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  • What’s MSSNG in #Autism? – By John Elder Robison

    Wrong Planet - Asperger / Autism News
    alex
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    By John Elder Robison Yesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – #MSSNG. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion – I thought, Missing?  Certainly not.  We may be gifted or we may be disabled but we are certainly here.  And we are complete humans.   I posted that right away, and it launched a flurry of discussion. I wondered what the campaign was about, so I went looking. It’s an initiative by Autism Speaks to sequence the genomes…
  • Celebrate the Awesome

    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog
    Devon Alley
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    I've been really terrible about writing over the past couple of months. Mostly, it's because I haven't managed to sculpt out a new daily routine that allows for the time I need to devote to the art. Caring for an infant is time-consuming and often very...(read more)
  • "Professor" John Elder Robison's Limited Understanding of Autism and Autism Research

    Facing Autism in New Brunswick
    H L Doherty
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    MIT Technology Review:  John Elder Robison is a professor at the College of William & Mary and the author of Look Me in the Eye.John Elder Robison is a former "free ranging "Aspie", a successful businessman, writer and now apparently a professor as indicated in the MIT Technology Review article Fixing Autism Research We need to come to grips with what autism really is.  I met Mr Robison briefly at the IMFAR conference in Toronto a couple of years ago. It is not clear in what sense he suffers from a DSM5 ASD clinically significant  functioning impairment…
  • Tax-Free Disability Savings Bill Headed To Obama

    Disability Scoop
    Michelle Diament
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to send legislation to the president establishing a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.
  • Disability Champion Leaving Congress

    Disability Scoop
    Michelle Diament
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    After 40 years on Capitol Hill, a U.S. senator who shaped the Americans with Disabilities Act is leaving his post.
 
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    Autism News -- ScienceDaily

  • Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy -- particularly during the third trimester -- may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers living in areas with low particulate matter, according to a study. The greater the exposure, the greater the risk, researchers found. It was the first US-wide study exploring the link between airborne particulate matter and autism.
  • Therapeutic strategy may treat childhood neurological disorder

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    A possible therapy to treat neurofibromatosis type 1 or NF1, a childhood neurological disease characterized by learning deficits and autism, has been discovered by scientists. "Children with neurofibromatosis have a high incidence of intellectual deficits and autism, syndromes that have been linked to the cerebellum and cortex," said the lead investigator. "Our findings in these mouse models suggest that despite embryonic loss of the gene, therapies after birth may be able to reverse some aspects of the disease."
  • Multiple, short learning sessions strengthen memory formation in fragile X syndrome

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    A learning technique that maximizes the brain's ability to make and store memories may help overcome cognitive issues seen in fragile X syndrome, a leading form of intellectual disability, according to neurobiologists.
  • Brain inflammation a hallmark of autism, large-scale analysis shows

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    While many different combinations of genetic traits can cause autism, brains affected by autism share a pattern of ramped-up immune responses, an analysis of data from autopsied human brains reveals. The study included data from 72 autism and control brains.
  • Preeclampsia during mother's pregnancy associated with greater autism risk

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Children with autism spectrum disorder were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study has found.
 
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    Reports from a Resident Alien

  • We're All a Little Autistic

    Lisa D.
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    NT toddlers flap their hands.NT teenagers love roller coasters.NT adults are shy.NTs are late talkers.NTs misread each others' intentions.NTs find perfume, loud music, or wool sweaters to be unbearable.NTs stutter, fidget, and get burned out.NTs can even have meltdowns.So is it true that "we're all a little autistic", even the most neurotypical of us? Yes and no.People with an autism diagnosis have one for a reason. Usually it's because, in some or all environments, throughout some or all of their lifetime, they have had trouble doing things that are expected of the average neurotypical.
  • What is Autism Culture?

    Lisa D.
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A culture is a set of ideas shared by the members of a group of people. It can be based around genetic relationships, common experiences, common goals, or anything else that groups people. Even universities and corporations have cultures. And so does the autism spectrum.With the Internet comes the ability to talk to each other--even to those who can't use spoken words, and, through family and friends, to those who don't use words at all. As we've begun to communicate, we've formed ideas that we can access more easily than people who aren't autistic can. And that's the…
  • The sensory processing paradox

    Lisa D.
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    The other day I was shopping and using a self-checkout machine to pay for my groceries. It was a noisy, busy store and I was having a hard time hearing whether the machine was beeping to signal that it had scanned a bar code. After a while, I put in my earplugs, frustrated and thinking at least I would have peace and quiet. And lo and behold, with my earplugs in, suddenly I could hear the beeps. The earplugs had cut out just enough noise that I was now able to filter out the relevant noise from the irrelevant.This is something that many of us with sensory processing issues know: Less is more.
  • Remembering the Dead

    Lisa D.
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Today I added the 200th memorial page to the autism memorial site. The most recent death was on Monday. We lost a little boy named London McCabe, a six-year-old iPad afficionado with a cute smile. His mother threw him off a bridge after blogging about how hard it was to raise an autistic child and asking her readers for money.London's story is the most recent, but it's not the most recently added. The 200th I added was Dyasha Phelps Smith, a 21-year-old high schooler who died from choking because she wasn't properly supervised. Even though she died before London, she was added…
  • The Bus and the Waiting Room

    Lisa D.
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    I'm in the process of trying to get a case manager, possibly an aide of some kind. I've applied at the department of developmental disabilities; their waiting list is months long, and I'd need to make an appeal because I had an unusually late diagnosis, since as a child I was denied an evaluation for autism by a mother in deep denial and probably mildly autistic herself. I've tried to get an appointment with my primary care doctor; I made an appointment in August and still haven't seen them. My last resort was TCN community mental health services, which has in the past…
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  • Every Day We Need to give Thanks and Give Back

    theamazinj
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    I have been through the worst, I’ve been through the pains, I’ve even been through many heart aches in my life with people in general. People have failed me, people have been disappointing me, but most importantly I need to remember what I do in my life and what I have in my life of the people who support me. Sometimes I feel my voice, my intelligence, and my way of being are not acknowledged and listened to. Or, is that what it may seem like to me sometimes? I know there are many people who support me in my network including my family. Thanksgiving is a day that was started that turned…
  • Know your Voice, Know your Identities, Know your supports, and Live a Self-Determined Life

    theamazinj
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    An Open Letter to the many primary and secondary educators as well as the many professionals who try to create tokens to Autistic and other Disabled people who they don’t give proper education to own their identities and opinions, It’s important to create a better way for the Autistic/Disabled children and adolescents of the future adults of the Disability community and the broader community in the world. It’s important as well to create a system where the adults in the Disability community today finally know their voice and their identities count too. People need to develop…
  • The Importance of Being A Role Model for Others

    theamazinj
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Many people need role models to be able help facilitate and empower their life. A role model we seek out, helps us build who we are by giving us the opportunity to reach for our proudest moments. There are many things we look for in a role model. A role model needs to be a responsible person who knows who they are, how they want to be represented, knows how to take care of their own needs, and knows how to get what they want. It’s important for a role model to be able to set and enforce their boundaries for themselves whether it is a verbal, non-verbal, or a physical boundary we set for…
  • Always Remember It’s Okay to Feel what we Feel as Individuality

    theamazinj
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Being who I am, I am easily swayed to think one way or the other. Organizations like Autism Speaks and the media know how to easily manipulate people to think their opinion is the right opinion. No opinion is wrong, but we need to be more intuitive as a World Wide theme. Are psychiatrists seeking a cure for autism? Many just say they are seeking to help the individuals live their life better. Helping is good, but no person or group of people can overtly talk against a certain culture to eradicate them. Society needs to give everyone their choice of living their life without suggesting or…
  • A Poem and a Challenge for you from Drive Mom Crazy Blog

    theamazinj
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Life bleeds, life burns, life scars, life rejoices, life reoccurs, life sulks, life smiles, life rises, life declines, but most importantly, life emerges from the distance as either a rising up to the sky or a rebirth and rejuvenation to live it all over again. Life cries with weeping tears, life misses other people, but life also brings the spirit to all of us to live our life. I know the passing of great people in our lives is saddest when we can’t seem to fathom why? Why them and not US? Why them and not I? Our mission is one and our mission is whole, our mission is guided, and our…
 
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    Wrong Planet - Asperger / Autism News

  • What’s MSSNG in #Autism? – By John Elder Robison

    alex
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    By John Elder Robison Yesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – #MSSNG. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion – I thought, Missing?  Certainly not.  We may be gifted or we may be disabled but we are certainly here.  And we are complete humans.   I posted that right away, and it launched a flurry of discussion. I wondered what the campaign was about, so I went looking. It’s an initiative by Autism Speaks to sequence the genomes…
  • Autism-friendly events for adults and why they matter

    alex
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    This is a sponsored post by Elly from The National Autistic Society. From doctor’s surgeries to train stations to offices, it’s no great shock to learn that many places people with autism have to visit are not autism-friendly. There have, of course, been big campaigns about this – and people are taking notice. Social institutions, from museums to theatres, have been applying for Autism Access Awards or putting on autism-friendly performances. This means that people with autism are now able to access lots of places in the same way as neurotypical people are. Of course, it’s a shame…
  • Jerry Seinfeld and Autism – by John Robison

    Nuttdan
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Jerry Seinfeld’s casual statement that he “might be on the autism spectrum” has created a huge uproar in the autism community. I posted a few paragraphs on Facebook last night and I thought I’d follow up here with more thoughts. I think it’s important to have respected figures identify in a positive way with autism. When someone who is admired by many says, “I feel I’m a bit autistic,” I take that to mean he feels solidarity with our group (Our group being those of us on the autism spectrum and our families and loved ones.) Mr. Seinfeld’s speculation that he “may be on the…
  • 5 tools to get through Christmas (and other family holidays)

    alex
    25 Dec 2013 | 3:41 am
    Obviously, with me being from the very small country of Denmark, many of our traditions will have small differences in how they are celebrated, even if they are mostly the same. And aside from that, every family has their own little quirks, so things that will work in one, might not in another. However, one of the things I hear from many people on the spectrum, and have had trouble dealing with, as well, is family holidays. Christmas being the big one. Here in Denmark, many families have different celebrations to go to every day from Dec. 23rd to Dec. 26th. And being social for that amount of…
  • Alex Plank – Creating Authentic Autistic Characters on Television

    alex
    30 Oct 2013 | 5:38 pm
    Alex Plank is interviewed on The Business by Kim Masters, editor at large of the Hollywood Reporter about consulting on FX Networks’ The Bridge, a show with an autistic character played by Diane Kruger. He’s also interviewed about Shameful, his documentary about autistic children being mistreated in France. And he even talks about how he watched TV as a child and used characters on TV as a model to learn social skills and how there are actors on the autism spectrum. Max Burkholder, is also interviewed about playing an autistic character on NBC’s Parenthood, a show which is…
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  • Autistic adult restrained and sedated

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    The day I finished writing about a new study on emergency service use and how this often ends up resulting in physical restraints and/or sedation (Autism, emergency rooms, sedation and restraints) I became aware of the story of James Pascoe, an autistic adult who went through a crisis and was taken to hospital and now as a result has been both sedated and restrained for now over two weeks.  His parents have started a change.org petition asking the Australian prime minister Premier of Victoria, Australia to act (Daniel Andrews: our autistic son turned 21 last week shackled to a hospital bed…
  • Dan Aykroyd, still autistic after all these years

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With all the recent hullabaloo about how celebrities being autistic somehow harms the autism community (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check news sources for Jerry Seinfeld and autism), one counter example seems to be ignored: Dan Aykroyd.  Mr. Aykroyd is perhaps most famous for his movie Ghost Busters, but his credits are many (including my favorite, Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers).  He’s a successful entertainer, and a diagnosed autistic. Begs the question, why no backlash against him? One can only speculate, so speculate I will.  First, Mr.
  • ASAN Series: JRC Survivor Speaks Out

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    When this article first appeared here at Left Brain/Right Brain only the first three parts of the 4-part series were online at the ASAN website.  Part 4 is now up and I include it here. JRC Survivor Speaks Out (Part 4) The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is most infamous for it’s use of electric shocks as a behavior modification method.  But electric shocks are not the only aversive technique they use.  In a four part series, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network presents a rare insider’s view of life at the JRC.   So far three parts have been published.  But rather than wait for…
  • Autism, emergency rooms, sedation and restraints

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    When I saw this abstract in my daily summary from pubmed I was saddened to see how serious this problem is. In addition, I was glad to see a paper exposing this great need. The problem in short: autistics are heavy users of the emergency room and are too often subjected to sedation and/or restraints during their visit. I don’t have the full paper so I can’t see if they do the comparison of emergency room (ER) visits between autistics and non autistics. The authors report 13% of autistics (adolescents and adults) had at least one ER visit in a 2 month period. That sounds high. But…
  • Jerry Seinfeld, still not autistic after all these years

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jerry Seinfeld made a bit of a stir in the autism community recently by stating in an interview that, well, let’s use his own words: I think, on a very drawn out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum. This statement caused some excitement in some quarters and some vocal pushback in other quarters.  Well, that and this statement: But, I don’t see it as dysfunctional. I see think of it as an alternate mindset. My guess is that this second statement caused much if not most of the pushback that Mr. Seinfeld received.  Why?  Because it says that, say, Jerry Seinfeld can have autistic…
 
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  • 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!
  • Fragile Talking

    Susan Senator
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Warm sunny Sunday Come sit, my darling You are yellow and blue but not afraid, not sad Together we dent the couch, sinking in You’re so close, I breathe you. My heart’s a balloon, filling, stretching. Pick who you want to talk to I ask you to give us some words, if you can. Are they light inside you today, effervescing at the top of your throat? “Yes,” soft and fragile, floats like a bubble. Finger crooked over the letters, darting: where are they? Don’t lose the word, quick. I’m breathless waiting for the connection. Fingertip to key, Words to me.  
  • PLEASE HELP: MISSING

    Susan Senator
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Kaleb Gaudinier, Missing from Clinical Support Options Respite in Florence, Massachusetts. He weighs only 110-115 lbs. and is in a fragile state of starvation and dehydration. He was last seen on 11/12/2014. He is 5’10” and is a white male. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and black sweatpants. He is autistic and may shy away from people. Please contact his family at 603-762-7809.
  • Self-Determination Should Precede Integration

    Susan Senator
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    “We should all have equal rights. We need a place to live, too. Not just typical people…any number of people that you wish.” A developmentally disabled client of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, November 6, 2014. “I love my house. Don’t shut it down.” Another young man with a developmental disability, I did not hear where he was from. Integration, and Community First Vs. Self-Determination is the issue at hand. Does one-size ever fit all? CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has come out with new rules related to home and community-…
  • Massachusetts: DDS changing Medicaid-based rules

    Susan Senator
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you live in Massachusetts near Wellesley, or Westfield, PLEASE consider attending this hearing! Maybe work it out so that your autistic adult family member/loved one attends with you. DDS et al. need to have AUTISM IN THEIR FACE. This may help them get it. Wear RED!!! If you have considered creating or settling your autistic loved one on a farm, for example, you can forget about that if these rules go through. BULLETIN From Cathy Boyle, of Autism Housing Pathways: This Thursday 11/5/14, at 6 p.m. there will be a public hearing at MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley,…
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    Life With Joey

  • Soundified

    Joeymom
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    When Joey was little, he came up with phrases that made him feel happy. Very often, by the time he started repeating them, the words were lost in a pool of sound, but they made him feel better, even cracked him up. It has been a while since we have heard one of these happy scripts, where he would repeat it just for the feel of the words in his mouth, and giggle hysterically.Today, we have two."Steal Olaf's nose and feed it to Sven!" he chimed at me this morning. This was a vast improvement from yesterday, when he woke up grumpy and let me have it double-barreled from the get-go. The hysterics…
  • A Study in Boy Face

    Joeymom
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    What difference does it make to have support, appropriate teaching, appropriate education settings and levels? What difference does individualization and understanding make? It makes for these.
  • Attitude

    Joeymom
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Well, here it is, October. The seasons change, the light slants through the sky at different angle, the air chills, the leaves fall, and Joey goes bazonkers. I am pretty sure the season change is part of the problem for him, because we have the same thing happen in the spring. When Joey gets off-kilter with the change of season, he can't help it. He feels it, and his frustration goes up, he goes into severe silly moods, the swings of mood can be dramatic. He doesn't like it any more than anybody else, but he also has no where to go with it.Add onto that puberty. Then, a new school, and…
  • Our Latest Adventure

    Joeymom
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    As if I have lots of extra time for writing blog posts- evidenced by the lack thereof here- I have started a new blog for Andy's homeschooling and our experience with it. The Learning Squirrel will be chronicling our Adventures in Educating. Here's hoping it will be awesome.
  • The Elephant in Room

    Joeymom
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    I did a little experiment this week. I commented on a story about Kelli Stapleton. For those who don't follow news, Kelli Stapleton attempted a murder-suicide of herself and her 14-year-old autistic daughter, Issy. She was well-known in the parenting circles, and a friend to many people I know. Like many such stories, this one has gathered a very specific rhetoric, the "for Kelli" crowd and the "anti Kelli" crowd. That rhetoric has become so strong and loud, it has drowned out any other ideas or voices, and everyone is expected to pick a side and then be torn to shreds by the other.It isn't a…
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    Look Me In The Eye

  • What’s MSSNG in #Autism?

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    Me, at age 2. Even then, I was #notmssng (c) John Elder RobisonYesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – #MSSNG. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion - I thought, Missing?  Certainly not.  We may be gifted or we may be disabled but we are definitely here.  And we are complete humans.   I posted that right away, and it launched a flurry of discussion.My response seems to mirror the prevailing sentiment with respect…
  • Q&A - our TCS high school program for students with autism and developmental differences

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    TCS Auto Program in the Springfield Automotive Complex, Springfield, MA (c) J E RobisonWe are in our second year of the TCS Auto high school program and we’re starting to get questions about the program.  I’ve listed a few common questions and answers below.Who is behind the TCS Auto Program?John Elder Robison, an autistic adult and advocate for people with neurological differences, originally envisioned the TCS Auto Program.  John is the founder of Robison Service – a high-end auto service and restoration business – and an owner of the Springfield Automotive…
  • Is Autism a Failure of Prediction?

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This afternoon a group of MIT and Mass General researchers released a study called “Autism as a disorder of prediction.” In this paper, they argue that autistic people “experience things they don’t understand,” because our predictive ability is impaired.Read the paper hereInteresting as this sounds, a close reading reveals the premise as totally at odds with my lived experience.  I think of myself as a friend to those engaged in autism research, and I hate to come out in criticism of a newly released piece of work, but in this case I feel their conclusion are just wrong.Anyone…
  • When Medical Research Ethics Fall Short

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    A short while ago I was asked my opinion about a promising new treatment for depression being evaluated at a prominent research hospital.  I looked at the description on the hospital’s website, and it did indeed look interesting. I called the study coordinator for more details.He told me the therapy involved adding energy to parts of the brain that might be involved in depression, and evaluating the results over a period of several months.  After my experience with TMS (which adds magnetic energy to the brain) I felt the idea sounded promising enough to be worth…
  • Fall is the season for Fairs

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    One of the things I love about fall is the fairs and carnivals.  The biggest of them all – where I live at least – is the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  It’s two weeks and three weekends of action, and I take thousands of photos there every year.One of my favorite places is the circus tent, where I see things like this:Professional cat catchers stand ready to rescue a leaping felinePlaying with fire under the circus tentMotorcycles and acrobatics, fifty feet off the floor. With no safety net.They've always got a full house, so get there earlyYou will never guess…
 
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    Adventures in Autism

  • Cassandra Grantham of MaineHealth/VaxMaineKids.org Makes False Vaccine Safety Claims on MPBN's Maine Calling

    Ginger Taylor
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Hey Mainer's... you know that ours is the next state to have a target painted on its vaccine exemptions by Offit and CHOP Co., right?  Meet Cassandra Grantham, Maine's very own Offiteer.  She is telling some whoppers about vaccine safety research.Remember last year when Kim Spencer went on a local news broadcast and tore into Dr. Koren Boggs for claiming that there were "several" domestic and international studies that compared vaccinated children to unvaccinated children and found vaccination did not increase the risk for autism?  And remember that it pissed me off so much…
  • Pharmacutical Sales Rep Paul Offit Teaches Doctors to Ignore Pharmacutical Package Inserts

    Ginger Taylor
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Paul Offit teaches doctors to ignore pharmacutical package inserts, calling the medical information morally and ethically required be given to patients who could be harmed by said pharmacutical, "the bane of [his] existence."Not something that the physician needs to use to fully understand the Rx they might offer to a patient, "the bane of his existance."He is not a doctor, he is a pharma sales rep.Why would you want to see a doctor who is trained by this man?  From the LAT:"I know you doctors keep telling me that vaccines don't cause autism. If that's true, then why is it on this…
  • Please Stop Redefining Autism to Suit Your Own Agenda

    Ginger Taylor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    So over at TMR, The Eagle wrote a piece on the heat that she has been subject to because she used the word “recovery” in relation to her son's autism. “I always grew up believing the F-word was something we didn’t say. But it turns out that in the autism world, the R word is definitely the bad word.Recovery.It’s all raising its ugly head as I am releasing my book, which has a tag line of “A son’s recovery.” Whoa!“How dare you insinuate your son doesn’t have autism anymore? Just because he’s functioning, doesn’t mean the autism isn’t there.”“You can’t ever…
  • One of Our Moms Needs Help

    Ginger Taylor
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Some of you may know autism mom, Melanie Baldwin, a founder of The Thinking Moms' Revolution and subject of Jessica's Lioness Arising blog post.Melanie is a mom who is battling cancer for the third time.  She also has a son with profound autism.  The cost of caring for a child with autism is astronomical, but coupled with the cost of battling cancer, it's insurmountable unless they have help.If you'd like to help, Melanie's Give Forward page can be found here.  Thanks for reading, and please share!
  • My Op Ed in the Portland Press Herald on the Real Reasons for the Growing Vaccine Refusal

    Ginger Taylor
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    So in July, I was interviewd for an hour for an article on vaccine refusal in the Portland Press Herald.  I long story short, they did a hatchet job on me.  So I wrote an op ed response, and they actually printed it. Please visit and comment. "Maine Voices: Breakdown in accountability at heart of decline in vaccinationsOpposition to the current U.S. vaccination program is based on its failures, denial and bad law and policy.BY GINGER TAYLORBRUNSWICK — I was interviewed for an Aug. 9 front-page article by Joe Lawlor, titled “More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood…
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    Kim Stagliano

  • How Now Brown Belt??

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Congrats to Maria!! We tested on Tuesday. Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull. Traditional Shito Ryu Karate-do.     Team Momjas!!!
  • Happy Retro Thanksgiving!!!

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    My mom and sister bought me this cranberry server. It matches my Mom's!!! 
  • Kicking Zumba Fundraiser

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    We had a great time and raised a generous amount of money at our Mantone Family fundraiser last Sunday, 9/7. Both parents are battling cancer and they have 12 year old twin girls, one with special needs. Thank you to Heatherly Law and her Zumba team for making the event a success. 
  • A Day at the Beach Weapons Style with Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    We trained in Twin Brooks Park on Saturday. The sand made for a tough workout but loads of fun. This is Traditional Okinawan kobudo. And you thought my only weapon was my tongue..... Join us at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts, in Trumbull CT to start training in Karate, Kickboxing and/or Kobudo. Osu!SaiNunchakuSai with the guys!Tonqua vs. BoSaiSai kataBlockingGedan (low) blockNunchaku, Tonquia, Bo, and Sai
  • Blueberries!

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
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  • 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…
  • Mourning and Advocating for Autistic Murder Victim London McCabe

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    You have probably heard that London McCabe, a six-year-old autistic boy, has been murdered by his mother. I want you to stop and remember that sweet boy, think about his utter terror as he was killed by the person he should have been able to trust the most in this world. I want you to mourn his loss. London deserved a long and happy life, and that was stolen from him.And then I want you to get busy about what YOU can do to spread the word that disability does not justify abuse and murder. I want you to take The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network's statement on the Murder of London McCabe…
 
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    Karianna

  • 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! ]]
  • My Wish List

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    November is my birth month! But, although I began brainstorming my hopes and desires at the start of the month, the craziness of the holidays has consumed me so much that it is now the end of the month. Ah well, perhaps next year. But here's what I want... someday: - a headset or car thingy so I can actually use my phone in the car. I used to have one and then it died. I want The Best Thing, yet there are many choices. - to no longer be on antibiotics. (And no longer need a new course once... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How laziness got my son to work harder: Middle-School Logic

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Last year, my son was Third Chair of Violins II. He lost a Chair Challenge, so ended up being Fourth Chair for a bit. But he worked hard to get back to Third Chair. Why don't you challenge for Second Chair? I wondered. He laughed at me. No way, because the even numbers turn the pages in the music. I'm too lazy. This year, he was assigned Second Chair. For the last couple weeks, he's been practicing his violin more than I've ever witnessed. I'm going to Challenge, he told me. And today,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Other People Think

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We aren't supposed to worry about what other people think of us, right? And yet, we are expected to dress fashionably. Or wear make-up. Instead of recovering after spinal surgery, I was supposed to make sure my house was presentable for the visitors that would come to wish me well. We're told "you never get a second chance to make a first impression" and of course there are entire industries dedicated to improving one's looks or one's social skills. The stats talk about how people need people... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ViaCord: Future lifesaver for someone you love?

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fourteen years ago, I was a graduate student in neuroscience living in New York, and I was pregnant with my first child. As part of my education, I attended classes and special talks about a variety of scientific topics. Stem cells were seen as a possible research tool and a promising future way to assist treatment of a variety of conditions. Meanwhile, filled with the typical jitters about becoming a mother and wanting to protect my child at all costs, I researched cord blood banking. I wanted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    ポイントなしで登録不要の無料出合い掲示板

  • 出会えません体験談援

    SDKKDDD
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    まず1つ目は、しかし、、…
  • ファンを大いに楽しませてくれた

    SDKKDDD
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
  • 出合い掲示板ではプロフィールが大事

    SDKKDDD
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:33 am
    アドレス交換をしなければ次のステップに行くことはまずできません。じゃあアドレス交換をするために自分ができることはなんなんだろうと考えてみるとそれは出合い掲示板でのプロフィールの作成ですね。 最近はめんどくさいからといって適当み作ればアドレス交換もむなしく終わってしまうのです。プロフィールの作成を順序よく教えていきますので、参考にしていただけると幸いです。…
  • 良い出合いに結びつけるために

    SDKKDDD
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:33 pm
    出合い掲示板を利用して相手を見つけようとするのであれば、自分の理想に近い人と知り合って、仲良くなっていきたいと思うものではないでしょうか?出合い掲示板で知り合った異性と、メール交換ができるようにあった場合、これからの関係を考えると、主導権を取れる立場になりたいものです。…
  • 素敵な出合いに導く出合い掲示板

    SDKKDDD
    6 Mar 2014 | 3:33 am
    「恋愛をしばらくしていないな」「誰かと楽しい時間を過ごしたい」そう考えてみても、なかなかよい出合いが周りにないと悩む人もいるのではないでしょうか。 そんな人達が出合いをみつけるために使っているのが無料出合い掲示板です。無料出合い掲示板でカップルになった人もいますし、めでたく結婚をあげた人もいらいます。…
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    Stimeyland

  • A Poetry Interlude, Illustrated

    Stimey
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:31 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
  • How to Choose a Christmas Card Photo

    Stimey
    16 Dec 2014 | 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
  • Oh, hiya!

    Stimey
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:26 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
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Stimey
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:44 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
  • Who Thought Trees Were Such a Good Idea Anyway?

    Stimey
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:01 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
 
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    Disability Scoop

  • Mounting Evidence Points To Air Pollution, Autism Link

    Shaun Heasley
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy -- particularly during later stages -- may double a woman's risk of having a child with autism, a new Harvard study suggests.
  • Tax-Free Disability Savings Bill Headed To Obama

    Michelle Diament
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to send legislation to the president establishing a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.
  • Disability Champion Leaving Congress

    Michelle Diament
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    After 40 years on Capitol Hill, a U.S. senator who shaped the Americans with Disabilities Act is leaving his post.
  • New Prenatal Tests Called Into Question

    Beth Daley, New England Center for Investigative Reporting
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Companies hawking new prenatal tests to detect Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities may be promising more than they can deliver, an investigation finds.
  • Down Syndrome No Barrier To College Degree

    St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle/TNS
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Stereotypes and academic hurdles haven't stopped one man with Down syndrome from receiving his bachelor's degree, graduating magna cum laude.
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • "Professor" John Elder Robison's Limited Understanding of Autism and Autism Research

    H L Doherty
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    MIT Technology Review:  John Elder Robison is a professor at the College of William & Mary and the author of Look Me in the Eye.John Elder Robison is a former "free ranging "Aspie", a successful businessman, writer and now apparently a professor as indicated in the MIT Technology Review article Fixing Autism Research We need to come to grips with what autism really is.  I met Mr Robison briefly at the IMFAR conference in Toronto a couple of years ago. It is not clear in what sense he suffers from a DSM5 ASD clinically significant  functioning impairment…
  • SUDEP The Global Conversation Combating The Myth That Seizures Do Not Kill

    H L Doherty
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Many with autism disorders also suffer from epileptic seizures and should be aware of the risk of SUDEP, Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.  The following is a News Release about SUDEP the global conversation a joint effort of several epilepsy and SUDEP awareness ogranizations in the US, Canada and Australia:Families, researchers, clinicians and organisations unite to promote a global conversation on sudden death in epilepsyA global collaboration of charities, researchers and families has created a unique online knowledge resource on sudden deaths in epilepsy. This new,…
  • So Called Autism Brain Study Excluded 50% of the Autism Spectrum, Those With Intellectual Disability

    H L Doherty
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Credit (or Discredit) Carnegie Mellon UniversityWhat's Wrong With This Picture? It Omits 50% of The Autism Spectrum, Those with Intellectual DisabilityThe picture above, credit (or discredit) to Carnegie Mellon University,  is from a Science Daily review article  Brain representations of social thoughts accurately predict autism diagnosis which reviews an MRI study published in PLOS ONE, December 2014, Identifying Autism from Neural Representations of Social Interactions: Neurocognitive Markers of Autism,  purporting to demonstrate different brain responses to social…
  • Dear Elected Representatives: New Brunswick Needs Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment

    H L Doherty
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    Dear Hon. Premier Gallant, Deputy Premier Horsman,Speaker Collins,  Ministers, Party Leaders and Government Advisers:Re New Brunswick's Lack of Adult Autism Care:I am sure that you are all grappling with important issues in these weeks following a provincial election. Many issues have generated intense discussion and serious attention from all of our public leaders.  The issue of adult autism care however was not one of those issues. Neither the current governing Liberal Party nor the previously governing Conservative party mentioned autism in their platforms.  The Green…
  • Joy of Conor 2014

    H L Doherty
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    I will not pretend, I will never pretend, that autism is just a different way of thinking.  Heather and I love our son too much to lie to the world about the nature of his autism realities, his severe autism, intellectual disability and epileptic seizures.  Like many parents of autistic children I believe it is in his best interest that the world knows the realities  of the complex disorder he endures and that often causes him to suffer and puts his life at risk.  I can face his autism realistically while appreciating every ounce of the joy he himself  brings to our…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Pick of the Week: Sensory Tubes – Reinforcers filled with endless possibilities of stimuli!

    Different Roads to Learning
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    We love these Sensory Tubes here at Different Roads to Learning! This set of 4 clear and sturdy Sensory Tubes is remarkably versatile. What we love about them is that you can fill each one with assorted visual or auditory stimuli that a particular student finds reinforcing, completely individualizing them. This week, take 15% off* your order of the Sensory Tubes by applying promo code TUBES15 at checkout! Each tube features dual openings with 2 solid lids along with four vented lids that let children explore their sense of smell or even observe little critters. The lids easily twist off and…
  • 5 Tips on Teaching Safety Skills to Children with Autism

    Different Roads to Learning
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    This week, we’re thrilled to bring you a second guest article by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA. Sarah has written a very comprehensive article on teaching street safety skills in children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Learning to navigate the real world involves many complex skills that we may often take for granted. So how do we teach our children when to cross the street and what to watch out for? Read on for Sarah’s tips on how to teach and reinforce safety skills in children. I am passionate about empowering children with special needs and their families…
  • Pick of the Week: Fine Motor Fun Deck – Hands-on activities to reinforce fine motor & visual motor skills

    Different Roads to Learning
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Use your hands to be an alligator. Trace the dotted lines to make a mountain. Our newly added Fine Motor Fun Deck contains exercises and writing tasks that challenge overall hand-use and coordination skills. The front side of the card has kid-friendly hand activities for strengthening and dexterity, while the backs contain prewriting, wipe-off activities for reinforcing fine motor and visual motor skills. This week only, save 15%* on your set of the Fine Motor Fun Deck by using our promo code MOTOR at check-out! Activities in the Fine Motor Fun Deck include tracing and drawing simple lines…
  • Tip of the Week: Consider Response Effort in Your Intervention

    Different Roads to Learning
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Several previous posts have discussed how important it is to have a multi-pronged approach to behavior interventions, including definitions for how caregivers will respond to undesirable behavior, the replacement behavior, and reinforcement. One thing I have not shared is considering response effort when choosing a replacement behavior. Response effort describes how easy or difficult it is to engage in a behavior. For example, I frequently check my e-mail on my phone. Occasionally, I get an e-mail that requires a lengthy reply. The response effort for typing on the tiny touchpad is much…
  • Pick of the Week: “Getting Started” by James Partington, PhD, BCBA-D

    Different Roads to Learning
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The latest book from James Partington, PhD, BCBA-D, author of the ABLLS®-R and AFLS, Getting Started: Developing Critical Learning Skills is an accessible guide that teaches parents and educators how to develop critical skills for learning in children who have no, or very limited, language skills. Save 15%* this week only on your copy of Getting Started. Just use our promo code GETSTART at check-out to redeem these savings! Written in non-technical language, Dr. Partington explains how to teach these children how to ask for items they want, imitate actions and vocalizations, attend to…
 
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • Who Else Wants These Favorite Autism Books?

    Stephen Borgman
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    “The book you don’t read won’t help.” ~Jim Rohn Do you sometimes struggle knowing what books to read next?I typed “autism books” into my Amazon search bar, and came up with 16,678 books! Do you sometimes struggle with the question, “Why Read?”I mean, there are so many other ways to learn about autism and other subjects – TV, blogs, YouTube, or a SmartPhone. I have two goals in this article:  First, I’ll share some benefits of regular reading, to encourage you to pursue a regular reading plan in 2015. Second, I’ll share some favorite autism books that my social…
  • Parenting Advice From Autism Parents

    Stephen Borgman
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    I remember one of the first nights after bringing my son, David, home. I was running on pure adrenaline. But I hadn’t anticipated how tired I would be without sleep, and selfish I can be when I don’t sleep! Have you ever “lost it” when you’re tired?  No one told me how close to “losing it” I could be when holding a 9 lb. baby who can scream louder than I can! The screaming wasn’t so bad at first.  But after getting up for the third time in a night, I could feel myself just wanting to yell at him to, “Shut up!” Gratefully, I …
  • The Amazingly Simple Way to Understand Autism

    Stephen Borgman
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island. ~Walt Disney You think you know a group of people.  Until you meet them. Last week I was listening to one of my favorite radio shows, Snap Judgment.  In one particular episode, Darryl Davis told his story of how, as an African-American boogie-woogie pianist, he introduced himself to the Ku Klux Clan.  As these clan members became friends with Darryl Davis, they slowly changed their opinions about race, until one by one they dropped out of the clan! If, as a “neurotypical” person,…
  • Dating Tips for Aspergers Women

    Stephen Borgman
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I am starting to feel really discouraged. I am 37 years old and I have never been married before and have had a series of relationships that went straight down the toilet. I haven’t dated anyone in two years.  -Anonymous woman, on Wrong Planet When I started counseling other people, I felt like a child learning to walk. I had to learn how to sit, how to focus on the other person, how to listen with empathy, and what felt like a million other components. At first, I was a nervous wreck. But with the right tips, I started to become more comfortable. My counseling supervisor and the…
  • Have You Taken an Online Aspergers Quiz?

    Stephen Borgman
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you wondered whether you’re on the autism spectrum?I actually wondered at one time.I read that many parents later discover they are autistic/Aspergian after their child is diagnosed.At times, I’ve felt socially awkward.Having grown up overseas, I haven’t always “gotten” some of the nuances of American culture.I wondered whether I might actually fall on the autism spectrum. Every adult, including you, can get a preliminary idea about whether you are on the autism spectrum by using the following Aspergers quiz resources. Before I share some of these resources, consider why online…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • It's a Very Ludwig Halloween

    Devon Alley
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    It's still sometimes a little baffling to me that Halloween - a day that used to be full of struggles, conflict, and meltdowns just a few years ago - has become A.'s favorite holiday. The entire month of October has become a sort of Halloween season....(read more)
  • Another Renaissance Fair

    Devon Alley
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    One afternoon, A. brought home a small flyer that one of her teachers had given her at school. It was an advertisement for a new East Tennessee Renaissance Festival that was beginning to get its legs in the region. The festival would take place in Harriman,...(read more)
  • Parenting Lessons from A’s Diagnosis Day

    Devon Alley
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    I'm not sure why I've been thinking back on the visit to Dr. William Allen that resulted in a diagnosis of high-functioning autism for my eldest daughter. Maybe because I've recently referred his services to friends who have questions about their own...(read more)
  • Talking About Empathy Again

    Devon Alley
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Empathy is something I rant about a lot in this blog. There's a very good reason for that. Despite the fact that several scientific studies and scores of first-hand accounts of autistic adults suggest otherwise, a lack of empathy is still often listed...(read more)
  • Celebrate the Awesome

    Devon Alley
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    I've been really terrible about writing over the past couple of months. Mostly, it's because I haven't managed to sculpt out a new daily routine that allows for the time I need to devote to the art. Caring for an infant is time-consuming and often very...(read more)
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    The Autism News

  • Autisme : HANDISUP favorise l’insertion des autistes dans les entreprises

    The Autism News
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    By France 3 Haute-Normandie Depuis 2012 l’association Handisup, installée à la maison de l’étudiant à Mont saint Aignan (76), s’est donnée une nouvelle mission : l’accompagnement spécifique pour les autistes Asperger sans défaillance intellectuelle. Précisément : elle aide à leur insertion dans le monde professionnel. Depuis cette date, une quarantaine d’étudiants Asperger ont bénéficié d’un soutien pour obtenir un stage, un job d’été ou encore un emploi à durée déterminée ou indéterminée. En quoi consiste cet accompagnement ? Les Suisses, les…
  • Jeune homme autiste accusé de pornographie juvénile: On est sous le choc, on lui faisait confiance

    The Autism News
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    By Marie-Ève Dumont | Le Journal de Montréal La communauté autistique est scandalisée par les crimes reprochés au jeune homme, qui aurait manipulé une dizaine de mères afin d’obtenir des photos de leurs enfants autistes nus. «On avait développé une certaine complicité. C’est tout un choc, on lui faisait confiance. Je n’en reviens pas qu’il nous ait manipulés à ce point», soutient Marie-Josée Cordeau, jeune femme autiste qui conversait quotidiennement avec Phylip St-Jacques sur les réseaux sociaux. Le jeune homme de 21 ans a brièvement comparu hier au palais de…
  • Isabelle se bat pour les enfants autistes à La Louvière: “Des mamans se prostituent pour payer les séances de logopédie”

    The Autism News
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    By LaMeuse.be Non contente de se dévouer jour et nuit pour faire sortir sa petite fille Hetaher de la bulle de l’autisme, la Louviéroise Isabelle Garnier tisse des liens de solidarité avec d’autres parents. Et prend même en charge financièrement deux autres petits garçons autistes… mais elle vient de recevoir de très mauvaises nouvelles alors que les mères d’enfants autistes en arrivent à des actes extrêmes face à leurs difficultés financières… Heather a 5 ans. Elle est autiste. Mais grâce à Isa, sa maman, ses progrès sont fulgurants. Une mère qui se bat pour…
  • Perros de ayuda para niños con autismo

    The Autism News
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    By Huellitas Clinica (YouTube) Este video es una explicación de como los perros ayudan en la terapia con niños autistas. Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITM78hPg7Ok
  • Científicos vinculan riesgo de autismo con cierta polución del aire

    The Autism News
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    By Reuters Los niños cuyas madres estuvieron expuestas a altos niveles de partículas finas de polución en la última etapa del embarazo tienen hasta dos veces más riesgo de desarrollar autismo que los demás niños, informaron el jueves científicos de la Escuela de Salud Pública de Harvard. Cuanto mayor sea la exposición a partículas finas emitidas por incendios, vehículos y chimeneas industriales, mayor es el riesgo, concluyó el estudio, publicado en Environmental Health Perspectives. Investigaciones previas también hallaron una conexión entre el autismo y la contaminación,…
 
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    We Go With Him

  • 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...
  • It's a Rain Day

    Kristina Chew
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Courtesy of a meteorological phenomenon known as the Pineapple Express, Charlie has a Rain Day and is off from school. Exactly a year ago, he...
  • One Thing That Happened in 2014

    Kristina Chew
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    It's not the story of the year but I have to say, I am very very glad that I am now going on (tagging along?...
  • How do you handle mishaps?

    Kristina Chew
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Do you freeze, cry, scream, stomp your feet, get mad and say angry things at whoever (known or unknown) happens to be in your immediate...
  • In November

    Kristina Chew
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    November 26, 2013, northern New Jersey, in just-above-freezing weather that many people would be wearing a parka, not a sweatjacket, in. November 23, 2013, somewhere...
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • 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…
  • Over protective parents, you need to stop doing this

    Stuart Duncan
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’ve witnessed this in person, in social media and since starting my Autcraft server, I see it far too often. It’s a bit tough to explain exactly what “it” is but here it goes. I’m going to say “you” a lot. Don’t take it personally if it’s not how you are, I’m just being rhetorical. Public Shaming So many times, way too often, I see a parent upset that their child got in trouble on the server or at school or in social groups and their first reaction is to make a public spectacle of it. It’s a “screaming from the mountain…
  • The biggest thing to take away from Jerry Seinfeld’s autism statement

    Stuart Duncan
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    In a statement that made headlines and got mixed reviews amongst the autism community, Jerry Seinfeld revealed during an interview “I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum.” I would like to explain why the reviews have been mixed before getting to what I feel is the biggest thing that we should all take away from this but I wouldn’t blame if you wanted to skip straight to it either. Pros Many people in the autism community see this as a purely positive thing. Jerry Seinfeld is well loved and regarded as a very successful comedian. In many ways…
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  • Tip Top Tailors: Quality Looking Good Giveaway #GiftGuide

    Carl Bainbridge
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Quite a few years ago I stumbled across a Tip Top Tailors store, while I was on vacation in British Columbia.  I was quite impressed by the selection of high quality sweaters that they sold. I truly love a good warm, good looking sweater, I’ve had a large collection of sweaters over the years from various different shops.  Some of the absolute best were those that I bought from Tip Top Tailors. When I had the opportunity to choose one […] The post Tip Top Tailors: Quality Looking Good Giveaway #GiftGuide appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Paw Patrol Winter Rescues Giveaway US/Can Ends Nov 24

    Carl Bainbridge
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I received a copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own and those of my family. On November 4th, PAW Patrol, the #1 show on Nick Jr. U.S., is coming to Canada for the first time on DVD. PAW Patrol – Winter Rescues is the first launch of this CG-animated series starring a pack of six heroic puppies – Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma and Skye. The team is led by a tech-savvy […] The post Paw Patrol Winter Rescues Giveaway US/Can Ends Nov 24 appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Kinder Prize Pack Giveaway Ends Nov 17 Can Only

    Carl Bainbridge
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
     The contest winner will be required to provide a full name and complete mailing address to be shared with KINDER® for shipping purposes. While you may enter as many of the KINDER® contests as you like, you can only win once.   Kinder Canada has given me a chance to offer a prize pack to my readers.  The Kinder Prize Pack contains: One KINDER® Advent Calendar One KINDER® Hollow Santa with SURPRISE® One KINDER® SURPRISE® 100g Christmas egg One KINDER® […] The post Kinder Prize Pack Giveaway Ends Nov 17 Can Only appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's…
  • Kinder Surprise Eggs Are Great Halloween Treats

    Carl Bainbridge
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    DISCLAIMER DISCLOSURE: I’m a #KinderDad who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.   Halloween month with Kinder Surprise Eggs. The time when kids go candy crazy, and ghosts and goblins are welcomed in almost every home in almost every neighborhood. Growing up the treats of choice were much more fun, candied apples, home made squares and all sorts of neat […] The post Kinder Surprise Eggs Are Great Halloween Treats appeared first on…
  • Kaboom! Big Block Sing Song Review And Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Kaboom Entertainment sent me a copy of the Big Block Song Book DVD for the purposes of a review,  All opinions are those of myself or my family. Big Block Sing Song – Fruit from Phase 4 Films on Vimeo.   Big Block Sing Song, the fun and engaging animated musical series, which currently airs across the globe on TV, was available on DVD for the first time ever in the U.S. and Canada on October 28th. This DVD is jam packed with […] The post Kaboom! Big Block Sing Song Review And Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
 
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  • Reporting From The Inside

    Beth Clay
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    I sit here tonight, exhausted. I have spent the day on the inside. The inside of a self contained special education classroom. I sit here tonight with a tired body and a racing mind. You see, things are rarely as they seem. What we fashion together in our minds with the bits and pieces of things we see, hear and experience…sewn together with random pieces of knowledge that we have collected and topped off with our imaginations…those scenarios and realities, they are usually not accurate. However, sometimes, sometimes they are. Sometimes, things are as bad and as in need of…
  • Christmas and the Halfway Point of School

    Beth Clay
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    That’s how I always think of this time of year…Christmas and halfway through the school year.  It is a time of year that really begs for reflection and most of us, when begged, give in. However, I think that as parents of special needs children, that reflection can come with an extra helping of guilt and regret.  Our children mark time differently, it’s hard to explain, but how time passes for them can be as unique as their disabilities.  Time comes and passes with extra joy in knowing that there truly is no set timeline on progress, and sadness knowing that every…
  • Working From The Barstool

    Beth Clay
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    I believe my backside has grown accustom to the barstool and my brain seems to work fairly well from this spot…in my kitchen at the bar. I am strategically located in the middle of the fridge, coffee pot, TV triangle…some sort of work inducing trifecta I do believe. I originally perched in this spot to monitor Cooper’s eating and here I still remain. Yesterday was a difficult day in that department, there were doors of various sizes and purposes slammed and a fair amount of screaming. I sit here now…alone, everyone is at school and I am taking a few moments to enjoy…
  • The Horse, The Bicycle, The Wagon, and The Kitchen

    Beth Clay
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:34 am
    I have fallen…and I feel like I should be able to fashion some sort of horse, bicycle and wagon bar joke from that title…but i can’t quite seem to get up and pull it together. I have had a difficult time getting back my writing groove…and I don’t have a lot of time to look for it now. I am loosing a battle as I type.  I have dropped the reigns and fallen asleep at the wheel… I am falling down on standing guard as it were…as it is. (If my husband is reading this, right now is where he is thinking…”why don’t you stop…
  • Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

    Beth Clay
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    If you could see all of my half finished Thankful, Thanksgiving posts of Thoughtful Thanksgiving Themes…I think…you might question my Thoughts in general. Maybe you do anyway…sometimes, in truth, I am not sure that you shouldn’t. I don’t even know where to start anymore…am I Thankful, of course.  I think for the most part, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who would be willing to admit that they are not.  However, I am sure that we all have those times when in fact we are not…Thankful.  Those times when it’s not in us…not…
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