The Ts of Autism

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been blogging about the ABCs of Autism. Today, here are the Ts.

Tactile dysfunction

Sometimes, kids will withdraw when they’re touched, when their hair is being washed or combed, when their hands get dirty with mud, paint or sand, or glue, or when they eat a food with a certain texture they don’t like. A dysfunctional tactile system might make a child feel as though they’re in pain, causing them to want to self-isolate, or lash out. They may become hyperactive or irritable.

Tactile defensiveness

When a child is extremely sensitive to light touch, they’re considered to be presenting tactile defensiveness. The child might feel overly stimulated because of this touch, and their brain activity goes into overdrive. When this happens, the child might have a hard time concentrating and may display a negative emotional response.

Tactile system

The tactile system includes the nerves under the surface of the skin responsible for sending information to the brain. Those nerves advise of pain, temperature, pressure, and touch; this system helps us perceive the environment around us and helps us determine whether we feel safe.

Theory of Mind

This is the ability understand that other people might have different feelings, desires and intentions from ours.

Transition

A transition is the process between two programs, events, or situations. When a child is preparing to end one activity and begin another, we call that a transition.

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