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

Autism glasses?

Okay, so when I first saw this article, I must admit I was intrigued. Glasses to help someone with autism? Well, it’s an interesting article to say the least. It’s entitled “Autism Glass Takes Top Student Health Tech Prize [Slide Show]: A Stanford grad student’s invention uses Google Glass to help autistic children recognize facial and social cues in real time” by Prachi Patel over at Scientific American. Maybe you just have to see it to believe it.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Sleep & behavior & autism

For my son at least, this article tells me nothing new. What it does suggest, is that maybe I need to get him a larger dose of melatonin. He takes only one mg while I take 500 mcg?! On second thought, I need to find out the difference between mg and mcg.

Okay, the answer is, 1000 mcg = 1mg. So in fact, he’s taking more than I am. I guess the next question for me to ask (which is for tomorrow) will be, how much we should each be taking?

Anyway, before I forget, the article is entitled “Autism Behavior Problems May Be Linked To Poor Sleep” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop. Speaking of sleep, I need to get to bed. So many questions, so little time.

Sleep tight!

  

Autism Librarian

Feelings

I have to say that not a day goes by when I don’t wonder what he’s feeling. I must admit however that little by little I feel like I’m making my way through his mind and what he’s thinking. Turns out I’m not the only one asking questions.

In the article entitled “Kids With Autism Describe Their Sensory Experiences” by at Science of Us, there was a study done recently in which twelve kids with autism where asked about their feelings. Check it out at BPS Research Digest (courtesy of the journal Autism). 

Thank you!

  

Autism Librarian

Our parents always said, each your fruits & vegetables

Maybe they were on to something. Now it seems that there’s something in broccoli that helps improve behavior and social skills of those with autism. The article is entitled “Autism Symptoms Eased by Broccoli Extract, Study Finds” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop.

I guess the trick will be to get them to eat broccoli. I know I don’t really like broccoli myself.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian