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  • Measles are back but where is Jenny McCarthy?

    Left Brain Right Brain
    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    It takes a lot of courage to stand up and make yourself heard on unpopular topics. But it’s only really courageous if you are willing to accept responsibility for being wrong. Jenny McCarthy stood up. She made herself heard. In the process she got a lot of media attention, led a march on Washington (the Green Our Vaccines rally), and sold a lot of books. That was years ago. Now we are seeing the outbreaks of disease that so many, even Ms. McCarthy, predicted based on the path she set. Back then she at least had the guts to say, “it’s not my fault” (I disagree). Now…
  • New Tools Aim To Make Doctor Visits Less Daunting

    Disability Scoop
    Casey Parks, The Oregonian/TNS
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Individuals with autism often struggle to access the medical care they need, but a new set of tools is designed to smooth interactions between those on the spectrum and their physicians.
  • 3 Valuable Aspergers Workplace Tips You Need Now

    Thrive With Aspergers
    Stephen Borgman
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I grew up in Brazil, South America.Actually, I was born there. You’d think I would speak Portuguese fluently.But I don’t. I went to half days of Brazilian school through third grade.During that time I had Brazilian friends and learned to speak Portuguese well. But from fourth grade through the rest of high school, I attended an English speaking boarding school on the Amazon river. During summers and Christmas breaks, I spent time with my parents, who were 500 miles away.I loved seeing them, of course, but when it came to getting together with other Brazilians my age, I had a really hard…
  • 5 Things I wish I knew before Autism

    Autism from a Father's Point of View
    Tamara
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Tamara Wood is a proud mother of two amazing boys. After searching for a solution for her son Alex, who is affected by Autism, Tamara found the AngelSense solution for her family. It gave her a great deal of peace of mind, and her enthusiasm for the company only increased – she joined the AngelSense team as a customer care specialist. I am the mother to two wonderful little boys, one who has autism and one who is “normal” (whatever that is!). There are many things we didn’t know before we became parents, and even less when you hear a word like “autism.” There are somethings I…
  • The Young Autistic Man Who COULD

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    Susan Senator
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Number One: People grow and develop. Education works. Sticking by someone and believing in him works. Number Two: Disabled does not mean “can’t.” It means “I possibly can, with the right supports. Give me a chance.” I have a lot to be grateful for. 1) Nat’s tremendous growth and ability to learn; 2) Nat’s wonderful independent living skills education at the May Institute; 3) Nat’s amazing loving caregiver who lives with him in their small apartment in Boston nearby; 4) Nat’s tremendous growth and ability to learn. Lather, rinse, repeat.
 
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  • Losing Every Battle, Winning the War

    Age of Autism
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    By J.B. Handley The nadir for me came on January 6, 2011, when Anderson Cooper interviewed Dr. Andrew Wakefield live on national television. It was an absurd and painful moment. Anderson Cooper, a journalist I had generally respected, treated Andy...
  • Harvard Bill of Health Blog Guest Post: Mary Holland On Art Caplan's Vax Crackdowns

    Age of Autism
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    We invite you to read Oregon Law Review: Herd Immunity and Compulsory Childhood Vaccination: Does the Theory Justify the Law? By MARY HOLLAND AND CHASE E. ZACHARY ABSTRACT: Compulsory childhood vaccination is a cornerstone of U.S. public health policy. All...
  • Dachel Media Update: Salem Witch Trials Are Back

    Age of Autism
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    By Anne Dachel Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs. Jan 28, 2015, WHDT TV:...
  • The Measles Vaccine: The Heat is ON

    Age of Autism
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    By Cathy Jameson Show us your shot record, or you don’t get in. I wouldn’t be surprised if places like Disneyland will soon enact a permanent “public safety” policy that states that its park goers need to prove their vaccination...
  • Attend the Trace Amounts Premier at TCL Chinese Theatre February 4

    Age of Autism
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    It's not often we get to attend a glamorous movie premier at the world famous Chinese Theatre! On February 4, join Eric Gladen and the Trace Amounts team for opening night. Reserve your seats today! Click here. This is the...
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  • Altered dopamine signaling a clue to autism

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Newly discovered genetic variations linked to autism spectrum disorder disrupt the function of the dopamine transporter, suggesting that altered dopamine signaling contributes to this common developmental condition, according to researchers.
  • Can synesthesia be taught? Colored letters, tasty sounds?

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Can synesthesia have cognitive benefits and can it be taught? There are over 60 known types of synesthesia, a condition in which stimulation of one sense, such as taste, leads to automatic, involuntary experience in a second sense. People with synesthesia tend to perform better on memory tasks, particularly involving color, abstract patterns or words and this can also be transferred to creative disciplines such as music.
  • Diversity in developmental trajectories in kids with autism spectrum disorder

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Preschool children with autism spectrum disorder differed from each other in symptom severity and adaptive functioning at the time of diagnosis and some of these differences appeared to increase by age 6, according to a study.
  • MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions in autism

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to the ability to regulate emotions, brain activity in autistic people is significantly different than brain activity in people without autism. Researchers showed that symptoms including tantrums, irritability, and anxiety have a biological, mechanistic basis.
  • Largest-ever autism genome study finds most siblings have different autism-risk genes

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    The largest-ever autism genome study reveals that the disorder's genetic underpinnings are more complex than previously thought: Most siblings who have autism have different autism-linked genes. The study's data is part of the historic first upload of approximately 1,000 autism genomes to the Autism Speaks MSSNG portal in Google Cloud Platform. The data will be openly available for global research in order to speed understanding of autism and the development of individualized treatments.
 
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  • WE MUST CREATE CHANGE

    andrea
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    I was going to call this my “Hope For 2015”, but that is so passive and useless. Anybody can – and lots of people do – post warm, fuzzy notes with Hopes for the New Year, and others click and share. Lovely. But this is NOT all warm & fuzzy. It’s literally dead serious (with […]
  • A quartet of easy recipes! (Or, From one jar of olives, two very different kinds of sandwiches)

    andrea
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:50 pm
    Are you getting tired of the same-old same-old for lunch? Had too much holiday leftovers? Here’s a lovely change of pace, especially for all you bread and cheese lovers out there: three very easy and quick recipes for two sandwiches and a soup!   “Salad olives” is the common labeling (in the US) of jars […]
  • Tastes Like Spring — A recipe for Scallion Pancakes

    andrea
    6 May 2013 | 8:16 pm
    “What are they?” asked my son en passant.  “Scallion pancakes; they’re a kind of fry bread.” “Can’t go wrong with fry bread!” he replied, and snatched one to eat before mowing. Yes, Spring is here (again), and we’ve gone through our usual winter-spring-winter-summer-winter-spring nonsense. The daffodils are blooming, the grass needs mowing, and the scallions are […]
  • TASTY TUESDAY: Proofreader’s Sandwich

    andrea
    30 Apr 2013 | 9:29 am
    Way back when I was an evening proofreader at a newspaper, I grew an avocado tree from a pit. Alas, somebody kept dumping their old coffee on it, and the young tree died. It would also have been nice if this sandwich had occurred to me at the time; it would have been mighty sustaining […]
  • More bloviating by discredited Dr Wakefield

    andrea
    13 Apr 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Outbreaks of  fully-preventable diseases are increasing As reported on Thursday, April 11th in the UK paper The Independent, “Swansea measles outbreak: Confirmed cases rise to nearly 700″, which is worse than than last year’s outbreak in Merseyside, England. Over 2,600 MMR vaccines were given last week, but are still insufficient to counteract the number of unvaccinated […]
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  • A Reflection I wrote in the Fall on ‘The Importance of Inclusive Education’ and a few other things about Autism Acceptance

    theamazinj
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The article, “Islands of Loneliness:,” by Theoharis, et. al, the authors write about the importance of inclusive education for Autistic people like myself. I reflect how I agree with the authors. They interview several Self-Advocates on the autistic spectrum including Temple, Tito, Daniel Tammet, and others (there is also Carly Fleischmann as well). These people have different stories about what drives them for social interaction because if you met one Autistic person you’ve only met one Autistic person. Every one on the autistic spectrum is different. And as in beginning of the song by…
  • My Reflection from class in the Fall on ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ by Mark Haddon

    theamazinj
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    SPOILER alert: For anyone who has not read this book yet! In Mark Haddon’s book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” it made me think of the visual thinking I have. The character in the book, Christopher, has much anxiety, panic attacks, sensory issues, and visualizing his plans to be able to function in a society which does not accommodate Autistic people like him that much. It showed how very intelligent, but concrete Christopher was too, even with math and science. It was pretty accurate portrayal of what goes on in my mind with a few differences. I find that there…
  • Happy New Year 2015, A Wondrous, Amazing, Unknown, Winning Adventure in our Hands!

    theamazinj
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    2014 was a continuation of transition with many different accomplishments I made. I started to finally begin becoming my own person whether anyone realizes it and accepts that or not… A vision revealed before birth, a triumph to work on, a way of becoming, you, I, myself, 34 years later, I began to become, to do, to act, and to be my own person. I may be strange to most, I may be weird to a lot, I may want things the majority does not understand and want at the moment, However, I am here to change everything, to bring justice to the world, to make society understand, to create a world…
  • FOCUS On The Present & How to Focus on Your Life

    theamazinj
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    The 8 ways to Focus on the Present and How to Focus on your Life::: 1) How do you relate to people 2) How do you function in the world 3) How do you do your work 4) How do you interact and react to other people 5) Nothing about us, without us!!! 6) How I look physically 7) How Hygiene helps 8) How to focus on safety and security These 8 practices are for everyone to remember and practice. Please always remind yourself of this and help others to know this too if they are struggling! Find the connections you need to live your life the way YOU want to!!! OUT, J Related Posts: Let’s Give…
  • A poem called, “ME”

    theamazinj
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    ME, By theamazinJ A darkness cracks the light open, I hear, I see, I feel the light through, I get closer, and nearer, and push through the darkness to reach the light. I expire and then inspire into the light without even realizing it, then suddenly I FALL I begin FLYING and I SHINE, why? Because I am the LIGHT, I am the STAR, and I am ME. I expire and inspire, back and forth, side to side, up and down, diagonal to diagonal, all over the arc, all through the colors, when I come out, I feel wonderful, I feel great, but most evidently, I feel the colors on me. The colors instantly influence…
 
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  • Jenny McCarthy tells the story two different ways…again

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Yep, this doesn’t have anything to do with autism. Well, aside from the fact that we will discuss how one public face for autism is once again showing that her stories don’t match over time. You see, Jenny McCarthy has a reality TV show now and the story of her divorce presented in that show doesn’t match what she wrote in her book 8 years ago. I found the new story in a recent article in the Washington Post: Jenny McCarthy tries to mend her anti-vaccine reputation with reality TV. It’s too little, too late in which Emily Yahr writes: The show is filled with such…
  • Measles are back but where is Jenny McCarthy?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    It takes a lot of courage to stand up and make yourself heard on unpopular topics. But it’s only really courageous if you are willing to accept responsibility for being wrong. Jenny McCarthy stood up. She made herself heard. In the process she got a lot of media attention, led a march on Washington (the Green Our Vaccines rally), and sold a lot of books. That was years ago. Now we are seeing the outbreaks of disease that so many, even Ms. McCarthy, predicted based on the path she set. Back then she at least had the guts to say, “it’s not my fault” (I disagree). Now…
  • Autism and mercury: never held a lot of interest, and now almost none

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    10 years ago if one went into online discussions about autism, one would find those discussions dominated by parents and one would find a few parents in those discussions trying to dominate the discussions with comments about how autism is caused by mercury in vaccines. David Kirby’s flawed book, Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy came out in 2006. Robert Kennedy Jr.’s even more flawed article “Deadly Immunity” had come out in 2005. Both caused a stir, no doubt. Kirby got a best seller out of it and there were even…
  • From NIMH: Director’s Blog: Childhood and Beyond – Services Research for ASD

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    I realized that I forgot to actually publish this. This is an article written by Tom Insel (director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health and chair of the IACC). This article was written last year. I copy it in its entirety here. As a government publication, I believe it is OK to reproduce it. From NIMH: Director’s Blog: Childhood and Beyond – Services Research for ASD On August 8, President Obama signed into law the Autism CARES Act (for Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support). The law ensures the continued work of the Interagency Autism…
  • No, gastrointestinal symptoms are not a sign that autism is environmentally caused

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    There is a great deal of misinformation in the vaccines-caused-an-autism-epidemic message. The most commonly discussed misinformation is the fear that is spread about vaccines. But there is also a great deal of misinformation about autism causation and biology. For example, it is often stated that environmentally derived disabilities can be treated and that genetically derived disabilities can not. Some of the recent proposed treatments for autism have come from studies of fragile-X syndrome (a genetic condition with a high prevalence of autism). People with Down Syndrome are living longer…
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  • The Young Autistic Man Who COULD

    Susan Senator
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Number One: People grow and develop. Education works. Sticking by someone and believing in him works. Number Two: Disabled does not mean “can’t.” It means “I possibly can, with the right supports. Give me a chance.” I have a lot to be grateful for. 1) Nat’s tremendous growth and ability to learn; 2) Nat’s wonderful independent living skills education at the May Institute; 3) Nat’s amazing loving caregiver who lives with him in their small apartment in Boston nearby; 4) Nat’s tremendous growth and ability to learn. Lather, rinse, repeat.
  • Waiting for the light to go on

    Susan Senator
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    This morning while driving I realized I was behind a van, one of those tall white ones, that transport either school kids with disabilities, or adults in day programs. The rearmost seat showed a hatted head, with gray hair sticking out underneath so I knew it was an adult van. Then I thought of Nat, of course. I remembered immediately that he would be at work this morning, in the supermarket parking lot gathering shopping carts. Small stab of pain in my chest, just the tiniest drop of sadness gathering there. Not because he is a person who has that kind of allegedly menial job. But because I…
  • Breaking News: Congress Aiming At SSDI

    Susan Senator
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    This information below comes directly from the Arc of the United States. The new Congress is now stealthily pushing to reduce Social Security Disability Insurance benefits by potentially 20%!!! Taking aim at the most vulnerable, most under employed sector of the US population. Is that fair? Here is the information from the Arc: The Arc Action Alert: SSDI Under Attack Today: Tell Your Member of Congress to Vote No on House Rules On the first day of the new Congress, proponents of cutting Social Security have hidden major disability program changes in an unrelated, routine package that sets the…
  • I am Nat’s Ghostwriter

    Susan Senator
    28 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Nat’s going home now. It’s always a blue-tinged moment for me when he leaves. I never fail to wonder if he is doing what he really wants in life. Is Self-Determination an attainable goal for someone like him? When Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) says something like, “Nothing About Us Without Us!” can that include Nat? What if I am the person who speaks up for him the most? Am I then to be included in that “us?” I hope so. I know I can speak for caregivers  — the ones who really, truly care for and about their autistic loved ones, not the ones…
  • What Matters Most

    Susan Senator
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Here is a piece I wrote about an event I attended on December 9 at the John F Kennedy Library in Boston, for Tim Shriver to talk about his new book, Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most. Enjoy!
 
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    Autism's Edges

  • Hello Kitty Magic

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    We were looking for something special to do in LA that would give our girl a break from the challenges of Dementiaville (aka helping take care of grandma). Of course our girl Sweet M would always go for Disneyland. But the Magic Kingdom with holiday crowds and a new and not-so-great disability access program didn't sound too magical to me. Where would we find our magic? Turns out it was
  • Our Year of Barely Blogging

    4 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Actually it's more than a year that we've been barely blogging. When last I posted, dear readers -- if any of you are still out there reading — I promised so very much more than I could deliver. I promised I'd write about how our girl's dad helped her increase her Regents* exam score by 22 points. I promised I'd write about her fledging friendship and her trip with her class to the Grand
  • Our Home at Autism's Edges

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    There's no doubt that we've been mighty silent over here at Autism's Edges. We've reported nothing, and missed most of our friends in the autism world. Some noticed and checked in, and we let them know privately what was going on. Then last month MamaGenius reached out on Twitter and asked where we'd gone: We've been fighting a massive luxury condo development in our formerly quiet
  • Autism's Edges Visits the Lap of Luxury

    18 Aug 2013 | 11:40 am
    photo credit: wikimedia.org We decamped from the New York City heat to visit with my family in Los Angeles. On our girl's list of things she wanted to do in LA were: Disneyland. A waterpark (preferably Six Flags). And Rodeo Drive. Yes, Rodeo Drive. I'm not sure where she got the idea that Rodeo Drive was worth seeing – we've never been exactly a label-obsessed family (unless Hanna
  • Modern Rites of Passage: Or Reflections on the Tyranny of Standardized Tests

    10 Jul 2013 | 12:35 pm
    Please review the illustration below and answer the question that follows.  Question from New York State Regents Sample Earth Science Exam, January 24, 2013. Now pretend that your future college and employment options depend on your ability to answer said question (and 84 others like it). And while you're at it, pretend that you are 14- or 15-years-old. And that you have an autism
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    How Life Changes

  • Staffing by pizza

    V.
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    I floated to a different unit yesterday, one with a reputation for lousy staffing.  Rather than the typical “step down” ratio of three patients to one nurse, they often have four patients to one nurse, with multiple admissions and discharges.  This is also a unit where there are never enough supplies, and where there are often no nurse assistants or relief nurses to help. Sure enough, within an hour of my arrival I was given an additional patient to go along with my already heavy load:  two bed bound patients (one of whom could not move at all, one of whom was on continuous…
  • Cutting, pasting and throwing things away

    V.
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I’ve been struggling with this section of my novel for several weeks now, trying different voices and points of view and writing a ton of repetitive material as I spin my wheels towards the end. I’m not in a rush but I’m not very happy with the churn either. Today I saw the pages from last week and did what needed to be done:  ripped some from the notebook, rearranged others, forced myself to move forward (out of the damn driveway where these characters had spent ten pages, literally, in reminiscence) and into the foyer. I’m one of those patiently impatient writers,…
  • Families

    V.
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    It’s often tempting to see patients in isolation — as individuals with histories, current admission goals and priorities, challenges, etc. — but inevitably patients are just as much extensions of their family systems as they are unique people with problems to solve. Family members help, and they hinder, and they almost always have their own, very prominent goals.  “Don’t give him/her any pain medication.  She/he has addictive tendencies.” “Make sure he walks, he’s a big baby and we need to push him along.”  “Tell her that her…
  • First You Make a Map

    V.
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    One night in graduate school, a writing teacher gave our workshop this simple advice, when presented with a room full of overwhelm about plot and structure. As novice writers, sticking to the most basic chronological storytelling, we were asking for a slick shortcut to making things more complicated. Our leader went to the chalk board and created a hypothetical flow chart of circles and arrows, connecting dots from character to setting to place and time. It was simple, she said.  “First you make a map.” For the past ten years or more, I’ve been intermittently working on a…
  • Denial

    V.
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Is a river, as the cliche goes. But denial in health care settings is a particularly turbulent river. What do we say or do when a patient presents in a complex, difficult way? How can we make these conversations meaningful, empathetic and fundamentally truthful? For the past two days I have cared for a patient in my unit who is 100% medically stable, ready to go home from the standpoint of the health care team. However, he is confused, combative, unable to care for himself, refusing medication, weak, a fall risk, nowhere near his baseline when it comes to mentation or activities of daily…
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  • Sir Patrick Stewart on KQED Forum

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If you have not heard KQED Forum's interview with Patrick Stewart, you're missing out. Lots of bon mots, wisdom shared, and life long learning conveyed -- as was the role understanding can play in forgiveness. Very touching and funny as hell.Also: Sir Patrick and KQED's Joshua Johnson goofed around a bit in the Forum green room, and it was caught on film. (If you look closely you can see what I wrote about Leo on the green room wall during the last time I was on Forum -- it's just to the left of the good Captain's head.) For those who might not know, my spouse works at the station in…
  • Malaise Managed

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    We are very, very lucky people. When my windshield started leaking and my car interior flooded, the shop that had replaced the windshield fixed the leak for free. We have had stormy storms for about a week now, so this was excellent news. As was the ability of the iPad geniuses to fix Leo's bricked iPad yesterday. As was the AT&T insurance policy folks' ability to replace Iz's bricked iPhone yesterday. As was the tire shop's ability to repair rather than replace the flat tire that nearly stranded me in San Francisco an hour before I'd needed to pick up Mali and her friends from school…
  • It's Giving Tuesday: Give a Shot@Life Today

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today is Giving Tuesday, an initiative to remind people that the holiday season is about giving, not just shopping.Ideally, Giving Tuesday is about supporting non-profit organizations. Organizations like Shot@Life, the UN Foundation's global vaccines initiative. An organization that, as a vocal vaccine advocate, I support wholeheartedly.I want to ask you to support Shot@Life today, too.Giving Tuesday is a great day for you to support Shot@Life, because you won't be alone. MAM USA, maker of unique baby products, is celebrating Giving Tuesday by pledging $25,000 to Shot@Life -- and then Bill…
  • Fourteen in '14

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Leo was born in 2000, so his birthday age will always match the year. Convenient, that, for those of us who take a few moments to remember our own age. Doesn't make it any less shocking that our boy is fourteen.This year, we focused on doing exactly what Leo wanted, especially on his actual birthday since it fell on a Sunday.He woke up happy, and immediately got happier upon being told "happy birthday!" [Image: Leo smiling, slightly blurry photoHead and shoulders only, orange t-shirt,white background featuring hanging plant]For his breakfast, he got those forbidden f***ing donuts. For…
  • In Search of Superego Style Food

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Fettucine with smoked salmon & vodka cream sauce.[Image: a pile of flat noodles topped by chunky redsauce, in a beige bowl with black curlicue accents]I am not a great cook. But I am really good at making food that I really like to eat. As you might suspect, this can be a problem. I need to make food that I don't like to eat so much. Take this pasta. It looks like slop, yes? It's actually heavenly. It happened because of an ingredients fiasco: I brought home a package of Coscto chanterelles -- so thrilled was I to see them after two years of drought, two years sans those tasty fungi at…
 
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  • For a Million Dollars

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    My son asked me if I'd eat worms for a million dollars. Yup, I suppose I would. My son asked me if I'd stare into the sun for five minutes for a billion dollars. No, not without a shield of some sort. A billion dollars is a lot of money. Yeah, but my vision is precious to me. Yeah, I agree. I thought about other things I wouldn't do for a billion dollars, or even a million dollars. I wouldn't want to be isolated from my family. I wouldn't want to lose any of my senses. I wouldn't want... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Tacos

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    After school and before gymnastics, my son and I went to a Mexican restaurant to grab some "to-go" food. I ordered six shrimp tacos for us to share. About eight minutes later, we received our tacos, and walked out to the car. Once inside, I discovered only three tacos in our container. My son and I froze for a moment: we were right on time for gymnastics, taking into consideration the time it would take to eat the tacos. We couldn't afford another eight minute (or so) wait. But we only had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It must be a New Year

    31 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Last night I had one of those stereotypical anxiety dreams: the college one. Per usual, it was an end-of-the-semester situation where I had somehow neglected to go to class all semester. How could I possibly receive passing marks? In this case, it was the intended penultimate semester of my college career, so I was trying to figure out how I could possibly schedule my final semester in such a way to make up for the sins of the current semester and graduate on time. But how? In my dream, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thinking of you.

    23 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    My youngest and I went to support some of his classmates in Peter Pan Jr. this evening. One of the fairies was played by a girl whose mom died this summer. At one point, the Lost Boys announce, "We want a mother!" and I happened to be looking at that one girl when the fairies echo, "Us too!" ... and I lost it. (Quietly.) It isn't my tragedy, and I know she'd be horrified if she knew that my heart broke on her behalf at that moment, but I just want to acknowledge that I hold her family in my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black, White and Grey

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    It has been a shocking and difficult time for the Black community. As a white woman, I can understand privilege from the "I'm not male" perspective, but have not experienced it from the "I'm not white" perspective, because I am white. Still, I have witnessed things that are overtly racist, and some that are more subtly so. I've thought a lot about racial relations and privilege recently. I've thought about standards of beauty, and expectations for how people are "supposed" to be... and how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 札幌出会い援交交流イベント等では場の雰囲気を味わう心持ちをキープしておきましょう

    SDKKDDD
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:38 am
    実戦経験豊富なカリスマユーザーがお教えする、最先端の出会いテクニックをご覧に入れることができます。当方に表示されていることをやれるようになれば、あなたのゴールインは疑う余地なしです。 「いつもと同じ」の生活習慣、「いつもの日々と変化のない」状況を改善しなければ、素敵な出会いがないというトンネルから、はてしなく出ていけません。…
  • 完全使用料無料セフレサイトセフレサイト無料

    SDKKDDD
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
    以前なら出会いが欲しい人がのぞくSNSなら、間違いなくmixiがナンバーワンでした。 しかし近頃は、原則実名で、隠し事のない印象のあるFacebookを使ったケースの方が、現実社会での出会いに発展する傾向にあります。 普段通りの言動、「普段と変わらない」ステージを変化させなければ、「異性との出会いがない!」との悩みから、はてしなく出ていくことができないのです。…
  • 現実的な出会いにはつながりやすいということです中高年出会いSNS

    SDKKDDD
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    運命の人との素敵な出会いは出会いSNSの歴史ほんのわずかな瞬間にやってきます。日常生活と違う行動をとって、その場にどういった方たちが集まっているのか、試してみるのもいいものです。 思いがけない出会いが待ち受けているかもしれません。とにかく女の子と出会えるようにすることだけを目的にした、多種多様な出会いテクニックを掲載しております。…
  • ポイントなし逆援交交意識しなくても同じものの好きな異性との出会いのチャンスが増えていきます

    SDKKDDD
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    第一に向こうに不快感を催すようなものは除外しながら、気持ちよく清々しい感じのするものを準備しておきましょう。第一段階としてはこれが出会いテクニックの一つです。 異性と遊ぶことを望んでいる種類の人間なら男 逆援交遊ぶだけの相手を物色するために料金を払いたいとは考えないものですから、無料出会い系サイトや無料お見合いサイト等を使っている人が少なくないのです。…
  • 無料無登録熟年の出会い無論男性会員にもとても魅力的な面が存在することになるのです

    SDKKDDD
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    興味を持ったネット上の出会い掲示板、あるいは無料出会い系サイトは初心者にも最適だとかに気が付いたということなら、使ってみる前に口コミサイトなどを見てみてからということでもOKです。 お付き合いになれるような、真面目な出会い、真面目なお相手が、最近増えてきた無料出会い系サイトに望めるのか?こんな「?」を持っているという方だって少なくないのでは?と想像できます。…
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    Stimeyland

  • Stimey’s Guide to Handling Common Traveling Scenarios

    Stimey
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • I’m Just Going to Leave This Here.

    Stimey
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Dinner, Team Stimey Junior Style

    Stimey
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
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    Stimey
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
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  • Musicality, In Progress

    Stimey
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
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    Disability Scoop

  • Super Bowl Ad Features Girl With Down Syndrome

    Michelle Diament
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    A third-grader with Down syndrome will be front and center on advertising's biggest night of the year as part of a television commercial for McDonald's.
  • Study: By Age 6, Some With Autism See Improvement

    Shaun Heasley
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    New research suggests that young children with autism experience dramatically different trajectories, with some seeing improvement in their symptoms by age 6.
  • New Tools Aim To Make Doctor Visits Less Daunting

    Casey Parks, The Oregonian/TNS
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Individuals with autism often struggle to access the medical care they need, but a new set of tools is designed to smooth interactions between those on the spectrum and their physicians.
  • Efforts Underway To Fully Fund IDEA

    Shaun Heasley
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Lawmakers in Congress are renewing efforts to ensure that the federal government lives up to its promise to fully fund special education.
  • After Years Of Cuts, Social Security To Extend Office Hours

    John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun/TNS
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    The Social Security Administration says it will expand hours at offices across the country, a move that could be a big help for those with developmental disabilities.
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • Our Happy Conor is Back! And Dad Is Happy Too!

    H L Doherty
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    The top photo above was taken a year and a half ago,  shortly after Conor recoved from a very serious adverse reaction to his seizure med at the time, Lamtrogine, which resulted in two weeks in the hospital including an emergency room visit and 6 days in the ICU where the excellent medical team there, including our family doctor, probably saved his life. The second  picture above was taken a few months ago, shortly after Conor started a second medication, Divalproex, after which he became agitated.  I was able to get him outdoors walking at the time which seemed to help. I…
  • Autism Jabberwocky, Excellent Autism Blogger, Signs Off

    H L Doherty
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    There are lots of autism blogs on the internet.   One of the best autism blogs, possibly the very best,  has been the Autism Jabberwocky blog which features the thoughtful, reality based, well informed and well written commentaries of "MJ" who has now indicated, in his comment, The End of the Beginning, that the initials stand for Matthew Joseph and  that he will no longer be commenting on the Autism Jabberwocky site.  In departing Matthew Joseph has left us with 8 excellent points to consider.  I am posting those points below because I think they are helpful for…
  • Manitoba Autism Crisis Demonstrates Need For A REAL Canadian National Autism Strategy

    H L Doherty
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    Canada, despite a private members motion championed by the late Fredericton MP Andy Scott and Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer which called for one, does not have a REAL National Autism Strategy.  The failure to enact a REAL National Autism Strategy means that in some provinces very few autistic children receive intensive early ABA intervention.The  private member's bill, Bill C-304, introduced by former PEI MP Shawn Murphy, set out below was crushed by the Harper Conservatives and Quebecois MPs.   Had Bill C-304 passed 9 years ago many,  many more autistic Canadian…
  • Is 2015 The Year New Brunswick Finally Addresses Serious NB Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment Needs?

    H L Doherty
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    During the  2010 New Brunswick election  Dr. McDonnell, as noted above, was interviewed by CBC on the subject of adult autism care. The interview and analysis posted on the site are no longer available online but he stated at that time (bold highlighting added by me):Paul McDonnell, September, 2010"Our greatest need at present is to develop services for adolescents and adults. What is needed is a range of residential and non-residential services and these services need to be staffed with behaviourally trained supervisors and therapists. In the past we have had the sad…
  • Autism Society Canada Misrepresents Autism On Its Web Site Makeover By Hiding The Many with Autism AND Intellectual Disability

    H L Doherty
    27 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The Autism Society Canada web site was down briefly and I had hoped, notwithstanding past experience, that once it was back up the ASC would have started presenting an accurate picture of autism disorders to the Canadian public and families with autism disorders. My hopes, faint as they might have been, were dashed again.  ASC, on its "new" web site face, once again misrepresents autism disorders by hiding some harsher facts, in particular the fact that  as much as  50% (World Health Organization) of persons with autism disorders also have an intellectual disability:"Q: Do…
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    ASF Blog

  • Whole Genome Sequencing: The Next Stage of Understanding Risk?

    autismsciencefoundation
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    A perspective by Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, MD With recurrence risk estimated as high as 20%, there are many families with more than one child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Advances in genetic testing, including availability of clinical microarray testing, with sequencing based technologies on the horizon, could potentially answer families’ questions about what caused their child’s ASD, and what might be the risk to younger siblings. However, a new study published this week, one of the largest to date to use whole genome sequencing (WGS), reports intriguing findings that challenge…
  • A Look Back at the Science of Autism 2014

    autismsciencefoundation
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Alycia Halladay, PhD, Chief Science Officer 2014 was a big year for autism research, and there have been a number of perspectives on the science of autism in 2014. In fact, the Simons Foundation did a beautiful job outlining some of the major scientific advances, hot topics, notable findings and new tools that were discovered or developed in 2014. Please take a look at their year end summary on their website, sfari.org. ASF would like to provide additional perspective on what has been accomplished in research and where science is leading. Synaptic, Transcriptional, and Chromatin Genes…
  • More Evidence that Behavioral Therapy for ASD Affects Brain Function

    autismsciencefoundation
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Pam Ventola, PhD Yale University This week we published a paper on the brain-based responses to a behavioral treatment for ASD, Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). We set out to complete this project because in many areas in this country, not to mention around the world, there is a dearth of empirically validated treatment options for individuals with ASD. The literature on effective treatments for ASD is lagging behind work in other areas of the disorder; by design, treatment work is costly and time-consuming. It can take months or years to collect full data on a single child, depending on the…
  • Different Types of ASDs: What Do Co-Occurring Conditions Have to do With It?

    autismsciencefoundation
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    By Alycia Halladay, PhD ASF Chief Science Officer If you missed it, on Tuesday the workgroup on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions in ASD of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee met to discuss the current issues and start to lie out a research agenda. This workshop was aimed to have an honest exchange of views to help direct research – the IACC does not directly fund research itself.   It’s a way for researchers and funding agencies to discuss priorities and opportunities. The meeting was webcast live and will be archived on the NIH webpage, when the link is live we’ll…
  • Can “Sticky Mittens” Jump-Start a Baby’s Brain?

    autismsciencefoundation
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    by Klaus Libertus, PhD Research Associate at the Learning Research and Development Center University of Pittsburgh In a study published this week in the journal Frontiers in Psychology we were able to encourage grasping behaviors in three-month-old infants with a family history of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This was done by using “sticky mittens” – infant mittens with Velcro attached, to be used with toys that also have Velcro attached. While wearing these mittens, a baby can swipe at a toy and the toy will stick to the mitten – giving the child the experience…
 
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    Autism Jabberwocky

  • The End of the Beginning

    M.J.
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Last month marked an autism anniversary of sorts in that my twin daughters turned ten years old.  When they were born ten years ago I knew almost nothing about autism and the idea that my children could have it never even entered my mind.  Now, ten years later, I know more about autism that I ever wanted to know and it is front and center in my family's life.  Because all three of my daughters have autism it impacts every single facet of our lives from personal to professional to beyond.I wouldn't give my children up for the world but if a cure for autism were discovered…
  • Neurodiversity : Biological Fact or Fiction?

    M.J.
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I don't think it will come as a shock to anyone who has been reading this blog over the years that I don't care for the idea of neurodiversity.  The core idea of neurodiversity - that everyone is different and should be accepted for who they are - is a pretty simple and obvious idea and one that I completely agree with.  But the neurodiversity movement doesn't stop with just that simple idea and piles so much other crap on top of it that core principle is distorted beyond recognition.You start with the idea that a person should be accepted as a person even if they are different and…
  • Research Shenanigans At The CDC

    M.J.
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed a little story going around about a "CDC Whistle-blower" or whatever you want to call it.  Most of you probably know the story so I am not going to talk about the study, counter study, recording of secret informants, or whatever the current drama is surrounding the story.  Plenty of other people have done that, and badly I might add (no, it IS a doctored picture of cell phone text message screen and I should know because I am a doctor).Nor am I going to add yet another opinion to the ever…
  • Autism Rising : The Emperor's New Clothes

    M.J.
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:42 am
    It's that time of the year again - winter is finally starting to fade, spring is in the air, and Autism Awareness month is right around the corner.  Which means that it is time to play one of my favorite games - rationalize about the latest massive increase in the rate of autism.In case you haven't heard, the CDC just this week released the latest in its series of reports on autism prevalence.  This new report which looked at children who were eight in 2010 found that overall 1 in 68 children had a form of autism - 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.   Since a picture is worth a…
  • ASAN on Non-Verbal Autism

    M.J.
    22 Dec 2013 | 8:17 am
    Just in time for the holidays, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has put out a new video promoting its views of autism.  The video is pretty much in line with most of what they have said in the past but there is one very prominent theme that I wanted to talk about. So, first thing first, if you haven’t seen the video, go watch it here.  Did you notice how non-verbal autism was portrayed?  If you missed it, here are a few lines from the video about what it means to be non-verbal - People know what "nonverbal" means: I can't speak, so I use my computer to communicate.
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    Countering...

  • If I Let Myself

    K Wombles
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    If I let it take up normal space, become a natural part of my background, then surely the crushing grief I feel when I allow myself to really look at it and all the things, good (mobility safely) and difficult (disability made visible with all that entails, the losses, the challenges, the inability to hide my challenges) are allowed through my barriers, then surely, acceptance and even appreciation will follow. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow.It's like Frost's poem about the death of a young boy. We cannot look too long, tarry there. We must keep moving forward. So, grief trickles in…
  • When the Universe Wants One's Attention

    K Wombles
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I was doing something for my comp class, hyperlinking to a post on the saying "The only disability is a bad attitude," and went ahead and reread my piece from 18 months ago. Ummm. Given my current limitations, it feels like it was one of those attempts by the universe (or God, as you please) to get my attention. So I thought, I haven't written a post in a while, and I haven't been really communicating that much with my friends, either, on a lot of the stuff that's going on, and I clicked over to the blog, and my last post, called "The Cost of Admission," written almost a month ago, pops on…
  • The Cost of Admission

    K Wombles
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Some days, nothing goes the way we plan. Some days, our plans are completely derailed and we want to throw our hands up in the air and give up. Sometimes those days stretch into weeks and months. We can't see any light, not even a glimmer. We waiver, we weaken, and we surrender. The way we surrender, though, determines our outcome. Do we surrender and give up completely or do we surrender our illusion of control and let go?It's not been an easy few months, and I would, if I believed in luck, say we've been short on it. But I don't believe in luck, and despite or because of the law of…
  • The Yogibo Max

    K Wombles
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    10% off coupon code: CounteringLast week, I was contacted by Yogibo.com to see if I'd be willing to accept one of their bean bags to review, specifically in terms of how my children on the spectrum found it. When I looked at the site, I started drooling. We were very kindly sent the Yogibo max, which is six feet by two feet by two feet and priced at over $200.I am in love with this bag. My girls are in love with it. My husband slept on it, it's that big. The cats are impressed. And the dogs think it is theirs when no one else is on it. The girls have laid on it, reclined on it, laid…
  • A Sunday Epiphany: I was due one

    K Wombles
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    You ever notice how epiphanies come  at the weirdest of times, you know, like at six in the morning when you are sitting on the toilet surrounded by six cats of various sizes all meowing and some of them climbing on you? And you're talking to them suggesting that if they weren't climbing their way up your body, you would totally be able to pee quicker and then they'd get fed quicker and it would be a win-win for everyone and then the dogs wander in and wonder where their cat food is?Yeah that. But still I had an epiphany, which the critters were not impressed with when I yelled loudly,…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Going, Going… Gone – Save up to 30% on these last few items!

    Different Roads to Learning
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    We’ve marked down prices on more than 40 different products to make room for all of the new and exciting additions in our 2015 Catalog (Vol. 33), so you can SAVE UP TO 30% on puzzles, timers, manipulatives, games, schedules, and more! We still have a few left in stock, but they’re going fast, so act now before they’re all gone! No promo code necessary. To request a copy of our newest catalog, click here!
  • Pick of the Week: NEW! Socially Savvy – An Assessment and Curriculum Guide for Young Children

    Different Roads to Learning
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    No child should be left to flounder in a confusing world of social nuances and expectations. Social competencies pave the way for a child to have fun at birthday parties, resolve conflicts with friends, feel heard, and stand up for oneself. As our Pick this week, we’re thrilled to feature our newly printed assessment and curriculum guide Socially Savvy. Get your copy for an introductory price of only $39.95! Socially Savvy: An Assessment and Curriculum Guide for Young Children helps educators and parents break down broad areas of social functioning into concrete skills. The included…
  • Our 2015 Catalog (Vol. 33) is Here!

    Different Roads to Learning
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our 2015 Catalog, Volume 33! Go and request your free copy here. Along with exclusive articles written by our community of experts, you’ll also find brand new products which we’re incredibly excited to share with you. This May marks 20 years in business, and we still find great excitement connecting you with the right products for our children’s progress and potential. And to all of the parents, teachers, therapists, and autism specialists, we’ve loved connecting with you and getting your input on new products and solutions to add to our…
  • Tip of the Week: Using Activity Schedules to Improve Bedtime Routine

    Different Roads to Learning
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Many of the families I work with struggle to get their child with autism through the bedtime routine. An activity schedule can help your child independently manage the routine. You should select 3-5 tasks that your child can complete independently. The final task should be something that your child finds reinforcing, preferably something that can be done in or near the bed, such as being read to or listening to music. Based on your child’s reading skills, you can use pictures or text for the schedule. You can arrange the activity schedule as a picture schedule or a checklist. Below are two…
  • Pick of the Week: Emotion-oes – Like dominoes, but for identifying emotions!

    Different Roads to Learning
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    This newly added game will put a smile on any child’s face! With 56 domino-like cards, Emotion-oes for 2–6 players is especially useful for students who are nonreaders. Players will learn to recognize emotions and identify feelings in facial expressions. This week only, save 15%* on your set of Emotion-oes by using our promo code EMOTIONO at check-out! To play the game, each player is dealt five Emotion-oes facedown and must match the face on one end of his/her Emotion-oe to one end of the Emotion-oe displayed in the center. An instruction sheet also includes variations on the game…
 
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • 3 Valuable Aspergers Workplace Tips You Need Now

    Stephen Borgman
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I grew up in Brazil, South America.Actually, I was born there. You’d think I would speak Portuguese fluently.But I don’t. I went to half days of Brazilian school through third grade.During that time I had Brazilian friends and learned to speak Portuguese well. But from fourth grade through the rest of high school, I attended an English speaking boarding school on the Amazon river. During summers and Christmas breaks, I spent time with my parents, who were 500 miles away.I loved seeing them, of course, but when it came to getting together with other Brazilians my age, I had a really hard…
  • 7 Quick Coping Skills To Improve Your Life Now

    Stephen Borgman
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I like things to be neat.My mother kept a very clean, neat house when I was growing up. But although I like things to be neat and organized, I struggle with keeping my things that way. A couple of months ago, I decided it was time for a change.My dresser drawers were full of a mixture of socks, underwear, and T-Shirts, fitness gear, and other articles of clothing. So I took a bunch of Post-It Notes, set my timer for 25 minutes, a la Pamodoro, and labeled my dresser drawers.One drawer, Socks, one drawer, White T-shirts, and so on, and so on, and so on. Now, when it’s time to put my laundry…
  • 4 Questions to Help You Look Before You Leap Into Online Dating

    Stephen Borgman
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Look Before You Leap: My Story Years ago, I got excited about network marketing. I’d read in some book about how rich I could become by selling a product to my friends. I invested a lot of time and money in vitamin supplement, hounding my friends and family to buy a monthly subscription for a supply of this supplement. But I didn’t realize that a very low percentage of people actually succeed with network marketing, nor the toll that all my “selling” would take on my friends and family. I hadn’t prepared myself for the discipline, organization, and outright…
  • 5 Insights from my Reader Survey, and What They Mean for You

    Stephen Borgman
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    In October 2014, I launched my comprehensive Reader Survey. I benefited enormously from collecting and analyzing your responses . Ultimately, I think it also benefits you, because it helps me improve the content I create, whether on this blog, for my future podcast, or for any future products I create for you. My purpose, in writing this article, is to help you better understand who your average fellow reader is, and how I am going to better serve you in this upcoming year. You, the Reader If I boiled down my results into a “reader profile”, it would look like this, based on the 49 of you…
  • How To Clean Your Room Before It’s Too Late

    Stephen Borgman
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    My messy room.  I shudder to think of it. I shudder the most when I have to  ask family friends to watch our cats in our absence. I close the door to our bedroom and hope they won’t go in there.  The friends, that is. Because in my room is a dirty little secret.  My part of the room is a mess. My wife is neat and organized, but I have to work at it! One of these days, if I don’t do something about it, someone’s going to find out that there is laundry that needs to be put away, a “hot spot” by the side of my bed of books and knick knacks that I seem to think…
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    The Autism News

  • Jason Marks on autistic student left in the cold

    The Autism News
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    By WAVY TV 10 (YouTube) Jason Marks on autistic student left in the cold Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogkpWl2hwec
  • Tamarac mother claims school bus driver left autistic son behind

    The Autism News
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    By wsvn.com 7 news A South Florida mother is shocked and furious after, she said, a bus driver left her autistic son behind after he’d asked to use the bathroom. Wednesday evening, 5-year-old Jayden is back and safe in his mother’s arms. However, it was an afternoon full of panic for Nekita Danastor. The Tamarac resident said, when a school bus arrived at her house from Coconut Creek Elementary School to drop off her children, her three daughters stepped off the bus without Jayden. “It’s just terrifying. You can’t even [imagine]. It’s like a parent’s…
  • 20-Year-Old with Autism Brutally Attacked by Football Hooligans in Bury

    The Autism News
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    By manchestergazette A man who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and autism was attacked by a knife wielding football hooligan as he tried to play peacemaker. the 20-year-old victim, who is from the Carlisle area, travelled to Bury with his dad and other fans to watch his team play Bury at Gigg Lane on Saturday 24 January 2015. Their coach arrived at about midday so the supporters, including the victim, went to the Staff of Life pub for a drink. A short time later, some of the fans who had left to get a takeaway returned to the pub and one had a cut under his eye. He explained he had been…
  • You can’t get autism from a measles vaccine, says doctor dispelling vaccine myths

    The Autism News
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    By Amy Yurkanin | AL.com Dr. David Kimberlin, co-director of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the UAB School of Medicine, practically wrote the book on vaccines. He edited the “Red Book” a guide to infectious diseases for pediatricians that contains the recommended vaccine schedule. And today he urged parents across the state to vaccinate their children for measles, which has spread across the West after an infected person visited Disneyland. Preventing measles is as easy as getting the recommended vaccines, the first when a child is about a year old, and the…
  • Woman accused in child’s starvation death asks judge to set bail

    The Autism News
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    By Rafael Olmeda | SunSentiel The Lauderhill woman accused of torturing her 12-year-old autistic cousin, who died in 2013 after wasting away from 115 pounds to 56 in nine months, is asking a Broward judge to set bail so she can get out of jail while she’s awaiting trial. Latoya Patterson, 34, is charged with first degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted. Under Florida law, Broward Circuit Judge Michael Ian Rothschild does not have to set a bail amount, but can if prosecutors fail to establish a strong likelihood of conviction. Rothschild’s courtroom was filled with…
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    We Go With Him

  • Much Missed

    Kristina Chew
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Jim misses his pals, Jersey storytellers and real pizza (ok, we have located one place that makes a fair pie). Charlie misses his classmates from...
  • If you're going to be an online Classics adjunct

    Kristina Chew
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    -- and also teach two community college composition courses, it is not a bad idea to get up from your desk and leave the medical...
  • The Unbearable Ambivalence of Success

    Kristina Chew
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Success is a word that has come to stoke degrees of ambivalence in me over the years of raising Charlie. There's no denying that we...
  • Tech Is An Ancient Greek Word After All

    Kristina Chew
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Now Google Glass is getting into the take-technology-and-develop-it-for-autistic-children market. The apps a company is making are for "children with moderate to high-functioning autism, though it...
  • What a Day

    Kristina Chew
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:37 pm
    You should have seen the look on Jim's face when I told him that the U.S. and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations. He is a...
 
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • 5 Things I wish I knew before Autism

    Tamara
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Tamara Wood is a proud mother of two amazing boys. After searching for a solution for her son Alex, who is affected by Autism, Tamara found the AngelSense solution for her family. It gave her a great deal of peace of mind, and her enthusiasm for the company only increased – she joined the AngelSense team as a customer care specialist. I am the mother to two wonderful little boys, one who has autism and one who is “normal” (whatever that is!). There are many things we didn’t know before we became parents, and even less when you hear a word like “autism.” There are somethings I…
  • If I could could suggest just one New Years resolution, it would be this

    Stuart Duncan
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    I know this is a bit late but there are still some people out there that are unsure of what they should “resolve” to do for the new year. Well, Autcraft, my Minecraft server for children with autism and their families has been receiving some media coverage in recent weeks and there was one question that I got from everyone that really stands out as very important and thus, would make for the perfect New Years resolution: “What is it about Autcraft that is helping these kids to make friends, to talk to other people, to learn to read/write faster and to make such great…
  • What It Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Dad

    Stuart Duncan
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    I recently read an article titled “What It Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Mom” and I quite enjoyed it. It also dawned on me, there will probably never be an article titled “What It Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Dad” and the reason for this is quite simple, there’s no one to write one. As the parent of a newly diagnosed child that has special needs, you quickly come to realize that those needs are essentially you. They need you first and foremost. That generally means that mom becomes a stay at home mom and dad has to work longer and harder than ever. Gone…
  • Autism and Thanksgiving – Be thankful for the struggles

    Stuart Duncan
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Happy Thanksgiving We’re all aware of how difficult Thanksgiving can be when your child has autism. Not eating any of the 38 different kinds of food on the table, becoming overwhelmed and melting down, hurting one of the other children or themselves, being fed food that they shouldn’t have by some other family member, having to leave early… the list goes on and on. Children can often struggle with these situations as it is but when they have autism, it can sometimes seem downright unbearable. Even, avoidable… as in, just not doing Thanksgiving with family anymore. Now,…
  • Countering snoring in children with Autism

    Dr. Alex
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    It is not uncommon for toddlers and kids to experience trouble in enjoying an uninterrupted night’s sleep. Discomfort with the darkness, snoring, fear of dreams, and even the habits of sleep walking are deemed pretty routine affairs with children. However, if a child has had a history of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), any instances of troubled sleeping should never be ignored. These problems could well be taken as a measure of the ravages of ASD caused in the body. More importantly, by being conscious of the need to identify such uncommon sleep habits in children is the first step…
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    Speaking In Grace

  • Sarah’s Family

    Beth Clay
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:33 am
    Hi all. My name is Sarah, I guess I will start with a little about myself. I am a wife and mother.  Wife to Justin.  Mother to 3 wonderful kiddos.  First, Shelby my oldest, a beautiful 15 year old girl who happens to have severe nonverbal Autism.  Not so soon to follow Shelby are Will and Drew, age 4 fraternal twins.  God most surely has a plan.  My days are filled with lots of words from little people and lots of silence from the biggest girl. Shelby was my surprise, coming into the world shortly before my 20th birthday.   Shelby was diagnosed with Atypical Autism at age 3. From well…
  • A New Addition

    Beth Clay
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Some times we loose things, places, people and parts of our lives. Sometimes we have wonderful new additions. Sometimes those addition are children…that is not exactly the case here. Well there are new children, but they are not mine. The wonderful new addition I am speaking of here, is a friend. An old friend…if I can be so bold, well, she is not old but I have known her and her daughter for a long time. Her daughter is the same age as Cooper, I think of her as one of his oldest “friends”. They are forever classmates because we sort of started out at the same time,…
  • Potty Training Talk

    Beth Clay
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Come and see me on Mom Babble today! I will be talking about Potty Training and the heartache and judgment that often accompanies it…especially when you have a child with Autism. The post Potty Training Talk appeared first on Speaking In Grace.
  • Pull-ups: Politics, Religion, and Potty Training

    Beth Clay
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Three subjects that will ruin a family gathering, birthday party, moms group or any other gathering of two or more people faster than you could possibly imagine. Potty training discussions among parents, I will argue, evoke stronger emotions than politics and religion combined. Well maybe not, but sometimes it definitely feels that way. I will be on Mom Babble  Tuesday January 27 sharing my thoughts and experiences on this delicate and difficult subject. So please head on over there and check out this wonderful group of Moms who keep it real everyday, and make you feel like you are just…
  • Labels Shmabels

    Beth Clay
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:24 am
    The Label. My son is Autistic. He has Autism. Cooper is a child with a disability called Autism. He was diagnosed with moderate to severe Autism. He’s one of those “Autistics”. A child effected by Autism. He is On The Spectrum…I don’t know why but that one always makes me start singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”…maybe I need my own label. What I really needed was for Cooper to have the label, the diagnosis. I needed to understand what we were dealing with. I needed to know and accept it. For me, I had no choice, and neither did Cooper. He…
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    Autism Daily Newscast

  • Autism awareness walk expected to draw over 1000 participants

    ADN
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Dubai, UAE – The 7th annual A Walk for a Walk event will be taking place next month in an effort to raise awareness regarding autism within the community as well as awareness of the 7th annual autism walk in Dubai, taking place in April this year. The Emirates Walk for Autism first took place […] The post Autism awareness walk expected to draw over 1000 participants appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Autism spectrum symptoms in cases of Down’s syndrome

    Paul Whiteley Ph.D.
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Researchers from the University of Alabama in the United States looking at “the typical range of social communicative impairments observed in children, adolescents, and young adults with DS [Down’s syndrome] who do not have comorbid ASD [autism spectrum disorder]” recently reported that quite a few people diagnosed with Down’s syndrome present with issues with social […] The post Autism spectrum symptoms in cases of Down’s syndrome appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Siblings on the autism spectrum have varied genetic mutations

    ADN
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Toronto, Canada — A group of researchers headed by Dr. Stephen Scherer, a geneticist from The Hospital of Sick Children in Toronto, has found that even siblings on the autism spectrum have varied genetic mutations. Dr. Scherer and his team studied genetic mutations in the entire DNA of 85 families who have siblings on the […] The post Siblings on the autism spectrum have varied genetic mutations appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Petition – ‘Help Get Maise Home’ 13 year-old with autism

    ADN
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Kingston upon Hull, UK – Maisie is a 13- year-old girl who has autism. She self harms and because of this she is currently under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act. She has been placed into hospital, 60 miles away from her family home. . Her family have now set up the petition, Reinstate […] The post Petition – ‘Help Get Maise Home’ 13 year-old with autism appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Autism baseball league provides fun and support for players and their families – w/video

    ADN
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Rancho Penasquitos, SD  – Two area baseball teams for children and young adults with autism are providing players with the opportunity to socialize, learn a new sport and engage meaningfully within their communities. Founded by Tina Waters in 2003, the league, which consists of both the Lounging Lizards and Thunder Pandas enables players to learn […] The post Autism baseball league provides fun and support for players and their families – w/video appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
 
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