Category: Autism

How to be friends with a child who has autism

Julia is a four-year-old with bright orange hair, big blue eyes and a sweet singing voice. She’s also the first Muppet with autism on Sesame Street’s iconic block. Relatable to kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Julia and her storyline will also help children not directly touched by autism understand how to form a real friendship with someone who’s a little different. The message of the Monday …

How the Grinch and Rudolph Helped Me Connect with My Autistic Son

Benj, a child with autism, was aloof and distant. His mother, Priscilla, was desperate to reach him. How did she do it? Call it a holiday miracle. By PRISCILLA GILMAN Tanya Little/Getty Images Ever since I was a little girl, nothing signaled the advent of the holidays more than the appearance of Christmas specials on television. Every Sunday, starting the weekend …

15 People on the Autism Spectrum Describe What a Meltdown Feels Like

“Why are you freaking out?” “Calm down.” “That child having a tantrum just needs some discipline.” “What a brat!” “What a weirdo.” People on the autism spectrum, and their loved ones, unfortunately hear phrases like these every day. Why? Because they often experience sensory overload when too much sensory stimulus is occurring at once. It can be triggered by a crowded room, …

What I Will Never Know About My Son’s Autism

I wonder about my son’s world. What does it look like? Sound like? Feel like? Each day, I have a deeper understanding of just how little I really know about my son’s autism. I am not talking about symptoms and treatment options. I know those things. Those things are easy to learn. I can read them in a textbook or …

My Answer to the Question ‘What Does Autism Feel Like?’

One of the questions I’m most often asked by parents of people living with autism (and one of the questions I’m honestly most afraid to answer) is “What does autism feel like?” My fear comes from two places. Lori. The first is that I never want anyone to take my personalexperience of living life on the spectrum as being the universal experience of living …

Struggling to Potty Train? This Method Works Well for Many People with Autism

Asa and Priscilla Maass have tried various ways to potty train their daughter, Abbie. Abbie has autism and is completely non-verbal. She communicates with her family and caregivers using an iPad app and a modified form of sign language. She’s a beautiful and intelligent girl, but sometimes she struggles with verbal comprehension and learning certain tasks, like potty training—a task …

We Could Watch This Temple Grandin Animation All Day

Temple Grandin gave an oral history at Colorado State University in 2008, and only recently has the audio for her lecture surfaced online. PBS’ “Blank on Blank” web show is running a special series, “The Experimenters,” and they decided to use audio of Grandin’s speech set to an animated video. In the clip, Grandin explains how having an autistic brain is much like …

Ways You Can Be A Good Friend to Children with Autism

11 Ways You Can Help Be a Good Friend to Children on the Autism Spectrum Being A Good Friend Includes Acceptance All people want to feel included and have friendships. For children with autism, Asperger’s or “on the autism spectrum”… sometimes it is more difficult to make friends. Here are some ideas to help you begin, build and keep a friendship with …