Entries by grandeparenting

The Holidays: Special Needs Style

At the risk of sounding like Mrs. Grinch I have a confession. I don’t like the Holidays. There, I said it. Perhaps if we could go back to celebrating Halloween AND Thanksgiving prior to the barrage of decorations, cards, food, dinner party invitations, commitments, more food, and endless marketing campaigns I might be more amenable […]

Part Two – Ten Myths about High Functioning Autism and Sensory Integration Disorder

This is Part Two of an article that addresses common myths about Sensory Integration Disorder (SID) or Sensory Dysfunction (SD).  “Sensory stimulation can be more difficult to tolerate during times of transition or change. For example: when job responsibilities change, or teacher is introduced.” This article was originally published by Toni Boucher and appeared on her HubPages […]

Ten Myths about High Functioning Autism and Sensory Integration Disorder – Part One

“Of all the characteristics associated with autism, people on the spectrum consistently state that understanding and addressing how their bodies interpret sensations is one of the most beneficial things that neurotypicals (people without autism) can do to be supportive and develop insight into the world of high functioning autism (HFA).” This article was originally published […]

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Published by the popular Huffington Post, this article explores the idea of the growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. In 1943, a child psychiatrist, Leo Kanner M.D., first described autism. Since then, the “blame” for autistic children that had originally been erroneously placed on parents, particularly […]

Part Two – Dyslexia, Autism and Language Processing

This is Part Two of an article published by Care2.com a few years back. Haven’t read Part One yet? Click here to access the article. Another study in the journal Brain used brain imaging to investigate another language problem many autistic children, Charlie included, have reversing pronouns. The Brain study used functional magnetic resonance imaging […]

Dyslexia, Autism and Language Processing – Part One

Care2.com published this article a few years ago but the information is still very good. Part One… Two new studies offer a better understanding of the problems dyslexics and autistic individuals have processing language. In a recent study in Science, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that people with dyslexia have more […]