Winter Clothing Sensitivities and Autism

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boy-1528151_640With the colder weather, comes the need for additional layers, and, in our house, additional stress from sensory sensitivities. All of my children have varying degrees of tactile sensory issues that are exacerbated with additional clothing. They all seem to warm up quickly and grow uncomfortable in long sleeves. In this article, I’ll share some of the approaches that have succeeded and failed as I’ve tried to protect my children from the elements over the last several years.

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Voices From the Spectrum #26: Jennifer Brozek on Creating Neurodiverse Characters

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Jennifer Brozek is an award winning editor/author, and freelance writer. Jennifer is the author of the award winning YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, the Bram Stoker nominated YA novel, Never Let Me Sleep, and Shadowrun novella, Doc Wagon 19. She has also written for the AAA MMO Aion and the award winning videogame, Shadowrun Returns.

Jennifer is also a Director-at-Large of SFWA, and an active member of HWA and IAMTW. You can read more about her at her blog or follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBrozek.

This week Jennifer shared her experience as an autistic writer and some of society’s misconceptions about autism.

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5 Ways to Commit to an Autism Acceptance Resolution

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This New Year let’s make a resolution to spread love and autism acceptance. Are you on board? Here are 5 ways to keep this commitment:

  1. Follow an autistic blog. Visit our blog reference page for links to several blogs written by autistic people.
  2. Make a contribution to ASAN. The autistic self advocacy network works to advance public policy to support individuals on the spectrum and improve general autism acceptance all over the world.
  3. Involve your child in therapy decisions as often as possible. Try to learn about the skills your child wants to develop and show them how to work towards those goals.
  4. Discuss autism and neurodiversity in a positive light. Discuss autism as a difference rather than a disorder. Emphasize the strengths and weaknesses of ALL people, including those both on and off the spectrum.
  5. Connect with your local autistic community–visit a talk or other event hosted by or featuring individuals on the spectrum. This is a good way to meet other people in your community and hear the issues they face on a daily basis.
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Voices From the Spectrum #25: Dinah Murray on Autism Research

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Dinah Murray is a British researcher, speaker, and campaigner for people with varied learning disabilities, including autism. Her work has been published in the journals Autism, Good Autism Practice, as well as a number of books and online publications. She is an international public speaker on autism. Her research interests include medication and quality of life impact, IT for nonverbal individuals, and the ethics of autism research.

This week Dinah shared with us some of her most meaningful research findings as well as how to promote a positive autistic identity.

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Voices From the Spectrum #24: Chloe Rothschild on Autism and Humanity

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Chloe Rothschild is a writer, presenter, and advisory board member for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. Chloe works to teach about autism from her perspective to help others understand it better, so they can, in turn, help others like her who have autism more effectively. This week Chloe shared with us a bit about her mission and what she hopes others understand about autism.

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Autism Acceptance Holiday Gifts

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This week I’ve compiled some websites that sell autism acceptance and neurodiversity gear that could make great gifts this holiday season!

Many of these gifts have sayings or slogans on them that promote autism acceptance and challenge the status quo. I’ve included some examples with each link.

http://www.zazzle.com/neurodiversity+tshirts

“Respect the stim. Celebrate neurodiversity.”

“A world without autism is a world without me!”

“Cognitive dissident”

 

http://www.cafepress.com/+neurodiversity+gifts

“Autism. Different. Not less.”

“People, not puzzles”

“If at first you don’t succeed, perseverate.”

 

https://www.redbubble.com/shop/neurodiversity

“Neurowonderful”

“Neurodiversity is natural.”

“Compliance is not my goal.”

 

https://www.etsy.com/market/autism_acceptance

“Just keep stimming.”

“Autism is not a tragedy. Running out of chocolate is. And ignorance. But mostly the chocolate thing.”

“Neurodivergent”

 

http://www.cafepress.com/autismacceptance

“Acceptance is an action.”

“Inclusion is for everyone.”

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Voices From the Spectrum #23: Liane Holliday-Willey on Late Diagnosis, Conspiracy Theories, and Accepting Differences

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Liane Holliday-Willey

Liane Holliday-Willey, EdD is an internationally-renowned author and speaker on autism spectrum conditions, communications, and learning diversity. She often speaks about both her positive and negative experiences living with Asperger’s syndrome while working in a variety of different positions as a university professor, writer, manure scooper, French fry maker, community volunteer, wife, and mother. Her advocacy goal is to help others understand the importance of accepting differences and individuality.

 

This week Liane shared with us her thoughts on late diagnosis, advocacy approaches, and protecting individuals on the spectrum from harm.

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The Benefits of Siblings for a Child on the Autism Spectrum

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Should you have more kids? What are the benefits and drawbacks of having larger families if at least one of the children is on the autism spectrum? There are plenty of factors to consider when deciding whether or not to expand your family. This is true for families with typically developing children and for those with one on the spectrum. Although every family’s individual needs will vary and thus this can’t be discussed holistically, from our family’s perspective, each new sibling has offered our autistic son many irreplaceable benefits we are grateful for.

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Voices From the Spectrum #22: Rudy Simone on The International Aspergirl Society

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Ms. Simone is the author of 6 books, founder and creator of www.Help4aspergers.com, and the founder and President of The International Aspergirl® Society. Credited with coining the term “Aspergirls”, Simone, along with Liane Holliday Willey, helped bring female Aspergers to the forefront of cultural awareness. She created the first “Table of Female AS Traits” now widely used by doctors everywhere to help identify AS in women and girls.

Simone gives presentations and webinars for professional and personal development and is also a composer, musician, recording artist and engineer, and actor. This week Ms. Simone shared with us her perspective on autism, dating, and her work with the International Aspergirl Society.

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Voices From the Spectrum #21: Rickkie Johnson on a “Person-Centered” Approach to Autism

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Rickkie Johnson is an autistic parent of 3 daughters, two of whom are autistic, and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Rickkie is an advocate for neurodiversity and writes about the full acceptance and protection of autistics. Rickkie manages the website proudautisticliving.com and contributes to the Penfriend Project autistic writing team on geekclubbooks.com. This week Rickkie shared with me an evolving perspective on autism, and how to raise autistic children using a “person-centered approach.”

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