Advice from an autistic paraprofessional

As you all know, I wear many hats because I work more than one job. I have been a paraprofessional for many years. Recently, I entered into my 4th school year as a paraprofessional. I am not just as any paraprofessional. I am a paraprofessional on the autism spectrum! Most of my experiences consist ofContinue reading “Advice from an autistic paraprofessional”

Holiday Tips 2021

Do you enjoy the holiday season? The holidays can be a great time for families. Although, it can be stressful for individuals on the autism spectrum. Here are some tips to help an individual with ASD get through the holidays: When traveling for the holidays, always be prepared with favorite things. It can be favoriteContinue reading “Holiday Tips 2021”

Halloween 2021

It looks like Halloween will be happening in person this year! We all know that Halloween is a fun holiday of dressing up in costumes and getting candy from going to peoples’ houses while trick or treating. Although, Halloween can be stressful sometimes for people with autism. How can you help a person with autismContinue reading “Halloween 2021”

Echolalia

What is echolalia? Lowry (n.d.) explains the meaning of echolalia by an individual repeating words, phrases, or sentences that occurs in the environment. Echolalia is one of the signs or symptoms of Autism. For me, I had echolalia after starting to develop verbal language at age six. I repeated words from anyone who interacted withContinue reading “Echolalia”

Choosy eater to Healthy eater

Are you someone who likes to eat only certain foods? One of the signs or symptoms of Autism are people’s less interest in food or uncommon food preferences due to sensory issues, underdeveloped oral motor muscles, or behaviors influenced from the environment. During physical therapy at a very young age, I had trouble chewing foods,Continue reading “Choosy eater to Healthy eater”