• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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Do Autistic People Feel Empathy: The Literal Interpretation

Autistic people tend not to show emotions the way “normal” or “neuro-typical” people do. This leads to the idea they lack empathy, the ability to empathize, to feel empathetic, and in the extreme lack of feelings altogether. This simply is not true; they just do not tend to share their …

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Autism and Central Coherence: Missing the Forest for the Trees

When someone is said to “miss the forest for the trees,” it means that they are unable to discern the overall pattern from a mass of detail; to see the big picture, or the broader, or more general meaning of things; they do not get the “gist” of it. This …

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Understanding Executive Dysfunction in Autism—5 Areas of Brain-Functioning that are Affected

There are five main areas that are affected by deficits with executive functioning, the higher-order processing that our brain uses to plan and execute complex tasks. These areas are in inhibitory control, non-working verbal memory, verbal working memory, emotional control, and planning and problem solving. Autistic individuals are affected to …

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Echolalia in Autism: Why Does My Child Repeat Everything I Say?

Does your child repeat yours or other’s words when spoken to, or repeat television shows, commercials, or sounds they hear in the environment? Verbal children with autism spectrum disorders tend to repeat words and phrases they hear with little understanding of the meaning behind the words—a “condition” known as Echolalia. …

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Can Theory of Mind be Taught to Autistic Children? 5 Things That Can Help

“Theory of Mind,” also known as mind-blindness, is the fundamental understanding that other people have feelings, emotions, and thoughts different than your own. It is the innate ability to recognize facial expressions, and body language, and then interpret, and predict other’s actions based on this knowledge. Children with autism are …

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Theory of Mind (ToM) or Mind-Blindness in Autism

People with autism spectrum disorders struggle to understand and relate to other people. They are thought to lack a “Theory of Mind,” and are said to be “Mind-blind.” Understand what “Theory of Mind” is, how it came about, and how it affects autistic people. What is Theory of Mind? Theory …

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Is Your Asperger’s Child Struggling with Personal Hygiene? Sensory Issues Could Be to Blame.

Does your autistic or Asperger’s child fight you when you want him/her to shower, or change their clothing? Do they avoid brushing their teeth unless forced to? Is a trip to the barber shop for a haircut a struggle? They may be experiencing sensory difficulties associated with these everyday tasks. …

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Autism and Anxiety

Autism is often described as a social and communication disorder. Many adults with autism have first been misdiagnosed, or have co-morbid diagnosis of social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder, and panic disorders. It is unclear whether these are separate from their autism or are actually a part of the autism itself. …

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Place Blindness in People with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

Does your autistic child get lost easily? A friend or loved one with Asperger’s Syndrome seem scatter-brained and forgetful? Or maybe they are late for appointments, got lost on the way, and then could not remember where they parked their car? They could be suffering from a condition known as …

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Autism in Toddlers: Early Signs

Early Warning Signs of Autism in Toddlers A child showing early signs of autism may not display big smiles or warm expressions by the time they are six months old, lack back and forth sharing of sounds by nine months, and not reach, point, or show you things. You may …

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