ABOUT AUTISM

Weathering the New Norm

Adjusting to our new norm: Each morning, I wake up to see if I can make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. I am 67 and have heart related issues, but all I find when I try to book an appointment online is that appointments aren’t available.   While I wonder when appointments for a vaccine […]

Dear Parents, take care of yourselves.

Heading into a new year The other day, I read a Facebook post that said, “I am returning 2021 since I had a seven day grace period to return it without any questions asked.” I laughed when I read that, but it also got me thinking about how much daily stress people experience; and how […]

Addressing your child’s processing funnel

The processing funnel Oftentimes, as parents, our knee jerk reaction may be to address processing related “symptoms” instead of the root issue. When it comes to processing deficits, it can be important to take a step back and address sensory the issues your child is experiencing and learning to work through. Understanding sensory sensitivity: When […]

Helping your child tell their story

A story’s value Id like to start with a quote: All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only the negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that […]

Engaging in early intervention

Early Intervention For many parents, realizing that your child may receive an autism diagnosis can be difficult and or surprising, but it doesn’t have to be. Substantial efforts have been made to frame a roadmap for parents as they begin to navigate the possibility that their child may be Neurodiverse. What to look out for […]

Conversations with a friend

Discussing the autism diagnosis with others I recall having a conversation with a friend of mine about how he felt when or if we discussed his autism. For some reason, this was the first time we had such an open conversation about his diagnosis. My friend let me know about some personal experiences he had […]

Soft demeanor

The soft demeanor approach This approach may seem obvious, but it’s a good one to remember when working with your neuro-diverse child. Autism can make processing information difficult. If you recall, the “processing funnel” illustrates what happens when someone with autism can’t digest all the information being thrown at them; the result is rigidity, irritability […]

Processing Approach 101 for Children with ASD

Processing has to do with the way someone’s brain filters and processes information. For children with ASD and other learning disabilities, the quality of processing is oftentimes slowed down or otherwise impaired. Understanding the processing funnel and related approaches can help you and your child avoid outbursts, communicate more effectively, and learn to process information more efficiently.