Tics are unvoluntary, repetitive contractions of muscles. They can also be verbal. Tics can sometimes be suppressed, which is why they are called "unvoluntary" instead of "involuntary," according to WebMD. However, suppressing a tic is difficult and very uncomfortable, especially for children. Tics often become more apparent and frequent when a child is nervous, which is why … [Read more...] about Nervous Tics in Children
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‘Tis the season! That’s what all the billboards, advertisements, and email subject lines are saying right about now, anyway. But ‘tis the season for what, exactly? The obvious answers are “giving” and “gathering” and “getting out the sparkly decorations.” There are presents that need purchasing and cards that need crafting; there are parties that require our presence and … [Read more...] about Ditch the Grinch and Deck the Halls
Do you ever know how someone really feels? It’s hard to tell, as we live in a time of so much noise and distraction. People are tuning in less to each other and paying more attention to the technology, social media, advertising messages, the news, and other external disturbances around them. Being able to recognize someone’s feelings means you’re tuned into their verbal and … [Read more...] about Three Ways to Get Present and Cherish the Moments
What causes it, and how to fix it. A few months back, I spent the afternoon at the park with a dear friend and his nine-year-old twin boys. While Brad and I savored a day away from our computers and phones, his boys became more anxious as the afternoon progressed, punctuating our walk with choruses of “I’m bored!” Why did three hours of sunshine without ipads, phones, … [Read more...] about Does Your Child Suffer from Technology-Induced Anxiety?
Adults with Autism and Travel My son and I discussed our pre-pandemic travel plans the other day. What did we discuss? The summer of 2020, my son, husband, and I had a Europe trip planned. England, Poland, and France. We were very excited about this trip. My son was very excited. He was finally going to go to Europe, one of his dreams. Then, the trip … [Read more...] about Adults with Autism and Travel