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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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I am a  blogger at and have two facebook pages- Autism Gems and Autism Friends. In my blog, I discuss good teaching practices for teachers. I would also like parents to be aware of these practices which are largely modelled on TEACCH methods, which are very sympathetic and understanding of autism and its many faces. My latest posts are #executive functioning #readingapps #FloortimePlayTherapy # Sensory Processing Disorders and # Getting Autistic Students Ready for Excursions.
I also have an Autism Shop with excellent products. Each 'room' deals with an area of need e.g. executive functioning, calming, sensory needs, educational supports, gross and fine motor products, social skills and life skills. Come and browse!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Rosalie Markovics
Floortime Play Therapy for the disengaged autistic child. 
The autistic children you will find most concerning are those who seem to live in their own world, and seemingly not interact or show any interest in the environment around them. This child will consistently move away from the group or individual, avoid eye contact, or not react to his name. This child seems to prefer to be on his own, doing repetitive things or not doing anything much at all.  
It is so important to build relationships with autistic students and the child who does not react to you, let alone interact with you, is of great concern to educators and parents. I have found Floortime Play Therapy to be an invaluable therapy to use and I would highly recommend educators of autistic children to read it...............

Read my experience with Floortime Play Therapy on my blog.

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#ad Calming supports for autism and ADHD. Visit the Autism shop in my blog and see good quality products, appropriate to the needs of the children. 
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Great article from PBS Newshour—Adults with autism deserve a system that allows them to thrive.
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