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Sensory exercises for successful playdates

In this article we address a few sensory exercises you can do to help your autistic son or daughter have a positive and successful playdate with a friend.

5 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.

4 Simple Tests for Early Warning Signs of Autism: Eye Contact and Tracking

Parents want to know as early as possible if their child has autism, especially if they already have a child with autism.

With some training, you can play an active partnership role with your family doctor or pediatrician to observe and record your child’s development.

Included in this article, you will find 4 simple tests you can do at home when your child is as young as 2 months old.

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.

A Narrow Field of View in Individuals with Autism May Contribute to Social Difficulties

In July 2015, a new study revealed that children and adults with autism have a much more narrow functional field of view than their neurotypical peers. Instead of being able to process an image that is 8.57° from the focal point, individuals with autism were only able to process an image within 6.62°, which is a statistically significant difference.

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.

Thanks to their extraordinary declarative memory people with autism can learn almost anything, including social rules

A recent paper published by the Simon Foundation for Autism Research Initiative reviews research on declarative memory and considers the possibility for declarative memory to compensate for emotional and social deficits in autism. Declarative memory allows us to link past information to new information to create useful combinations. Declarative memory anchors in (“anchors in” is confusing) […]

Strategies to Handle Anxiety with Your Child During the Summer

Do you see an increase in anxiety during the summer? Are you exhausted from trying to convince him or her that everyday tasks are not the enemy? If you’re tired of battling anxiety? Read on. Studies show that nearly 40% of children and adolescents with Autism have clinically elevated levels of anxiety, or at least […]