Adulting: Having Your Own Space

My Temporary Room

In gaining my skills to regroup for the next chapter in my life, I have made the decision to do a blog series on Adulting. The eighth installment is creating your own space for you or an autisic, an esssential element in any autistic's life.

The Changing of the Clock

As a child, I never struggled with Daylight Savings time, because I either prepared for it by my family, or I just never noticed it. Nonetheless, in recent years, it has been harder and harder to overcome the change, yet I look forward to the time change in the spring, as it brings forward a … Continue reading The Changing of the Clock

Wide awake: Why children with autism struggle with sleep

Bramli was giving the stink eye to the grown-ups in her room, shooting resentful glances their way. Around 7:30 p.m. on a warm June evening, daylight was fading outside her home in Morgan Hill, California. A 5-year-old with curly brown hair, Bramli was dressed in pink-and-green pajamas and rigged from head to toe with more … Continue reading Wide awake: Why children with autism struggle with sleep

How treating sleep may ease all forms of autism

Listen to this story:https://webplayer.spokenlayer.net/0.1/webplayer.js In a clinic I run at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), I see children who have various genetic syndromes associated with autism. These children have a wide range of features, including intellectual disability, language problems and seizures. But they have one thing in common: poor sleep.The inability to fall or … Continue reading How treating sleep may ease all forms of autism

How to get children with autism to sleep

When Nick was a toddler, he struggled to make sense of language, coordinate his own limbs and orient himself in the world. His mother, Brigid Day, got some sympathetic advice from his neurologist. It was permission, essentially, to soothe her child into sleep by lying next to him in bed. “His pediatric neurologist even said, … Continue reading How to get children with autism to sleep

What’s the connection between autism and sleep?

For many people with autism, a good night’s sleep is an elusive thing. As much as 86 percent of children on the spectrum experience disrupted sleep, which can leave them feeling out of sync with the rest of the world. This video explores the connection between autism and sleep, and offers steps autistic people can … Continue reading What’s the connection between autism and sleep?