Autism and Sensory Functions

Autism and Sensory Functions

Everybody thought that Carla loved to misbehave. She wouldn’t want to put on her clothes and would be irritable and cranky all day. She wouldn’t shake hands with people and would cry if the other children touched her. Carla has autism and is extremely sensitive to touch. What was initially ..Continue Reading

Difference Between High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Difference Between High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

High Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger Syndrome (AS) are more similar to each other than different. In fact, many doctors and researchers think that both diagnoses may merge into one category in the near future. For now though, there are few differences that are debated by those who think that ..Continue Reading

Does Your Daughter Have Rett Syndrome?

Does Your Daughter Have Rett Syndrome?

Rett Syndrome is a disorder in the grey matter of the brain that impairs children’s head growth, ability to speak and their motor skills. It is almost exclusively seen in girls. There is currently a debate on whether Rett Syndrome is part of the autism spectrum or not, but we ..Continue Reading

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term used for a group of brain development disorders that leads to a partial or complete loss of a person’s ability to communicate, socialize or relate to other people. ASD is commonly referred to as simply ‘autism’. Why is it a ‘Spectrum Disorder’? ..Continue Reading

Great Toys For Autistic Children

Great Toys For Autistic Children

Autistic children do not enjoy the same toys that kids without autism do. This is because autistic children have a different sensory processing system, which means that they touch, see, hear and feel toys very differently. Here are some toys you can use for children who are autistic or who ..Continue Reading

Parent Support System: Talk To Other Parents With Autistic Children

Parent Support System: Talk To Other Parents With Autistic Children

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects the social, emotional and cognitive development of children that continues until his/ her adulthood. It is characterized by deficiency in communication skills, social behavior, motor skills and mental functioning abilities. The term ‘spectrum’ is used because it affects different children differently. ..Continue Reading

3 Signs To Look For To Find Out If Your Child May Be Autistic

3 Signs To Look For To Find Out If Your Child May Be Autistic

Nobody wishes for an autistic child, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking for signs of autism in your baby. Research shows that early intervention, even as young as six months, can strongly improve your child’s autism and allow them to live a healthy, social life. The autism spectrum is ..Continue Reading

Truth Hurts: What To Do When Your Kid Always Speaks The Bitter Truth

Truth Hurts: What To Do When Your Kid Always Speaks The Bitter Truth

Children with autism have the uncanny habit of speaking the truth all the time. This results in really embarrassing situations sometimes! Autistic children (and even adults) have minds that tell them that being honest is more important than being polite. So you may hear sentences like “You’re fat”, “You’re ugly”, ..Continue Reading

Identifying And Understanding Hyperlexia in Autism

Identifying And Understanding Hyperlexia in Autism

Hyperlexia is a syndrome characterized by an intense fascination with letters or numbers. Children with hyperlexia show a very advanced ability to read, much higher than kids their age. Hyperlexic children often begin reading at very young ages, sometimes at age two. Mix this condition with a child with autism ..Continue Reading

Early Intervention Can Do Wonders To Your Child’s Functioning And Communication

Early Intervention Can Do Wonders To Your Child’s Functioning And Communication

My youngest son, Alex, has had many, many challenges in his life. He was diagnosed with mild ataxic cerebral palsy at the age of six months. Thankfully, we were able to dig up and use resources to help our newest born. This included speech and language therapy that meant that ..Continue Reading