Autism and 5 types of perception

Have a look at those links for some suitable toys to help autistic children make sense of the world around them:
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We so rarely think about how we perceive the world around us. This is because our brain has overtime figured out the ways to select information and frequently shuts out some of the sensors to prevent the sensory overload. Most people do it automatically and without even being aware.
Now, we all know that there are 5 senses: smell, taste, hearing, sight and touch. On top of that some people use the internal chatter as a way of processing information.
Now, what happens to people with autism is that all those 5 senses and the internal chatter might work all the time and they are aware and conscious of the received information. Imagine the internal explosion! No wonder, many of them react emotionally to it and then need peace and quiet away from people and world to rest.
There are people who do not have autism and still have expanded perception, like they could be very visual, with sensitive hearing and very touchy feely all at once. For example, I can feel and taste colours while I absorb them visually. It creates a high level of intensity so I get quite overwhelmed around lots of people and become tired quickly.

I wonder if there is anyone similar to me out there and how many people with autism relate to this?

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Sensory overload – autism toys helping

Only people who personally know someone who has autism appreciate how easy it is for that person to become overloaded with information, and the result is a great degree of distress. When we consider that people receive information through their vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell and most of the time we are not consciously aware of all of those stimulations. Now imagine how would we feel if we become blasted by all of our five senses at once? Different sounds, volume, colours, objects, shapes, textures, sensations created by the fabric of our clothes, tastes and consistencies in our mouth, smells short and lingering, and so on…Pretty overwhelming, isn’t it?

Have a look at those links for some suitable toys to help autistic children make sense of the world around them:
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Special Needs Toys

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

This is another helpful review of a great book and again from Amazon.co.uk. It makes everyone realise how important it is to buy toys suitable for autism. Have a look at two of my searches:

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“This stellar book provides a logical list of ten basic precepts that every person, child or adult with autism would like for the neurotypical (NT) world to know.

People, children in particular are people first, not “autistic child, autistic person.” Autism is a shorthand label for specific behaviors that are rooted in neurobiology. In short, autism is a sensori-neurobiological condition.

The main theme and the common thread that links the ten items on this “wish list” of sorts is extending basic human courtesy to people with autism. Readers will be provided ways in order to help honor the rights, dignity and best interests of people with autism. Parents and educators in particular will take this book to heart.

This author translates seemingly bizarre behavior to the neurotypical world. All behavior has a sensory base. Many people with autism have hyperacute hearing. Show me someone with autism who doesn’t hate loud noises and I’ll show you a singing Boston bulldog who can tap dance as well. All sensory modes are heightened in people who have autism. Smells are stronger; certain materials are unbearable to the touch and in some cases painful; tastes are very strong; the sight of certain things can elicit strong reactions that are either very positive or very negative. I knew people with autism who hated blinking lights and retreat or cover their eyes when in the presence of a light that blinked on and off.

Beatle fans with autism are a very interesting group indeed. The mere sight of a Beatle picture brings strong positive reactions; the Beatles’ music triggers a series of highly positive responses as well.

This brilliant book demystifies meltdowns and identifies triggers. In cowboy parlance, this book will help you head them off at the pass. If you can’t, you learn when to get out of Dodge fast. As difficult as the process is, it is always worth it and for children in particular, meltdowns are the result of being pushed past a certain point. It’s like the 1968 George Harrison classic, “It’s All Too Much.” That song describes the Overload Experience quite well. “It’s all too much for me to see..it’s all too much for me to take…”

Some excellent prompts, cues and guides are provided to help children navigate throughout their day. Show me a person with autism who DOESN’T hate surprises/having things sprung on them and I’ll show you that same singing Boston bulldog. Echoes of Carol Gray can be heard here; she is famous for her social stories and having children draw social comics to help script and anticipate certain social interactions. This gifted author helps people to see autism in a more accepting light by explaining the behaviors; providing tools of empowerment and keeping the tone of acceptance throughout the book.

This wonderful book makes me think of the 1978 Billy Joel song, “Just the Way You Are.” I like the way she says that is an important message to convey to children on the spectrum – we like and love them just the way they are and the goal is to help them have happy, full productive lives and good social interactions and develop confidence.

This book is a giant step towards accomplishing all that and then some.
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Autism toys and books

Please read this very interesting review from Amazon.co uk about “Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips and Strategies (Paperback)”

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“I have Asperger’s Syndrome, an adult and married. I highly recommend ths book for adults too as the tips and strategies given are useful to anyone (children and adults) with Asperger’s Syndrome and their respective Neuro Typical parents or parteners in life.

Unlike most books on Asperger’s Syndrome, Berenda Boyd shows a great deal of respect, understanding and acceptance of Asperger’s Syndrome. The book is in an easy to read unfussy style providing a clear guide that is broken down into understandable sections, practical and realistic, extremely well written book to just dip into or be read and re-read and keep referring back to time and time and again. Brenda really knows what she is talking about.

Brenda Boyd’s positive attitude ensures readers will gain a sense of celebrating Asperger’s as a life-enriching experience.

I especially like the very end of the book REPORT FROM PLANET ASPERGER which I always take with me where ever I am in the world. This shows people with Asperger’s in their true light. Planet Asperger “would probably be kinder, safer and more truthful than this world” & “But perhaps the most special feature of all on Planet Asperger is the great respect given to children and their values.”

I also liked how she compared Asperger’s to Neuro Typicals akin to comparing trains to cars. As an Asperger, which ever way the tracks are laid, that’s the way our train goes.

The intended audience is wide but the book’s title could restrict the readership to parents and carers only, which would be a shame.

I highly recommend this book and think it is worth every penny.
Manx Mann”

Autistic boys and their toys 3

We went today to a Lego shop and all of sudden my boy chose a large box of mixed Lego blocks. For so many months I’d been encouraging him to look and decide what he would like from that place, without any effect. It just proves how unpredictable kids can be, especially when they have special needs.

I really don’t like using that word ‘autistic’ and have decided that ‘special needs’ is what I’m going to use instead. Every time I go out with my son I dread that he’s going to upset some kid and the parent will have a go at him. So I continue thinking that perhaps I should buy him that T-shirt with ‘I’ve got autism’ to keep those angry and overprotective (my son has never hurt any kid) parents at bay, fathers particularly as for some unknown reason my boy seem to present a challenge they can’t resist.

So now I’m confused as I was about to sell his Lego track still not constructed and the box not even opened. I’m awaiting my order from the link <a href=”autism toys“> and pray that he’s going to like his presents.

Lilian

Summer holidays

I’ve had a look at my friend’s report and truly wish that I had not already organised my summer holiday as I would be now looking forward to join him for all that fun and benefits. Jam tart! I know that his idea is great because I have already experienced what he’s capable of achieving with people. I’m planning to join him on some of his other projects in the future but he always keeps coming up with all those new ideas.

I bet not many people know that Russians have spent years researching psychology and people abilities and with extraordinary level of success. And they were not the only ones, ha ha. Americans have done it too, oh yes, they were especially interested in the so called Remote Viewing for spying psychically on Russians!!!

Now you have the opportunity to have a close look at some of their methods thanks to my friend. And what’s more important, to benefit from them.

http://thenlpcourse.com/Liberate-Yourself-in-2009

Enjoy,

Lilian

Liberate yourself

Autistic boys and their toys part 2

I’m tidying up my son’s room and piling up all those unused toys. I wonder if he would notice when they are gone and whether I’m risking that once I sell them or put them into charity shop he would demand them back. It has happened in the past! He was so distressed that I had to buy again a doctor’s set that I sold on Ebay. He can be very loud when he’s upset and can go on and on when he sets his mind on something. And his memory is extreme. We used to go on holiday to the same place each year and he expected the same activities to happen in the same order and on the same days as year previously. That’s autistics for you. I wonder sometimes how many of you may have similar experience…

There are so many fantastic toys on Amazon but why they are mostly available in US only??? I’ve found several that my boy could do with but he will have to wait until they are delivered across the sea. I can’t tell him anything about them or he will drive me up the wall with ‘Have they arrived?’ Thank god, I’ve started my shopping so much in advance. I might buy one of those light based for myself; I love colours. I already have the disco ball and find it very relaxing to watch. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be looking for a present for my son…

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Autistic boys and their toys

It is well known to everyone that an average boy of any age from three to one hundred is into the cars and computer games, that it has become a cliché and is being used in media. But that is not always a case with the boys who fall into that mysterious category of being autistic. Mysterious to most of the parents and right from the start. As long as our kids have a variety of interests we allow them to indulge in those cars and computers but, as any parent with autistic child finds out very quickly, the variety is not what they go for. On the contrary, most autistic children limit their experience with the outside world and we, their parents, are doing our best to widen that range. How do I know all about it, you may ask and you may guess right that I have an autistic boy myself. Welcome to a different reality.
Do you know what is the most challenging time of the year for me? Christmas and his birthday. The older he grows the more difficult it is to please him with gifts. And being so particular, into details and choosy he can be very difficult to please. I keep those boxed Lego sets – still unopened four years down the road and I’m sill hopeful that one day he will take into it, a full set of racing cars with all sorts of gadgets with it – rarely taken out of the box (yes, after he finishes playing everything must go back to the box, well for the first two years until the box disintegrates). And you would think that cars should attract his attention. Well, yes, he does play with them as a rule but for some reason or other not with those ones and I don’t even ask why. it a little chance that he would explain to me why and I might get a tantrum instead so why risk it?
So I’m sitting here and browsing the internet in search of something that would excite him, and then kept his interest for longer than a day. Have you notice how often they become so focused on a new toy and play with it all the time and then drop it for ever, or a few months at least? It’s like they have sucked whatever there was to absorb and the toy has become a squeezed lemon and discarded.
I still have plenty of time to find something, having lots of experience I’m starting the search early taking into consideration the delivery period and any lack of stock. Thank god for the internet, if I had to do my search on foot I would need hours and hours spend on travelling from town to town and checking all the shops. Autism toys… Hmmm. I’m starting with the biggest retailers. I will keep you posted about my results and any interesting encounter.
Wish me luck…and in case you are in a similar situation as me, or just looking for some good toys for your kids check the link below.

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