Synaesthesia and Autism Aren’t So Different… – #365papers – 2017 – 68

#365papers for March 9, 2017 Ward, Hoadley, Hughes, Smith, Allison and Baron-Cohen, and Simner, 2017, Atypical sensory sensitivity as a shared feature between synaesthesia and autism: Nature Scientific Reports. What’s it about? Autism is often accompanied with sensory hyper- or hyposensitivity. Synaesthesia (the perception of one type of sensory input from a different type ofContinue reading “Synaesthesia and Autism Aren’t So Different… – #365papers – 2017 – 68”

My Autistic Son Called Me From His School, and It Was Sweet

Any parent knows that horror you feel when the phone rings and it’s from your child’s school, especially when it’s during school hours. This is even worse when your child is autistic and prone to violent meltdowns. What horrible thing has happened, and how quickly must I pack up and head there? This afternoon asContinue reading “My Autistic Son Called Me From His School, and It Was Sweet”

#VisThnk – #Autism and Thinking Visually – Join the Conversation

Among the things I find most fascinating about the minds of those with Autism (in particular, I’m thinking of my experiences with my own son) is how thinking actually takes place. Some people think in words, in complete sentences. Their thoughts are ordered and linear. Well, ok, maybe they don’t. I don’t know. I onlyContinue reading “#VisThnk – #Autism and Thinking Visually – Join the Conversation”

Autism and Fun with Literalism

It’s hard to know what to do when someone you love is given a diagnosis of a ‘problem’ that you don’t understand well. There’s always some relief in having a diagnosis, because it’s simply easier to deal with something you can name. Autism is one such diagnosis. Oh, the horror of finding you that yourContinue reading “Autism and Fun with Literalism”

The Gifts of Autism

I live with autism. Not in myself, but through my son, who was given the diagnosis of PDD-NOS a few years back. His autism is considered ‘high-functioning,’ which poses all sorts of challenges. You’d think it’d be ‘better’ than being ‘severely’ autistic, but the problem is with high-functioning, his autism is invisible. When the stimsContinue reading “The Gifts of Autism”

If I had a million dollars…

I’ve been participating in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) for over a year now. The end result is that I’ve written approximately one blog post per day for the entire last year. That’s a lot of blog posts! For November, NaBloPoMo is sending out a bunch of daily prompts. Actually, they always do this, butContinue reading “If I had a million dollars…”