Dental Visit…Well, That Was Painless!

Picture shows a young man sitting in a dentist chair. He is wearing jeans, a t shirt and dark glasses. He has a paper towel placed on his lap

I think there probably aren’t many people who really enjoy going to see the dentist, but when you have autism it can make it even more stressful due to the many sensory experiences attached to the visit. These can include the noise of the equipment, hands and equipment touching you, bright lights and unexpected movement of the dental chair. This post is about a time when our son had a particularly positive visit to the dentist.

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Could It Be A Meltdown?

As a Mum to someone on the autistic spectrum, I have witnessed several meltdowns over the years. To onlookers these often look like temper tantrums. However, anyone who has either experienced a meltdown or supported someone through one, will know that they have nothing to do with having a temper tantrum. With both a meltdown and a temper tantrum there may be crying, shouting, screaming, kicking, biting, hitting, etc. So what is the difference between them? Let’s look at just five areas where they differ.

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Aspergers – Just A Little Bit Autistic?

I was watching BBC Breakfast last week and they showed a report on difficulties getting employment at the moment due to the pandemic. They interviewed one lad who they described as having “ADHD and mild autism”. I have to admit that that description annoyed me…..a lot! Why? Well, you’re either autistic or you’re not! There’s not a mild version of autism, but each autistic person will have a variety of things that they struggle with. I assume that the lad probably has Aspergers, like my son. By saying that he had ‘mild autism’ it says that he doesn’t really have any struggles fitting into a neurotypical (non autistic) world, which I’m sure isn’t the case and that, like Kieran, he’s learnt strategies to cope.

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