Can Your Child Benefit from a Snug Vest ‘Hug’?

My son Jonathan was walking through the exhibitor area at Autism Society's Conference when he spotted "Snug Vest." He struck up a conversation with the inventor, Lisa Fraser, and couldn't wait to tell me about it. Lisa used to work with kids on the spectrum in classrooms and she was inspired to develop a more practical, stylish alternative to weighted vests. Jonathan loved her invention so I interviewed Lisa to find out more about it. Before we find out more about the Snug Vest, will you describe how deep pressure can help those on the … [Read more...]

Experience the Comfort and Joy of Sensory Habits

I've many times given advice on sensory seeking behaviours in autistic children, how to aid them and why they may occur. While explaining that a child spinning for example, is seeking to feed their vestibular sense or that a child stamping their feet is gaining proprioceptive feedback from the pressure of their soles bouncing on the floor, I've never described how it feels. Tactile I'm going to attempt to describe how, from my perspective it feels to run my fingers through soft fleecy material and the emotions I feel when I do: It's … [Read more...]

The Pulling, Tugging, Squirming Issues of Clothing

Many of us across the country enjoyed a warmer than usual fall and early winter in 2015. It was a wonderful respite for those of us that often endure unreasonable amounts of layers well before the official winter months of January and February. For those of us with autistic children, the warmer fall meant not having to change wardrobes for a few extra months. You might be thinking, who cares about what type of clothes one wears? I for one, breathed a huge sigh of relief that I did not have to worry about a winter coat until the end of … [Read more...]

Curious Interviews 2015: Authors, Autism, Inspirations, Oh My!

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style. Maya Angelou In 2015, our curiosity took us to places beyond our imaginations. We discovered people of passion and compassion. We learned about ourselves and others through literature, personal stories, and from those who are doing good works. Here is a recap of the amazing interviews we published in 2015: [Tweet "Read @geekclubbooks 2015 curious interviews with authors, changemakers, entrepreneurs for … [Read more...]

Having a Meltdown? Use the Emergency Chat App for Help

Jeroen De Busser is a 21 year old autistic Software Engineering M.Sc. student from Antwerp, Belgium. He is prone to sensory overload where he loses the ability to form and sometimes, even understand speech. When he couldn't find a way to effectively communicate and get help during a meltdown episode, he used his software talent to create an app for it! Now it's free in the app store for everyone. What inspired you to develop the Emergency Chat app? In December last year, I had one of the worst meltdowns of my life. It was the first time ever … [Read more...]

Experiencing the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

As an autistic adult I suffer from anxiety if my routines are changed and it can manifest with physical symptoms. Today I was planning for an appointment I had on my schedule for tomorrow. I arranged childcare and my travel route. I planned what to wear and what to dress the children in. I sorted out our fares and looked online at Google Maps to visually see where I was going so I was mentally prepared. I decided to ring up as I often do before any appointment to make sure it was going to happen and it had been cancelled without anyone … [Read more...]

The Impact of Sensory Processing Disorder

Our guest contributor, children's author Lori DeMonia, shares the impact of sensory processing disorder in a children's book inspired by her own family's experiences. Sensory Processing Disorder makes life challenging. It also changes the way a family functions in their day-to-day life.  Much planning and thought goes into everything.  Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, using the vacuum cleaner, or choosing the right time to empty the dishwasher, what many would consider simple decisions, aren’t so simple.  Taking our daughter with … [Read more...]