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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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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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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