• Understanding Autism from the Inside

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The Effects of Color on Autistic Children; Part III: Beneficial Colors

What colors are the best ones for autistic children? First and foremost children with autism are individuals, as are color preferences and emotional experiences. There are, however, a few colors that tend to be better suited for autistic children (and likely everyone else). The Calm BLUE Sea Blue is a …

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The Effects of Color on Autistic Children; Part II: Problematic Colors

Colors can be calming, soothing, and conducive to learning, or they can be agitating, confusing, and painful to an autistic child. By examining the Psychology of Color (Chromology), Feng Shui (ancient Chinese art and science), and Chroma Therapy, or Color Therapy (a form of holistic medicine), we can see that …

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The Effects of Color on Autistic Children; Part I: Does Color Matter?

Interior decorators and psychologists have long understood that colors can have a dramatic effect on mood and behavior, a concept known as Color Psychology. Decorators use color to create excitement, peace, creativity, and calm. Autistic children and adults tend to have heightened senses, and the way they see or perceive …

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Autism Moment: That is NOT Chocolate!

Many of you know that I was have computer / website difficulties last week.  A very helpful “Tweep,” a guy who follows on twitter, offered to help walk me through some computer issues. While I was on a Google chat following some techy instructions the Tot walks up next to …

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Obsessed Again: This time I Almost Tossed my Computer out the Window!

Me and My Brilliant Ideas We’ve established that lack of sleep makes me do stupid things.  It super-charges my brain, gives me loads of ideas, but I fail to think them through before plunging right in During my week long insomnia-fest I tried to redesign my blog.  This is something …

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Autism Parents Need Extra Sets of Hands; The Tot is a Runner

Like my Little Man before (now 9) before him, the Tantrum Tot (3) is a runner.  I was fortunate that Aspie Teen was not a runner when he was little. Had he been runner, at least he would have been the only one I had to think about. Three additional …

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Autism: When You Fear Going Out Alone with Your Child

Long before I knew anything about autism, let alone that my boys and I are all on the spectrum, I feared going out alone with them—intensely. I never felt like I was equipped to handle more than one child in public at a time, or while I run errands or …

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Autistic Children are More Trusting than Their Peers

According to a “new” study, autistic children are more trusting than their neuro-typical peers. These children tend to believe what they are told, and be more likely to blindly trust information provided to them by both people they know and strangers.   About the Study Li Yi, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, …

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My Environment and My Aspie Moods: Finding a Happy Place

Yes, this is a picture of a bathroom, my bathroom to be exact and today this is my happy place. I’ve been discussing the importance my environment has on my emotions, and how utterly critical it is for me (and most Aspies I believe) to have a place where they …

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Autism and our Environment; The Importance of “feeling” Happy

A few weeks ago I wrote a series of articles for answers.com about the Psychology of Color and Autism, which sparked my interest. For those of you who do not know what comes next…a sparked interest means RESEARCH! Yay, one of my favorite things in the world to do, but …

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