Autistic in a pandemic: Stories from around the world

In England, a basket on the porch becomes a purgatory for deliveries deemed perilous. In Spain, families don blue ribbons to silence the ‘balcony police,’ who jeer at passersby they think may be breaking the local ‘stay home’ advisory. In India, a child puts his fears into pictures, drawing a round blob with spikes in … Continue reading Autistic in a pandemic: Stories from around the world

Social Justice Resources from ASERT of PA

ASERT Resources for Addressing Current Events:  “Are You Ready?” https://paautism.org/resource/emergency-preparedness-plan/“Be Safe: Community Safety Social Story” https://paautism.org/resource/be-safe-community-safety/“Be Safe: Coping with Abuse Social Story” https://paautism.org/resource/be-safe-coping-abuse/“Be Safe: Flashbacks and Intrusive Thoughts Social Story” https://paautism.org/resource/be-safe-flashbacks-intrusive-thoughts-social-story/“Be Well, Think Well Resources” – Signs of anxiety, depression https://paautism.org/resource/be-well-mental-health/“Get S.A.F.E and be S.O.U.N.D” Resource for Parents Experiencing Stress During the COVID-19 Crisis https://paautism.org/resource/get-safe-and-be-sound/“How to Create a Coping Zone” A … Continue reading Social Justice Resources from ASERT of PA

Spotted around the web: Coronavirus, genetic mutations, obsessive-compulsive disorder

Research roundup Preventing cell death during brain development in fruit flies allows diverse neuronal circuits to form. Science Advances The most widely used autism screen is as reliable for black children as it is for white children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Children whose autism is a result of copy number variants in their … Continue reading Spotted around the web: Coronavirus, genetic mutations, obsessive-compulsive disorder

Preparing for Possible Isolation

This was adapted from a post on a Facebook group and includes my response to which I felt was necessary in a time of pandemic.Dustin I come from we Aspies (we little professors) were considered role models in our classrooms, and were quite scholarly, and also obedient at home, in school, in church and in … Continue reading Preparing for Possible Isolation

Spotted around the web: Sleep problems, social comfort, police training

Research roundup Suicidal behavior may be rooted in people feeling burdened by and excluded from society, both of which are heightened in those with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Sleep problems in autism persist into at least middle age. Autism in Adulthood Autistic people tend to feel most comfortable when they are around … Continue reading Spotted around the web: Sleep problems, social comfort, police training

The hidden danger of suicide in autism

Nearly every Sunday since he was 7, Connor McIlwain had panicked about going to school the following day. The noise of barking dogs or crying babies, the demands of school and the constant fear of being exposed to one of his phobias was a lot for Connor to handle. Diagnosed with autism at age 3, … Continue reading The hidden danger of suicide in autism