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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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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7 Things to Know About Complimentary Health Approaches for ADHD

7 Things to Know About Complimentary Health Approaches for ADHD

People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have trouble paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior, and they may be overly active. Parents of children who are exhibiting difficulty concentrating in school or controlling their impulsive behavior should not immediately assume their children have ADHD. Nearly everyone, adults

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