How to make the waiting room a good place for children with ADHD, autism and sensory needs

Ideas to help decrease anxiety and increase focus in children with autism and ADHD as they prepare for your next therapy session in the waiting room.

OCD and autism: How can you tell the difference?

Autism and OCD are two different conditions. This article explains how you can tell the difference between autism symptoms, anxiety behaviors and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Autism activities: The benefits of downtime for children with autism

Looking for worthwhile activities for your autistic child during his free time? Read about the research pointing to the benefits of downtime and unguided discovery.

Why do kids with autism stim? Links to anxiety and sensory processing

Stimming usually involves repetitive behaviors, motions or sounds. This article outlines research pointing at anxiety and sensory processing as root causes.

Five visual processing problems and holiday crowd anxiety

Because of visual processing problems, crowded public places can easily overload individuals with autism, making them feel stressed and anxious, resulting in a meltdown. In today’s article we outline five of these aspects of visual processing that you may not have thought of.

Asperger’s, meltdowns, and the feel-good neurotransmitter

Anxiety levels and meltdowns in Asperger’s are shown to be linked to abnormalities in brain Serotonin levels. Sensory Enrichment Therapy can help as an autism treatment. Here’s an example of an exercise.

How to reduce anxiety symptoms at school and home for your child with autism

School is often a loud and busy place with many transitions. Here are some ideas that may help you to reduce your child’s anxiety at school.

Temple Grandin discusses issues with autism and sensory processing disorder

Topics covered include: sensory overload, her favorite music, job interviews, how do I tell my child that he has autism, deep pressure, trying new foods, etc.

Clues to autism emerge from cerebellum research

Decades of research indicate that the cerebellum, which is the brain structure known for coordinating and refining motor movement, is also involved in the modulation of cognition and emotion. National Public Radio (NPR) recently released a two-part story on the life of a man without a cerebellum. In addition to moving in an awkward manner, […]

Read poetry to your nonverbal autistic teen or adult to help speech development and relaxation

Reading to a baby or toddler is a very natural and spontaneous activity which parents enjoy as much as the child himself. Sadly, many nonverbal toddlers with autism become nonverbal adults with whom interaction is complicated and sometimes limited. Reading to your nonverbal adult has the same benefits as reading to a young child. It helps […]