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Showing posts with label autism. Show all posts
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Friday, July 21, 2023

Charting the Path: An Empowered Approach to Home-Buying and Relocation with an Autistic Child


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Purchasing a new home and relocating your family can be a complex process, especially when you have a child with autism. Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, often involves heightened sensitivity to environmental changes. Therefore, careful planning and consideration are crucial. Here's how to navigate this significant life change, courtesy of The SL Enquirer.

Find an Affordable Home

As you set forth on your home-buying expedition, the most critical step is to procure a property that harmoniously matches your financial resources. It's pivotal to factor in not only the initial outlay but also ongoing costs such as maintenance, utilities, and property taxes. Striking this financial balance creates a conducive atmosphere devoid of stress, cultivating an environment of stability and security that is beneficial for your child.

Carefully Consider Home Size and Safety Features

Evaluating the size and safety of potential homes is an imperative step. A spacious layout can provide your child with the room they need to explore, while a designated tranquil space may serve as a sanctuary for calming activities. It's crucial to inspect that the house is equipped with robust safety measures like fortified windows and gates, particularly if your child tends to wander. This attention to detail will ensure your child's safety and comfort in their new environment.

Select a Neighborhood That Best Suits Your Family

The choice of neighborhood is pivotal and should be strategically close to indispensable facilities such as educational institutions, healthcare providers, and therapeutic centers. Prioritize a locality with minimal traffic and an established sense of community. A nurturing and supportive neighborhood not only enhances your child's comfort level but also provides you with a much-needed sense of security and tranquility.

Steer Clear of Noise and Allergens

Given the heightened sensitivities often associated with autism, it is essential to circumnavigate areas plagued by excessive noise pollution, such as locales in proximity to bustling streets or construction zones. Equally important is the identification and elimination of potential environmental irritants within the home. This attention to detail ensures a serene and conducive living environment for your child.

Explore Available Therapeutic Support Options

Before finalizing your move, it is critical to thoroughly examine the therapeutic resources available in your prospective area. These could encompass a range of services such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, or behavioral therapy. Proximity to these essential support systems guarantees that your child's developmental needs continue to be met seamlessly, even post-relocation.

Ready Your Child for Transition

Transparent communication plays a paramount role in readying your child for the upcoming relocation. Utilize visual aids, social narratives, or other effective tools to demystify the impending changes. If feasible, arrange a visit to the prospective home and neighborhood beforehand, providing a hands-on opportunity for your child to acquaint themselves with their future surroundings. This proactive approach can significantly ease the transition process.

Preserve Orderliness and Minimize Clutter

Preserving a meticulously organized and decluttered home can dramatically foster a serene atmosphere for your child. Deliberately assign specific areas for your child's belongings and consistently adhere to a structured layout. This deliberate organization strategy can expediently aid your child in acclimating to their new environment while swiftly establishing routines, thereby instilling a solid sense of stability and tranquility. Before purchasing any items, carefully consider whether you have room for them in your home.  

Relocation with an autistic child demands strategic planning and profound patience. Your commitment to applying these purposeful strategies can greatly facilitate the transition but remember, each autistic child is unique. By prioritizing your child's individual needs and preferences in your decision-making, you are empowered to turn this move into an enriching experience that fosters growth for your whole family.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Autism Resource Center plans to change how neurodivergence is viewed. Moonite1687 Reporting...

Throughout April, the Autism Society invited Autistic individuals, their families, and friends to honor their wide range of experiences by taking time to share stories on social media through the #CelebrateDifferences hashtag. No family or individual's story is the same as any other, and the Autism Society believes the world should recognize the infinite ways the Autism community experiences life.

However, Existential Conundrum feels that Autism deserves more than a month to recognize and share the experiences of "individuals living with Autism" (Autistic people). So, she started the Autist(ic) Resource Center (ARC), formerly known as the Autis(tic) Information Center, in 2019 to minimize the lack of information and support in Second Life for the Autism Spectrum Disorder or Condition. To date, there are only one or two other sources of information in SL, and they are parent-created groups that do not support Autistic adults or listen when [they] speak. To bridge this gap, the ARC has partnered with the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), an organization that started off helping those with brain injuries and is now moving forward to help build up services centered on neurodivergent adults, a community that is very often overlooked.

For those unaware, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, as a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. ASD includes a range of linked conditions that sometimes include singular symptoms and traits. People with ASD often have social communication and interaction problems with non-Autistic people and restricted or repetitive behaviors often caused by overwhelming emotion or sensitivity. The behaviors often exhibited are repetitive movements such as wringing hands, tapping or flapping, and many others. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or focusing.

Albeit different in managing self, many people on the Spectrum could function more easily if the world would change to accommodate Autistic individuals rather than the other way around. Therefore, the ARC has made its mission one that shifts the treatment of individuals who are disabled--a term accepted by the Autistic community--by ASD and other neurodivergent disorders from pity and juvenile treatment to one of acceptance and understanding.

One of the several action plans that Exi is using to begin this shift is to work on producing a peer support group in collaboration with BEST to specifically provide a coaching service to help all neurodivergent adults make and pursue life goals that are entirely individual driven. "It's working with people where they are and making it possible to live their BEST lives," declares Exi. This program is geared toward adults and young adults aging out of programming that panders to children on the Spectrum. 

Another action plan is to sponsor more events that close the gap. In April, Exi stated that she hosted the Common Ground collaboration party to answer pending questions and educate individuals on the double empathy problem and the communication issues to be aware of when interacting with Autistic people. Next year, Exi plans to hold an event that discusses cultural expressions and the intersectionality with neurodivergence. 

ARC also works with other groups to enhance their services and reach. Currently, Exi is working on creating a hub featuring a series of blogs and websites from the black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities living with Autism to create a space for intersectional voices to be heard when traditionally they are overlooked. 

The ARC inworld is open to all Autistic SecondLife residents or SecondLife residents supporting an Autistic individual to drop in and connect with Exi and her spouse for support and resources. The ARC does have an online presence on Facebook and Twitter for soft engagement and digital interaction. The ARC is also open to suggestions and assistance with bringing more content to the grid to make sure the effort to keep Autistic individuals and their struggles in the light. 

Consider using the helpful links provided below for more information on managing Autism or interacting with someone with Autism and other neurodivergent disorders. And remember that being different is a beautiful and positive thing.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cinderella's Castle Autism Awareness Day


This Sunday, April 18th Cinderella's Castle will have our annual autism awareness day, we hope you will be able to join us.  We have several performers scheduled and all proceeds, tips, and sales go to help this worthy cause.

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9 A.M. till 10 A.M.

Shannon Oherlihy

Shannon McMahon, a singer/songwriter, creates contemporary folk music with rich vocals and songs that resonate with a strong sense of the human experience.  

10 A.M. till 11 A.M.

Britt Trafalgar

Live and direct from her ironing board in Cumbria, UK, Britt is fairly new to the SL entertainment scene. She sings an eclectic range of popular music. Her first love though is the songs of the 60's. Britt hopes to sing a song you've long forgotten but remember you loved. With a lively sense of humour, she aims to bring a smile to your face. 

11 A.M. till 12 P..M.

Rock Doghouse

Songwriter., Singer, Piano, Guitar, Bass, 11 years in SL performing. 3 years performing on stages in first life.

12 P.M. till 1 P.M.

Ichie Kamachi

With a voice reminiscent of such Jazz greats as Nina Simone and Billy Holiday, this songstress has made a name for herself in SL with her repertoire of jazz and blues.  That is not all she does however, an Ichie show may also include country, pop, light rock, Hawaiian and her trademark "Naughty Song".  Ichie may be one of the most versatile performers in Second Life. If you are looking for a voice that is sultry, sensuous, and as smooth as butter, who can both chill out a room and heat it to a frenzy, look no further. With a heart as big as her voice, I guarantee you will not be disappointed

1 P.M. till 2 P.M.

Beccca Baxton

Beccca Baxton has a wide variety of music that includes thousands of songs. Genres range from Jazz and Blues, Country, Ballads, R&B, Oldies, Pop Current , the ones mama didn't teach us lol songs.  She loves to sing romantic songs.  Especially the ones that reach into your heart and speak to you.  She sings with great passion for music. You hear it and you will feel it.  Beccca loves singing for others and doing dedications.  She considers herself a very romantic person.  Music is her heart and she mixes in her love for humor ,witt, and life-stories  into her performances. She loves to change up lyrics & add audience members name's into her songs & as dedications  She has been singing in RL for  many years since she was a young age.(smiles) Always live never recorded

2 P.M. till 4 P.M.

St. Columba School to perform

The St. Columba Catholic Children's Choir is proud to present their hit show, "SCCBS Gold - The best of the St. C Choir". This hour long show covers a wide range of hits from Broadway to Disney to Spiritual and will leave you with a feeling of joy and happiness. This traveling performance group from St. Columba Catholic Boarding School has performed over 150 shows across the SL grid with its tribute choir bringing the message of love and hope to audiences everywhere. Please join us for a fun "sing-a-long" and toe tapping experience.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017


KT Festivals runs Creators Festivals a few times a year  to benefit chosen charities. This season's charity is the World Autism Organisation.
Creators of all kinds join in the Festival where you will find stalls of items, bargains and exclusives,  "one off "auctions and hunts. 
We still have some spots for merchants looking for a stall at the event and would also be delighted to hear from entertainers ( live artists, dance troupes, djs etc) willing to offer their time to make the Festival a success.
Registration is open to any merchant large or small but please note content has to be kept moderate.

This Festival runs between July 14th-30th and more details and information on applications can be found at
For further information please contact Amythe Moonlight or Kushi Vyper ingame
 ( by notecard if not online) 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Aspies Together. The Future of Autism Support in Second Life

What is Autism?

Autism is a spectrum condition meaning no two people diagnosed with it are the same as you can have elements from all over the spectrum. Autism is mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating, forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors.

Why does Second life help people with Autism?

Second Life removes so many of the obstacles of social interaction which get in the way in the real world. It gives people with autism the ability to express themselves as they wish, which may not be possible in the real world due to people’s reactions to this condition.

 It is unfortunate that the real world can be very harsh and critical of people on the spectrum due the fact that anyone with autism doesn't fit neatly into the box that society considers "normal".  My name is Sam Firehawk and  I am fully aware of the terms of service for Second Life and will never allow any member of the Aspies Together Group to break any rules while at the same time allowing our members to express themselves as they wish within those guidelines.

Here is a little background on me, I have been in Second Life since 2008 and I have suspected that I had a form of autism for a long time but only recently got diagnosed. I have a background as a DJ and also enjoy building things in this virtual world.

When I was officially diagnosed a year ago I began looking more closely at the autism groups in SL and couldn’t help but be disappointed with how inactive these groups were. It got me thinking.  What if we started a peer to peer support and social group? This is when Aspies Together was born. It started out as a group but we were very fortunate to get a kind land donation which is our current home. The club house is on two levels.  Downstairs is the club for live DJ events and upstairs is the quiet meeting area for our group sessions. We are open to the public to help bring awareness to Autism and inspiring others to spread awareness and provide support.

Our future goals are to offer free affordable housing and rentals for people on the Autism spectrum because we believe having their own space to call home is both therapeutic and important. We would also love to offer tuition for DJing to help with skill development and confidence building as well as extend out services and tuition for builders with Autism by providing free space to advertise and a place to sell goods our members create. Working Together we can make a difference!

Join Aspies Together Today!  Here is our Event Schedule

Mondays:  8am - 10am - Live DJ Sam Firehawk

Thursdays:   12pm - 1pm - Group session lead by Sam Firehawk with a different theme each week

Sundays:  12pm - 2pm Live DJ Yvette

Additional Information:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Amazing Graces in Second Life: For a Better Real Life – Glossom Resident reporting…

We could mention many success cases of residents who have become real millionaires thanks to Second life. Or even of successful virtual relationships which changed the lives of real people in a very positive way. However, today we will go further and we will be addressing amazing uses of Second Life that have great impact in Real Life.

This virtual platform is very effective when it comes to creating campaigns to help people plagued by natural disasters or to raising funds for the underprivileged to ensure their basic needs. In this global platform it becomes easier to reach new targets and appeal to the hearts of residents and involve them in noble causes. Either as an act of altruism or selfishness, the truth is that the volunteer also benefits from a fantastic feeling that he/she is doing a good deed.