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What to do when your child with developmental issues cannot sleep

Why a special needs child can’t sleep is linked to many factors including activity levels, light, food, and temperature. You can help your child sleep.

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.

Soft touch on the forearm linked to social awareness and emotions

Soft touch on the forearm evokes an individual’s awareness of others and promotes emotional control. Autism therapies should include protocols to rehabilitate the sense of touch in order to facilitate the development of social awareness.

Children with autism benefit from physical exercise

Children with autism tend to progress faster when they participate in regular physical exercise.

How to stop a tantrum

The sense of smell can be a powerful and natural tool when handling a child’s tantrum and helping them calm down. It can also be an effective anger management tool for all ages.

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.

Strategies to handle your child’s anxiety during the summer

Some parents see an increase in their child’s anxiety during the summer. It can be exhausting for parents to convince their child that everyday tasks are not the enemy. Studies show that nearly 40% of children and adolescents with autism have clinically elevated levels of anxiety, or at least one anxiety disorder (1). It is no […]

Sensory Enrichment makes summer a great opportunity for improvement

Summer has arrived! While fun and exciting for many, this season can bring more stress and anxiety for kids on the autism spectrum. The freedom, adventure, and friendships portrayed in movies about summertime are often overshadowed by overwhelming anxiety. Changes in a child’s routine lead to unpredictability, warmer temperatures make it difficult to stay comfortable, […]