A Parent’s View: What to Know About Sensory Processing Issues


As we left the park, I could feel stares from many of the other kids and parents. I felt like they were thinking: “What’s wrong with that kid? What’s the big deal? Why is his father indulging this?”It’s times like this when I wish people knew a few things about parenting a child with sensory processing issues:My son senses sounds, textures, tastes, smells and sights differently than other kids.

Source: A Parent’s View: What to Know About Sensory Processing Issues

How a Colorado court case could change how public schools everywhere serve students with special needs


The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with the question of what kind of education public schools must provide students with disabilities, hearing arguments in a case that originated with a complaint against a suburban Denver school district and that could have profound implications nationwide.

The case originated with a complaint by the family of a Douglas County child with autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Source: How a Colorado court case could change how public schools everywhere serve students with special needs

Trump meets with vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr – The Boston Globe

President-elect Donald Trump has asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, to chair a committee on “vaccine safety and scientific integrity,” Kennedy told reporters after his meeting at Trump Tower.

Kennedy, son of former Attorney General and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, is an environmental activist and heads the Waterkeeper group to protect rivers.

He’s a vocal advocate for the belief that trace amounts of minerals in vaccines cause autism, a claim for which there is no evidence.

Source: Trump meets with vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr – The Boston Globe

Emphasis mine.

Meet Leka, the first toy designed specifically for children with autism – Nitro Digital

Shaped like a ball, it has an endearing ‘face’ that changes expressions, and uses sound, light and colours to interact with users through adaptable games that improve cognitive and motor skills. More than a tool for caregivers and educators, Leka is described by its developers as a “robotic companion”. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), connecting with others can be challenging.  The robot is able to guide children through a range of activities, helping them to improve their communication skills and ability to learn.

Source: Meet Leka, the first toy designed specifically for children with autism – Nitro Digital

Parenting Roundabout: Structuring the Summer

Summer presents a challenging amount of time to fill for any parent, but when your child needs routine and structure to make it through the day, finding predictable ways to fill that time is a particular concern. Terri chats with Charlie Zegers, who writes about sports and also about parenting kids on the autism spectrum, about strategies for a successful summer, including camps that can accommodate your child, structured time at home, and activities like bowling, fishing, kayaking, going to movies, catching a baseball game, and maybe even taking in some theater.

via Parenting Roundabout.

Parenting Roundabout Podcast: Kids, Computers, and Unacceptable Age-Appropriateness

On the one hand, as parents of kids with special needs, we’re desperate for them to do the things their age peers are doing. We want them to be adept at the tools of the world today and fluent in the language of our times. On the other hand, don’t lie and stop cursing and don’t make secret social media accounts, and get away from that computer and stop playing video games and put down that phone. Amanda chats with Charlie Zegers, who writes about sports and also about parenting kids on the autism spectrum, about how you tease out what’s the condition and what’s the age, and how to discipline without stamping out important developmental progress. Are we expecting more from kids on the autism spectrum than we’d expect from typical kids, as About.com’s autism expert Lisa Jo Rudy asked in an article on her site? Or should we be expecting more from typical kids? Listen in for some good food for thought on parenting on and off the spectrum (and if you’re interested in getting your kids coding, the sites referred to are Scratch and Game Salad). If you’re reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.

via Parenting Roundabout: Round 4: Kids, Computers, and Unacceptable Age-Appropriateness.

No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes | Society | The Guardian

Satisfied yet? Can we PLEASE move on now?

A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children.

The findings from the study of a cohort of around 95,000 children will not surprise most scientists, who have been reassuring parents of the jab’s safety for 17 years, since the publication of now discredited research by the gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield.

via No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes | Society | The Guardian.

Parenting Roundabout: Varsity Letters and Good Intentions

Remember the story that was going around Facebook about a young athlete with special needs whose mom bought him a varsity letter jacket and whose school made him stop wearing it? Amanda had a chat with Charlie Zegers, who writes about sports and also about parenting kids on the autism spectrum, on whether buying a kid a letter to honor participation on a non-varsity team is something parents ought to be doing, however well-meaning and understandable such an effort may be. They talked about the meritocracy of sports, what a varsity letter signifies, how appropriating such a symbol may stir bad feelings along with good ones, and why there may also be unintended consequences to extending eligibility so that students in special education who get to high school a little older than their peers and stay longer can keep playing.

via Parenting Roundabout.