3 Ways Music Educators Can Help Students with Autism Develop their Emotions

3 Ways Music Educators Can Help Students with Autism Develop their Emotions

By Dawn R. Mitchell White, University of South Florida Many children with autism struggle to find the words to express how they feel. But when it comes to music, it’s an entirely different situation. Evidence suggests children with autism may enjoy music and show an early desire

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Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

By David Gray-Hammond People have found me weird my entire life. I am autistic. I am a recovering drug addict. I have experienced psychosis. I am asexual. All of these things represent a departure from the status quo. When people ask, “What is normal?” the resounding answer

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Four Words: You Need to Change

Four Words: You Need to Change

By John Adriance It was from my first grade teacher that I first heard the phrase, “You need to change.” I had finally been invited one day to play freeze tag with the other kids, a dream come true for me at the time. I knew the

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Connecting through play and music

Connecting through play and music

By Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP As a speech language pathologist, I work daily to support students with autism and other language learning challenges develop the skills and confidence required to communicate effectively. With over a decade of experience teaching this population I have come to realize that

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How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant

By Hopper When people talk about autistics and the foods we eat, the go-to explanation for pickiness is sensory issues. This is a valid point but is only one element of what impacts the dietary preferences of autistic people. Yes, flavors are different for us. They can

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Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Terra Vance Characterizations of Autistic people often reflect a profile of a stoic, unfeeling, emotionless automaton. Many times, the only emotion ascribed to autistics, especially by the lay writers who populate the dustbin of Amazon Kindle’s self-published section, is explosive anger. This is an accusation which

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Autism and Gender

Autism and Gender

By Gee Abraham Grasping the unique relationship between autistic people and their genders is an essential component of understanding the autistic experience. With growing evidence that autistic people are more likely to be gender-diverse than non-autistics, resources can be directed toward both autism and gender clinics to

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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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