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A Pediatric Perspective

What Autism Feels Like

Published October 7, 2012 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A colleague recently sent this YouTube link and I felt compelled to share it. Although titled What Autism Feels Like, it is actually a brief clip on what a day probably sounds like in the life of a child with ASD. As peds therapists, it often becomes our role in the school, clinic or our community to educate teachers, parents and/or other staff members on the sensory challenges that children with autism usually face.  This short video is the perfect tool to elicit that Aha! Moment with your audience and start the paradigm shift in getting them to reframe their space-whether clinic, classroom, home or day care/after school center- with a new sensory eye (or ear in this case!).  Understanding auditory defensiveness that often goes hand in hand with children on the spectrum  is the first step in promoting better sensory environmental concepts ( such as acoustic panels  in loud areas like a school cafeteria) and/or other reasonable accommodations ( e.g. noise reduction headphones worn at key intervals).  I plan on adding this link to use as part of my regular workshops and in-services to teachers.  I hope it helps in your repertoire of training ideas as well.  

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