The Timeliness Of An Autistic Trait

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There is a saying in the autistic community, “When you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”

Some autistic quirks and characteristics, are harder to pin down than others. What is true for one person, is not for the next.

The autistic relationship with time and schedules is one of those characteristics. As with many things, it can be something obsessed about, or completely overlooked as unimportant.

Time can mean scheduling. This is important if you have a child that lives by the clock.

A time delay or change of plans can be the trigger for a major meltdown.

Other people with autism can get so involved inspecial interests that they completely lose track of time. They may forget to eat or be up well past midnight working on a project.

For some autistics, time, itself, becomes an obsession. They may actually wait outside of an event, for several minutes, to arrive exactly on time.

For social events in general, some autistic people like to arrive early, when few people are present to gradually acclimate to the environment. Others like to arrive late and disappear anonymously into the crowd.

It seems that each autistic person has their own relationship with time. Like all relationships, it has its challenges.

It can be an abusive slave-driver, or a friendly co-worker.

In the case of the late-night meal skipper, it can be neglected and ignored until it is too late.

Autistic time is flexible, and sometimes, non-existent.

Perhaps this is why so many on the spectrum are fans of the “Dr. Who” television series.

He has special interests, a handy way to escape an unpleasant environment, and a unique and creative experience of time.

He’s probably an Aspie.


Sleep? What’s Sleep??

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Kids With Autism Often Have Trouble Sleeping, Study Shows

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) — Many children with autism have poorer sleep quality than other youngsters until they reach their teens, a new study reveals.

According to one expert, the findings won’t come as a surprise to many parents of children with autism.

“This study further documents what has long been reported and suspected: that children with an autism spectrum disorder have more sleep problems than do their peers,” said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park.

In the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 14,000 children born in 1991-1992 in England. Parents provided information about the children’s sleep habits from when they were aged 6 months to about 11.5 years.

Of the children in the study, 86 were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by the time they were 11 years old. The final study analysis was based on 39 children with an autism spectrum disorder and about 7,000 children without autism.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by difficulties in social interactions and communications. Autism spectrum disorders encompass a wide range from mild to severe.

Before 2.5 years of age, there was no difference in sleeping patterns between the two groups of children. But after that point, children with autism tended to sleep less in total, with the greatest difference (43 minutes) persisting until about 11.5 years of age, according to the study published online Sept. 23 in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Although the gap in total sleep narrowed after that age, children with autism still slept about 20 fewer minutes per day than other children until they reached their teens. The sleep differences were still evident even after the researchers accounted for other important factors, such as being born prematurely, having a low birth weight, mother’s education level, and social and economic status.

The sleep differences between children with autism and other youngsters appeared to be due to frequent bouts of waking during the night. Children with autism were much more likely than other children to wake three or more times a night, and this difference became even greater as the children grew older, the study authors noted.

By the time the children in the study were between 6 and 7 years old, more than 10 percent of those with autism were waking three times a night, compared with 0.5 percent of those without autism, the investigators found.

It’s unclear how this poor sleep quality affects children with autism, but prior research has suggested that sleep loss may affect brain development, according to study author Joanna Humphreys of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and colleagues in England. If that’s true, then these children may benefit from even a small, consistent increase in the amount of sleep they get, the authors concluded in a journal news release.

For his part, Adesman suggested more research is needed on whether sleep issues might take a toll on these children’s behaviors.

“Although children with an autism spectrum disorder often have behavior problems, and sleep problems are clearly associated with behavior problems in some children, this study did not examine whether there were more behavior problems in those children with an autism spectrum disorder who had sleep problems,” he noted.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

A Balm For Autistic Behaviors??

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I saw this this morning and wasn’t sure if it was hype or not.  I have not yet seen any other posts or articles about this product.  Typically, I am skeptical, but there are those affected by Autism that would likely look into this.  -Ed


Philadelphia, PA – Olfactory Biosciences Corp.’s today announced that its Chief Scientist Dr. V. Ruth Pinney has invented a proprietary NOXO Autism Balm™ that reduces coping behaviors.


Dr. Pinney was interviewed recently and she shared that what makes NOXO’s Autism Balm (TM) unique is that it, “Is a simple, but powerful way to ‘tone down’ their overwhelming perceptions. The Autism Balm works well with most children that have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It is successful because it targets sensitivities naturally, changing the child’s perception to sensory inputs in a direct, safe way!”

Dr. Pinney explains, “A child whom presents symptoms with ASD perceives the world through his or her senses in a different way than most of us. Many are super-tasters and smellers, super feelers, etc.” NOXO’s approach is treating ASD through the powerful Olfactory Nerves or Sense of Smell. Further she explained, “Since Autism Balm is simple to use, safe and effective and is not a medication, the child can easily carry it around with them and use it when they think that they need it.”

It works very well on its own or with other Autism Spectrum therapies as an adjunct. NOXO Autism Aid™ will also assist in supporting the child in eating a variety of nutritious foods. NOXO Autism Balm™ is similar to a lip balm but is applied just below the nostrils on the upper lip, allowing the natural formula to be inhaled and take effect. NOXO’s solution is safe, easy to apply and non-invasive. It works on your body’s natural processes and responses.

Olfactory Biosciences Corp.’s NOXO division is focused to develop a variety of products targeting Olfactory Receptors for the desired effect. These alternative medicine wellness products may modify behavior or provide relief to common behavior challenges such as anxiety, smoking or weight control, as examples.


Music Therapy and Autism

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Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.-VICTOR HUGO

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.-HERBIE HANCOCK

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.-ALDOUS HUXLEY

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.-THOMAS CARLYLE

Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.-WILLIAM CONGREVE


Improving behaviour in children with autism [research]

Weekly music therapy sessions lasting just an hour can have a positive effect on behaviour in children with autism, reports a paper in Pertanika Journal this month. In a study of 41 children, improvements were seen particularly in inattentive behaviours over a ten month period. The researchers hope that their research will help children and young adults with autism to modify behaviour.

US Centers for Disease Control statistics state that one in every 150 children in United States is diagnosed with autism — that is one new diagnosis in every 20 minutes. And the number is on the increase. Music and movement therapy has been used to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

C M See of the Universiti Sains Malaysia divided the group into two age categories — two to ten and eleven to twenty two — and rated their behaviour on a target behaviour checklist developed specifically for the research. Over a ten month period they alternated two different hour-long sessions of music therapy and measured the children on the target behaviour checklist on a monthly basis. For behaviours such as restlessness, aggression toward other children, noisiness and tantrums more than half of each group improved by one or two points on the scale.

Some children showed no changes and a couple regressed. Overall the research suggests that the therapy has positive effects on the children’s behaviours, but particularly with inattentive behaviour.