Oliver, like many other people on the autism spectrum, deal with sensory issues. Oliver is hyperactive, chews on things, and enjoys running/crashing into furniture. He likes watching his beaded necklace move, the wheels on his cars spin, and the washing machine turn. He is somewhat clumsy and has no sense of danger when it comes to standing on chairs or watching for cars. He dislikes having his diaper changed, teeth brushed, hair brushed, or face washed. These are just a glimpse of Oliver’s sensory issues, but they are his biggest issues, as they don’t allow him to stay calm for very long periods of time. He gets overwhelmed and overstimulated extremely easily and, because this is the result over a sensory overload, I have to remind myself to stay patient with him. The crying and frustrations have their wear and tear on me, but I have to keep our main goal in mind: progress. An appropriate, encouraging, and unconditionally loving response is a must.