Autism Sound Sensitivity: Understanding ASD Children’s Relationship with Noise
Sensory sensitivity is common in itself but an overreaction to sound in particular is often the most obvious and severe struggle that ASD children face.

Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

Homeschooling your Child with Sensory Processing Disorder
If you have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, the homeschool day can certainly fluctuate between a source of joy or stress.

Sharon Czerwien, MA

Lessons from Psychoanalysis and ASD Research : What Caretakers & Practitioners Should Know
ASD research lessons learned from a mental health worker helping teenagers on the spectrum.
Nicole Neumann, MSc, DCPsych.

Sensory Sensitivities in Teens & Young Adults
Navigating Sensory Sensitivities for those that feel overwhelmed.
Karen Kaplan, MS

Part 1 : The "A" Word
This is Part 1 of a 2 Part narrative on how a first-time mom responded, reacted and accepted on hearing her baby had autism.
Taylor Milton

Allowing Space for Failure
How can we help, not hinder, the independence of the neurodivergent?
Brandon Cardet-Hernandez

How to Support, Encourage and Celebrate Your Autistic Child
Let’s shift the narrative and focus on the positives, exploring how we can support, encourage and celebrate our children.
Stacey Freeman

Choosing Noise Canceling Headphones
Noise canceling headphones may help your autistic child cope in a world of distractions.

Rachel Andersen

The Power of Social Action
Educate, inspire and empower children and young people to become change-makers and start a lifelong commitment to charitable activities.
Anoushka Freeman

Autism Warrior: Thida Natalie
Meet Thida Natalie whose docu-series are designed to spread awareness for children and families of children on the neurodiverse spectrum.
Thida Natalie

What Is The Role of Stims Like Finger Flicking in Autism?
Whatever the definition, stims like finger flicking are not odd habits—rather, they may be one of the most powerful coping mechanisms for individuals on the spectrum.
Yolanda Loftus, BA, LLB

How to Help Your Autistic Child With Context Blindness
A look at context blindness and autism, how difficulty understanding context occurs and what can be done about it.

Rachel Andersen

What is Vibration Therapy for Autism?

Taking a closer look at what vibration therapy is and how it can be used as an alternative form of support for children with ASD.

Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Poetry Corner : SEE ME
A poem written from the perspective of being a parent to a child with Autism.

Becky Pierce

I Won’t vs I Can’t : Viewing Behaviors Through a Sensory Lens 
Authentic, relatable examples highlighting the connection between behaviors and the often present sensory component driving those behaviors.
Polly Emmons, MSEd

What Do I Do For My Child Diagnosed with Autism? 
The good news is that parents don't have to let an autism diagnosis intimidate or overwhelm them because they are not alone on this journey.

Donnesa McPherson, AAS

Is Misophonia Common In Autism

An overview and tips on sensory modulation disorder when it co-presents in a child with ASD.
Rachel Andersen

How to Interact with an Autistic Child 

A discussion with answers to the questions parents might have about how to interact with an autistic child.

Donnesa McPherson, AAS

What is Auditory (Sensory) Processing Disorder?

A look at APD and how to help your child through it.

Yolanda Loftus, BA, LLB

The added value of incorporating a SilentSoundSpace with a Sensory Center

A sensory room facilitates developing new alternative communication ways beyond how we use natural verbal linguistic.

Avigaili Berg

Promoting Independence for Young Adults with Autism

It's not uncommon for young adults with autism to experience uncertainty and isolation during the transition to adulthood.

Stacey Ledbetter

What's New On the Bookshelf? My Rainbow of Emotions

Teaching Emotion Regulation, a Step by Step Workbook.

Dolly Bhargava

Wiggles, Stomps and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down

Lindsey Rowe Parker

Dear Readers,

As we forge ahead through the summer, we know that July can be a very sensory month. Chilled drinks or ice pops enhance our taste buds. Sand and surf textures feel rough and smooth while walking or swimming at the seashore. Carnival music, bright lights, and loud booms emanate from rides or fireworks. Charcoal grilled scents of foods waft through the air. We have an array of sights, sounds, textures, and smells surrounding us day and night. Some of these might be distracting or disturbing to certain children on the spectrum, while others might bring comfort. Our theme this month is “Soothing Sensory Needs,” with a wide variety of information, tips, and strategies to help you and your child navigate through the sensations that fill our world each day.

As you help your child with suggestions so they can calm down when they are anxious about a big event, or provide support so your child can gain a sense of independence in some other realm, our goal is to be able to watch as our child accomplishes goals on their own. Brandon Cardet-Hernandez writes about this idea in “Allowing Space for Failure.” Whether our children need a lot or a little of our help in certain situations, we always need to celebrate what they can accomplish. Stacey Freeman’s personal narrative, “How to Support, Encourage, and Celebrate Your Autistic Child” reminds us of that important lesson.

Because some children are more sensitive to certain sounds, textures, and other sensory modalities, they may need something to help them cope in different situations. Read “What is the Role of Stims Like Finger Flicking in Autism?” to find out some of the coping mechanisms some people on the spectrum may use. Parents and others also need to be cognizant and mindful of the reasons behind certain behaviors that often present due to sensory components. Polly Emmons gives her perspective with her article, “I Won’t Versus I Can’t: Viewing Behaviors through a Sensory Lens.

During this month, many of us may be heading out on vacations or day trips, but for some parents, navigating this new road after being given the autism diagnosis for their child is as far as they can travel. They may have no idea where to turn next. Donnesa McPherson answers the question, “What Do I Do for My Child Diagnosed with Autism?” by helping caregivers know that they are not alone as they journey forward.

Whether you and your child gather damp, squishy sand to create towering castles; slurp the juices of a ripened watermelon; or snuggle on a blanket under a myriad of stars while enjoying the sounds of crickets chirping; I hope you find ways to soothe your senses while enjoying all that the month has to offer.

Happy reading!

Mark Blakey
Autism Parenting Magazine