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It’s time for another blog hop, but this one is being hosted by the gals over at Ideas for Scrapbookers. Each contributing artist was asked to share information about autism on their blog.
- If you have been hopping along from blog to blog, then you probably just visited Dolores’ blog where she shared information about how autism is diagnosed.
- If you have just joined the hop, you can get a list of all the participating artists here.
I’m going to be sharing information about medical issues that relate to autism.
Often times an Autism Spectrum Disorder is not the only diagnosis for children and adults on the spectrum. There are often other psychological, physical, and medical diagnoses that accompany it. Here’s some of the more common physical and medical issues that a person with autism may experience:
Seizure Disorder, also called Epilepsy, occurs in as many as 39% of people with autism. It is more common in children who also have cognitive deficits than those without.
A small number of children with autism may also have an identifiable neurogenetic condition such as Fragile X Syndrome, Angelman’s Syndrome, a neurocutaneous disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis, Chromosome 15 Duplication Syndrome or another chromosomal abnormality.
Many parents report gastrointestinal (GI) problems in their children with autism. The exact number of children with both gastrointestinal issues such as gastritis, chronic constipation, colitis, celiac disease and esophagitis and autism is unknown. Surveys have suggested that between 46 and 85% of children with autism have problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea.
Sleep problems are common in children and adolescents with autism. Having a child with sleep problems can affect the whole family. It can also have an impact on the ability of a child to learn and benefit from therapy. Sometimes sleep issues may be caused by medical issues such as obstructive sleep apnea or gastroesophageal reflux and addressing the medical issues may solve the problem. In other cases, when there is no medical cause, sleep issues may be managed with behavioral interventions including “sleep-hygiene” measures such as limiting the amount of sleep during the day, and establishing regular bedtime routines.
Sensory Integration Dysfunction
This is very common. Many children and adults with autism experience unusual responses to sensory stimuli, or input. These responses are due to difficulty in processing and integrating sensory information. Vision, hearing, touch, smell, taste, the sense of movement (vestibular system), and the sense of position can all be affected. This means that while information is sensed normally, it may be perceived much differently. Sometimes stimuli that seem “normal” to others can be experienced as painful, unpleasant or confusing by the child with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), the clinical term for this characteristic. This can involve hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity. An example of hypersensitivity would be the inability to tolerate wearing clothing, being touched, or being in a room with normal lighting. Hyposensitivity might be apparent in a child’s increased tolerance of pain or a constant need for sensory stimulation, like a child that wants to be on the swings for hours. Treatment for Sensory Integration Dysfunction is usually addressed with occupational therapy and/or sensory integration therapy.
Pica is an eating disorder involving eating things that are not food. Children between 18 and 24 months old often eat non food items, but this is typically a normal part of development. Some children with autism and other developmental disabilities persist beyond the developmentally typical time frame and continue to eat items such as dirt, clay, chalk or paint chips. Children showing signs of persistent mouthing of fingers or objects, including toys, should be tested for elevated blood levels of lead, especially if there is a known potential for environmental exposure to lead.
To learn more, please visit Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.
Next stop on the blog hop is Susan who will be sharing information about the treatment of autism.
….but before you head to the next blog, leave a comment to this post for a chance to win a RAK from yours truly. You have until Tuesday, April 27th by 11:59 pm.
Aside from the blog hop, I wanted to recap my wonderful weekend. It was definitely one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. The weather was warm, and it was so laid back.
Maui and Hilo surely enjoyed the warm weather because they spent the weekend out and about. We took them to Ed Levin County Dog Park, and they LOVED it. To make it even better, the park was filled with other Miniature Schnauzers!
This weekend, we also went on a picnic. Instead of trying to fight for a parking space at the park, we decided to have our own little private picnic in the backyard! It sure beat having to look for a picnic space on a crowded lawn. Besides, it was easy to pack up the picnic blanket, food, and water, hehe.
Laying the blanket out on the lawn and enjoying the warm weather and fresh air was definitely a great idea! Besides, it was free. You can’t beat that, right?! Staring up into the sky to look at clouds, doing cartwheels in the grass, and trying to catch ladybugs reminded me of my childhood. Stuff like that always makes me smile. …and because the weather was warm, we brought out the dog pool!
Weekends like this remind me of how awesome life really is. Instead of going out to shop, watching TV, or spending time on the computer, spend a little quality time doing something as simple as taking a blanket out to your backyard. I promise that you will feel better after doing it; I know that I did.
Yes, yes… I know I’m behind posting TONS of my projects, but I’ve been so incredibly busy. You might have already seen some of these layouts on other sites, but I wanted to share it here as well, hehe.
The first two layouts were created for Ideas for Scrapbookers‘ second Designer Showcase. GCD was so generous enough to send all the contributing artists of IFS paper to design with, and we all had a blast creating! There was a third layout to share; however, it’s on its way to being published. I’m so excited about that!
TAAFOMFT posted a new challenge! This time around, the prompt is all about your FAVORITE CITY! This one was an easy one for me to play with because everyone knows that I LOVE San Francisco. …and another reason to play along this time around– this challenge is being sponsored by Kiki Art!
It’s Day Two here in Canada, and I’ve been a busy bee. I’m so happy that I got to meet Magali, a fellow Kiki Art design team member. ((I wish we lived much closer, so you could teach me more Francais, my friend.)) Anyway, if you haven’t already, make sure to pop by her blog to see all of the creative projects she makes. Trust me, you’ll LOVE it. She’s been published in a handful of magazines, so that should tell you something, right?!!
Last but not least, I’m having a blast with the youngest and most adorable Kiki Art employees, hehe. They have been busy working on designing future collections.
Aren’t they precious?! They’ve got TONS of future collections all over the warehouse, so stay tuned to see more of their creative brilliance!
…and the winner to the Zutter Perfect Closure is…
Congrats to our random drawn winner! Email me at email@example.com to claim your prize!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to check back in very soon with pictures from my trip.
PS: When I get back home from this trip, I promise to make my way around to everyone’s blogs! It’s like once I finish catching up, I have to catch up AGAIN, hehe.
…make sarah smile. Can you believe that this drawing is actually called make sarah smile?
Visit exploding dog, one of my daily reads.
I’ve been feeling under the weather for the past couple of days. Maybe I’m coming down with something, or maybe my emotions are toying with me. …or it could be because I haven’t been sleeping very well recently. Either way, I need to stay positive; life’s too short to feel like crap.
Someone please make me smile.
Maui tried to make me smile yesterday. She showed me that everyday should be Christmas.
I’m not sure if I ever shared this, so if I did, I apologize. Otherwise, I thought I’d post some Imaginisce inspiration. I created some magnets using the itop and some embellishments from the Sweet Cheri line!
What do you think? Do you want me to create a video tutorial for this flower magnet? If there’s a sufficient amount of people that want to learn how to make it, I’ll create a video. Please let me know by voting in the poll below.
If you haven’t played with an itop, you should give it a try. It’s not just for making brads; you can create pins and magnets as well. The best part about it is the versatility and creativity that comes from one tool!
On another note, Ideas for Scrapbookers‘ post for the day is something you don’t want to miss. Kiki Art kindly donated some products for the contributing artists to play with, and you’ll seriously be blown away by the talent.
Someone please make me smile.
…for my two crazies.
…and here are some random cards I made with some Sassafras Lass leftovers:
Last but not least, I wanted to remind all of you that the Ideas for Scrapbookers Scraplift Challenge ends next week on the 15th. Feel free to lift my layout below, and share it here. Two people will win prizes! First prize will be the paper pack from the BRAND NEW Homespun Chic line from GCD Studios and five embellishments from that line to go along with it! Second prize will be a $15 dollar gift certificate to the scrapbook.com store!
1. Have you ever stopped by Ideas for Scrapbookers? Well, if you haven’t, you should. Pam Callaghan, the owner of this wonderful blog and one of my sweet friends, shares a bunch of ideas for scrapbookers to use. She has selected a great group of contributing artists, and I’m so fortunate that when she first started this blog she selected me to be a part of this group. We share templates, techniques, challenges, and so much more.
Do you remember this layout that I posted last week?
Well, if you like the design to that one, you are in luck. I have decided to share the template/sketch to recreate this layout.
If you prefer to use at as a sketch, I don’t mind. As long as you don’t try to take credit for my work, use it all you want! …and don’t forget to hit up IFS, for more inspiration.
2. A couple of nights ago, I received an email from Sookie. To be quite honest, I started to blush when I read that she requested my help. I was so honored that she wanted me to be a guest judge for their challenge blog. …so if you find time this month to play along, head on over to Scrappers at SG. They have some neat challenges to get your mojo going. Also, there’s a short snippet all about me if you want to check it out; find it here.
3. Recently, I have totally been in a rut – no joke! However, today I finally had some inspiration to scrap. I played with American Crafts‘ new Heat Wave for display in my LSS. The bright colors to this one is perfect for summer and beach photos!
4. I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but did you know that Kiki Art gives out digital freebies every now and then? You read that right — digital freebies! I LOVE free stuff especially when you can use it over and over again. I created a simple card using the last one that was up for grabs on the Kiki Art blog. Isn’t that butterfly really cute?!
5. Maui has been naughty these past couple of days, and I have no idea why. She got in major trouble today with Mommy (that would be me). Why is it that on some days she’s as sweet as candy, and on other days, she’s a little problem child?!
6. Thank you to everyone for stopping by. I really appreciate each and everyone of you coming back to read the latest in my life.