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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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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Inclusion, Mental Health, and Autism

Inclusion, Mental Health, and Autism

By David Gray-Hammond Autistic People Make Excellent Teachers and Advocates Gaining access to mental health services can be extremely challenging for autistic individuals, especially for those affected by addiction, and whose early years are marked by a lack of strong social, familial, and professional support. While my

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How to Share a Love of Food With Others

How to Share a Love of Food With Others

Food is comforting and communal. Humans have broken bread together since ancient times. National Geographic says that a circular loaf of bread with scoring marks — baked to be divided with others — was retrieved from the ashes of Vesuvius. Biblical references to “breaking bread” are as

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Northlandz offers a sensory-friendly experience for all

Northlandz offers a sensory-friendly experience for all

In an effort to welcome those impacted by autism and other sensory-processing challenges, Northlandz has created a sensory-supportive relaxation area at it’s impressive exhibit, which boasts the world’s largest miniature railroad. Located in Flemington, New Jersey, the Northlandz complex is spread over 52,000 square feet with 8

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What Is Inclusion?

What Is Inclusion?

Community inclusion looks different for everyone.  By Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP Inclusion is a vision in which all people, regardless of abilities, disabilities, or health needs feel welcomed to participate in community activities they enjoy, receive fair compensation in jobs that allow them to use their fullest

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