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Before…

Before…

Before you were born we thought we knew what to expect. Before you were born I had your life all planned out. Before you were born we made everything perfect. Before you were born I just knew who you’d be. Before you were three I noticed something strange. Before you were three we lost our… Continue Reading

Autism Schools and Education Facilities – The Ultimate Guide

Autism Schools and Education Facilities – The Ultimate Guide

As we all know, no two children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are alike.  Experts agree, children with autism learn differently and have a wide range of developmental and educational needs. Unfortunately, teachers and support staff are often unfamiliar with the special needs of kids diagnosed with autism and struggle to teach them effectively.  And,… Continue Reading

How One Restaurateur Makes Eating Out Autism-Friendly

How One Restaurateur Makes Eating Out Autism-Friendly

Restaurant owner Andrew Iredale could hardly be described as a zealous revolutionary. He certainly doesn’t look like one. But he has introduced a radical shake-up in the way that his eatery welcomes autism-affected families—one in which campaigners hope other restaurateurs will now follow suit. As the father of Josh, an eight-year-old boy with autism, Andrew… Continue Reading

Levels

Levels

A blur of colors, lights, and sounds People moving People who might try to interact with me Even though doing so would be as strange as interacting with an alien Level 3 That building stress inside me as I try to press through and do Life Cackling voices, high and low, blending together, deafening A… Continue Reading

Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children

Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children

As a pediatric occupational therapist and a mother, I try my best to fully understand each child and his/her sensory needs, both at home and in my practice.  Children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) tend to experience sensory overload or adverse reactions to sensory input more frequently than typically… Continue Reading