What is Interoception?
Important Interoception Questions Answered by Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L
Sit back and close your eyes... What do you feel inside your body?
Is your heart beating fast or slow?
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What is Autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.
Today, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States.
Autism can present as a broad range of challenges including social skills, repetitive pattern of behavior, and special interests or activities. These challenges are sometimes due to a hypersensitivity to sen
by Kerry Margo
I was diagnosed with autism at 4 and shortly thereafter had a very meaningful camp experience at a JCC near me specifically for those with special needs. Today I’m a professional speaker, author, and consultant who travels the country to break down barriers for those with special needs. I’d love to speak in your area which we can discuss a potential collaboration if you email me here.
Because of the impact,
One of The Most Common Assumptions About Autism May Be a Complete Misunderstanding
CARLY CASSELLA 8 JAN 2019
Putting yourself in another person's shoes is never easy, and for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the practice is thought to be especially challenging.
I hate it.
It rocks me to the core and makes my hair stand on end.
Over and over, with no end in sight, she keeps on repeating the same phrase. No matter what I try, I can’t soothe her. She just keeps on saying it again and again and again. Make it stop. She has to stop.
JUST STOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPP IIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTT!
The scream came out of the blue, shocking me as much as it shocked everyone else. I couldn’t help myself though. Her perseveration was never-ending. “No school on Monday!” “No school on Monday!” “No. School. On. Monday!” And then the hiccupping crying came. Followed by hugs and “I’m sorry, Mommy,” and “I don’t like sighing.” And then came the guilt. The guilt of having screamed at Debbie for something she could not help because many times she has trouble getting out
By Elizabeth A. Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP
Author of Make Social Learning Stick!
Gratitude is on the front burner around Thanksgiving, but it’s a mindset worth fostering year round. UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center reports that gratitude plays a major role in adult well-being and that grateful young adolescents (ages 11–13) are happier, more optimistic, and more satisfied with school, friends, and family than their less grateful peers. Likewise, grateful teens (ages 14–19) are more satisfied with their lives, more engaged in schoolwork and hobbies, and less envious, depressed, and materialistic than teens who feel less thankful.
Cast Your Own Spell for an Autism-Friendly Halloween
By Elizabeth Sautter
Halloween frights can go way beyond the thrill of ghosts and goblins. Fun can quickly become a real fear for some children, even though they’ve been told repeatedly that the scary witches and bloody masks are pretend.
For some kids with autism, any costume creates confusion and anxiety about what’s real and what isn’t. Others become giddy from all the excitement and sugar, then struggle to calm themselves down. Halloween typically comes with plenty of hype and build-up can be stressful and distracting for weeks in advance.
This Halloween, take some steps to reduce the overwhelming experiences. At the same time, you ca
Good Neighbors: Teach your child to be a part of the community
By Elizabeth Sautter
Wherever you live, neighbors are important. These are the people you’ll see day after day, and the
people you’ll likely turn to when you need a cup of milk or your car won’t start. Developing friendly
relationships with neighbors and teaching your children to do the same will build community on
your block and help your child develop a sense of responsibility for others. Here are some ideas for
teaching your child to be a thoughtful and helpful neighbor:
1. Be a Role Model: When you stop to greet a neighbor and take the time to ask how they’ve
been, your child will learn to do the same. Likewise, when you offer to feed