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Temple Grandin and the Squeeze Machine

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Temple Grandin and the Squeeze Machine

Temple Grandin is a hero in the autism world. Her research, advocacy, and influence have shaped how we treat and talk about autism and sensory issues. Sometimes forgotten though is the incredible impact of her inventions. Temple Grandin’s Squeeze Machine or Hug Machine, played a huge role in defining what we know about the benefits of deep pressure and compression for people with autism and sensory issues.From an early age, Temple Grandin struggled with sensory sensitivity. Like a lot of us on the spectrum, Grandin struggled with being touched. Grandin’s interests drove her towards animal science, with a specific specialty...

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Meet Orchid, the Autism Support Dog

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Meet Orchid, the Autism Support Dog

When the Guide Dogs Association of South Africa announced last year that they are reopening applications for Autism support dogs, our Malaika Rose begged us to apply. We went through the application process, followed by a series of interviews and a home visit by the Guide Dog Association to identify her needs and to determine which dog will suit her best. About 6 months later we received the news that she has been approved and the ideal dog for her has been identified, a beautiful golden retriever named Orchid. Orchid completed her 2 years of training to be a service...

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Introducing Tracto: a mobile app to manage your ASD child's clinical journey

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Introducing Tracto: a mobile app to manage your ASD child's clinical journey

  A couple of week ago, we were introduced to the awesome team from Tracto, a mobile app that allows parents to manage their child’s care needs easier, by tracking behaviour and medication, and also allow caregivers, teachers and therapists to contribute - all in one convenient place.      What does Tracto do? Using Tracto, you can Track your child's behaviors to understand what's working and what isn't Invite loved ones, teachers and other caregivers Set reminders for medication, activities and tracking Share reports with clinicians and therapists Access affordable & trusted online parenting courses The Tracto team have created an...

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Benefits of Using a Visual Timer for Autism

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Benefits of Using a Visual Timer for Autism

From Autism Parenting Magazine  Time does not exist, it’s an illusion, a human construct existing only in our minds to conceptualize change intellectually. There is no past or future, that is if you subscribe to theories by scientists like Carlo Revelli.   For many parents with neurodiverse children, time feels very real. Watching a ticking clock after you’ve sent your child upstairs to brush their teeth, school starting in mere minutes, bestows upon time a dose of ultra reality. This is something parents with kids on the spectrum bring up time and again, so why do many children with autism spectrum disorder...

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What is Autistic burnout?

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What is Autistic burnout?

What is autistic burnout?  From the blog of the Autism Awareness Centre, published on 17 Nov 2021, by Maureen Bennie Maybe you’ve heard the term autistic burnout and wondered what it is and how this term come about. We usually hear the term “burnout” used in professional life, which is characterized by exhaustion. The autistic community began applying the burnout term to all areas of life. Autistic adults have reported times when they could no longer cope, lost skills, had loss of function, started acting or feeling “more autistic” (increased repetitive behaviors or increased sensitivity to sensory input), lost employment, did poorly...

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