Brains of Autistic Kids Still Larger at Age 4, 5 – Health News – Health.com

6 May

Brains of Autistic Kids Still Larger at Age 4, 5 – Health News – Health.com

via Brains of Autistic Kids Still Larger at Age 4, 5 – Health News – Health.com.

THIS ARTICLE IS FASCINATING TO ME.  I HAVE A REALLY SPECIAL INTEREST IN NEUROLOGY AND MANY OF THE CHILDREN WITH WHOM I WORK ARE ON THE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM.  THEIR BRAINS ARE LARGER!  INTERSTING…… 

WHAT I AM FINDING AT WORK, AND WHAT OTHERS FIND IS THAT THESE CHILDREN TAKE IN INFORMATION IS DIFFERENT TOO.  THAT MUST HAVE TO DO WITH THEIR BRAIN STRUCTURE.  THEY HAVE TROUBLE INTERPRETING INFORMATION FROM THEIR ENVIRONMENT.  THE VERY BASIC SOCIAL RULES OF  LANGUAGE SUCH AS EYE CONTACT, LISTENING AND THEN RESPONDING, (AS WE DO IN A SIMPLE GAME OF BALL OR WHEN ONE PERSON BLOWS A BUBBLE AND THEN TELLS THE OTHER TO “POP THE BUBBLES” ), AND LEARNING TO USE LANGUAGE FOR A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT PURPOSES IS A SKILL THAT ACTUALLY HAS TO BE TAUGHT.  FOR THE TYPICALLY DEVELOPING CHILD, THESE SKILLS WHICH ARE DEEMED “PRECURSORY SKILLS” TO LANGUAGE USE SIMPLY EMERGE.  

A SPECIAL FINDING WITH A FEW OF THE CHILDREN WITH WHOM I WORK RECENTLY IS THEIR INTERPRETATION OF EXTERNAL STIMULATION, SPECIFICALLY MUSIC.  I HAVE FOUND – FOR THOSE OF YOU OUT THERE WITH CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM, IS THAT MUSIC CAN BE A CALMING INFLUENCE.  ONE CHILD CALMS TO HEARING A SONG SUNG.  HIS TANTRUMS, YELLING BEHAVIORS AND HEIGHTENED HEART BEAT ALL CALM TO A RHYTHMIC RUB ON THE BACK OR ON THE CHEST WHILE A SONG SUCH AS “THE WHEELS ON THE BUS” IS SUNG.  SIMILARLY, QUIET HUMMING OF A CHILDHOOD SONG AND THE RUBBING MAY BE ENOUGH; BUT A VERY SOFT VOICE NEEDS TO BE USED WITH THIS.  THE SOFTER THAT YOUR VOICE IS, THE CALMER THE CHIULD GETS! 

SOUTHPAW ENTERPRISES AT WWW.SOUTHPAWENTERPRISES.COM MANUFACTURE AND SELL A VARIETY OF “NEURO-DEVELOPMENTAL PRODUCTS AND THOSE TO ASSIST WITH SENSORY INTEGRATION, AN AREA THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED WITH AUTISTIC CHILDREN.  PARENTS CAN LOOK THROUGH THE CATALOGUE AND ALSO DISCUSS CONCERNS WITH THEIR THERAPY TEAM TO DETERMINE THE BEST TOYS THAT WILL ASSIST YOU IN HELPING YOUR CHILD.

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