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How Is Sensory Processing Disorder Different From Autism?

Your child hates loud noises, is very sensitive to certain food textures, and doesn’t transition from one activity to another very well. Your thoughts immediately turn to autism, and you start wondering if your child is on the spectrum. But instead, they are diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, a condition that causes your child’s brain to have difficulties receiving and …

10-year-old autistic girl singing ‘Hallelujah’ will give you goosebumps

LONDON — A 10-year-old girl from Northern Ireland has wowed people around the world after a video of her singing in her school choir went viral. The video of the choirs’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” — recorded at the school’s Christmas show — has gained almost 170,000 views in three days. Kaylee Rodgers, from Donaghadee, County Down, has autism …

Woman delays her flight to help man with autism at airport

A Texas woman shared a heartfelt post on Facebook about a wonderful experience at an airport. Shaina Murry said she was at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, about to look for her gate, when she spotted a man on the floor. “It was clear something was wrong, I just didn’t know what,” Murry said. “It seemed best after asking him a few …

3 Ways to Help Autistic Children with Echolalia

Echolalia is the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either immediately after the words were said, or later on. It is often described as parrot-like mimicry. For instance, when asked, “Do you want some juice?” a child with echolalia may answer, “Want some juice?” Echolalia is, to some extent, considered to be a normal part of …

Why Toddlers with Autism Avoid Eye Contact

Science has long debated whether meeting another’s gaze feels unpleasant or just uninteresting Toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, but don’t actively avoid meeting another person’s gaze, according to a new study. The findings support one side of a long-standing debate: Do children with autism tend not to look others in the eye because …

How Autism Impacts My Life In Ways You Can’t See

On Friday, Sept. 9, I woke up without peripheral vision. As I struggled to get our kids ready for school, I silently thought to myself, “I can’t see.” I knew what that meant. It wasn’t a first-time experience. It was an impending migraine. I took my medication and went back to bed, but despite the fact that the medication rids me …

Boy with autism reunited with therapy dog

An 8-year-old boy was reunited with his dog Saturday at Ruff Ranch. Connor is autistic and Layla is his therapy dog. She went missing three months ago and ended up at the Hampshire County shelter nearly 30 miles from her home. He thought he was going to Pet Valu in Winchester, Virginia to meet another new dog he’d be adopting, …

9 Things Never To Say to a Parent of a Child with Autism

We know that people aren’t trying to be malicious. Really, we do. But, taking a second to think before we speak might be beneficial. OUR STORY: Dillon was officially diagnosed with autism when he was 6-years-old, but he was educationally diagnosed when he was in preschool. His teachers brought us in for a meeting, and after they described the way …