S. DeCarlo

How an ASD person deals with stress and trauma

The impact of stress and trauma on typical kids (and adults) is significant. In kids on the spectrum, kids with anxiety, depression, mental illness and other challenges, stress and trauma can present in even more profound ways.If you are seeingacademic strugglesemotional outburstsregression (my 17 yo kid has returned to watching cartoons from her toddler years)lack …

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Transition Skills: Learning about your kid, COVID edition.

Annie is on her third week of full-time online school. It’s…a struggle. Annie is a smart kid, and in the perfect circumstances, she can demonstrate that. The perfect circumstances involve no distractions/ correct lighting/ accommodation for processing speed/ a person to translate neurotypical jargon to ASD literal speak/ 3 million highlighters of every color/ the …

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Blue Lights are fine but how about this instead?

Blue lights are fine. Understanding that many autistic people “mask” (pretend to be neurotypical) for YOUR comfort is more important. Masking is exhausting and stressful and can be painful. Blue lights are fine. Respecting the wishes of an autistic person who does not wish to be touched is better. Blue lights are fine. Understanding that …

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The difference between accommodation and modification.

This is the third post in a 3 series blog. Yesterday I wrote about reasonable accommodation. Today, I would like to continue with a discussion about the differences between accommodations and modifications. Understanding the difference can be one of the first steps in communicating with the district, since you need to know what to ask …

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