“What does autism feel like? “It feels awful,” says Lori Sealy, who suffers from the disorder and writes about it. “Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch (the five senses that all of the experiences of life must pass through) can be absolutely harrowing and horrifying to a person with autism. Everything that enters the (Autism Spectrum Disorder) body is often accompanied by some semblance of pain or at least by some extremely uncomfortable sensation.”
“Over the course of the seven-week class, Magin is gathering feedback on how children, like Shaw, interpret these things, the modes of communication that are not words. “Children with autism just are not able to read those cues as well,” Magin says. For children with autism, those cues can be like a foreign language. “And they haven’t necessarily learned that language,” Magin says. But languages can be learned. And improv classes can serve as a language immersion program, of sorts”
“A key underlying philosophy of the program is that education — the classroom — provides the most effective treatment for autism. The program, run jointly by the city’s Department of Education and NYU Nest Support Project, places students with autism who are capable of doing grade-level work in classrooms with their non-disabled peers.” For the
Airline provides travel visual guides to assist children and individuals with autism or cognitive disabilities
Check out the useful guides developed by Aer Lingus airline! They partnered with the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support to assist individuals with autism to better understand the process of travel including navigating the airport, boarding, in-flight and arrival.
#FeelGood Story, Dec 2016 edition: Texas Woman Misses Flight to Help Man with Autism Through AirPort
“A Texas woman is being celebrated online after posting about a recent encounter with an autistic man while flying through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.” Read the full story below: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/12/20/texas-woman-misses-flight-to-help-man-with-autism-through-airport.html
A study recently published in PubMed.Gov (the US National Library of Medicine, managed by the National Institutes of Health) discusses the outcomes of clinical trials where Vitamin D as an oral supplement provided to trial participants appeared to lead to positive outcomes after 4 months of Vitamin administration. While such studies are to be carefully
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Here is a fascinating profile on the successes and challenges faced by the first generation of college students with an autism diagnosis who live on campus at Western Kentucky University http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/health/autism-spectrum-college.html?_r=0
Via The Atlantic—“ The common prejudice is that people with ASD have limited skills and are difficult to work with. To the extent that’s true, it’s a measure of our failure as a society. Almost half of those diagnosed with ASD are of average or above-average intellectual ability. And we have clear evidence that job-focused training and support services, especially in the transition to adulthood, can make a huge difference, leading to higher levels of employment, more independence, and better quality of life.”
Now that the cold weather is here, it is important to still stay active as a family outside the school and home. Below is a list of family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed even with younger children. Happy Holidays!
Although domestic abuse has seen a decline in recent years, there are still millions — millions — of Americans who endure it each year. Not only is it a terrible way to live — domestic violence victims never deserve to be abused, period — it’s behavior that should never be tolerated.
On 12/4/2016 (this Sunday), the Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women will sponsor its 19th Annual Holiday Art Market at the Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe St, from 1PM to 5PM.