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☀️ Family Matters Issue #2

Beaming Health Family Matters Issue #2

Updated: August 29, 2023 · 3 Minute Read

Amy Gong

Written by:

Amy Gong, Neurodiversity Advocate

Highlights

  • Companies are making big moves for neurodivergent children and their families.
  • A new report found that autistic mothers need more support while breastfeeding.
  • Customized support for autistic men and women is possible in the future thanks to brain scanning technology.
  • Autistic children are 14x more likely to have atypical eating habits than non-autistic children.
  • Beaming Health co-founder Marissa Pittard interviewed autistic actor Major Dodson on a special episode of The Heart of Healthcare podcast.
Artwork by Taegan Haffner, 7, daughter of #autismmom & writer @summerisferal

News

Research

  • Verbal communication should be clear, direct and specific
  • Follow up with written information
  • Mothers should not be touched without explicit consent, like when demonstrating breastfeeding attachment
  • Staff should receive training related to autism and neurodivergence
  • Autistic mothers should have a single health professional (“continuity of caregiver”) to provide maternity and infant feeding support to avoid needing to repeat their needs to new members of staff
  • Guidance on communication and sensory needs should be included in maternity notes and the child’s health records

What we’re chewing on…

What’s on our mind…

On the bright side…

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