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Childhood (6 to 11 years):

Blossoming Individuality and Broadening Horizons

The period from 6 to 11 years, known as middle childhood, represents a crucial phase of transition and expansion in human development. Children leave early childhood behind and enter preadolescence, a time of consolidation and growth. 

Children within the autism spectrum go through a pivotal stage where their development solidifies, and new opportunities arise to stimulate their progress. 

While challenges in social communication and a preference for routines may persist, many autistic children show significant improvements with appropriate support and interventions during these years. 

Continuous speech and occupational therapies, programs to reinforce interpersonal skills and emotional management, as well as strategies to cope with sensory sensitivities, are fundamental pillars. 

The school environment is central for academic learning and practicing social skills with peers, requiring adapted curricula and trained teachers’ support. 

This phase offers an optimal time to discover exceptional talents and interests in areas like music, arts, mathematics, or sciences, which can turn into future vocations.  With consistency, patience, and teamwork among families, therapists, and educators, childhood from 6 to 11 years can lead to significant advancements and joys for children within the spectrum. 

Here, you will find articles, tools, and recommendations that will be very helpful in navigating this developmental stage.

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Childhood
(6-11 Years)

ARTICLES

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Lisa Morgan

The Power of Being Accepted

I got a homemade gift the other day. It’s absolutely incredible in so many ways. The gift itself is beautiful, the person who made it even more so. There are many layers of meaning within the gift; I’m still processing it days later. 

I want to share one meaning because it shows the power of acceptance. 

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Autistic Mind
Divershines

Exploring the Autistic Mind: Myths vs. Realities

The autistic mind is often surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Understanding the realities of Autism Spectrum (ASD) is crucial for promoting acceptance and support. This post aims to dispel common myths and shed light on the truths about autism. 

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OVERWHELMED PARENTS
Divershines

Overwhelmed Parents

As a parent, receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child can be overwhelming and confusing. It is natural to feel a range of emotions, including fear, sadness, and uncertainty. However, it is important to remember that you are not alone and that there is professional help available to support you and your child. 

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Sensory Integration
Divershines

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is a process that allows us to receive, process, and use the information we receive through our senses. In the case of autism, this process can be affected and have a significant impact on the daily lives of those who experience it.

Sensory integration in autism refers to how individuals with this condition process and use sensory information they receive. This can include how they perceive sounds, light, touch, and other sensory stimuli.

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Inclusion is not a trend, nor a privilege, it's a right
Ileana Hieber Hernández

Inclusion is not a trend, nor a privilege, it’s a right

My wish as a person with a disability is that people with disabilities stop struggling one day regarding issues related to educational and employment inclusion and start worrying about our next trip, having fun with our friends, planning our wedding, visiting the salon, or buying our own apartment with inclusion being an already solved and outdated issue.

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can animals be autistic?
Divershines

Understanding Neurodiversity: Can animals be autistic?

This question opens a fascinating chapter in exploring neurodiversity beyond the human experience, extending into the animal kingdom. This article seeks to delve into the parallels between certain behaviors in some animals and what we recognize as the autistic spectrum (ASD) in humans.

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