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  • Potential genetic test to aid autism diagnosis

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Genetic testing of children with certain physical features of autism spectrum disorder may help to diagnose the cause of their condition.
  • Study Backs Genetic Testing For Kids With Autism

    Disability Scoop
    Shaun Heasley
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:07 am
    Newly available genetic testing may offer answers for about 16 percent of children with autism, according to a new study that's lending support for more widespread use of the analyses.
  • Is it time to rethink the symptoms of autism? A commentary by Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD, Yale University

    ASF Blog
    autismsciencefoundation
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    2015 ASF accelerator grant awardee, Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD “If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.” This adage has become often-repeated in the autism community. It speaks to the uniqueness of each individual with autism and to the fact that no individual can be captured or fully described by his or her diagnosis. At the same time, it reflects what has become one of the greatest challenges facing autism science: variability in symptoms across people diagnosed with autism, otherwise known as heterogeneity. No one feature is reliably seen in every…
  • Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities in the UK are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new study. Intellectual disability is a lifelong condition that begins before the age of 18 and is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning (generally indicated by an IQ under 70) and difficulties with one or more life skills. Around 1 percent of the population has an intellectual disability.
  • Lawsuit Claims State Mismanaged Funds For Waiver Services

    Disability Scoop
    Chris Serres, Star Tribune/TNS
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:53 am
    Thousands of people with disabilities have been forced to wait months and even years for community-based services because more than $1 billion went unspent, a federal lawsuit alleges.
 
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    Autism News -- ScienceDaily

  • Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities in the UK are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new study. Intellectual disability is a lifelong condition that begins before the age of 18 and is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning (generally indicated by an IQ under 70) and difficulties with one or more life skills. Around 1 percent of the population has an intellectual disability.
  • Nasal spray device for mental illness

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Researchers have tested a new device for delivering hormone treatments for mental illness through the nose. This method was found to deliver medicine to the brain with few side effects.
  • Autism: Transforming behavioral therapy with technology

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Using computer vision, signal processing and privacy protection, a doctoral student, along with electrical and computer engineering professors, have developed "MEBook," a combination of a social narrative and gaming system that psychologists and parents can use as behavioral therapies for autistic children.
  • New insights in pathological mechanism that causes dysfunctional synapses

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    Genetic analysis of human patients has shown that mutations in genes involved in synaptic communication can drive neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. Through a global analysis of the synaptic machinery, researchers have revealed for the first time a new pathway that governs the proper sorting of many essential synaptic proteins in neurons. Disruption of this sorting pathway in neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases severely hampers the efficient communication between neurons.
  • Brain-in-a-dish as mature as five-week-old fetus brain

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Scientists have developed a nearly complete human brain in a dish that equals the brain maturity of a five-week-old fetus. The brain organoid, engineered from adult human skin cells, is the most complete human brain model yet developed.
 
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  • abyss

    Lori
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Part 9 of 10 in the series distracted by haikutrapped inside my mind three hours to get my shoes tied unwelcome abyss
  • #laracon

    Lori
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Part 8 of 10 in the series distracted by haikusocializing is not always impossible when in the right crowd   thank you laracon for making this hardest thing seem like a good time
  • conference

    Lori
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Part 7 of 10 in the series distracted by haikutraveling alone i don’t know how to join in i hope i can talk
  • unfocused

    Lori
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    Part 2 of 10 in the series distracted by haikumind jumping around serial uni-tasking need to stay focused
  • dust in the air

    Lori
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    Part 3 of 10 in the series distracted by haikuso many details watching the dust in the air i am mesmerized
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    The art of Being Asperger Woman

  • 24 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
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    25 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Well, I am still alive. Been busy. Getting older and that means different questions about life. Over all I am doing OK. Ahead of several important choices. Life is a crosspoint at this time. Asperger still is a thing I have a love/hate relation with. My book wants to be written, one can best listen to one's inner voice. So, I keep on writing. Take care.
  • 13 Aug 2013 | 6:14 am

    13 Aug 2013 | 6:14 am
    Hello there, It has been a while. Been busy with lots of things. I have done quit some things for the first time. Most of them turned out to go well. That is great and encourages me to explore new horizons. Still thinking about the design of this blog. Recently started writing again. The writing process is fascinating, but one must get routine, and most important, create time and a good place to write. That's all for now. Take care. Be back soon hopefully. A.Bird.
  • 1 Feb 2013 | 7:51 am

    1 Feb 2013 | 7:51 am
    January has brought me lots of happy hours walking in the cold outside, watching the birds to fly over. Been busy finding new voluntary work, and it seems I had success. In a cultural setting nearby my new home town. I write a lot now. That is good. When I write, I feel like I run like Rudisha or Pistorius. My thoughts are with the Steenkamp and Pistorius. What a tragedy! my life ars of my life. And in the middle of those years Asperger's came upon my way. The sun just came back. Wohoo! Go back editing my writing now take care
  • 29 Jan 2013 | 12:57 am

    29 Jan 2013 | 12:57 am
    I know some links in the header of this blog do not work properly. I hope this will be fixed soon.
 
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    Reports from a Resident Alien

  • On Writing Autistic Characters

    Lisa D.
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The first autistic character I ever read about was a girl named Susan in a children's book. She was a piano savant who could play anything she had heard, even if only once, though it was plain she did not understand the music; when she heard a record, she copied the skips of the record player too. She didn't communicate, didn't have friends. At the end of the story, Susan was sent to an institution, and everyone agreed that it was in her best interest. (Anne M. Martin, The Secret of Susan.)It was published writing. It was also very bad writing--and not just because autism…
  • Social justice

    Lisa D.
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    I’ve started avoiding social justice type discussions lately. I don’t know how to say all the right things and how to avoid all the wrong implications. I take things literally, like I might say that “all lives matter” is a true statement, because they do matter; and then people think I’m a racist and don't care that black people get killed for no good reason much more often than white people do. And wish I could do something to help but don't know what to do because everybody who talks about it is just talking about words and saying the right words and... what I want to know is, how…
  • The Power of Helping

    Lisa D.
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    You ever thought about how much power you have when you're helping someone? I have.I do volunteer work, when I can, when I have the spoons left over from taking care of myself and my cats. And every time I help someone, this is what I notice: By helping them, I am taking on a role that gives me power over them.I used to volunteer at a food pantry. I'd been a client in the past, and when I had free time, I came back as a volunteer, taking down information from voice mail and stocking food. I watched the people who came into the food pantry, and the way they acted was very much like a…
  • Gender, Sex, and Sexuality for Multi-Species Stories

    Lisa D.
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    So you're writing about a species where gender, sex, or sexual orientation are a little more... complicated than for humans?Here's my terminology guide for sci-fi, fantasy, and non-human gender and sexual orientation.Biological Sexes: Female: The gender that lays eggs or produces the egg cell to be fertilized.Male: The gender that fertilizes eggs.Hermaphrodite: An organism with the sexual organs of both genders. Usually refers to entire species, and refers to the typical state of affairs within these species. Hermaphroditic organisms may or may not be able to reproduce on their own,…
  • Divide and Conquer

    Lisa D.
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    I really wish autistic people who can talk and live on their own would stop trying to distance themselves from the autistic people who can't do those things... It frustrates me that they're still kind of buying into the idea that "I'm autistic but it's okay because I'm smart"... because that buys into the idea of ranking people's worth by their abilities.I want autism rights to stop emphasizing our talents or our disabilities, and start talking about what we want, what we need, what our lives are really like. It just makes me really sad when I hear somebody say, "It's okay that I'm autistic,…
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    Wrong Planet - Asperger / Autism News

  • Job Red Alert!

    Jeffrey Deutsch
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had job alarms just like we have burglar and fire alarms? Some things are obvious. For example, if you’re a computer programmer and you’ve been asked to compile a program that does X, Y and Z, you find out soon enough. Other things are not quite so obvious. Like how your co-workers, customers and boss perceive you. Keep in mind that people generally won’t go out of their way to tell you how they feel about you. Especially if it’s negative. (Want to know why? See below.) Yet other people’s opinions of you matter at least as much…
  • Positive Relationships are Possible for People on the Spectrum – Love & Autism

    alex
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Anita & Abraham burst into a fit of giggles as they recount their first night as a couple. Anita builds the story and Abraham shares the punch line. In telling it, they appear transported to this early period in their courtship. As the story goes, Anita has a secret that she has kept from Abraham, her best friend and now lover. She is worried beyond belief. She doubts that he will love her when her secret is revealed. She has shared everything except this with the man she now calls her fiancé.   At this point, during our weekly skype call, I too start to become concerned about what…
  • Will these behaviors ever stop? Getting the big picture of behavior and autism

    RNaseef
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    Will these behaviors ever stop? Getting the big picture of behavior and autism My head felt like it was going to explode when my son was diagnosed with autism in the mid-1980s. The diagnosis explained why he was flapping and spinning, but the “A” word stuck in my throat. Some parents, mostly mothers, have told me they were relieved when they finally received an official diagnosis because they knew something was wrong. Regardless of where one fits on the spectrum of reactions, the mind goes fast forward to the future and can’t help wondering what will happen: Will these behaviors…
  • Autism Job Club

    Bernick
    11 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    The following is an excerpt from Michael S. Bernick and Richard Holden‘s The Autism Job Club, which is now available. If you like what you see, please purchase a copy of this excellent book! Chapter 15: Autism, Craft and Calling It is through the values of craft and calling that will come additional hiring of adults with autism in the practical economy. The autism-focused businesses,  major employer initiatives and employer outreaches set out in the previous chapter are necessary, but not sufficient. They must be tied to answering how adults with autism bring advantage to employers…
  • Coping with Conversation

    androbot01
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Social interaction is like navigating a maze.  One wrong turn can lead to disheartening rejection.  But, a lot of difficulties arise from misinterpretation and misunderstanding.  These are some tricks I use to try to get through successfully. Take charge of social situations.  Social interactions are shaped by both participants.  If someone is being grumpy, be kind to them.   How the other person acts does not determine how you act and there is no rule that one must follow the other’s lead.  Stay true to yourself. Listen and think about what the other has said.  There is a…
 
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    Left Brain Right Brain

  • Here’s a statement by William Thompson that they won’t be quoting

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:39 pm
    For those who know the story of William Thompson–he’s the CDC researcher who decided it was a good idea to coach vaccine-antagonist advocate Brian Hooker in how to scare people from using vaccines–you know that he’s become a favorite sock puppet for the people who claim vaccines cause autism. I’ve seen many discussions where people say Thompson said this, or Thompson said that–all without any evidence. Here’s a quote from Robert Kennedy Jr. in the book “Dr. Thompsom told Dr. Hooker that whenever the CDC finds an adverse effect from vaccines, the…
  • It’s not over yet in California: Rallies this week to get the legislature to reinstate disability services funding.

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Below is an email from Greg deGiere The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration. As many of you will recall, there’s been a big effort to restore funding for disability related services here in California. We were pushing for a 10% increase, got a 5% increase only to lose even that in a budget deal. But there’s still time and need to be heard. Three rallies are being held here in California and we need people to attend and make themselves heard. Here are the details. LA, San Diego, and Sacramento rallies this week! Dear Friends, Believe it or not, the Legislature…
  • SafeMinds: why won’t you tell your membership about the vaccine safety study you funded? Perhaps because it says vaccines are safe?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Earlier this year a paper was published on vaccine safety: Examination of the Safety of Pediatric Vaccine Schedules in a Non-Human Primate Model: Assessments of Neurodevelopment, Learning, and Social Behavior. This was a followup study to earlier pilot studies that got a lot of attention in the “vaccines-cause-autism” groups (Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccine: influence of gestational age and birth weight and Influence of pediatric vaccines on amygdala growth and opioid ligand binding in rhesus…
  • The Hooker/Thompson conversations: were significant analyses omitted from Hooker’s paper?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:28 pm
    As a few people have written about recently, a book was recently published in which we get to read transcripts of conversations between Brian Hooker (a vocal advocate of the idea that vaccines cause autism) and William Thompson (a researcher at the CDC). The basic story we have been told is that supposedly the CDC team (of which Thompson was a member) saw a “statistically significant” association between MMR vaccination and autism in African American boys. Specifically for boys who got the vaccine late, but before age 3. The story then goes on to claim that he CDC team worked…
  • Book review: Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:23 pm
    A book I have been waiting literally years for comes out tomorrow. I’m speaking of Neurotribes (Amazon link), a book by Steve Silberman. I was lucky enough to obtain an advance copy to review. First let me say that there are a number of good reviews of Neurotribes by Steve Silberman already on the web. I highly recommend this one by Emily Willingham, which includes an interview with the author. Having referred the reader to an excellent review, I’ll start here with a simple recommendation: buy the book. Or, at least, find a copy somewhere and read it. If you are autistic, read the…
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    MOM - Not Otherwise Specified

  • Inside Out

    MOM-NOS
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Bud and I haven't been to a movie theater in years.  When he was younger, we tried seeing movies a number of times, but we had mixed success. Movie theaters can be sensory nightmares - surround sound that's too loud, audience members sitting too close, aisles too dark, a screen too bright. There were times we left during the previews, and times we left in the middle of the show. There were often
  • The ghost of iPhone past

    MOM-NOS
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Last week, my iPhone fell victim to the blue screen of death. I'll be honest - I didn't even know that could happen. I thought the blue screen of death was a Microsoft phenomenon. But, no - there was my Apple product, glowing a serene, peaceful blue, but doing nothing else. After a couple of hours of Googling and trouble-shooting, I restored the phone to its original factory settings. My photos
  • Phone a friend

    MOM-NOS
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    When I started blogging, I was hoping to meet other parents of kids with autism. I did, of course, and they have been a great resource. What I didn't know when I started out, though, was that I would also meet a lot of people with autism, and that their insight would be equally valuable to me. One of the autistic friends I've made through blogging is Chloe Rothschild, a young adult who is a
  • A beautiful day in the neighborhood

    MOM-NOS
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:57 pm
    In the weeks leading up to our wedding, many people asked us if the boys would be playing a role in the ceremony. We'd decided early on, though, that we didn't want them to feel any kind of pressure - no spotlights, no expectations. This would be a day for Brian and me to make commitments: to each other, to our boys, and to our new family. Bud and Buster didn't need to do anything except know
  • For Jess, 'cause she's awesome

    MOM-NOS
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    I recently found myself in a conversation about the ethics of restricting toys, books, tv shows, and other things from autistic kids (or, really, any kids) (or, really, any people) because they are not "age appropriate." In the heat of the conversational moment, the well-reasoned, articulate thoughts on the subject that live somewhere in the recesses of my mind had a hard time turning themselves
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    Life With Joey

  • Flowers in a Bottle

    Joeymom
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:07 pm
    When you reach those years of hormones, aggression, confusion, frustration, wild swings, and moody depressions, it is a good idea to keep something to remind you that you aren't talking about your hormones. It isn't your fault. And you are still a human being, an adult human being who is allowed to like a little something for you.Mine is a little bottle of perfume.I'm not a big wearer of beauty products. I don't own any make-up, and haven't worn any since I got married. Well, maybe once since then, I'm not sure; I think I put some on for a job interview once, maybe twice. I'd have to go out…
  • Summer

    Joeymom
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Here we are, knee-deep into it, and where have the posts been? It is getting harder to decide what to post. This has been a bit of a crazy summer, and jam-packed with boy adventures.Off on summer adventures!Summer is always an odd time for us. Joey's schedule is different. While having a schedule at all is always good, the ups and downs of things being different remains. We have a new teacher this summer, and we originally were told he would definitely be Joey's teacher in the fall; now he has been offered a contract with the regular school system, so we don't know- we have to wait and see…
  • Year One, Done.

    Joeymom
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Our first year at our new school is complete. Joey finished seventh grade. It was an emotional ceremony, as the students thanked their teachers, therapists, and principals for... well, for us, for saving our child. He was drowning. Now he is moving forward and learning again.Our Assistant Teacher became emotional, and understandably so- how can you not, when you know a good thing is happening, and you are part of it? And Joey turned to her, and signed "safe" (they use hands, palms toward signer, fingers interlaced and thumbs up, so that it make a "safe wall"), and assured her, "You don't need…
  • 18 Years

    Joeymom
    24 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    Still going strong.
  • Luminaria

    Joeymom
    23 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Joey has a lot of difficulty processing the whole idea of death. Already a tough subject for young people, this can be extremely daunting for Joey in understanding that life ends, and there is a permanence in death that he just cannot wrap his brain around. It becomes a huge anxiety trigger.Happy Memorial Day.This is the 20th year of the Luminaria at Marye's Heights. I feel it is important for my boys to understand that freedom is not free. People die for their country, their families, their ideas. History isn't all cool houses, quaint costumes... and weaponry is not just cool toys.Wars are…
 
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    Look Me In The Eye

  • A Journey through the Adirondacks and Northern New York

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    This weekend I had the honor of being the convocation speaker at the opening of Clarkson University's 2015-16 academic year.  I drove there on Saturday.  If you plan a similar trip I advise bringing a powerful car, extra fuel, survival gear and defensive weaponry.The road to Potsdam runs through the heart of New York’s Adirondack forest, which has become a place of ruins.  The Adirondacks were once the playground where all New Yorkers went to vacation. The camps were filled with kids and parents, and the resorts were booming with couples and groups of all sorts.  Not any…
  • Neurotribes - Steve Silberman's new book on the history of autism

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    Steve Silberman’s book Neurotribes is a must-read that raises some interesting questions about the history of the autism diagnosis.  Part of what he writes will be familiar if you’ve read the original Asperger and Kanner papers, but even then he’s found some striking new twists that were buried in the archives, and they are sure to stimulate good discussion.Last month I had the opportunity to read an advance copy, and this week reviews of his book appeared in the NY Times and Atlantic.  The Atlantic article in particular touched on what I felt was a key part of the story…
  • Was one of the Jamestown founders a secret Catholic?

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    This later Jamestown church sits about 100 feet from the original wood pole structureWas one of the founders of the Church of England’s first permanent settlement in Virginia a secret Catholic?  Earlier today archaeologists from Jamestown and the Smithsonian announced the discovery of four graves in what was the chancel of the original 1608 church at Jamestown.  In modern terms, the chancel is the area behind the altar in a church, so it's a pretty significant thing to be buried there.  As a rule, chancel burials are clergy and leadership.There are a number of excellent…
  • A chance to work in our automotive program

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    You’ve read about the high school program we have in the Robison Service car complex in Springfield.  Our unique school has been profiled in news stories and on New England Public Radio. If you are a certified Massachusetts vocational teacher, this is your chance to come work here!Northeast Center for Youth and Families – the nonprofit who runs the school – is looking for an automotive teacher to teach, supervise, and instruct students in accordance with their individual education plans.  The automotive teacher will be directly responsible for assigned students and will assist…
  • Protecting Your Home From Fire

    4 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    While a fireplace or woodstove can be peaceful, an out of control fire in the home is one of the most frightening things anyone can imagine.  I had a candle set the wall screen on fire in my bedroom 35 years ago, and almost got burnt up. That left me with a lifelong concern and vigilance about the risk of fire.  With the arrival of spring, I thought I’d you some constructive advice on how to protect yourself and your home from fire.You do not want this to be youMost articles about fire protection focus on keeping hazards out of the home – don’t smoke in bed, don’t smoke when…
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    How Life Changes

  • Inside the heart

    V.
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    My most recent rotation in my training program put me on the cardiac floor, learning open heart surgeries.  On Thursday, I was scrubbed in, handing instruments and assisting on a heart transplant.  The tech was to my left, hurriedly preparing instruments and supplies as we began the surgery.  Across from me, the surgeon barked his orders — “hold this, dry this, give me that, now pull back, army navy, suction, retractor, lap please, pick up” — while I followed and fed him what he needed and watched him cut the skin, saw open the chest, dissect the pericardium and…
  • Sightings

    V.
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    A friend told me this morning that she saw my car on Friday outside of Ontario, driving east.  That I was in the driver’s seat, blonde ponytail and all, and that in the backseat sat a three year old boy in glasses — Evan — she was sure.  When she pulled aside the car, she saw it was not me after all.  Nor could it be, as I was at work fifty miles away in West Hollywood, far off from the 10 Freeway in Ontario.  Back at home, this same friend saw that her neighbor had returned my book to her, a book borrowed a least five years earlier. “You realize that Friday was…
  • Inside the Body

    V.
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    At night, after a day in the OR, I come home to watch craniotomies, laminectomies and hip replacements on YouTube, listening to surgeons narrate the steps in the procedure with cold, analytic grace, unraveling the mysteries of their work in the same way a bone is revealed after dissecting through skin, fascia and muscle.  On Friday, I observed the purposeful dislocation of a shoulder under anesthesia (in preparation for a total shoulder replacement), and thought, “Wow, that guy is sound asleep on the table and we just made his shoulder useless to him.  Thank goodness he won’t…
  • Tying Knots

    V.
    9 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    At the end of April I left my job in cardiac step down to enter an operating room nurse training program at a large teaching hospital.  It was a unique opportunity to learn the OR, and to find out if I am suited for that world.  Many people commented on how much I will miss the more direct patient care of step down or ICU, and what a shame it will be for my patients and their families not to have my teaching and advocacy at the bedside.  One fellow nurse said, “But you’re such a people person, will you like OR?” In a way I am a people person, but I’m also a…
  • Going Private

    V.
    9 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Some new adventures have led me to enabling privacy settings on the blog.  Please do feel free to register to visit, and apologies for the inconvenience.
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  • Get This Book: Sunny Side Up

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    [image: Light blue book cover with Sunny Side Up in white textabove an illustration of a blondelittle girl in a pink bathing suitlying on a pool raft.]The kids and I are long-time fans of Jennifer and Matt Holm's graphic novels Babymouse and Squish. So we are extra-excited about their new non-Babymouse, non-Squish graphic novel Sunny Side Up, about a ten-year-old girl, Sunny, whose planned idyllic friends-filled summer is upended when she suddenly and without explanation goes instead to stay with her grandfather in a Florida retirement community.Sunny Side Up is full of the characteristic…
  • This Girl Is a High School Senior

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:28 pm
    [image: white teen with long dark blonde hair wearing a black dress and black backpack.Photo used with express permission]This girl is a high school senior. As of yesterday.This girl is going to take her driver's license test tomorrow.When I first started writing at this site, this girl was in preschool, and her teachers' biggest concern was that she liked to write sentences in maze format instead of linear format. Currently, this girl is planning to ask her teachers for  recommendation letters for her college applications.You'll be glad to know that some things have not changed. Here is…
  • Get Inspired, Donate Vaccines, and Save Lives for Blogust 15!

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Blogust is Shot@Life's annual August campaign*, during which each of your social media shares with a #Blogust tag triggers the donation of a life-saving vaccine for a child in need. Blogust is also one of my favorite times of year. Because it's something I can do. Because as a parent of three kids and a writer, I too often find myself with very little time to make the kind of differences in the world I want to make.But Blogust makes that so easy. It allows me to do what Malala Yousafzai told me and a group of Bay Area Digital Leaders a few weeks ago, when we attended the ceremony to celebrate…
  • It's Blogust! Time to Give Kids a Shot@Life!

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    It's Blogust! That time of year, that annual August period when life-saving advocacy couldn't be easier for good people like you to take part in. When Shot@Life donates a life-saving vaccine to a child in need every time you share the #Blogust tag on public social media (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter).The tl;dr version? One #Blogust Comment, One #Blogust Share or One #Blogust Like = One Vaccine The just-the-facts version: Humanitarian: A child dies every 20 seconds because they don't have access to life-saving vaccines, and 1 in 5 children lacks access to vaccines. Plus,…
  • At SF City Hall the Day the UN Turned 70, SCOTUS Formalized Marriage Equality, and Malala Spoke

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    June 26th was a day to be at San Francisco City hall. I was invited to attend the UN70 ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter as part of the Bay Area Digital Leaders initiative, which was thrilling enough -- I knew we'd get to see UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and SF's own Mayor Ed Lee speak. I was honored to witness such recounting of history, listen to such people, and be present during such a milestone.And then, the morning of the ceremony, SCOTUS ruled that marriage equality was the new law of our…
 
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  • Go!

    Stimey
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:47 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
  • Ready…Set…

    Stimey
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:23 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
  • Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah

    Stimey
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:54 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
  • Everyone Learned Something

    Stimey
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:01 pm
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  • A Visual Tour of Summer Thus Far

    Stimey
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • Conor's Superstore Seizure

    H L Doherty
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    Yesterday Conor, his mother and I went to the Superstore on Main Street in Fredericton. As we moved to the express cash to pay for our purchases Conor began convulsing and a full scale tonic clonic or grand mal seizure was underway.  I was able to hold him carefully as he fell to the floor to prevent head injury, placing him on his side so he would not choke.  A shopper, who happened as it tourned out to be a paramedic, came by and provided assistance, including timing the convusions which lasted approximately 3 minutes. and providing assessment commentary as Conor recovered.
  • Canada's REAL National Autism Strategy - Shawn Murphy's Bill C-304

    H L Doherty
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    There is currently a group receiving money from the Harper government, purportedly to develop a "National Autism Strategy". It is an election year handout from a government which has consistently opposed a meaningful role for the federal government in ensuring that autistic children and adults in Canada receive the treatment and services they need to live meaningful, healthy lives.  Parents in Canada have fought for many years with varying levels of success for government coverage of evidence based ABA treatment for autism disorders.  In 2006 former Charlottetown MP Shawn Murphy…
  • Autism Disorder AND Epilepsy (But NO SUDEP!!!) at 6:05 AM

    H L Doherty
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:27 am
    I was awake at 5:30 this morning, had some breakfast, and was enjoying a mug (not a cup, a mug) of coffee when I noticed that the time was 6:05 am.  Startled I jumped up to see if everything was OK with my son Conor.  Conor suffers from severe autism disorder and epileptic seizures, including half a dozen grand mal or tonic clonic seizures, since last Christmas. One feature of Conor's autism disorder is that he gets up at precisely 6:01 a.m. every morning.  He often wakes up before 6:01 but stays in bed until that time and then gets up.  Until this morning I can not recall…
  • Surprise! A Meaningful Autism Disorder Study Provides Evidence of Autism's Harsh Realities

    H L Doherty
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Autism is a disorder which, far beyond its core diagnostic criteria, brings with it higher than average medical conditions and psychiatric illnesses.   The health status of adults on the autism spectrum study confirms the harsh realities of autism disorders and should not be ignored or lightly dismissed by academics, mainstream media or professional "self" advocates who, despite their very high functioning levels, insist on burying the harsh realities of the severely autistic, like my son, in the mounds of autism ignorance they dump on the public landscape. As the study indicates…
  • A Positive Adult Autism Meeting with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers

    H L Doherty
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Minister of Social Development Cathy RogersPhoto Source: NB Liberal Site July 14, 2015 Meeting with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogersat 551 King Street, Photo by Harold L DohertyOn July 14, together with autism advocate Cynthia Bartlett and Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emeritus (Psychology) Paul McDonnell I met with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers and 3 of her advisers.  The meeting had been requested by Minister Rogers when it became clear in the Legislature gallery that I, and presumably some others in the gallery, were unhappy with the government’s…
 
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    ASF Blog

  • Minicolumns, autism and age: what it means for people with autism

    autismsciencefoundation
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    Manuel Casanova, PhD, University of South Carolina Steven Chance, PhD, University of Oxford Studies using brain tissues have revealed brain cells in the area called the cerebral cortex are organized in a specific way called “minicolumns”. In people with autism, this organization is different than those without autism. This has led scientists to ask what these columns do and how is it related to autism symptoms? We asked two of the worlds leading researchers, Steven Chance of Oxford University and Manny Casanova at the University of South Carolina, who have studied the brains of people…
  • Is it time to rethink the symptoms of autism? A commentary by Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD, Yale University

    autismsciencefoundation
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    2015 ASF accelerator grant awardee, Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD “If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.” This adage has become often-repeated in the autism community. It speaks to the uniqueness of each individual with autism and to the fact that no individual can be captured or fully described by his or her diagnosis. At the same time, it reflects what has become one of the greatest challenges facing autism science: variability in symptoms across people diagnosed with autism, otherwise known as heterogeneity. No one feature is reliably seen in every…
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) publishes recommendations on screening for ASD – the research and advocacy communities respond

    autismsciencefoundation
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:36 pm
    At a time when 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism, early identification, diagnosis and treatment is crucial to give children the best opportunity to reach their full potential. The ambiguity of the statement offered by the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) on autism screening is troubling and unfortunately, may be easily misinterpreted. While the task force does not explicitly recommend against screening for autism, they state there is insufficient evidence to support autism-specific screening in clinical settings. Instead, they have called for more research in this area. As…
  • Brain activity in autism – is this the common language of translational research?

    autismsciencefoundation
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Russell Port While the symptoms of ASD are well known, the changes in the brain that cause these disorders still remain a mystery for scientists. In an attempt to understand the neurological differences of someone on the autism spectrum, scientists have looked at brains from multiple angles, from within single cells to how large parts of the brain communicate with each other. The brain can be considered a series of circuits that connect different sub-types of cells; when properly aligned, these circuits allow for healthy neural activity (Figure 1). Due to the complexity of neural…
  • The ASF undergraduate research fellowships help build autism researchers

    autismsciencefoundation
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    Veronica Kang and her mentor Sara Jane Webb at IMFAR in May, 2015 In the summer 2014, I was fortunate to receive the Autism Science Foundation Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship to work with Dr. Sara Jane Webb at the University of Washington. During my summer research, I was able to complete my honors thesis: A Study of Twins of Individuals with Autism: Heritability of Pragmatic Language Ability in Autism Spectrum Disorder. I was also involved in two other projects in the lab: one focusing on brain activity and genetics in girls with autism, and the other to identify a potential…
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    Countering...

  • No, Seriously--I Wasn't Joking At All

    K Wombles
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
     I would break out in a victory dance, but I'm still new to the wheelchair game. Haven't got all my moves worked out yet.It was our trial run, the girls and I, to the college to see how much energy it was going to take for them to lift the wheelchair out of the truck, set it up, and me get into it. And then into the college. We only covered the office area, and we encountered some difficult points, but we did it. We went, we got in, we saw people and talked. And we got back into the truck safely. That's something, my friends. I'm proud of  it and my girls for their help. I…
  • Out Into the World

    K Wombles
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:16 pm
    From where I sit, I can see the handles for someone to hold, the wheels that will turn as it is pushed. The girls have practiced lifting it high enough to load into the back of the pickup where it will be bungycorded in so off the girls and I can go, somewhat independent.Still no name, no label, to explain how in less than a year I've gotten here, but here I am, regardless.  In order to go to the college and get from one end to the other, this is what I've got: a sweet ride of a wheelchair, designed for comfort, a gift from two wonderful families, one who no longer needed it so passed it…
  • Denial Ain't Just a River, But Thank God, There's Joy

    K Wombles
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
     You know things aren't right here if three months go by without an update. Most of that has been because if I didn't write about it, I could ignore it. The rest of it was what's the point in saying I still feel like crap and no one is quite sure why.I can't keep my eyes closed forever and friends deserve updates. By the end of April, the Cushings was finally gone, and the roses were in bloom. I actually made it out to the backyard with the cane and Rick's help. I looked less miserable and I had recovered my sight, so it was easy to feel like I'd caught a bit of a break. I had. All…
  • In the Meantime

    K Wombles
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
                                                                  
  • Walk in Red: Autism Acceptance

    K Wombles
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Autistics, a lot of them, hate the blue puzzle piece, for good reason. They are countering it with Walk in Red. In honor of my three wonderful autistics.
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Tip of the Week: Why Differential Reinforcement is Preferred to Punishment

    Different Roads to Learning
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    In B.F. Skinner’s phenomenal book The Technology of Teaching, he briefly discusses problems with punishment. He explains that the use of punishment (defined as adding or subtracting something from the environment in order to reduce the occurrence of a behavior), is not as clear-cut as we might imagine.  When we attempt to punish a behavior, it’s quite likely that we will unintentionally suppress a broader range of behaviors than we intended. Skinner gives the example of a child who has touched a candle flame and been burned. The child has probably been taught not to touch the flame, but…
  • Pick of the Week: Special Savings on Hooray for Play! Activity Cards

    Different Roads to Learning
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:32 am
    Pretend play offers children an opportunity for perspective taking, problem solving, cooperation, social emotional skill acquisition and language development. Children learn through their experiences and what better way to engage in the largest possible array of activities than through pretend play? For a special price of $12.95 only $4.95, you can get your set of Hooray for Play! and start off the school year with endless learning opportunities through play. Hooray for Play! is a multi-use deck of 31 beautifully hand-drawn cards that can be implemented initially by parents and educators as…
  • Tip of the Week: Clearing Up the Misconceptions About Reinforcement

    Different Roads to Learning
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    ABA often gets a bad rap due to misunderstandings about reinforcement. In my career alone, I’ve had people tell me that people are not like rats and pigeons, that reinforcement harms intrinsic motivation, and that when I do produce behavior change, it has nothing to do with ABA but with my abilities as a teacher. Today, I’d like to clear up some misconceptions about reinforcement. Reinforcement is not equivalent to rewards. Reinforcement is anything that occurs immediately following a behavior that increases the future likelihood of that behavior. For instance, I am more likely to say…
  • Pick of the Week: Electronic Tally Counter

    Different Roads to Learning
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Use the Electronic Tally Counter to stay on track! This week only, you can also take 15%* off your order of the Electronic Tally Counter by using promo code ETALLY at check-out! When activated, an audible beep sounds to verify that a count has been registered. With a carrying cord and a large rubber button, the Electronic Tally Counter is an easy-to-use tool. Don’t forget to apply our promo code ETALLY at check-out to redeem your savings on the Electronic Tally Counter this week only!
  • Interview with Lisa Carling, Director of the Theatre Development Fund’s Accessibility Programs

    Different Roads to Learning
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    Lisa Carling is the Director of the Theatre Development Fund’s Accessibility Programs in New York City. Recently, she sat down to speak with BCBA Sam Blanco about their Autism Theatre Initiative. TDF’s next autism-friendly performance will be The Lion King on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 1PM. The Lion King was the first autism-friendly performance TDF organized back in October 2011, and has been so popular that it is now an annual event each fall at the end of September. Read on for Lisa Carling’s inside scoop on the Autism Theatre Initiative! SAM BLANCO: Tell me a little bit…
 
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • TWAP016: Introducing Irlen Syndrome: What Do You Need To Know?

    Stephen Borgman
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    An Interview With Helen Irlen, LMFT and Sandra Tosta, PhD “What’s Irlen Syndrome, and why should I care?” you may ask. According to Irlen.com Around 50% of children and adults with reading, learning, or attention problems have Irlen Syndrome. For some, the Irlen Method is the solution. For others, the Irlen Method is just part of the puzzle as there will be other reading/learning problems that need to be addressed. “What About Irlen Syndrome and Autism/Aspergers?” Again, according to Irlen.com: Approximately 50% of those with Autism and Asperger Syndrome have the…
  • 4 Valuable Ways To Better Understand Your Neurotypical Partner

    Stephen Borgman
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    What Aspergians Need To Know About Neurotypicals Aspergers author Liane Holliday Willey describes just one aspect of communication with her neurotypical (NT) husband that befuddled her early on in their marriage relationship. Marriage Help for Aspergians and Autistics I convinced myself every woman felt like each word from their husband’s mouth ran backwards, slipped through thresholds and hid under the surface never intending to be found.”  Liane Holliday Willey, Pretending To Be Normal. I wrote an article a few years ago, called, What Everybody Ought To Know About Aspergers And…
  • TWAP15: Little Known Tips To Empower Aspergers Children, Students, and Partners

    Stephen Borgman
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    Philip Wylie Shares Tips From An Aspergers Autism Perspective Philip Wylie, my Aspergian colleague, challenges non-autistic parents, educators, and partners to think about Apergers autism as a different culture.  As non-autistics, we need autistics to guide us in learning how to empower our children, students, and partners. Philp Wylie is going to be one of our guides today. I’m excited today to share part two of my interview (you can listen to part 1 here) with Philip Wylie, author of Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome,  Psychobiography of a Systemiser, and The…
  • 4 Ways to Face An Aspergers Autism Diagnosis

    Stephen Borgman
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Pros and Cons of an Aspergers Diagnosis, via Philip Wylie Cynthia Kim, an Aspergers woman, writes about the first time she thought she might be Aspergian. She had just watched a segment on NPR about David Finch, author of the Journal of Best Practices. I Googled “Asperger’s tests” and came upon the Aspie Quiz. My score was way above the cutoff for Asperger’s. I took it again, answering more conservatively. Still above the cutoff. I sat there at my desk for long minutes. Could it be possible that I’ve been autistic all my life and not known it? That’s a stunning realization–one…
  • TWAP14: A Very Late Adult Aspergers Diagnosis

    Stephen Borgman
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Philip Wylie Talks About His Personal Journey Philip Wylie, A Very Late Adult Aspergers Diagnosis, and More I’m excited for you to meet today’s guest: He’s Philip Wylie, author of Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, and Psychobiography of a Systemiser. He’s an important voice among Asperger adults diagnosed late in life. His story can encourage you, if you’ve also been diagnosed later in life, and I hope this podcast interview and his books will become part of a mighty lever that will move stereotypes and bigotry into awareness and acceptance of neurodiverse people. Philip…
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    Autisable.com

  • Advertise With Us

    joelmanzer
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Many have asked over the years if we are a non-profit.  No, we do not have that honor. We are, however, a for profit company with a philanthropic vision.   Our goal is to help individuals and organizations unite and share their message and journey with Autism. To make sure we are able to reach our vision, we operate by working with advertisers and sponsors to help provide the revenue to keep our website running and to produce future episodes of Autisable Live. With our previous website that was based on Xanga.com's proprietary platform, we were very limited on what ads would be displayed.
  • A Status Update

    joelmanzer
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    A lot has been happening this past week, so here's a few updates to let you know what we've been up to... First, we're still on the job in cleaning up the content on the site.  Many articles we've highlighted over the years need to be cited correctly.  If we are unable to match up the authors/bloggers with an article, we will remove the article.   We want to make sure that we give credit were credit is due. After we make some significant progress on cleaning up the content on the site, and have some things set up, we will resume our efforts in sharing your stories. We mentioned previously…
  • Updates and Giveaways

    joelmanzer
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    We are very excited about what is going on with Autisable, and what we will be doing. Right now Autisable is powered by wordpress technology, rather than Xanga.com's proprietary software.   This change is the reason we've been offline for awhile. As a by product of this change we're having to clean up some of the content, and add some features to the site so we can get back to doing what we did prior to the change: Sharing YOUR journey with Autism. There are two priorities for us while we are cleaning up the content on the site: A content management system (CMS).   Adding this feature to…
  • We Can't Thank You Enough

    joelmanzer
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    We are taking a pause in our work load to thank you. We are incredibly grateful for all of your support in following us on our social media outlets for the past few years.  For liking, sharing, tweeting and retweeting our posts, etc... For the 10,764 followers on Twitter:  Thank you To the 2,112 Members on our group page on LinkedIn:  Thank You. To the 275 Followers on Instagram:  Thank You For the 350 followers on Pinterest:  Thank you and to the 6,643 folks who like our page on Facebook: Thank you And to the over 30,000+ individuals who have visited our site on a regular basis each…
  • It's the Same, but Only Different

    joelmanzer
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Over the past couple of years while our website was down, many of you asked if we still needed writers and contributing authors. The answer is, and always will be, yes! Since the site was originally launched, we have always aimed at sharing YOUR stories.   In fact, we've connected with over a couple of hundred bloggers in the Autism Community, and several dozen non-profits world-wide.   Each of these people and organizations are glad that they have more of a reach with their content on Autisable.   Some have actually tracked their increase in traffic/audience to their own site by over 30%…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • First Week Back

    Devon Alley
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Last week, I shared my concerns about A. returning to school. She was highly anxious, and there were several challenges she was going to have to overcome in order to be successful. Now that she's completed the first week, I am happy to report that she...(read more)
  • Conventions and Cosplay

    Devon Alley
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Last year, A. attended the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con, of which I wrote an entry about in this blog. Because she enjoyed that experience so much, I decided to make sure she continued to attend even more conventions this year. We took her to the Marble...(read more)
  • A Visitation from California, Part 2

    Devon Alley
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    (This is part 2 of a 2-part series.) Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and...(read more)
  • A Visitation from California

    Devon Alley
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    (This is part 1 of a 2 part series.) These past few blog entries have focused on A.'s online relationship with a boy in California who is also on the spectrum. This past week, M. and his mother flew all the way to Tennessee to visit us. It was the first...(read more)
  • An Online Romance, Part Three

    Devon Alley
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking...(read more)
 
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    We Go With Him

  • Tippy, We're Not in Jersey Anymore

    Kristina Chew
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:53 pm
  • So Great a Mass

    Kristina Chew
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    I've taken a swerve away from translating Seneca to return to my old friend Virgil and his Bucolica -- "cow poems" -- also known as...
  • Last Day of 12th Grade

    Kristina Chew
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    It's Charlie's last day of school today and, as he is technically in the 12th grade ("technically" as Charlie, since his first days in a...
  • 25th Reunion

    Kristina Chew
    30 May 2015 | 8:29 pm
    25 years ago, I graduated from college in central New Jersey, never thinking a double sawbuck and a fiver's worth of years later that, after...
  • Charlie Turns 18

    Kristina Chew
    17 May 2015 | 8:29 pm
    It happened that the date for Charlie's school prom this year fell on his 18th birthday so, after white cake/white frosting mini-cupcakes (many) at school,...
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • What the BBC failed to mention in their “Minecraft can help children with autism” story

    Stuart Duncan
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The BBC has released a news story that says that Minecraft can help children with autism. This is wonderful news as it’s something that I’ve not only said for years but have actually proven thousands of times over with my Autcraft server. I’ve been very eager for the rest of the autism community and science to catch up. It’s incredible watching a child visit us for the first time, type randomness into chat, spam, use all capital letters, get very upset over and over again and demand that everyone give them everything… and then to see them transition over time…
  • This is why I see children with autism very differently than everyone else

    Stuart Duncan
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    When I started Autcraft, I did so to help out the parents on social media that cried out for someplace that their autistic children could play together without the fear of bullying or torment. On June 23rd, I told a small number of those parent and within two days, I received over 750 emails. That was when I realized just how big this bullying problem really is. Since then, Autcraft has kept thousands of children safe from bullies. But that’s not all. That’s just the start. Children came to the server shy, scared and unsure of what to expect. Many didn’t speak in public chat for quite…
  • Connecting with a child that has autism – which is real? Face to face or virtual?

    Stuart Duncan
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Talking with some of the parents that help to run Autcraft, we had an interesting discussion about how some professionals or “experts” still don’t see any value in video games because, from their perspective, they are not “real.” But what is real? Is it a face to face conversation? How about a conversation via the phone? Or a video call? How about two avatars that represent ourselves that are face to face, talking? When an expert talks about what is real, they come from the traditional, textbook approach to therapy in which the only way to truly understand and…
  • Helping you understand Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

    Stuart Duncan
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    I’ve had a lot of people ask me about Sensory Processing Disorder lately and that’s largely because most people, the average person, can’t really imagine what that’s like. A lot of it makes no sense to them. And I’ll get back to that point shortly but first, I thought I’d try to give you a few examples to maybe give you a better idea of what it’s like. When you live in the city all year long and decide to go camping, like, real camping, in the woods with a tent, at some point in the night you’ll look up at the stars and realize that it’s…
  • How I went from a very shy and private autistic to a very outspoken and public autistic

    Stuart Duncan
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    Something truly bizarre happened last night. While on the phone with my mother, I found myself saying the following: “So today I was in a news article on the largest news site in Australia, my book publisher emailed me to say ‘You must be busier than ever! Take all the time you need.’, a television show producer asked me to be on her show and an expo convention asked me to exhibit at their convention this fall.” How did this happen? What’s happened to me? I am a guy with Aspergers, I have two sons, one with autism and one without. I work from home, I like to go…
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    Autisable.com

  • Advertise With Us

    joelmanzer
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Many have asked over the years if we are a non-profit.  No, we do not have that honor. We are, however, a for profit company with a philanthropic vision.   Our goal is to help individuals and organizations unite and share their message and journey with Autism. To make sure we are able to reach our vision, we operate by working with advertisers and sponsors to help provide the revenue to keep our website running and to produce future episodes of Autisable Live. With our previous website that was based on Xanga.com's proprietary platform, we were very limited on what ads would be displayed.
  • A Status Update

    joelmanzer
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    A lot has been happening this past week, so here's a few updates to let you know what we've been up to... First, we're still on the job in cleaning up the content on the site.  Many articles we've highlighted over the years need to be cited correctly.  If we are unable to match up the authors/bloggers with an article, we will remove the article.   We want to make sure that we give credit were credit is due. After we make some significant progress on cleaning up the content on the site, and have some things set up, we will resume our efforts in sharing your stories. We mentioned previously…
  • Updates and Giveaways

    joelmanzer
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    We are very excited about what is going on with Autisable, and what we will be doing. Right now Autisable is powered by wordpress technology, rather than Xanga.com's proprietary software.   This change is the reason we've been offline for awhile. As a by product of this change we're having to clean up some of the content, and add some features to the site so we can get back to doing what we did prior to the change: Sharing YOUR journey with Autism. There are two priorities for us while we are cleaning up the content on the site: A content management system (CMS).   Adding this feature to…
  • We Can't Thank You Enough

    joelmanzer
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    We are taking a pause in our work load to thank you. We are incredibly grateful for all of your support in following us on our social media outlets for the past few years.  For liking, sharing, tweeting and retweeting our posts, etc... For the 10,764 followers on Twitter:  Thank you To the 2,112 Members on our group page on LinkedIn:  Thank You. To the 275 Followers on Instagram:  Thank You For the 350 followers on Pinterest:  Thank you and to the 6,643 folks who like our page on Facebook: Thank you And to the over 30,000+ individuals who have visited our site on a regular basis each…
  • It's the Same, but Only Different

    joelmanzer
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Over the past couple of years while our website was down, many of you asked if we still needed writers and contributing authors. The answer is, and always will be, yes! Since the site was originally launched, we have always aimed at sharing YOUR stories.   In fact, we've connected with over a couple of hundred bloggers in the Autism Community, and several dozen non-profits world-wide.   Each of these people and organizations are glad that they have more of a reach with their content on Autisable.   Some have actually tracked their increase in traffic/audience to their own site by over 30%…
 
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    Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective

  • Sometimes #Kinder Can Reward Unexpected Great Behaviour

    Carl Bainbridge
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Kinder Reward Eggs Are Great For Rewarding Good Behaviours   My family and I recently went on long planned and long put off road trip to Toronto.  This was a 17 hour drive followed by a good sleep and then 3 days of non stop running as we fit in every possible attraction we could […] The post Sometimes #Kinder Can Reward Unexpected Great Behaviour appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • #Ford Made A Great Trip Even Better

    Carl Bainbridge
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Fun On The Road With Ford Our family recently had the chance to head out on vacation to Ontario.  It is a trip we had been discussing off and on for a few years but this spring my wife decided that this year we were going to make all the proper preparations and planning and […] The post #Ford Made A Great Trip Even Better appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • The Seventh Dwarf #Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    The Seventh Dwarf Is Here! My kids were waiting impatiently for this movie from the day they first heard it was coming. To me the whole thought of intermingling these great fairy tale characters in one intertwined movie was close to a stroke of genius.  Not only were my kids hyped for the movie, I […] The post The Seventh Dwarf #Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

    Carl Bainbridge
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    A Parent’s Perspective is please to announce that we are currently accepting family friendly products to be featured in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. We will be accepting Family Friendly Products, Women’s & Men’s Products, Children’s Products (Girls and Boys), Teen products, Toys & Games, Electronics, Gifts and many more (email for info regarding your specific products) […] The post 2015 Holiday Gift Guide appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • National Geographic Kids Boredom Busters #Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Boredom Busters From National Geographic Kids My kids has always shown an interest in learning more about many different animals, and interesting facts about them as well. National Geographic Kids sent me this incredible collection of Boredom Busters books for my kids to enjoy.  What was even better was the fact, that they were part of […] The post National Geographic Kids Boredom Busters #Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
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    Speaking In Grace...

  • Hanging Out With the Sinners

    Speaking in Grace
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:14 am
    Share Most of us have been there, you know the place I’m talking about, that spot where you try to take a stand for, or simply share, your religious beliefs. It can be a difficult spot to firmly plant your feet on, especially if your are doing it in front of others. If our views or opinions differ from those around us and we speak them or in any other way attempt to own them publically, even under the best of circumstance with the most amicable intentions, we are often up against a hard line of standard oppositional responses. I’m sure I am not the only one who has some…
  • Violent Males With Autism

    Speaking in Grace
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    ShareI think I was in shock. “Violent males with Autism”…I sat and stared at the screen, I read it over and over and over…   Maybe I hoped it would go away or somehow change if I read it enough. But there was no mistake, that was what they said…or rather typed. I was reading a comment on a post in a Facebook group. (I have never been a huge fan of these groups, but I do belong to a few and for the most part it has been a pleasant experience.) You see though, in this comment I was reading they were talking about a classroom, a classroom that was, in their…
  • Autism Parents: Whiskey To Oreos

    Speaking in Grace
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Share The start of a new school year can be a very stressful time for parents, especially for Autism Parents, parents of children with special needs, disabilities, IEP’s, you know what I’m talking about. We are often faced with stressful situations that seem to pop up at every turn. It never fails, just when we have managed to convince ourselves that this will be the year everything goes smoothly…we are confronted with scheduling issues and “curriculum modification” problems. Troubling issues seem to appear out of nowhere and bring friends, they arrive with…
  • I Would Rather Not Accept My Child Has A Disability

    Speaking in Grace
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    Share But do I really have that choice? I suppose I do. I suppose I could stick my head in the sand and hope it goes away… I confess… I peeked at the last page…it doesn’t go away. Accepting your child has a disability. This is a hard reality that many of us have had to face, to acknowledge and yes at some point, in some sense…embrace. I know that to some of you who are new to this adventure and still unsure if you and your child actually belong here, embrace might be a little hard to swallow at this point, but trust me, you will get there…eventually.
  • This Baby Is Not Good Enough

    Speaking in Grace
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    ShareLast night as I was standing in the bathroom brushing Cooper’s teeth, I was suddenly overcome with sadness. I wasn’t sad about how big he has gotten, at 15 he stands inches above me. I wasn’t sad about having to brush his teeth, or about his lack of conversational speech. I wasn’t even sad about the severity of his Autism. Cooper doesn’t make me sad, in fact, he usually makes me smile. As I stood there looking at my son, I thought…how can anyone look at a baby, look into the eyes of a child and truly believe…they are just not good enough…
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    Autism Daily Newscast

  • ‘Miami is Kind’ to employ individuals with autism

    Althea Violeta
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Miami — A woman from Miami, Florida started a macaroon baking business in hopes of helping individuals with autism find employment. Silvia Planas-Prats moved to the U.S. from Spain to seek better education for her son, Marc, who was diagnosed with autism. Worried about her 13-year-old son’s future, Silvia decided to set up a business [...] The post ‘Miami is Kind’ to employ individuals with autism appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Oucares film camp now on its 10th year

    ADN
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Rochester, Mich. — It has been 10 years since officials of the Oakland University’s Center for Autism Research have decided to start the OUCARES Film Camp— a decision inspired by a documentary they’ve seen of an individual living with autism. When the film camp was still on its planning stage, OUCARES officials tried to reach [...] The post Oucares film camp now on its 10th year appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon

    Guest
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Here I sit in bed. It’s 12:30 a.m. Hunter starts school tomorrow. Not just any school, high school…the final 4 years before real life begins. He is still awake too. I have gone into his room off and on for the past 2 hours since he went to bed to check on him. He is [...] The post Life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Going back to school? Try these tips.

    Stella Waterhouse
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Tips for Parents Yesterday, we looked at tips for teachers in the article, Teacher’s quick guide to autism but it is always a good idea for parents to take review some of the things parents can do to help teachers understand the specific autistic child. The relationship between parent and teacher is of vital importance so: Share information [...] The post Going back to school? Try these tips. appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Doctors Overuse Antipsychotic Drugs to Treat Intellectual Disability including autism

    Reprint Articles
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:31 am
    Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities as well as those who also have autism are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new University College London study. Dr. Rory Sheehan, one of the authors of the study “Mental illness, challenging behavior, and psychotropic drug prescribing in people with intellectual disability: UK population based cohort study. The BMJ. 2015, [...] The post Doctors Overuse Antipsychotic Drugs to Treat Intellectual Disability including autism appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
 
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    Autism Parenting Magazine

  • Making My Fears His

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Saturday my husband sort of slipped into our conversation that he would be going to church on Sunday. He would be speaking about his Wounded Warrior retreat he went on the weekend before and he also wanted to check out the church. He also asked if I would join. I sort of haphazardly replied with a sure and carried on with our conversation. Church — a word that hadn’t been a huge part of my vocabulary since graduating from a Catholic High School in ’98. It popped up a few times after my first two children were born but nothing ever came to fruition on it and I sort of let it just…
  • Embracing Autism: Forgiving Those Who Judge

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    How many times did I think twice about going out in public with my autistic daughter? It was a constant thought up until I made the decision to embrace autism. It wasn’t a matter of feeling embarrassed, scared, or incompetent. But rather, because I knew that others would judge without really knowing and understanding the reason for the Public Display of an Autism Breakdown (PDAB).  Now I have learned what most antecedents trigger a breakdown, but before I would attribute it to the time of the month, a full moon, or simply bad luck. When I began the journey of reading about the subject at…
  • Encouraging ASD Children to Develop Whole Selves

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Fourteen years ago I became a mother to a boy and girl set of twins. Two short years after that my son Jon, began losing language and was soon diagnosed with autism. Maybe some of you can relate to the whirlwind that begins when you hear that your precious and beloved child has an exceptional need. I describe it being pulled out with the tide, rolled and tossed by the ocean, and then if you stop struggling, you find yourself underwater in a new and mysterious world with skills more amazing than you dreamed and that you never knew you possessed…such as breathing underwater. It isn’t easy.
  • The ABCs of Back to School for ASD Children: Anxiety, Bullying, Confusion…

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Oh the wonders of a new school year. Back-to-school shopping, meeting a new teacher, a new colorful classroom welcoming students, new faces, sounds of hundreds of children returning to school, the sights, the sounds, the new routine — all things most neuro-typical children handle with stride but often overwhelm our spectrum children.  Most parents of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) children usually have their IEP or 504 in place for the coming school year, but there are many nuances to school that an IEP  or 504 simply cannot cover to prepare an ASD student for all the potential challenges…
  • As ‘Normal’ As Possible – Humor from My Two Autistic Granddaughters

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    My son, Chuck, reads every night to Adrienne, the oldest of his two autistic daughters, my granddaughters.  When she was eight he read a story to her about a boy told to wear his cap when he went outside. He disobeyed and a big bird pooped on his head.  Chuck said, “That was a funny story, wasn’t it?” Adrienne already half way out the door replied, “No! I’m going to my room to get my cap.” She never ever leaves home without it. It’s worn backwards, of course. Adrienne, 33, received dozens of labels and years of diagnostic confusion. High-functioning rose to the top of the…
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