When Sight Shapes Sound (And Vice Versa) | The Loom

We take in streams of information of radically different forms: photons through the eyes, textures through the skin, air vibrations through the ears, molecules through the nose. Marvelously, we manage to integrate all that information into a unified, coherent feel of the world. It turns out that as we draw in these different streams, we use information from one sense to shape what we take in from others. It’s an efficient way to make the most of our imperfect perceptions. But it also leaves us vulnerable to some remarkable illusions, like the one illustrated in this video.

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When Sight Shapes Sound (And Vice Versa) | The Loom

Some Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids with Autism

A favorite special education teacher of ours, Pam Downing, has written part 1 of a series on purchasing holiday gifts for kids with autism. The types of games she suggests are those that are interactive and can be played with the child and his family. She suggests parents find out what their child likes to do in the classroom and purchase some of those games. In addition, she recommends book/stuffed animal combinations including: Wherever You Are with a dolphin, The Spirit of Christmas with a lion, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love with a panda and On the Night You Were Born with a polar bear. Another tip is to look for sensory toys, these can include inexpensive items that light up or spin. Squishy toys are good and can be found at a low price and a lot of kids love balls. We’ll keep you posted as more suggestions arrive.

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Some Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids with Autism