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Drumming for 90 minutes per week helps adolescents with ASD to overcome hyperactivity and attention deficits. Learning drumming patterns also tunes brain connectivity in areas associated with inhibitory control and self regulation.


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Bright lights. Elaborate decorations. Gifts! There’s so much to love about the holidays. But for someone with autism spectrum disorder, it can be the most stressful time of year.


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Last night at the end of graduation, as kids were preparing to move their tassels and toss up their hats, the principal announced each student had a white envelope in with their diplomas.

In that envelope was a handwritten note from one of their teachers. Each teacher had taken the time to make sure every one of the 400+ students received a personal note from a teacher that knew them.

And I’m not even kidding when I tell you pretty much every kid forgot about their tassels and their hat and instead immediately tore into those envelopes to get at those notes.

It made me cry tears.

Teachers if you think for one solitary second that these kids do not need you please know your job means so much to so many.

The connections. The time. The agonizing over how to get a kid to read a darn book or hand in an assignment. The emails. The kid who just won’t sit down. The test scores. The meetings. The kid who you can’t get off your mind because you just know they need you. The phone calls home. The lesson planning. The kid who needed you to give them just a bit extra every day.

Not one single ounce of your efforts are wasted.

Your kids crave and need that connection to you whether they show you or not.

Watching those almost grown up students tearing into those envelopes is something I will never ever forget.

Thank you for all you’ve given this year. Our kids needed you and once again you came through.

Thank you, too, to the administrators and support staff that held these teachers and our students up. No one could do this without you for a single second.

Know the gifts you have shared are carried forward by the next generation and so you will live on in them. They’ve watched and learned from you even when you think they didn’t see or hear a thing. You have become a part of them….and I know they’ve become a part of you.

Look around and know your work has been good. And we are so grateful…you can make one white envelope mean the world.


Static and Dynamic Processing

When it comes to processing multiple information simultaneously, it becomes important to distinguish between two types of information, static information and dynamic information.
Static information refers to information that is concrete, constant, and absolute. Such information includes:

1. Facts and data; historical events, details that are constant, logical, and do not change.

2. Concrete details, especially in what we see, hear, smell, and taste (sensory detail). Their perception of static detail is very keen and unbiased. Some autistics can have perfect pitch and photographic memories. They can pick out small detailed imperfections that would go unnoticed by most of us. Many autistics can also notice perceptual patterns that many of us would easily ignore.

3. Procedural rules (2+2=4) that are constant and absolute. These rules and procedures are predictable, absolute, and do not change. Once you learn it, it stays the same.

4. Perceptual patterns that are rhythmic, repetitive, or follows a predictable pattern, such as music and art.

The processing of static information is usually a strength for autistics, often stronger than static processing in neurotypicals. For those with strong abilities, they can excel in the arts and sciences, data analysis, engineering, and computer sciences, very important processing strengths for the advancement of society.

Dynamic Information

However, most of our fast-paced, social world is not static but filled with “dynamic,” very fleeting, and continually changing information. Often the information is very abstract, vague, and invisible from which we infer meaning. This information is not constant and absolute, but continually changing, varying between situations and continually assimilating and adjusting to new information. Because it is not static, rapidly processing this information requires ongoing appraising, evaluating, comparing, contrasting, and assimilating new information. Our knowledge of what we are experiencing and how we respond is continually changing and evolving based on new information that changes as situations unfold.

Most of our daily interactions and activities do not follow a constant, predictable pattern but are free-floating and spontaneously changing from moment to moment. We continually assimilate new information, alter our perception, and adjust our reactions to it. Nothing stays the same; nothing is concrete, absolute, and constant.

Referring to our example of relating to others, neither person may know where the conversation will lead, from moment to moment, as it evolves from the continuous, free-floating exchange between the two parties. As we integrate and assimilate this dynamic information, we smoothly flow between topics, adjusting, modifying, and adapting as needed. Most of our daily functioning consists of rapidly processing “dynamic” information, inferring meaning from vague inferences, and often following invisible rules that vary based on the context of the situation. A specific rule may apply in one situation but must be modified in another situation. No two events are exactly alike, and expectations change from one situation to another.

Autism is good at processing “static” information, but poor with “dynamic" information. Rapid processing of dynamic information simultaneously requires strong neurological connections between the brain centers for this information to be integrated, appraised, evaluated, then assimilated into what is already inferred. Our perception of what is occurring and expected is continually changing as we go along. This difficulty for people with autism makes life in our fast-paced, dynamic world hard to process. The parts of our life that are static, concrete, factual, absolute, and constant are very attractive and often highly refined for those on the spectrum. Unfortunately, the rest of our dynamic social world of vague, ever-changing, fast-evolving patterns leave them lost.

This article was published in the brown book, “The Autism Discussion Page on stress, anxiety, shutdowns, and meltdowns”


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