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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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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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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Medical Cannabis and Children With Autism

Medical Cannabis and Children With Autism

New FDA Approved Treatment Results in Further Studies By Geoffrey Brown, PharmD A recent study conducted by Israeli researchers found that medical cannabis is an effective therapy for children on the autism spectrum. The results, to be published in the Journal of Neurology, document how conditions improved

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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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