Category: Autism

Supermarket Employs Genius Idea To Help Soothe Kids With Autism

A Shop Rite in Pennsylvania has introduced a specialized checkout lane, and the change could benefit young people with autism. On Sept.7, the supermarket, located in the town of Brookhaven, got rid of the candy display next to one of its registers and began offering an array of toys: Play-Doh, putty, rattles, small puzzles and more. Such toys are often used as …

11 People With Autism Explain What Stimming Feels Like

Stimming, or self-stimulatory behaviors, are behaviors people with autism may exhibit to counteract an overwhelming sensory environment or alleviate the high levels of internal anxiety, according to Temple Grandin’s post in Autism Digest. Some examples of stimming are rocking, spinning, pacing, repeating words or flapping of arms or hands. Autistic people aren’t the only ones who stim, although occasionally people on …

How to Succeed in School if You’re Autistic

For some kids, school can be a pleasurable, friendly experience. However, it’s never easy when you’re different – and being autistic in school will make life more difficult in some ways. In fact, 94% of autistic people said they found school a horrible experience. This doesn’t have to be you. Here are some ways to try to make your school …

How to Reduce Sensory Overload

People who experience difficulty processing sensory information, such as autistic people, those with sensory processing disorder (SPD), or highly sensitive people can sometimes go into a state of sensory overload. Overload occurs when a person experiences too much sensory stimulation and cannot handle it all, like a computer trying to process too much data and overheating. This can happen when …

27 Memes That Nail What It’s Like to Be an ‘Autism Parent’

When parents of kids with autism aren’t running from therapy to therapy, advocating for their child’s rights or doing everything they can to keep their young one happy and healthy, they’re apparently collecting some of the Internet’s best memes.   Since many parents of children with autism know a sense of humor can be key to accepting a new normal, we asked our readers to share their …