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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Simple Ways to Satisfy Picky Eaters

Simple Ways to Satisfy Picky Eaters

Family mealtime can be challenging for a variety of reasons, including the varying taste buds of all family members. Although there is no consistent definition of picky eating, according to a report published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, the term is generally used to characterize children

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Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Autism

Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Autism

By Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP Halloween is a wonderful opportunity for fostering creativity, imagination, and pretend play. However bright flashing lights, large crowds, sugary treats, scary and itchy costumes can present challenges for children with autism and other sensitivities. To make the most of of your Halloween experience,

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