Category: Autism

Many Autistic People Speak Through Echolalia, But What Is It, Exactly?

Have you ever noticed that your child or loved one tends to repeat words and phrases, whether from you, TV, movies, or other people? There’s actually a special term for that, and it’s called echolalia—the mimicry of words or phrases. Imitation is a pretty normal part of human development; babies and toddlers use it as they learn language. However, those with autism may use …

10 Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism

Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Autism Treatment Network site partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic, to provide tips every parent and caregiver …

10 Halloween tips and ideas for trick-or-treaters with autism

Great autism-friendly ideas for Halloween! 1. For those who may not be able to say Trick or Treat, try these Happy Halloween cards that your children can hand out. Learn more at Behavior Frontiers here. 2. Try a Sensory-Friendly Halloween Party! There are many elements of Halloween that can be unpleasant for kids with social, communication and sensory issues. You can focus on what your …

Why children with autism struggle with sleep

Half of children who have autism have trouble falling or staying asleep, which may make their symptoms worse. Scientists are just beginning to explore what goes wrong in the midnight hour. Bramli was giving the stink eye to the grown-ups in her room, shooting resentful glances their way. Around 7:30 p.m. on a warm June evening, daylight was fading outside …

Parents of Children With Autism Experience Less Stress With a Dog in the Home!

Owning a dog is a rewarding experience for families that want a furry addition to the family. A study published in July 2016 states pet dogs can actually reduce stress for families who have children with autism. It’s the first research of its kind to correlate dog ownership with easing the difficulties of having a child who thinks differently from others. Previous …

These 8 Inspiring People Will Change The Way You Think About Autism And Asperger’s

In 2009, a shy, 47-year-old Scottish woman touched the world with her breathtaking rendition of Les Misérables’ “I Dreamed A Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent. After the performance, Susan Boyle catapulted into a singing sensation, selling more than 14 million records worldwide. But despite her meteoric rise over the past few years, Boyle has, more recently, been coming to terms with a more …

8 Disorders Your Child Might Have in Addition to Autism

Disorders do not always appear alone; another one might sidle up alongside it. For example, those with anxiety disorders may also suffer from depression. In the medical world, this phenomenon is known as comorbidity. Science has discovered that those with autism may also experience a variety of co-morbid disorders and conditions. That is, they not only meet the diagnostic criteria for …

10 Things ER Staffers Should Know About Autism

  I’m autistic and also have a mental illness. I’ve had to go emergency rooms in hospitals a number of times. The experience has always been traumatic and unhelpful. I’ve experienced a lot of paternalism, been treated as if I’m a naughty child and invalidated in many other ways. In some cases, these experiences have resulted in me avoiding seeking treatment for …