, feels very irritated by small things, light, gestures etc. Additionally, if they are very clumsy and [...]

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Autism Awareness Day

By |2022-03-21T12:50:32-04:00March 11, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

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 making a difference, by being more accepting, and educating ourselves and those around us about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learn more about Autism: A developmental disorder that affects behaviour and communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be diagnosed at any age, with more than 3 million [...]

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Autism and Sleep Problems

By |2022-03-18T11:22:01-04:00March 7, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

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 it is for those with other developmental conditions. Adults on the spectrum may have more trouble than neurotypical adults with issues such as sleepwalking and insomnia. Even when they do sleep through the night, an autistic adult’s sleep is less refreshing than that of their neurotypical peers. [...]

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Activities to Help Improve Receptive Language

By |2022-01-19T22:09:09-05:00January 17, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

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 “Simon says” Use simple language Arts n crafts   Puzzles Put a puzzle together with your child. Have him find specific pieces like animals, vehicles, or other objects. For example, describe a piece for your child to select “find the green vegetable” or “find the big, [...]

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Music Therapy for Autistic Children

By |2022-01-27T09:17:57-05:00January 14, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

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, but it generally appears in the first two years of a child. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments may help improve an autistic individual’s symptoms and ability to function. People on the spectrum may show developmental differences while growing up in the way they behave, [...]

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Signs of Autism in Girls

By |2022-02-11T09:53:47-05:00January 5, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism in girls and boys: While some girls may have clear symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) like having trouble in language or communication, it may be harder to see the signs in others. It is particularly common among females at the high-functioning end of the spectrum. Though symptoms of autism in girls are not very different from those in boys, girls are more likely to camouflage or hide their symptoms. Moreover, autistic boys and autistic girls may have the same symptoms like difficulty in communication, stimming or struggling with speech. It is not necessary that boys and girls on the spectrum have the [...]

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