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  • Q&A - our TCS high school program for students with autism and developmental differences

    Look Me In The Eye
    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…
  • ASAN Series: JRC Survivor Speaks Out

    Left Brain Right Brain
    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    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 part 4, I’ve decided to post links to the articles now. The series starts with this introduction: The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is a residential facility in Massachusetts where disabled residents are subject to…
  • New insights link fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorders

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability (ID), as well as the most frequent monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). FXS is caused by the absence or incorrect production of the protein FMRP. Scientists have now pinpointed a novel role that FMRP plays during the embryonic development of the brain cortex.
  • Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers. Fragile X Syndrome is the most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders. It affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. Currently, there is no cure.
  • Best of Age of Autism: Brian Deer Basks at a Pharmaceutical Conference by Lake Annecy

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    (Note: We published this post three years ago this week. It serves as a reminder of the background of the "team" devoted to crushing the vaccine autism connection. In a rare mainstream re-appearance a few weeks ago Deer claimed to...
 
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  • Best of Age of Autism: Brian Deer Basks at a Pharmaceutical Conference by Lake Annecy

    Age of Autism
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    (Note: We published this post three years ago this week. It serves as a reminder of the background of the "team" devoted to crushing the vaccine autism connection. In a rare mainstream re-appearance a few weeks ago Deer claimed to...
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism

    Age of Autism
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    We wish all of our readers a very Happy (American) Thanksgiving. We're grateful for your loyal support, interesting comments and daily readership. Let us know what you're grateful for this year in our comments.
  • PLAGUE - The Bookstore Shuffle

    Age of Autism
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    By Kent Heckenlively This last Saturday was my coming out party. No, I'm not talking about any deep, dark secrets, but this was the first time I would appear at a scheduled event in a bookstore to talk about and...
  • Thanks for Donating to Age of Autism

    Age of Autism
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    (NOTE: Thanks to many readers who have donated from $5.00 to $500, we're on our way to our matching gift goal of $5,000. Plus your donation to Age of Autism is now TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please help us meet this wonderful...
  • Dachel Media Update: Mississippi Last in Vaccine Choice

    Age of Autism
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By Anne Dachel Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs. Nov 25, 2014, Jackson (MS)...
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    Autism News -- ScienceDaily

  • Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers. Fragile X Syndrome is the most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders. It affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. Currently, there is no cure.
  • Why do people with autism see faces differently?

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    The way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information – not the judgement process itself – might explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples’ faces, according to a new study. "The evaluation of an individual's face is a rapid process that influences our future relationship with the individual," said the lead author of the study. "By studying these judgments, we wanted to better understand how people with ASD use facial features as cues. Do they need more cues to be able to make the same judgment?"
  • Missing gene linked to autism

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Researchers have shed light on a gene mutation linked to autistic traits. The team already knew that some people with autism were deficient in a gene called neurexin-II. To investigate whether the gene was associated with autism symptoms, the Leeds team studied mice with the same defect. They found behavioral features that were similar to autism symptoms, including a lack of sociability or interest in other mice.
  • Motor coordination issues in autism are caused by abnormal neural connections

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Abnormal connections between neurons are the likely cause of motor coordination issues seen in autism spectrum disorder. Using a mouse model of autism, scientists identified a malfunctioning neural circuit associated with reduced capacity for motor learning. This appears to arise from an inability to eliminate unneeded neural connections in the brain.
  • New insights link fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorders

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability (ID), as well as the most frequent monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). FXS is caused by the absence or incorrect production of the protein FMRP. Scientists have now pinpointed a novel role that FMRP plays during the embryonic development of the brain cortex.
 
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    Reports from a Resident Alien

  • 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…
  • This Cool Thing My Cat Did

    Lisa D.
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    So today I'm walking down a hallway, shoes on and intent to getting to the door because, darn it, if I don't go shopping today I'll have to go a sixth day without a shower curtain. And Tiny, all twelve pounds of inquisitive nannyish boy-cat, comes down the hallway the other way. It's a narrow hallway because the apartment's small and there's a vacuum cleaner on one side of it, so we can't pass by each other comfortably.Tiny looks at me, looks at my big clunky shoes (which he hates me wearing, since they make me clumsy and noisy), and stops right where he is.
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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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    Left Brain Right Brain

  • ASAN Series: JRC Survivor Speaks Out

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    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 part 4, I’ve decided to post links to the articles now. The series starts with this introduction: The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is a residential facility in Massachusetts where disabled residents are subject to…
  • Andrew Wakefield’s CDC Whistleblower documentary trailer. Words can not do this justice.

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Andrew Wakefield, the British former academic surgeon who fueled the MMR scare, has turned to film making as his career.  Someone chose Mr. Wakefield to manage the publicity for what they termed the “CDC Whistleblower” incident. to recap that: a William Thompson from the CDC had the extreme bad judgment to approach Brian Hooker with concerns about an old MMR/autism study.  Mr. Hooker is well known for his antagonistic stance on vaccines and his bad science attempting to link vaccines and autism.  Mr. Hooker published a (now retracted) study based on the information given to him…
  • Andrew Wakefield wants another appeal

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Andrew Wakefield, the ex academic gastroenterologist who as much as anyone has promoted the failed autism/MMR link, has asked for an extension to file a petition for review. To briefly summarize the events: 1) the BMJ and Brian Deer wrote a series of articles on Mr. Wakefield’s research. 2) Mr. Wakefield took issue with being called a fraud. 3) Mr. Wakefield filed suit in Texas claiming defamation 4) Mr. Wakefield was found to not have the standing to bring his case in Texas. 5) Mr. Wakefield appealed (4) and lost Apparently, Mr. Wakefield needs to find yet another attorney to help with…
  • IACC Presentation by Lisa Croen: Psychiatric and Medical Conditions Among Adults with ASD

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The last meeting of the previous Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was a workshop on under recognized co-occurring conditions in ASD. One of the speakers was Lisa Croen of Kaiser Permanente. She spoke about psychiatric and medical conditions among adults with ASD. Much of this work (and more) was presented as a webinar at SFARI. This work was also presented at IMFAR. If you can find the time to watch the video (it’s 17 minutes long), it’s well worth it. This is the sort of work we just haven’t seen before now–a look at medical needs of autistic adults.
  • The Center for Personal Rights, another charity with rather high salary/revenue

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Odds are you haven’t heard of the Center for Personal Rights. It’s a small organization recently formed to promote “vaccine choice”. If you’ve heard of the book Vaccine Epidemic, that’s their work. And, yes, a big piece of the “vaccine choice” movement involves promoting the failed “vaccines-caused-an-autism-epidemic” idea. Tax forms are now available for the first three years of the Center for Personal Rights (2010, 2011 and 2012). The records show that they’ve pulled in a respectable $165,000 in that time, and revenues were…
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    Susan's Blog

  • 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,…
  • The Circle of Friends

    Susan Senator
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    I was in the lobby when those first notes from “Circle of Life” broke through at the autism-friendly Autism Speaks-supported Lion King at the Boston Opera House. I was standing just outside the doors, as Main Floor Navigator, in the lobby with the actors about to walk through the doors onstage. They were the animals coming to see the new baby Lion. I stepped backwards to give them more room. I felt like a child allowed to be at the adult party. All around me the actors had their costumes half-on, with the masks on the floor, at their feet. Huge hairy water buffalo heads rose from…
 
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    The Voyage

  • "Autism-Sucks" Parents Dominating Jerry Seinfeld Autism Analysis

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Before reading this post read  Paula C. Durbin-Westby's recent blog post on media framing of autism stories and the real harm this is causing to autistic people. Jerry Seinfeld by David Shankbone via Wikipedia And once again, the parent of an autistic person is given space in a newspaper or magazine to spout off about how awful their lives are, what "real" autism is like and crucially, how dare Jerry Seinfeld claim he has anything in common with their lost and damaged offspring.First out of the blocks on November 10 it was teacher of creative writing, Marie Myung-Ok…
  • What kind of people commit violent crimes?

    28 May 2014 | 4:04 am
    Last week two of the most beloved and significant people in my life were victims of a violent crime. Their home was violated. It was a vicious physical and verbal attack. I shake with anger when I think of what two grown men did that night to people who are only ever kind, helpful, supportive and loving to their family and neighbours. It shakes you to the core when something like this invades your family. I want to do the impossible; turn back time and stop it from ever having happened. The people I love will recover from the physical assault. It will take longer for the psychological damage…
  • Post for #BADD: Stop Excusing Murder

    2 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    Trigger warning for discussion of child murder. Please call your emergency services or local crisis support number if you need immediate and urgent help.Samaritans UK 08457 909090Samaritans Ireland 116 123This is a post for Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014.Disablism means discriminating against people due to their disability. It's unjust and unfair. Disablist attitudes abound in our society and worsened in the past few years as a result of robust campaigning by certain political parties and media outlets depicting disabled people as lazy, scrounging cheats.Disabled lives are…
  • Ryan Movie Maker

    29 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    I asked Ryan if I could write a blog post about him and as long as he didn't have to write anything himself he was happy enough. So I'm going to try to tell you about my boy and think the best way is to share some of his creations.He has always loved films and PC games and has been fascinated by all the different characters. He has learnt so much from wanting to find out more about his favourite characters from Disney films, Thomas the Tank Engine and even Kinder egg toys. He learned to type, read and write because he wanted to be able to Google their names, he learned colours and numbers…
  • Action not Awareness for Autism

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    It's World Autism Awareness Day and autism is all over the papers and radio. Some of the stories are great such as this by Fiona O'Leary, an Irish self-advocate explaining why she opposes the Light it Up Blue campaign and seeking an end to negative rhetoric:"Any research that will bring positive benefits to people on the autistic spectrum is welcome. However, the propaganda used by Autism Speaks is instilling fear and hatred about a condition that is struggling to find acceptance in society."Some stories attempt to tug at the heartstrings such as the story of a 9 year old girl who wrote in…
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    Life With Joey

  • 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…
  • Empathy

    Joeymom
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We have two new fur babies. Joey has been so excited about getting his very own cat, especially in the throes of still missing Luna. We finally brought them home.This is Joey's kitty, Lily. She looks suspiciously like Luna.This is Andy's kitty, Marshmallow. She is totally not shy. At. All. And she approves of the changes in her fortunes. At long last, we found our kitties, and Joey was looking forward to seeing her home safe when he came home from school. Andy and I picked them up from the shelter, and took them directly to our vet (do not pass Go, do not collect $200), and had our vet…
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    I Speak of Dreams

  • Veterans' Day 2014

    Liz
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    My profound thanks today to all who have served our country, in war and in peace.   Cook 3rd Class Doris Miller USN. a hero of Pearl Harbor and the first African-American to be awarded the Navy Cross. My father's service in WWII (the image is of William Goodwin jr)   In Flanders Field In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lie,In Flanders…
 
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    Look Me In The Eye

  • 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…
  • A Briefcase Full of Dreams

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Where were you in ’78? I was 21 years old, trying to make a place for myself in a world of adults.  My clients were musicians, but the people who paid me were businessmen, and I had to make a good impression.That meant button up shirts, a nice pen in my pocket, and the ultimate professional accessory . . .  a real leather briefcase.  Fifty dollars was a lot of money for me then, but I must have chosen well ‘cause it’s still in good shape today . . .Outside – quiet and conservative.Inside – rock and roll passes and sound engineer business cards told the rest of the…
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    Adventures in Autism

  • 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…
  • Invisible Threat: Ugh.

    Ginger Taylor
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    I've been gone for a long time doing Health Choice and media work... please forgive... blah blah blah...So tonight I was down in Portland for some business meetings, and after the first Scott and I walked two blocks to Starbucks for a coffee.  I was at the table when he brought my drink and dropped a piece of paper in front of me.  "Look what I found on their bulletin board."It was a flier for the new "hit" vaccine propaganda piece, "Invisible Threat."  (Since when to people who are in a film, review the film? Oh wait... HHS owns patents on the vaccines it licenses and…
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    Kim Stagliano

  • 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
  • Momjas

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Training every week with Lisa and Maria at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts is a joy. Maria and I tested last month. Lisa tests soon for her next black belt kyu. Osu!
 
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    Squidalicious

  • 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…
  • Milestone Land

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    We never leave the land of milestones. That's probably a good thing.First kid to get their driver's permit, and take a driving lesson (Iz)First time one of our cats gets attacked by a bobcat (our TacoCat, she's going to be OK)First time we leave Iz and Mali home together (So I could go to the emergency vet, see above)First time Leelo has a full dental cleaning without anesthesia (thanks to years of hard work on his and his dentist's part) First time our dude learns to run the bleachers (video at bottom)First time Mali gets a yellow belt in KarateFirst time Leo and his stylist insist on me…
  • Follow Up: Radiolab's Underwhelming "Juicervose" Autism Coverage

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Mali, shortly after getting into a verbalsparring match with Demetri MartinAt a 2011 Radiolab show in Berkeley.[Image description: girl with beige skin andbrown fuzzy hair pulled back, wearingwire-framed glasses, smiling, wearing a multicolored long sweater,in front of a blue screen with white words inside a black box reading: "IN THE DARKwith Thao Nguyenand Demetri MartinPILOBOLUSRADIOLAB"]One week later, I am still so sad that Radiolab bungled their Juicervose autism episode. I've been wanting and waiting for them to do a truly autism-focused episode for just about ever. I even wrote about…
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    Karianna

  • 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! ]]
  • I will be voting NO on Prop 46.

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    People in my area know the Pack Family story (which is behind this Proposition.) It was indeed a tragic situation. BUT, the way Prop 46 is written, it will NOT prevent what happened to Troy and Alana Pack from happening again. It will be difficult for people to separate the personal connection to the Pack Family with how the Prop is actually written, and thus, what the actual impact would be. But, I urge people to really look at the consequences this proposition would have should it... [[ 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

  • 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。…
  • 出合い掲示板でトラブルを起こさないために知っておくこと

    SDKKDDD
    2 Mar 2014 | 8:33 pm
    出合い掲示板を登録するにあたり、先の話になりますが、退会のこともしっかりと頭に入れておくといいでしょう。 というのは、今まで完全無料だったものが、退会するとなった途端にとんでもない費用を請求される場合もあり、気をつけて規約などを見ておかないと大変なことになる場合もあります。…
 
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    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
  • Hats and Cats

    Stimey
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    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
  • In Defense of Jerry Seinfeld

    Stimey
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    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 Halloween!

    Stimey
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:39 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

  • States Ranked On Court Accessibility

    Michelle Diament
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    A new ranking finds that access to the courts for people with disabilities varies significantly from one state to the next.
  • Teens Get Community Service In Ice Bucket Case

    Shaun Heasley
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Three teens who dumped urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old with autism who thought he was participating in the "ice bucket challenge" have been ordered to do community service.
  • Disney Facing More ADA Suits

    Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel/TNS
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    A battle over disability access at Disney theme parks has been renewed, with more than two dozen separate claims filed against the entertainment company.
  • Senate Unlikely To Reconsider UN Disability Treaty

    James Lynch, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier/TNS
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There is not enough support in the U.S. Senate to warrant another vote on ratification of an international disability rights treaty, according to one of the measure's chief backers.
  • Future Uncertain For National Children’s Study

    Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    An effort to track the health of 100,000 kids from birth to adulthood may stop before its official start in a potential setback for those looking for answers on autism and other disorders.
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • 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…
  • DSM5 ASD Criterion D: No Clinically Signifcant Impairment in Current Functioning = No Autism

    H L Doherty
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    The DSM5 is certainly open to criticism; particularly in its combining of the pervasive developmental disorders into one Autism Spectrum Disorder ignoring the very large numbers of persons with DSM-IV Autistic Disorder who also suffer from Intellectual Disability.  One point which did make sense in the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic criteria though is the one that is routinely ignored by those who glorify autism disorders ... Criterion D (underlining added):Diagnostic Criteria for 299.00 Autism Spectrum DisorderD.Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social,…
  • The Seinfeld-Descartes Autism Diagnostic Tool: "I think I am Autistic therefore I am Autistic"

    H L Doherty
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    The Seinfeld-Descartes Autism Diagnostic Tool: I Think I Am Autistic Therefore I Am AutisticMany, especially many with very, very high functioning autism diagnoses have embraced Jerry Seinfeld's new test for autism "conditions" one that the great comic borrowed from philosopher Rene Descartes:  "I think I am autistic, therefore I am autistic".With the Seinfeld-Descartes diagnostic tool it is no longer necessary for those who want to join the truly amazing autism club to obtain one of those pesky medical diagnoses.  Nor will it be necessary to demonstrate the presence of that nasty…
  • My Son With Autism Disorder And Jerry Seinfeld Have Nothing In Common; Not Even An Autism Disorder Diagnosis

    H L Doherty
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    (Grainy) Composite Photo 0f Jerry Seinfeld by Harold L Doherty, Moncton Coliseum,  February 2012, 2 Years Before His Revelation That He "Might" Be "On "The Autism Spectrum"Picture by Harold L Doherty of My Son Conor Doherty On His 2nd Birthday, The Day Before His Autism Disorder Diagnosis Was Received After Six Months Of Tests And Pediatric ObservationJerry Seinfeld has revealed, at age 60,  that he thinks he might be "on the autism spectrum".  He may be right, I don't know and won't know unless he seeks a professional assessment and makes the result of that…
 
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    ASF Blog

  • More Evidence that Behavioral Therapy for ASD Affects Brain Function

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

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

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

    autismsciencefoundation
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Amy Lutz, author of “Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children” and president of the EASI Foundation, introduces her new blog, Inspectrum, hosted by Psychology Today. This is Psychology Today’s first blog focused on the world of severe autism. View the first post from Inspectrum, “To Cage or Not to Cage? That is Not the Question” here.Filed under: autism
  • 24-Hour Livestream Gaming Event Raises over $16,000 for ASF

    autismsciencefoundation
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    On July 2, 2014, Rikki Cabler of Sullivan, Indiana hosted the second annual RJC Memorial Charity 24-Hour Livestream. This 24-hour online-gaming event united gamers, or rather “Mechwarriors”, from around the world to show their support for autism. Surpassing its goal of $10,000, this event raised over $16,000 for the Autism Science Foundation. Approximately one thousand gamers entered the No Guts, No Galaxy online community to participate in the RJC Memorial Charity event. Rikki and colleagues encouraged gamers to participate by reminding them, “Nearly every Mechwarrior knows someone…
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    Countering...

  • When the Universe Wants One's Attention

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

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

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

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

    K Wombles
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    “I've crossed some kind of invisible line. I feel as if I've come to a place I never thought I'd have to come to. And I don't know how I got here. It's a strange place. It's a place where a little harmless dreaming and then some sleepy, early-morning talk has led me into considerations of death and annihilation.” ― Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected StoriesI was freaking insightful but blogger ate it, so you don't get to appreciate that incredible epiphany.Don't worry. There wasn't really an epiphany, I rambled about being lost, absent minded,…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Autism Speaks Partners with Simon Malls to Feature a Caring Santa Program

    Different Roads to Learning
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’re delighted to share that Autism Speaks has partnered up with Simon Property Group, Inc. and the Noerr Programs Corporation to bring children and their families a new Caring Santa program. On Sunday, December 7, 2014, for two hours prior to the mall opening, children with special needs will have the opportunity to meet Santa personally in a sensory-friendly environment set up in 120 different Simon Malls across the country. Reservations to meet their Caring Santa’s at Simon Malls are going fast, so book your spot today to meet Santa in a fun and sensory-friendly…
  • Special Education Students Learn How to Share and Prepare for Thanksgiving

    Different Roads to Learning
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SWCITY) In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we thought we would share this wonderful report we came across on learning how to prepare for Thanksgiving festivities at Dexter Middle School in Whittier, CA. With weeks of preparation for their annual tradition, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders in this school’s special education program learn about manners, responsibility, budgeting at the grocery store, and treating others with respect, especially at the dinner table. How are you preparing for Thanksgiving with your special student this year?
  • Pick of the Week: What Do You Say… What Do You Do… In the Community?

    Different Roads to Learning
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    What Do You Say… What Do You Do… In the Community? is our newly added interactive social skills board game that helps teach and reinforce important social skills children need as they interact with their peers, family members, and community helpers. The social questions in the game are ideal for improving reasoning, inferencing, as well as pragmatic, narrative, and conversational skills. This week only, you can save 15%* on your set of What Do You Say… What Do You Do… In the Community? by using promo code SAYDO at checkout! What Do You Say…What Do You Do……
  • Download our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide today! Find the perfect gift for your special child

    Different Roads to Learning
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Around the holidays, parents often get calls from grandparents, friends and relatives asking for gift ideas for children with special needs. Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide will make it a bit easier for everyone to find something special for the special child in their life. Our trusted consultant Sam Blanco, MSEd, BCBA has put together some of her favorites that are sure to bring delight. From our Different Roads family to yours, we wish you all the joy and happiness of the season. DOWNLOAD OUR 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE NOW!   AND we’re slashing the prices of the toys and games in our…
  • 6 Tips for Preparing for a Smooth Thanksgiving Celebration

    Different Roads to Learning
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Holidays can be challenging for everyone in the family. Your to-do lists get longer, your routines are switched around, and all the little stresses can be especially difficult for your child with autism. Here are a few tips to ease the difficulties related to Thanksgiving. Tell. Prepare your child for who and what they will see at Thanksgiving. This may include creating a social story or showing photos of people your child does not know or see often. Help. When possible, have your child help out. This may include prep activities such as helping with decorations or measuring ingredients for…
 
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • 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…
  • Teaching Respect: Activities for Kids At Home

    Stephen Borgman
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was mowing the lawn. The perfect moment of the perfect suburban father came as I turned the lawnmower off. My son came out of the house (he was about 10 at the time). My father was visiting from Florida. And my new neighbor had come across the street to talk to us. I don’t remember what he said, but my son said something out of the blue to me that was both loud and appallingly disrespectful. My proud papa moment.  Not.   Teaching Respect:  Activities for Kids At Home It can be overwhelming to think about how to teach respect.  After all, we’re just trying to get through our…
  • Try This Breakthrough Strategy For Your Marriage Now

    Stephen Borgman
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.Click To Tweet ~Anne Taylor Fleming Autism Marriage Challenge: Meeting Your Needs Both autism marriage and marriage and general can be challenging. My wife and I: One of our stories My wife and I sat in the marriage counselor’s office.  Several quarrels between us led us to agree we needed a neutral third person to help us sort through our frustration.  As we talked, two things became clear. My wife wanted me to be more active in completing outside projects for our home.  And I wanted more…
  • My Ultimate Top 10 Autism Dating Articles

    Stephen Borgman
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here’s a list of the ultimate Top 10 Autism Dating Articles from this blog, Thrive with Aspergers. I went through the WordPress statistics for my site, searching for the 10 most popular/viewed articles on dating since I started the blog. Here’s what I found, listed from #10 to #1! #10 Who Else Wants Friendship and Dating Tips for Aspergers Young People? Dr. Byron, a clinical psychologist from England, offers these friendship and dating tips for Aspergers young people. Read on for dating help. #9 Take the Guesswork Out of Aspergers Dating Try playing chess without knowing the…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • 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)
  • It's Easy Being a Mom

    Devon Alley
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Now that I have a two month old at home, I've been thinking a lot about motherhood, lately. It's interesting, because I think when you are new to motherhood, you spend a lot of time thinking about what kind of mother you are going to be - what sort of...(read more)
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    The Autism News

  • Risk Assessment for Autism in Young Children

    The Autism News
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    By Duke University (YouTube) Imagine using an iPad app to find out in minutes whether your child is at risk for autism. A Duke team has developed an assessment for toddlers that could lead to earlier detection and put families on the pathway to finding help sooner. This video features: Dr. Helen Egger, Duke child psychiatrist; Jordan Hashemi, Electrical engineering Ph.D. student; Dr. Kimberly Carpenter, Postdoctoral fellow and Kathleen Campbell, Duke medical student. Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8s9VbLcvNU
  • Family reports loved one with Autism missing, finds him dead

    The Autism News
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    By Dana Chicklas | FOX 17 – West Michigan After family members reported Kurt Miller, 32, missing last week, they found Miller outside Sunday, dead. Now they ask why they felt alone during the days they searched for Miller. Father, Lee Miller, and younger sister, Kellie Molinet, said it was unlike Kurt to not get in touch last Wednesday. When his phone continued to go to voicemail they reported him missing with Grand Rapids Police, but said they felt like they got little help. “We called right away and they just said you have to wait 24-hours before you put a missing person in, but…
  • The missing gene that ‘triggers autism’: DNA deficiency linked to being unsociable and disinterested in others

    The Autism News
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    By Madlen Davies | MailOnline Mice deficient in a gene called neurexin-II showed symptoms of autism This included a lack of sociability or interest in other mice Mice also had lower levels of a protein called Munc18-1 in the brain Protein helps release chemical messengers carrying signals in the brain Now scientists have an animal model to investigate treatments for autism Other study also found people with autism process information differently This is why they gain different judgements about faces, experts said Autism may be caused by a missing gene, it has emerged. A team of scientists at…
  • Autistic people see faces differently: Condition causes brain to change the way it gathers information about expressions

    The Autism News
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    By Ellie Zolfagharifard | MailOnline Study suggests it is not the judgement process itself that is different in people with autism, but the way they gather clues in the first place It explains why people with autism have difficulty reading expressions Finding may improve understanding of people diagnosed with autism Scientists now want to find out how faces appear to people with autism People with autism see faces differently to their peers – a finding which may explain why they sometimes have difficulty judging facial expressions. Symptoms of this complex condition vary from person to…
  • Therapist helps boy with autism, family

    The Autism News
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    By Maggie O’Mara | 7KTVB.com Imagine not being able to communicate or even connect with your own child. This was the case for a Caldwell family. That is, until an incredible therapist made a big breakthrough that has changed their lives. 5-year-old Aiden Ramirez started showing signs of autism as a toddler. “Aiden was closed off, he kept to himself,” said mom Ashley Williams. “He didn’t play with his siblings, he didn’t communicate at all, he would have pretty bad and pretty frequent meltdowns. Just imagine not being able to really get to know your kids.
 
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    We Go With Him

  • 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...
  • Great Great Uncle Walt

    Kristina Chew
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I said I'm getting old -- 46 in a few weeks -- to my Great Uncle Walt, who was wearing a blue windbreaker and lying...
  • Move Along

    Kristina Chew
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Me bringing up the rear behind Jim and Charlie on bike rides is still something of a novelty. They ride side by side in a...
  • Comedy Is Hard

    Kristina Chew
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Tonight I went to the penultimate lecture on Aristophanes by the professor with whom I took what I'm realizing was a more-influential-than-I-thought-at-the-time translation course while...
  • Dives For the Short-End Money

    Kristina Chew
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    "... So I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short-end money": This great phrase comes from the movie Jim's written and lectured (and...
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • 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…
  • Deconstructing the self-righteous – when parents try to kill their children

    Stuart Duncan
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I keep seeing some disturbing responses to the Kelli Stapleton case and I thought I’d address a couple of them today… a sort of, let’s clear the air, type of post. Without wasting too much time, let’s get right into it. Copycat Crimes In a recent statement from ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network), they condemned Dr. Phil’s interviews with Kelli Stapleton stating “We see a pattern of copycat crimes whenever there is a well-publicized case of a parent murdering, or attempting to murder, their disabled child … Dr. Phil had an opportunity to shut down…
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    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.
  • Staples Makes Back To School Online A Great Option

    Carl Bainbridge
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Staples Canada offered me a selection of products to usher in the back to school season. Included in the package were back packs and lunchbags for all of my children. My son chose a blue camo set from Lug. My oldest daughter chose a Foxy Jeans Backpack and a Lug lunchbox. My youngest daughter loves flowers and fairies and her choices demonstrated that. Staples Canada also sent along a number of must have items including, a pack of erasable blue pencils, a […] The post Staples Makes Back To School Online A Great Option appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
 
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    Around the Autism Spectrum

  • Social Thinking Conference

    Patricia Robinson
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Michelle Garcia Winner, developer of Social Thinking, and a variety of other experts on Social Thinking and ABA will be presenting, and debating, at the Social Thinking Conference, December 3 to 5, 2014, in Concord, CA. Although Michelle is a Northern California resource, she's a national speaker, and this is a rare opportunity to hear from her locally.  For more information, check out the link to the Social Thinking Conference.
  • Local DIR/Floortime Conference in Lafayette, CA

    Patricia Robinson
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    I'm a big fan of DIR/Floortime, and the work of Dr. Greenspan. It's exciting that the conference is so close for those of us in the Bay area. It's open to professionals and parents, on Friday, October 10, 2014.Here is the flyer:
  • Temple Grandin speaking at Las Positas

    Patricia Robinson
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    For those of you who are long time readers of this blog, I'm sure you've seen plenty of posts about Dr. Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin is probably the more well know autistic individual in the country.And now, you can see her in person. Dr Temple Grandin will be speaking at Las Positas College on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7 pm. You can get more information and purchase tickets by going to the post on the Las Positas site.
  • Can I call myself a blogger if I never write my blog?

    Patricia Robinson
    25 Feb 2014 | 4:02 pm
    In the grand scheme, that’s not an important question. But, in its own trivial sense, it does touch on the ideas of semantics, language, identity. And those are issues of importance. I just read a whole series of articles on “people-first language.” An example of people-first language is “person with autism” rather than “autistic person” There are good arguments to be made for both preferences. Person-first language emphasizes the individual, rather than the diagnosis. People-first language is often advocated by disability rights organizations as a more respectful form of…
  • Time to Think about Summer Camps!

    Patricia Robinson
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:16 pm
    It's well known that kids on the autism spectrum struggle with generalizing learning from one setting to another. Simon Baron-Cohen explains this by way of the extreme systemizing theory of autism, where autistic individuals set up rules to understand the world, and those rules don't easily generalize from one situation to another. I think this difficulty is clearly apparent in social situations. So often, I've worked with children who could teach the content of a social skills class, yet they struggle to apply those same skills in any meaningful way in their own lives.That's why I like to…
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    Speaking In Grace

  • 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…
  • Created By God

    Beth Clay
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    I stood this morning as I do every weekday morning, with my son…at the door…waiting on the bus for school.  This morning as we were going through our normal routine I stood there and thought of the verses that I had read before going to sleep last night, verses from Psalms 139. 13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;b Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Our children do not always come to us perfectly formed, equipped and created…by the world’s…
  • What Happens When They Are Not Cute Anymore?

    Beth Clay
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    I will be honest and tell you, I will fling my cabinet doors open wide and let you see the mess.  Here it is…I try not to think about it. I enjoy blissful ignorance whenever I can get away with it.  The reality is, the loss of that little boy cuteness that is resulting in the grownup look of my son…we are experiencing it, and have been for a while. We are walking through this chapter of our lives, our son’s life…and I still try to ignore it…the part where he physically grows up…where he no longer looks like a precious little boy…but a…
  • Welcome And Open The Door To The Sunday Confessional

    Beth Clay
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    That is a picture and caption my daughter Wesley sent to me back in 2007…it is to this day my most favorite picture of her. I laugh every single time I look at it and so does she. There is a more current picture of her at the end of the post. I opened my refrigerator today and stopped, momentarily struck by the contents: cilantro eggs various cheeses three different butters a pie crust assorted creamers four beers (if my mother is reading this: I cook with them) two half empty bottles of juice mayonnaise ketchup mustard relish two containers of tiny pickles one package of Nathan’s…
  • Feeding and Educating the Masses with Our Crumbs

    Beth Clay
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    The miracle of the five loaves and two fishes is one familiar to most…Jesus feeding the masses, providing what was needed, in a time when it appeared there was not enough and no way to acquire what was needed. I think that we can all say we have found ourselves in similar times…times when we did not think that we had what we needed, when we saw no way to get it or figure it out…when we become consumed with trying to figure out our situation…we can and often do, miss the most obvious solution…God. Faith, in God, in his ever present and all knowing ability to…
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