Different perspectives

So tonight’s article is one I stumbled upon over at Scientific American while reading another one. The article is entitled “Ask Me First: What Self-Assessment Can Tell Us about Autism” by Daisy Yuhas.

As the father of a young man with autism, I’ve often felt that I usually have a good feeling of knowing what he’s thinking. After reading this article, I’m thinking that perhaps I need to make sure I get and understand his perspective a little better. Definitely an article I need to read again.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

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This is an everyone thing

So while at work today I came across this article that really struck a cord with me as I continue to learn about my daughters struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. The article is entitled “Everyone is Going Through Something” by Kevin Love over at The Players Tribune.

The article itself is really just about life and what the author has gone through, be it anxiety, panic attacks, depression or perhaps something else. One thing that I’ve come to believe over my journey, is that we all have a disability, just sometimes it’s not always so visible.

I remember one time during a visit to the hospital back when we were trying to find out why my son was having seizures (he was later diagnosed with epilepsy), he was in a room with a young man who had lots of tubes as he was lying in his bed.

I think it was there in that hospital room where I learned that everyone is going through something and equally important, sometimes we all need a little help. I’ve also learned, it’s okay to ask for and get help.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

 

Animals & autism

Tonight’s article is all about animals and those with autism and other special abilities. The article talks about how studies are beginning to show that maybe animals do help those on the spectrum. The article is entitled ” New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids on the Spectrum”  by Rita Giordano over at Disability Scoop. Maybe I need to look into this for my son again.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

Anxiety and girls

Anxiety. Such a heavy word for many people, including me. Like I’ve said in the past, I think we’re all on the spectrum, I think we all have anxiety. The difference is that it manifest’s itself differently for everyone.

This article, entitled “When Girls with Autism Mask How They’re Feeling” by J.L. Dark over at The Mighty, talks about those with autism and anxiety. Now I know my daughter has anxiety, the question to me has always been, is she on the spectrum?

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

 

Fidgety

So I read this article as the parent of three kids, one who is autistic and the other two are what I believe are know as neurotypical. It’s not a word I really have ever used to describe them. Anyway, they all have one of those fidget spinners.

After reading this article, entitled “Fidget Spinners: What They Are, How They Work and Why the Controversy” by Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience, I’m beginning to wondering who they are for. Unfortunately, it seems the article shows that they’re still not sure either.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Anxiety

Tonight rather posting something on autism, I thought I would post about anxiety. With my son, it goes hand in hand but really, isn’t it something we all deal with, just to different degrees? So maybe I am writing about autism and then maybe we’re all on the spectrum?

For Kristen Scheid-Fox, it’s something that she seems to deal with from the moment she gets up to when she falls asleep. The article is entitled “When the ‘Anxiety Dam’ Breaks” and again, it over at The Mighty. Wow!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian