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Autism and the Autonomic Nervous System

Today, I am sharing a post written by Tricia Sloan, a writer I turn to more often to understand autism with all its different shades. Tricia is a mother, writer, parent, and an adult with autism. I find her perspective on autism is  unique, and her imagery and clarity enables us to gain a greater understanding of how the minds and bodies of those diagnosed with autism works.
 Tricia's  posts  can be found on google+ and Twitter.

In this blog, Tricia describes the autonomic nervous system and how it is used to regulate the body and create self-control. She uses brilliant metaphors that enable us to experience what it feels like to live as a person with autism. She describes feelings as only a person living with autism can describe them, and she is a great advocate for autism. 

What Implications Does Her Blog Have For Teachers?

Until we understand the daily challenges of our students, our observations and strategies may be ad hoc. We may fail to meet their needs. Tricia brings up a point that teachers of students with autism know: Behaviour is communication. What is the behaviour telling us? She offers a good checklist of what we, as educators, should be mindful of. 

Thank you Tricia for you brilliant, insightful, and interesting posts.

I hope you enjoy the post by Tricia and hope it gives you a 'light globe' moment where you feel one step closer to walking in the shoes of a person with autism. 

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Great article from PBS Newshour—Adults with autism deserve a system that allows them to thrive. http://to.pbs.org/1ozKN2N
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