Tag Archives: sensory issues

State of the Giraffe; March 2016 Edition

I posted this on my personal Facebook page, a few minutes ago. I figured I would share here, to give y’all some insight into where I am and that things aren’t always peaches & cream… It’s no secret my anxiety levels have been higher than usual lately… and that’s saying something, since my anxiety levels have […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Behavior Plan For Parents of Newly Diagnosed Autistic Children

“Your feelings about autism are constructed by living in a world that fears and stigmatizes disabled lives. Your distress about an autism diagnosis are most certainly because of these unhealthy messages. Please remember that your behavior in regards to your child’s diagnosis is a choice. Signing this behavior plan means that you will always put […]

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Meltdown vs. Tantrum

PLEASE learn the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. They may appear the same, but are VERY different… Tantrums are willful obstinate behavior. Like when a kid throws themselves on the ground because Daddy won’t buy them the $200 Lego set. Or when cookies are denied in the mall food court and the kid […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Is Everyone “a Little Autistic”?

“If everyone were a little bit autistic, Salvation Army bell ringers would be illegal. If everyone were a little bit autistic, nothing ever would have strobe lights. Ever. Fluorescent lights, sirens, shirt tags, sock seams — these wouldn’t exist. There would be a strong social taboo against dragging a chair across the floor and making […]

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OUTSIDE READING: 10 ‘Autism Interventions’ for Families Embracing the Neurodiversity Paradigm

THIS ARTICLE IS SO WONDERFULLY ACCURATE!!! And in the comments on the Respectfully Connected FB post, Bri from RC elaborated on number 9: “# 9 recommends critically thinking about whether we would ask a non-autistic child to engage in this therapy. If the answer is no, it is a good indicator that we should think carefully about […]

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Functional Labels Are a Joke

Can you imagine what life is like for someone whose end goal for the entire day is to get off the couch and take a shower? If they just do that, they’ve accomplished a seemingly insurmountable task. Today, they’ve spent several hours staving off a panic attack. Panicking due to (but not limited to)… – […]

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PARENT QUESTION: How Do I Handle Sensory-Related Food Rejection?

“I am torn on the food issue. My son is very limited on what he will eat and my daughter (both are autistic) is beginning to reject more food. Should I just make the one meal and that’s dinner take it or leave it, or should I just make them their own meals that I […]

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Sensory Overload

Sensory overload manifests itself in different ways within those who are autistic. Young children tend to lash out violently, because that is what tends to come naturally to them. I used to throw things at my mom, to the point of putting her in danger. It wasn’t because I was angry or hated her; it […]

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What is a Tantrum? What is a Meltdown? 

Tantrums are typically willful non-compliance. Personally, I’d rather someone terms it as me losing my s**t than calling it a tantrum. Hell, I call it that sometimes. Being in my mid-30s, I’m not a disobedient child… I just can’t handle processing my environment and don’t know how to react at that point. I have little […]

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