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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.

Good music improves speech therapy for people with autism and Asperger’s

Several recent studies have concluded that children with autism, severely non verbal or partially verbal improve in both cognition and language when exposed to pleasant music, which has great implications for the development of speech therapy. Music also increases their attention and focus.

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, […]

A mother’s touch can trigger genes that shape her child’s stress response

Dr. Michael Meaney’s research turns the old nature-versus-nurture debate on its head. His work shows that a mother’s touch can trigger genes that shape her child’s stress response.

Three sensory enrichment techniques to help your child with autism cope with tragedy

Tragedy may hit anyone, anywhere at some point in life and this article is about three techniques to help your child with autism recover after a tragedy.

The magic carpet to help your child with tactile defensiveness

Children on the autism spectrum usually have difficulties with the sense of touch, or tactile defensiveness. This may lead to rituals or aversions in clothing, food, flooring.

Anxiety checklist: How do I know if my child has an anxiety problem?

The following check list can help you observe your child and recognize anxiety. If you recognize with certainty at least five of those traits, you need to help your child: