Mother of an Autistic Son

Mother of an Autistic Son

I find myself caring for the Chia Pet, Watering it and putting the little plastic bag on it so that the seeds will bloom. I’m not sure if mothers of typical kids would find themselves doing this too. Do all mothers end up feeding their kids’ puppies and watering their kids’ plants? How much should… Continue Reading

Autism, Head Banging and Other Self Harming Behavior

Autism, Head Banging and Other Self Harming Behavior

For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), head banging is a common way to self-soothe and communicate needs. Both neurotypical and autistic babies and toddlers seek to recreate the rhythm that stimulated their vestibular system while in utero. Other rhythmic habits that fuel a child’s kinesthetic drive include head rolling, body rocking, biting, and thumb… Continue Reading

Easy Ways to Create A Sensory Space for Kids with Autism

Easy Ways to Create A Sensory Space for Kids with Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have issues effectively processing sensory information and may perceive sensation differently. For example, a child may perceive touch sensation as painful or immediately become startled when touched.  Some children are extremely sensitive to noises such as the sound of a toilet flushing.  A child’s sensory needs and way… Continue Reading