Autism Parents’ Guide To Burnout

By |2022-09-30T11:10:56-04:00September 30, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism parents are nothing short of heroes! Raising an autistic child or two is certainly not an easy task! Every day is different and everyday something new pertaining to your child surfaces. Dealing with these new challenges on a daily basis can get particularly tiring and worrisome at times. Sometimes you may feel that no one understands what you are going through whilst on other days, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of support you get from willing family members and friends. However, in all this time, it is most important that parents take out time for themselves and take [...]

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Potty Training Kids On The Spectrum

By |2022-09-19T09:36:58-04:00September 9, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Potty training is perhaps the most troublesome part of the toilet training journey, particularly if your child is giving you a hard time. For parents with autistic children, this task may prove even more difficult as they will need a lot more patience and tactics to help their child learn this new skill. However, this article covers many tips and tricks you can use to make this task easy for you and your child both! When To Begin Potty Training? Starting potty training before your child is ready may not be the best thing to do. Hence, it is best if [...]

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Autism And Head Banging

By |2022-08-30T08:48:25-04:00August 30, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Behavior Management|

Head banging is a common symptom of autism and whilst some children are rid of this before going to school, others may continue to have the “head banging syndrome” for years. Studies have shown that almost 30% of autistic children inflict self-harm and exhibit such behaviors like head banging and skin picking for example. Not only is this harmful for your child but also worrisome for parents and those around the concerned individual. Can Head Banging Cause Brain Damage? For parents with an autistic child, head banging can be a huge concern, since it is feared that this may cause brain [...]

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Misconceptions About Autism

By |2022-06-17T09:21:00-04:00June 17, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

We’ve often heard people give their explanation of what autism maybe and unfortunately, not every time are the facts accurate. Overtime, there have been lots of misconceptions surrounding autism. This blog explores these common misconceptions and what the real deal is. Some of the top misconceptions are addressed below: Autism is a behavioral/mental health disorder: In truth, autism is not some behavioral or mental health disorder. Instead, it is a neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others as easily and effectively as other people can. Studies have shown that people on the spectrum have depicted [...]

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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 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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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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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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Signs of Autism in Adults

By |2022-01-18T10:25:01-05:00December 16, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) occurs in all age groups. Severe forms of ASD are usually diagnosed in the early stages of a kid’s life. However, high-functioning people may not be diagnosed until later in their lives. Here are certain signs that can be observed in autistic adults:   Avoiding eye contact An autistic adult may avoid eye contact as it may be challenging for them. They do not like to look at someone’s eyes while talking to them. It is a common misconception that autistic individuals lack empathy, however, that is not true as making eye contact cause them anxiety.   [...]

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Autism Strengths and Abilities

By |2022-01-18T11:00:23-05:00November 2, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is frequently misunderstood with people focusing more on facing the challenges, rather than the many strengths it brings. While, an autistic individual may face challenges, they may also have autistic traits such as excellent long-term memory, visual and observational skills among several. Some autistics have a unique set of skills and abilities, which once determined, can greatly improve yours and your child's life. Here are some examples of strengths associated with autism: Attention to detail           An autistic individual may be attuned to details. They may have a very good eye for details which helps them focus on a [...]

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