Category: Autism

Thula The Cat Helps A Girl With Autism Live A Full Life

A Maine Coon cat Thula and a girl with autism share a unique bond. Thula is now her faithful closest friend and helps her live her life more fully. Iris Grace Halmshaw, a 4-year-old girl coming from the UK has been struggling with understanding, expressing affection and social interaction. Her parents introduced Thula the cat back in Febuary, 2014, the …

How to Create a Picture Schedule for Autistic Children

Children with autism have difficulty getting organized, transitioning from one activity to another, and indicating when they do not understand something. Visual supports, including picture schedules, help keep these children on course. Picture schedules come in many types, but they all require determining a schedule, picturing each scheduled activity, and deciding how to display the pictures and get the child …

10 Things People With Autism Wish You Knew

When I was diagnosed with autism at 4, there was very little being done to promote autism awareness. Today we have more and more people who want to educate and help. Many of these individuals include self-advocates such as myself who want to share their stories. With that here are 10 things people with autism wish you knew: 1. Not …

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 …