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    Old 03-14-2007, 11:05 PM   #1
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    Does anyone else's child act extremely differently when there is a big change in barometric pressure? If so, how does their behavior change and have you found any way to ease the symptoms? I have a 3 year old with autism and his behavior seems to change (hyperactive, weepy) when there is a big change in the atmospheric pressure. Any thoughts?

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    Old 03-15-2007, 10:40 AM   #2
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    I have an autistic son who is 5. I have not noticed this with him. However, I work at a Jr. High and I have noticed that it has a big impact on the behavior of the students (especially the 7th graders). Students who have a tendency to be impulsive or hyperactive are particularly impacted.

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    Our 7 year old (PDD-NOS) has always been sensitive to this. At first, I didn't know what it was. But then I noticed a correlation between his moods, behaviors, aches & pains and the pressure in the air. Sometimes he'll be aching so bad in his ankles that he cannot walk. Then there are other times he'll act really hyper, get headaches, etc. Our 6 year old who is also on the spectrum somewhere, has the same problem but not as severe. Some of it is arthritis. It's sure strange what the weather can do!

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    My autistic son and my youngest daughter both get sick.

    Old 04-12-2007, 09:14 PM   #5
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    THANK YOU! Finally, someone recognizes the correlation!! I feel like I have been trying to explain this to teachers, etc... for several years and they just look at me like I'm kooky! My 8 year old becomes a sensory mess when the barometric pressure changes. She really struggles during the transition from winter to spring as well. I don't have a magic solution - but I do watch the weather pretty closely and try to give my kiddo more sensory input. Gum chewing, jumping on the trampoline and deep pressure/ joint compressions help a lot. I also try to distract her with fun sensory based activities that revolve around the stormy weather. My hope is to somehow give her some positive experiences when she's feeling so off.

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