Autism News Tagged "sensory integration"

Inclusive Design – Creating Spaces to Accommodate Sensory Issues in ASD

We are aware of the sensory issues that people with autism have, but only recently have we realized the need to design spaces to accommodate those needs. Lights, textures, sounds, and colours can all affect a person’s well-being. Designing spaces around these needs for people with autism can be challenging because autism is a complex disorder; the needs vary greatly from person to person.

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What in the World Is Going On – August 2013 Edition

We often think of summer as a slower, laid back period but it certainly has not been so for new research. We’ve had two groundbreaking studies released this past month – the first one led by Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children’s Dr. Stephen Scherer and the Centre for Applied Genomics lab. This new research identified genetic risks for autism in…

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The 101 on Fidgets

Fidget toys are a great way to keep hands busy, soothe nerves, help improve focus and occupy an active mind. What exactly are they?

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Our Approach to Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Difficulties

By Paula Aquila, Occupational Therapist Everyone experiences the world a little differently. The same person may even experience the world differently depending on their level of pain, fatigue or in response to a physical/emotional stress. We experience the world through our senses. Our nervous system receives messages through specialized receptors and relays these messages to the central nervous system where…

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Have you made the Sensory “Rainbow Connection”?

During my 30 years as a pediatric occupational therapist, I have constantly searched for new ways to help make complex concepts such as sensory integration, more “user friendly”. Out of desperation a few years ago, after yet again another road trip of consultations and workshops which involved constant packing and unpacking of sensory toys and equipment, I began listening to expert advice.

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How Sensory Integration and Nutrition Interact

Sensory Integration (SI) is a complex process that makes it possible for a person to take in, organize and interpret information from our bodies and the world. Collating sensory information efficiently enables humans to function smoothly in daily life. For example: Is the soup hot or cold? Are my arms or legs going to bump into anything? Do I need to go to the bathroom?

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