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Be You

Be You: Believe in Yourself Authenticity, being who you are without pretense, sounds easy and natural. But, it's not. Belonging is so important to us as human beings that we will adjust who we are to fit in. Yet, when we let go and seek our own truth, we find our people.
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Autism Awareness Fact: Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder often accompanies a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. With this disorder, the brain does not accurately receive sensory information and/or does not appropriately respond. For instance: Touch Light touch may register as pain, Oversensitivity Deep muscle pressure feels good (bear hugs) Unable to filter out sense of touch Proprioceptive Inner ear Spinning in circles does not create dizziness Motor Skills Poor motor planning ability Poor fine motor skills (handwriting, tying shoes) Sight Sensitivity to lights (fluorescent) Colored glasses help this Heari...
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Autism Awareness Fact: The Hidden Curriculum

The Hidden Curriculum is a term used to describe all those social expectations neurotypical folks learn by osmosis. Little niceties like looking someone in the eye when you speak to them, but not if you are in the Men's room, these are norms most people take for granted. For someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder, understanding facial expressions and body language do not come naturally. The hidden curriculum must be learned, just as body language must. What makes it difficult is that behavior in one place is unacceptable in another. For instance, a boy may need to "trash talk" in the locker ro...
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Autism Awareness Fact: Move Off the Spectrum

April is Autism Awareness Month Autism cannot be cured. Many folks with autism do not wish to be cured. The unique way their brain works is helpful to them and to society. The world needs autism. Unfortunately,autism can be debilitating and diminsh the quality of life for many. Living independently and being self-determining is a natural human value. To help children move off the autismm spectrum to become their best selves, early intensive interentions are necessary. For most children, 25-40 hours of one-on-one therapies per week beginning at the age of 3 can make the difference. ABA is not...
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Autism Awareness Fact: High Functioning Autism

High Functioning Autism You may know it as Asperger's and most people who have this diagnosis prefer the term. However, the DSM-V put all forms of autism into one category of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Asperger's is now called High Functioning Autism (HFA). Children with HFA still have excesses and deficits in communication, socialization, and behavior. However, they are often able to use their intellect to learn social cues and body language. Cognitively, these children can be ahead of their peers, while falling behind emotionally and socially.
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Autism Awareness Fact: Socialization

April is Autism Awareness month. Socialization is the third problematic area for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with communication and behavior being the other two. Most children with ASD report feeling lonely and often play alone. It is not always that the child wants to be alone, but without knowing the social cues of their peers, they can miss opportunities to build friendships and enter into game playing. Engaging peers during school, therapy, and even lunch time, can be highly reinforcing and help bridge the socialization gap with peers. Autism Acceptance can begin early wi...
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Autism Awareness Fact: Behavior

April is Autism Awareness Month Three markers for autism are communication, socialization, and behavior. With behaviors, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can display a variety. Not all children will have the same kinds of behaviors or specific combinations. Common behaviors include: hand-flapping, rocking, making noises, biting (self or others), and the list goes on. Children with ASD are not being "bad" children, but they are engaging in behaviors for a specific purpose, which is called "function of behavior." Often, when the function of the behavior is discovered, a therapy or p...
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