When people on the Autism Spectrum have encounters with law enforcement, it often escalates into a struggle.
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder don’t often react well to strangers and authoritative behavior. That combination in an officer, not to mention the strobe lights and sirens of emergency vehicles, can only serve to further stress them out and impede their ways of communicating. And stressed individuals can trigger authorities to use force in order to take control of the situation.
Children with autism spectrum disorder may also suffer from anxiety disorder.
How can you tell if a child is on the spectrum or has social anxiety disorder? And how can you tell if a child with ASD also has SAD?
People who don’t have firsthand experience with children on the spectrum often mean well, but their actions and words may come across as insensitive.
Parents have enough on their plate taking care of their special needs children, the last thing they need is to get hurt or upset by someone who misspoke.
If you know a parent affected by autism and want to offer support, here are ways you should and shouldn’t ask about their child.
Well over half of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including children, have trouble sleeping. This can be very frustrating for both the parents and children.
People often have only one specific idea of what they think autism looks like and it’s usually the severe kind. They think it’s having little to no social or communication skills. Or it could be an inability to make eye contact, and a hypersensitivity to sounds and change.
To these people, having autism automatically means you can never live a full life and you will always need someone else to care for you.
Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder is without a doubt a challenge. Parents try anything from therapy to classes and toys to help their child live better, fuller lives.
Reading to our kids at bedtime is the stuff memories are made of.
We love it. They love it. And the benefits are bar none.
Why is this beloved bedtime tradition so meaningful?
Social skills – this is a tough subject to tackle.
Even for parents of neurotypical kids.
So…..it looks like schools around the country are going virtual this fall. At least, most of them.
What does that mean for you?
Well, many parents are opting to homeschool instead. And, the rest (with the exception of those who have the option of in-person school) are going to do virtual school at home.
We’re in the middle of a global pandemic. That’s kind of a big deal.
But, if you’ve got a child with special needs, those needs don’t just stop even though the world seems to have shut down.
For a time, it made sense to press pause on things until we could get a handle on the virus and figure out how to flatten the curve. Now, several months later, we’ve got to figure out how to resume living in the midst of a very contagious illness that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.