The Importance of Slowing Down... especially for those of us who have loved ones with autism

We all know we should slow down.  Our lives are filled with things we need to get done.  It's easy to become caught up in taking care of responsibilities.

Although children often move at what seems like warp speed, they also need time to assimilate what they learn both from formal education and everyday life experiences.  This is especially true for children who have autism.  A recent study by Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester found that children who have autism spectrum disorder perceive motion faster than their typically developing counterparts.

Here's a link to the study:

In her book "Animals In Translation", Temple Grandon hypothesizes that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a more difficult time filtering out sensory information than those without ASD.  If this is the case, and no doubt different people have different experiences, it is vital for us to allow enough time for those in our lives with ASD to understand what their senses are telling them about the world, and to formulate a response.

Consider it a chance for all of us to take a breather.

Moira Sullivan

Moira uses a holistic approach that promotes healthy development in the child while honoring and supporting their relationship with their family and the community. A graduate of San Jose State University, she has advanced training in sensory integration, visual perception and visual-motor integration, DIR Floortime, oral motor rehabilitation, strength and endurance training, and myofascial release.