How to Stop Wandering: Some Tips for Parents

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Being a parent to autistic child is challenging but their love does miracles. Every child and every case is special and unique. Of course, parents have already surfed the Internet and other resources, including books, phone apps to help them … Continue reading

How seasons influence the risk of developing autism in children?

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Winter is a magical season… We usually wait for the holiday and for the presents, no matter how old we are. We start to believe in all good things, believe that this season will be special, our dreams will come … Continue reading

Playgrounds For Children With Autism

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Parents of autistic children know how difficult it could be to spend time with their children on regular local playgrounds. Children with autism have communication, interaction,and motor movement issues; even innocent play on the playground can turn into a real … Continue reading

Calming Bottles: What is it and Why it’s good?

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Got inspired by an Instagram post about sensory or calming bottles from @autism_superpower and decided to tell our readers why this “calm down” bottle is good and how to do it yourself or together with children. Certainly, there are a lot of calming strategies available but due to different contexts they can’t be used at certain conditions.

Children learn how to “self-regulate” at early age but sometimes they have difficulties and require some kind of example or instructions for how to respond to stress or other emotional conditions. In other words, they need us, adults, to show them how to react to different stressful situations and emotions. Children with autism have sensory processing difficulties and require co-regulation. A calm down bottle can be a nice tool to help your autistic child to transition from co-regulation to self-regulation.

When a child is upset so much that can’t be involved in any other engaging activities, doesn’t want to be hugged or touched, Calm Down Bottle usually serves as a visual “anchor”. It brings child’s focus into one place. By shaking the bottle and watching the glitter or other small particles move slowly up and down, children’s nervous system calms down. Eyes and hands are on the middle line, heart rate slows down and breathing stabilizes.

At first, an adult has to show the bottle to the kid before stress, when the child is calm and relaxed. Just shake the bottle, give it to your child and see what happens next. Afterwards, this Calm or Sensory Bottle can become a very effective tool and your child will be possibly asking for it when he or she feels upset. However, parents should remember that according to our body’s physiology, we need around 20 minutes to calm down after stress attack or excitement.

So, how do you do your own Calming Bottle? It’s very easy.
You’ll need a plastic bottle (clear and smooth), do not take a glass bottle.
Contents can be any. You can use colorful beads, shells, sand, glitter, rice, beans, pom poms, Legos, googly eyes, confetti, feathers and much more! You can use any liquid you like – water, glue, hair gel, liquid soft soap or dishwasher soap, corn syrup, shampoo. You can add food coloring to the liquid. Mix up all the ingredients and make sure you glued the lid afterwards to avoid any spill.

Read more: http://mamaot.com/sensory-calm-down-bottle/

Weighted Blanket: What Is It & How To Make It?

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Difficulty communicating is one of the first signs of autism. Social, communicating and language skills develop differently and more slowly in children with autism in comparison to “regular” children. Autism can be diagnosed at as early as 18 months old. … Continue reading

Myths And Facts About Autism

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Human psychology is a weird thing… We are not afraid of the darkness itself, but afraid of what could be hidden in it. We are not afraid of height but we are afraid to be fallen and die. When you … Continue reading

What Is It Like to be Autistic?

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There is a law enforcement response training for police officers (ALERT), organized by Stephanie Cooper in Florida and Louisiana. Looks like Los Angeles supported this initiative and arranged a test for Sheriff’s deputies. A group of LA Sherieff’s deputies took … Continue reading

New Café and Employment Opportunities for Young Autistics

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According to the recent statistics, 90% of the individuals with autism are unemployed or underemployed, 56% of young adults with autism only graduate high school and only 14% start college. And 100% of the adults with autism would like to … Continue reading

Can You Screen Your Child for Autism at Home?

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As autism gets turns into real epidemic and more children get diagnosed with autism every year, it’s very important to recognize autism at its earliest stage. Early intervention and timely treatment can minimize some of the side effects of the … Continue reading