Autism is truly unique in children, occuring in about 1–2 per 1,000 people. It affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress.Although early behavioral or cognitive intervention can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills, there is no known cure.

Sometimes you don’t have the option or time to drop what your doing and give a 20 minute deep pressure massage. This Instructables article is a great resource for a cheap and easy way to calm your little sensory seeker.

Brief info and gallery after the jump.

The author of this Instructables article, supersoftdrink, prefaces herself based on her own experience and knowledge:

“People on the autism spectrum tend to have sensory processing differences. Some are highly sensitive to loud noises, colors, textures, or other sensory stimuli and are called “sensory avoiders” because they try to get away from stimuli that are too disturbing. Others on the spectrum are called “sensory seekers” because they pursue high levels of sensory input by, say, eating spicy foods or running around and crashing into things. Sensory seekers seem to need proprioceptive feedback in order to calm down and re-equilibriate.”

It is less expensive than a $50 weighted compression vest and it’s a quick fix under the watchful eye of mom or dad. It should be noted not to discourage vests or blankets in order to soothe your child, but that this is a quick, cheap way to do something similar and safe.

Karma Points

Over the weekend, Jon Stewart, and his Rally To Restore Sanity (occurring on October 30th alongside Steven Colbert), auctioned off this signed poster on Ebay.

The winning bid was $4,101.00 in which all the money will go to the New York Center for Autism (NYCA).