Category: Autism

Autism Support and Apps: See What LearningRx Recommends!

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Looking for reputable sources on autism?

LearningRx recommends that you start your research on these organizations’ websites:

Interested in apps designed to help children with autism?

Parenting magazine shared a list of 11 expert-recommended autism apps for kids. The apps are design to support the social and emotional needs of kids with autism, as well as promote literacy, memory and sleep.

Some of the apps are free, about half are available for both Android and iOS, and one lets you use your own family’s pictures or customized text or audio to customize it for increased communication. View the list here.

 

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National Autism Awareness Month

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Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month and chances are, you know of someone diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Did you know ASD is the fastest growing development disability, rising 10-17% every year? About every 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum (about 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls).

Unfortunately, there is no single medical test to detect autism since symptoms are vastly different between individuals. There are, however, characteristics that are particularly common, including sensory processing challenges, speech/language delays and impairments, weak social cognition, and self-esteem issues.

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Blink Patterns of Autistic Toddlers Reveal Fascinating Insights

We don’t think much about blinking. For the most part, it’s an involuntary process that keeps our eyes hydrated. But when we blink, we lose information, even if it’s just for a fraction of a second. In fact, during a typical day, blinking means you spend about 44 minutes with your eyes closed.

This is why, when we’re watching something that interests us, we tend to blink less often. Again, it’s not something we think about, just an involuntary response to not wanting to miss out on whatever has captured our attention.

A recent study of the blink patterns of two-year-olds –some of whom were typically developing children and some of whom had an autism spectrum disorder—revealed fascinating insights on what is actually happening in their brains.  Noticing that children blink less often while watching videos, researchers wondered if toddlers with autism, who have impairments in social communications, would show the same blink patterns as typically developing kids.

They showed 93 toddlers a video featuring two children in a wagon who get into an argument over whether the wagon door should be open or shut.

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