Those Precious Moments with my son with Autism

Those Precious Moments with My Son with Autism My son’s history teacher recently gave him an assignment where he had to write about an important moment in his life that changed him in some way, or an important moment in the life of someone close to him that changed that person in some way. What did he write about? He wasn’t sure at first. He said, if he were to write about himself, he would write about his transition to middle school. Then, because according to the assignment it was okay to ask someone close to you, he asked me about … [Read more...]

Autism and Food Issues

Autism and Food Issues Many children on the autism spectrum have some kind of food issues. What are food issues? I believe that anyone on the autism spectrum can have reactions to oral stimuli. Many make noises with their mouths in order to help regulate themselves. Food issues often stem from oral issues or allergies. They also are connected with digestive issues. People on the autism spectrum generally feel more nervous in the outside world, especially if they're in a situation where they cannot regulate their bodies. This nervousness … [Read more...]

The Arts and Children with Autism

The Arts and Children with Autism My son interest in music has been hit or miss. He liked listening to songs a few years ago, but then it went away. It's came back last summer as we were on a driving trip. He has never really been drawn to musical instruments. Why are musical instruments sometimes hard for our kids? In the book, “Ido in Autismland,“ written by a non-verbal teenager with autism, the author believes many autistic children have a difficult time communicating from their brains to their hands or limbs. He says there is "a … [Read more...]

Sensory Difficulties in People with Autism

Sensory Difficulties in People with Autism I found this list very helpful in understanding how a person can measure another personʼs sensory difficulties. It looks like good explanation of sensory processing issues for a layperson. What are sensory difficulties? Difficulties with loud noises, smells, being hugged, walking on certain surfaces, and having certain foods in your mouth are some examples. People on the autism spectrum often have sensory difficulties. Their brains have trouble processing taste, touch, sound, smell, and sight. … [Read more...]

Things Kids with Autism May Miss

Things Kids with Autism May Miss "Mommy, I forgot." Said with a sheepish smile on his face. I often wonder about this autism thing my son has when it relates to things that many other kids would find "simpler." What is an example of something considered to be "simple?" The difference between right and left. Are there things kids with autism may miss? My son is twelve and I often ask him something that has to do with right or left. Most of time, he has to pause and think about it. At age twelve? What do I think is going on? My son … [Read more...]

Tantrums verses Meltdowns in Autistic Kids Below is an excellent description of the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown. I wanted to reprint it again to help readers remember that there's a difference and it's an important one. It's especially important when you have a child with autism. (Written by Amanda Morin) "Tantrums and sensory meltdowns are not the same thing. It can be hard to tell the difference between them by just looking at an upset child. Knowing the causes of tantrums and meltdowns can help you learn how to manage … [Read more...]

How to Dress Up Your Autistic Child

How to Dress Up Your Autistic Child Our extended family has an upcoming wedding to attend. Our thirty-year-old nephew, our son's cousin, is getting married. That, and my son's upcoming elementary school graduation, prompted me to upgrade my son's wardrobe. For the most part, our family dresses casually. My husband has to wear a suit to work, but at most other times we're all dressed in shorts and jeans, casual tops and t-shirts. What about dressy clothes? Over the years, my son has worn nicer shirts and pants. But, for the upcoming … [Read more...]