#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”
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”
Today was the 2014 Special Olympic event for my son. Last year was his first experience. I could only hope that this year’s would be just as good. Unlike last year, it was a dismal day. Raining (hard) and in the 50’s. This didn’t curb anyone’s enthusiasm though.
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”
One of the struggles I have had as the parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum is knowing what to do, what to expect, and what is normal.
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”
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”
As many of my regular readers know, my one-and-only child is one of the millions of people living under the diagnostic description of “Autism Spectrum.” Autism spectrum disorders are complex. No two people on the spectrum share the same characteristics.
There’s been an uproar of late over comments made by the co-founders of Autism Speaks suggesting, among other things, that autism is this terrible burden to parents and families that tears them apart. That autism destroys the care-givers of the autistic. That somehow, there must be a cure – or something – because what’s goingContinue reading “This is Autism”
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…”