Tag Archives: understanding

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

Ways to Develop a Positive Sense of Self and Relationships on the Spectrum

Ways to Develop a Positive Sense of Self and Relationships on the Spectrum

An interview with Dr. Tony Attwood, Ph.D. AS/ASD expert In a previous article for Autism Parenting Magazine, I addressed erasing the prejudice of violence associated with individuals on the autism spectrum.  Although it is important to erase that growing prejudice, I mentioned that it would be negligent not to discuss the possibility of special interests… Continue Reading