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My Christmas Wish as a Person With Autism

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As I sit in front of the crackling fireplace with my beloved husband, I think of all the millions of individuals with autism around the world. The vast majority of them are not as fortunate as I am to have someone in their life who loves them and to love …

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How Is Sensory Processing Disorder Different From Autism?

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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 …

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Woman delays her flight to help man with autism at airport

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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,” …

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3 Ways to Help Autistic Children with Echolalia

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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, …

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Why Toddlers with Autism Avoid Eye Contact

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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 …

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

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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 …

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Boy with autism reunited with therapy dog

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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 …

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