10 Things Autistic People Wish You Knew About Autism Awareness Month

10 Things Autistic People Wish You Knew About Autism Awareness Month

By Terra Vance Every April, autism takes a center stage in global awareness.  All around the world, well-meaning, good-hearted people “Light it up blue” for Autism Awareness Month, and they decorate their social media with the puzzle piece frames and the jigsaw rainbow awareness ribbons, go on awareness

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Make Words Sing: Making Poetry & Music

Make Words Sing: Making Poetry & Music

By Donnie Welch   In his short poem “To Make Words Sing” Langston Hughes writes: To make words sing Is a wonderful thing– Because in a song Words last so long.   I’ve always found this to be sound advice! In first approaching poetry as a reader,

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Nursing Professor Offers Tips to Help Children with Autism Eat Well

Nursing Professor Offers Tips to Help Children with Autism Eat Well

School nurses are critical to the health care of children with autism since they work with a population susceptible to malnutrition, says a Ball State University nursing professor. “These children are often picky eaters,” said Connie McIntosh, An associate Professor in the College of Health. “Parents and schools

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How All Autistics Are Different, And How They Are The Same

How All Autistics Are Different, And How They Are The Same

By Brittany Neal One of my favorite quotes about autism:  If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism.  Autism is not a one-size-fits-all condition.  It is an umbrella term for a wide range of characteristics held by various neuro-diverse people.

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The Real Reasons Autistic People are Stressed During the Holidays

The Real Reasons Autistic People are Stressed During the Holidays

By Terra Vance Holidays are thrilling times for a lot of people, but autistics– even if they love the season– tend to be extra stressed during the holidays. One thing I’ve learned from neurotypical/non-autistic parents and partners of autistics is that they struggle to understand how their

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Why Do Many Children with Autism Love Trains?

Why Do Many Children with Autism Love Trains?

By David Tennyson  For many people “Thomas the Tank Engine” was just a cartoon character, but its powers were realized when research conducted by the National Autistic Society discovered that children with autism respond more strongly to Thomas the Tank Engine than any other cartoon character. Many

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Creating A Sensory-Friendly Thanksgiving

Creating A Sensory-Friendly Thanksgiving

By Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP The holiday season brings a sensory-stimulating buzz of joy and excitement for many. It also brings along many stress-inducing interruptions to daily routines, an array of unwritten social rules and expectations, and increased social interactions. Preparing mindfully for each event, setting boundaries,

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