Autism and thinking. Just a thought!

Does your child seem other-worldly?  Is he anxious, sad or happy whenever you are? Does he speak in a very idiosyncratic way – as if his mother tongue is a foreign language? Or does he disconcert people because he seems to have a real insight into them? If so that may be related to his stage of […]

Autism and Gastrointestinal Issues – More Gut Feelings

You already know there are several different GI problems that commonly affect people with ASD so perhaps we should explore some of the most common ones in more detail in case your child has any of them. ~~~ Does your baby cry inconsolably, refuse the bottle or breast and then cry for food again only to pull […]

Autism and Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders – Gut feelings.

Does your child suffer from stomach aches?  Or have bouts of diarrhea or constipation? Is his stomach bloated at times?  Do his bowel movements contain undigested food particles? Or does he arch his back, press his stomach against things or grit his teeth? Or scream or rock? If so it is possible that he has any […]

Autism and digestive problems – Food for thought

Over the past few weeks we have explored some of many sensory and other symptoms commonly found in people on the autism spectrum but now let’s turn our attention to the physical problems that also affect many of them, regardless of age. Ongoing (and sometimes disputed) research indicates that many children with ASD suffer from […]

Autism and the seventh sense. Spinning and swinging.

Is your child afraid of heights? Does he hate escalators? Get sick every time he travels? Or hate swings or any game that puts him off-balance? Or is he totally the opposite? A child who never gets giddy or travel sick? Who really enjoys the rides at the amusement park? Who’s constantly jumping about or hopping […]

Autism and the sixth sense – Steady on!

Does your child move awkwardly and clumsily? Does he find it hard to pick things up? Or send food flying when he eats? Do the family pets avoid him? Does he slam doors and enjoy games in which he can push, pull or drag things around? Such problems are linked to difficulties with proprioception (body […]

Autism and overload – One thing at a time

Does your child peer at things out of the corner of his eye or take quick short glances?  Is he slow to respond to your questions?  Or find it hard to walk and talk at the same time? This seems to happen because, in contrast to most people, who automatically process information from several senses simultaneously […]

Autism and Exposure Anxiety. Don’t look at me!

Does your child get you to turn the door handle or pick his toys up? Do you sometimes catch him doing things or perhaps even hear him talking or singing to himself when he thinks he’s alone? Does he avoid using personal pronouns? Or is his speech non existent or limited to a few ‘safe’ […]

Autism and Anxiety – The Shapes of Fear

Does your child withdraw into his own world at times? Or get upset by changes in his routine or environment?  Is he reluctant to try anything new?  Have routines that simply ‘have to be done’ often in a specific order?   Or is she a ‘collector’ – filling her pockets, her room or even the whole house with the things […]

Autism and Sensory Differences. The Consequences are not a Game!

Over the past few weeks you have seen how badly the various sensory differences can affect the child; transforming the way he relates to others and to the world around him. Unfortunately the consequences of those problems are often overlooked despite the fact that, in my experience, they are very important indeed. So before we […]