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People have all kinds of reasons for food aversions or avoidance. Sensory (like experiencing strong or “weird” tastes, loud noises that crunchy foods make when chewed, uncomfortable pressure on teeth and jaws when chewing), motor (slippery or soft foods may hard for a person to control in their mouth without accidentally gagging) or negative memories like choking or being at a sad event when eating a food, all may affect one’s “food future”. Some people may also have obsessive compulsive read more
The Meaning Behind Giving Tuesday Giving Tuesday, (#GivingTuesday) began in 2012 in response to the commercialization of the holiday season. It is a powerful reminder that the true essence of the season is about giving. This global day of generosity encourages people to contribute to charitable organizations, volunteer their time, and lend a helping hand to others. Autism Connection of Pennsylvania: A Lifeline and Hub for Families and Adults Autism affects millions of families worldwide. Autism Connection of PA is read more
The Double Empathy Problem “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter Drucker The double empathy problem posits that difficulties in social interaction are not solely the responsibility of the autistic person, but also result from a lack of understanding and empathy from people who are not autistic. Explaining the double empathy problem poses its own challenges, so I’m quite literally illustrating the concept with a question: Who will do the laundry? Who read more