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  • Hand Flapping, Aspergers, and the Autism Spectrum

    Thrive With Aspergers
    Stephen Borgman
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A mom described taking her son to the see the Avengers. She glanced over halfway through and was amazed not to see him flapping his hands, kicking his feet, or arching his back. She described her emotions. My son does that [hand flapping] because he has autism/aspergers. At first during the movie I never noted it. I don’t know why. Then I looked over at him and realized it. Waterworks come on like nobody’s business. I am crying in the middle of a movie that is not remotely close to being a tear jerker. At that point I am frantically trying to catch every tear that is going down…
  • Attending the IEP

    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog
    Devon Alley
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    For those of us who love and care for children on the spectrum, the IEP becomes a source of great joy and incredible anxiety. Talk to any parent of an autistic child the day before an IEP meeting, and no matter how many times they've attended them, or...(read more)
  • How to Safely Motivate Autistic Children

    Autism from a Father's Point of View
    Dr. Alex
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Children with autism have problems interacting with others and may suffer from impaired communication skills. A challenge for parents and teachers is to find a method to motivate these children that is both safe and effective. Developing language, behavioral and social skills can be extremely challenging for some autistic children; however, some tips to aid this effort are highlighted here. Getting to know the child Before you can get started on any type of learning strategy, it is essential you get to know the child in question. This includes: Creating and updated a list of the child’s…
  • Life Skills for Teens

    Whitterer on Autism
    Madeline
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:46 pm
  • TWAP 005: Aspergers Employment Help with Barbara Bissonnette

    Thrive With Aspergers
    Stephen Borgman
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Barbara Bissonnette is a certified coach who provides job and career coaching to Aspergers/autism adults. As a coach, she provides learning, support, and strategies to: choose the right job or career manage the job search process learn interviewing skills plan a disclosure strategy handle a disciplinary action communicate with colleagues understand and meet employer expectations manage time, prioritize tasks, and get things done (from Barbara’s site, Forward Motion) If you’ve looked for Aspergers employment help, be sure to listen to this podcast episode. A Reader Question, And…
 
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  • Discovery may open door for treating fragile X carriers

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown symptoms.
  • New insight into how brain makes memories

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Researchers have identified the role that a key protein associated with autism and the co-occurrence of alcohol dependency and depression plays in forming the spines that create new connections in the brain.
  • Can a parent's concerns predict autism?

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    New research shows that many parents notice signs of autism spectrum disorder in their infant children far before an official diagnosis. The study concludes that parental concerns for their children starting as early as six months of age can be predictive of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Autism and prodigy share a common genetic link

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with people who have autism.
  • Surprising contributor to Rett syndrome identified

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    The immune system is designed to protect us from disease. But what if it was malfunctioning? Would it make a disease worse? That appears to be the case with Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, and possibly in other neurological disorders as well.
 
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  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 17: One Sentence Stories of Acceptance

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Acceptance happens sometimes. When it does, I like to acknowledge and celebrate it. Here are a few of my one sentence stories about autism acceptance:On April 2, everyone in my office was wearing red.The cake said “Good luck Bev and Squawkers.”Share your one sentence stories of autism acceptance in the comments to complete this challenge. 
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 16: Ask an Autistic

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Not long ago, I sat in a meeting composed of parents and professionals. The group was interested in learning more about what supports autistic people need. How would they find out? You can probably guess what their solution was: Let’s survey all the parents! Not one person suggested talking to autistic people themselves. I wasn’t having a good speech day and it didn't get any better from there. I wish I could say that I quickly and diplomatically pointed out the error in their groupthink. Some days I can. Some days I just…can’t. It left me feeling all powerless and Twilight…
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 15: What's Your Squawkers McCaw?

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    Why do you have that bird? Lots of reasons! See below.What's your Squawkers McCaw? What is uniquely yours that helps you get through the day? Is your chosen support seen as acceptable? Age appropriate? Weird? Controversial? Do you even know that you have it?Discuss.
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 14: (Neuro)Queering the Conversation

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Today’s Challenge is to interact with puzzle pieces in the wild. This goes for other offensive images and rhetoric too. Here’s an example where a graffiti artist decided not to let Autism $peaks have the last word. Image from HockeyDrunkPhotoshop? Maybe. But there are plenty of more accessible targets around, especially during April.  You can NeuroQueer any reachable flyer or poster by adding your own text or art. Here’s Squawkers covering up a puzzle piece ribbon for the Unpuzzled blog.Squawkers should have added a link to an informational website.And this is a more recent…
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 13: Explore the Archives

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    It had been a long time since I’d visited the archives at autistics.org. If you have been around for a while, you may remember when autistics.org was still being updated regularly. You may remember when it was one of a very few places to find writing by and about autistic people. There were not a lot of autistic bloggers in the early 2000’s. There was no ASAN. There were a couple of online communities where there was way too much talk of functioning labels and separatism for me to stomach. autistics.org was one of the first places I could go to read the stories of like minded people. In…
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  • Placeholder Text Generators

    Lori
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    I generate a lot of Lorem Ipsum text when I am laying out websites. Usually I use a keyboard shortcut or the old standby, lipsum.com. I also like Fillerati. Those are nice because they include the option to add different HTML tags, such as <p> , <li> , and headings. Today while I was being very distracted from work, I did a little googling to find some new placeholder text generators. Below are the ones I bookmarked for future use. Whedon Ipsum – Quotes from Joss Whedon movies and TV shows. This one has a “hidden” link back to the website of the company that…
  • Favorite One-Trick Utility of the Year

    Lori
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    Before I found this tool, I would open images in Photoshop to get proportional values for widths and heights. There are definitely easier ways to go about that, but Photoshop was always the first to come to mind. My new favorite tool for generating proportional image sizes is the Aspect Ratio Calculator. For the Math inclined, it uses this formula: original height / original width x new width = new height
  • Interview on Laravel News

    Lori
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I got interviewed by Eric Barnes on Laravel News about the Baltimore Laravel group and other web development related things
  • Mother’s Day Wish

    Lori
    11 May 2014 | 6:20 am
    Wish I could take your pain away Wish I could take you out in the sunny day Wish I could make you stronger So you could come home for longer Wish I could hurt instead of you I’d give anything to make that true Wish I could hold you and make things right Wish I was there with you tonight Hope you are having a happy day I’m there with you, in spirit anyway You are the best mom, I know it’s true Can’t wait ’til the next time that I see you
  • Favorite Codex Tip Of The Day

    Lori
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    To remove meta boxes created by plugins, 'admin_menu' is fired too early, use 'do_meta_boxes' instead. Such a simple thing, but I wasted at least 15 minutes by using the wrong action hook. The meta box in this case was not created by a plugin, but by the parent theme of a child theme that I am building.
 
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  • In the News: Kennedy Apologizes for "Holocaust" Comment

    Lisa D.
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. apologizes for "holocaust" comment in vaccine debateIn one fell swoop, he's managed to insult both autistics and Holocaust survivors. Quite a feat. A tip, Kennedy: The Holocaust was genocide. It was horrible. It was evil. We never want it to happen again. Autism, on the other hand, is a developmental disorder that doesn't shorten one's lifetime nor take away the same chance at happiness that any human being has, and autistic people and our families are really, really tired of being cast as "catastrophic tragedies".
  • You're Not Like My Child... My Child is Severely Disabled.

    Lisa D.
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    I get this sometimes. People look at me; they see I can talk, I can take care of myself, I live on my own with no more than a case manager checking in weekly (thank goodness, by the way; it was long overdue and I'm very pleased to finally be able to depend on someone to help me figure out the little unexpected bits of daily life)...And they say, "You're not like my child. My child is severely disabled. He can't go to college. He can't talk. He won't live on his own. He can't..."I've brought this up with various people, and many times, the response is,…
  • I've changed my mind.

    Lisa D.
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Over the past few days I've been working on a new database--the Memorial Annex, which as you might guess is an annex to the autism memorial. Rather that proper memorials, it's a simple list of identifying information for disabled homicide victims, to help other people doing research on other disabilities (or all disabilities), and to get a more comprehensive list for next year's Day of Mourning.During my research for this site, I've come across a lot of killers who were given the death penalty for their crimes, and I've been doing some thinking. Growing up, and until quite…
  • Day of Mourning 2015: Murder of the Disabled Q&A

    Lisa D.
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Today I'll be joining an online vigil for the 2015 Day of Mourning. The point of the vigil is to commemorate people with disabilities who were murdered by their families and caretakers--killed by the people who were supposed to protect them.Filicide of the Disabled: What is it?"Filicide" is a subcategory of homicide. It refers to the killing of a child by the parent. This vigil focuses on disabled people who were killed by their caregivers--usually the parents, but sometimes siblings, relatives, or unrelated household members. Technically, these aren't all filicides, but…
  • Yes, I'm okay.

    Lisa D.
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    A few days ago, someone posted on my journal that they were worried because I haven't posted for two months. I appreciate the concern--I really do; it makes me feel connected to the rest of the world that someone would notice that I haven't managed to post for so long. I want to reassure you all that I am indeed okay; I've just been having some trouble lately that's been taking up all of my attention.I thought about it and I realized that maybe it would help to explain things to the anonymous Internet; isn't that the point of a blog? Well--this blog has been more like a…
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  • Accepting Changes in Our Life can be HARD, Let’s do it anyway!

    theamazinj
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I know that just because someone may be a very conservative or liberal or moderate, does not mean we can not have good communication with them. It really makes life more fun and interesting when we can talk to anyone regardless of how they are and differences they believe in. That’s part of neurodiversity. That’s acceptance and that’s a part of life. We need to accept everyone, everyone’s belief systems, everyone’s identities they have and what they choose for themselves, and accepting everyone’s self-determination of how they want to live their life.
  • a poem called “finding acceptance as an original thinker”

    theamazinj
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:47 pm
    finding your voice, finding your self, finding how to be authentic, finding autism, being Autistic, claiming d/Disability, accepting autism, acceping d/Disability, accepting being my own Humanity, being my own Humanity, being my own thinking of who I am, and not trying to please or verify or confirm or try to anxiously be other people when others don’t want me to be them or confirm with them, is hard when others say they are so brilliant in their thinking, which invalidates my own thinking my own way of being, and my own voice, and humanity. Yet, it shouldn’t, it can’t, why…
  • a poem called “heaven is more than what anyone thinks”

    theamazinj
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    by theamazinJ Heaven’s here it’s everywhere it’s whatever you want from it it can be good or bad, heaven is an entity that exists, an why it’s just heaven, heaven is true heaven is stooped to a new high heaven can be something remarkable heaven can be back together someday heaven is being who we are and accepting others while being accepted too, though, heaven is not a place, not a person, not even a certain space anywhere, it’s not a kingdom, it’s not a hole, Heaven just is what it is exactly it is, an entity we all want for ourselves and receive, it can…
  • What Being a Self-Advocate means, and it’s Not Being Objectified

    theamazinj
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    Inspiration Porn is when society objectifies Disabled people in the community like Autistic people have been objectified for the past 10 years especially by organizations like Autism Speaks. Inspiration porn is creating stigma by objectification because society thinks disability is shameful, that it is destructive, that is a tragedy, a burden, and a negative thing that should not exist. However, society is wrong! Please watch Stella Young’s amazing video from last year. Every time I have seen this video since it first came out, to educate others has explained specifically why…
  • My “Dream that Turned Into Reality”

    theamazinj
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    The History toward achieving my self-determination (IRI) Independence Residence, Inc. (the IRI facebook page is here and twitter is here too : IRI and their youtube page is here: IRI) is a non-profit agency that works to help establish connections and better relationships for people with developmental disabilities and other disabilities to be self-actualized, committed to fulfilling independence, guiding the people they serve, and creating connections to last for a lifetime. This is what IRI does because they really care and are simply the best agency in the New York City region. I started at…
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    Wrong Planet - Asperger / Autism News

  • Coping with Conversation

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

    RNaseef
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    When my son was born in November 1979, I jumped for joy.  When he was diagnosed with autism 4 years later, I thought my head was going to explode.  I couldn’t get the word autism out of my mouth for months. In general, it is harder for men to talk about problems than women. Women seem able to talk about problems and find comfort without needing to fix them. Of course, women do want to fix problems. As for men, when we can’t fix something, we don’t want to talk about it—and this is a factor in male depression and a problem in relationships. As Nelson Mandela wrote, “A boy…
  • What’s the Deal With Us, Anyway?

    Jeffrey Deutsch
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    So…Cracked.com’s Robert Evans sat down recently with several high-functioning autistic folks. Since I wasn’t one of them, I get to offer my own perspective Potshot Privileges. Yeah, pop culture gets it wrong sometimes. What else is new? Oh yes, many of us are either unemployed or underemployed, friendless and/or alone. And that’s not really represented on screen, eg, “The Big Bang Theory”. (As for sarcasm…yes, that’s hard for many Aspies to detect. So are lies to hurt others’ feelings. I’d say both of these are about as easy…
  • Day of Mourning 2015: Murder of the Disabled Q&A

    Callista
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    On March 1st, I joined an online vigil for the 2015 Day of Mourning. The point of the vigil is to commemorate people with disabilities who were murdered by their families and caretakers–killed by the people who were supposed to protect them. Filicide of the Disabled: What is it? “Filicide” is a subcategory of homicide. It refers to the killing of a child by the parent. This vigil focuses on disabled people who were killed by their caregivers–usually the parents, but sometimes siblings, relatives, or unrelated household members. Technically, these aren’t all…
  • How did the vaccine controversy start and why won’t it go away? by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

    RNaseef
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Facts are stubborn things, but study after study and warning after warning doesn’t kill the intense fear that many parents have about vaccinating their children. My son, Tariq, received the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) in 1981 around the same time that he lost his speech and started flapping.  From my experience since then, I have gained insight into ‘the vaccine issue’ that makes it at least understandable and may help to even do something about it. Generally the first signs or “Red Flags” of autism, that my son began to show as a toddler, appear in the second year of…
 
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    Left Brain Right Brain

  • Press Release: New Research Finds No Evidence That Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines Affect Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Infant Primates

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Below is a press release from the Johnson Center (formerly Thoughtful House). It is about a recent follow-up study they performed (discussed here). I’ll give the press release below with no further comment except to highlight this statement by the lead researcher: “Despite these limitations, the data in this primate study overwhelmingly provides support for the safety of pediatric vaccines.” New Research Finds No Evidence That Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines Affect Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Infant Primates (Austin, Texas) – February 18, 2015 – A research study…
  • Another large study shows no link between autism and the MMR vaccine (or, a comment on “Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism”

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Autism is not associated with the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine does not increase autism risk. To put it in plain language: the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. Just in case the message gets lost in this discussion, I figured I’d put it plainly at the start. A study out today compares autism rates and the use of the MMR vaccine. In specific, the researchers looked at children with an older sibling. In this way they could look at kids in a high risk group, those who had an older sibling who is autistic. The authors also looked at kids who had older siblings who are not autistic. In the…
  • Robert Kennedy, why can’t you actually apologize? My kid’s brain is not gone.

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Robert Kennedy is here in my home state, making disparaging comments about my kid. Not specifically, you see. His comments were about those whom he wrongly considers to be vaccine injured, but that includes autistics and, as a part of that, my kid. He is quoted by the Sacramento Bee as stating: “They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy said. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.” Really? Their brain is gone?!? Because, you know, autistics don’t have brains.
  • No, Dr. “Bob” Sears, you don’t represent the autistic children of California

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I’ve been told that testifying before the California Legislature today, Robert “Dr. Bob” Sears, stated either exactly or words to the effect of, “On behalf of 79,000 children with autism in California schools I strongly oppose this bill”. No Bob, you don’t speak on behalf of the autistics in California, be they students or adults. You don’t. Never have and never will. You are merely a second rate (to put it nicely) pediatrician who puts children like mine at risk by increasing the chances of outbreaks of infectious diseases. OK, not merely, you also…
  • “light it up blue” isn’t autism awareness, it’s advertising for Autism Speaks

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Tomorrow is Autism Awareness Day, by some calendars at least.  The United Nations, for example made a resolution in 2007 to designate April 2nd as “World Autism Awareness Day”. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2007 [on the report of the Third Committee (A/62/435)] 62/139. World Autism Awareness Day The General Assembly, Recalling the 2005 World Summit Outcome and the United Nations Millennium Declaration, as well as the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields, Recalling also the Convention on…
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  • Praising (and Loving), Not Burying

    Susan Senator
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I burst into tears today as I was riding my bike — not because of the ride but because of where my mind suddenly went. I was thinking about my Uncle Alby who had just died, and then, of course, of my mom, his little sister. I call her that because around him she really became a younger version of herself, naive, innocent, waiting in joyful anticipation of what Alby would say next. It was thinking of Mom that brought on the tears. Mom, and then Dad. The two of them have been hit very hard by a string of peer and family deaths lately. All of these people died of old age, but they were not…
  • Darkness is Inextricably Linked to Light

    Susan Senator
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    My uncle just died. My parents were up here because it was clear that his death was imminent. Their visit also coincided with my very first public bellydance performance. They went right from his deathbed to Cambridge, where the performance was being held. My mom wanted to see me dance, and had planned a while ago to be here for it, but now she felt terribly guilty to be going to this colorful, joyful event, to feel happiness and pride, in juxtaposition to what was going on with her family, at the hospice. But my sister said, “Don’t put off a mitzvah for anything.” She was…
  • Romantic Love For An Autistic Young Man

    Susan Senator
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    My latest column for WBUR/NPR’s “Cognoscenti” segment is out today. This piece was inspired a few weekends ago when Ned and I observed Nat as he sat quietly on the T next to a young woman his age.
  • State House Story

    Susan Senator
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    In February of 2015 a friend called and asked me if I had any suggestions for speakers on Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at the State House. I had been a speaker on Autism Awareness Day back in 2006, which had been a great experience. But the most exciting Autism Awareness Day I’d ever attended by far had been the very first, when the guest speakers were a young man and his mom. This young man had a developmental disability, perhaps autism, and he had stood up at the podium with his mom, a longtime activist. He was in his early twenties. I don’t remember if he actually spoke but I do…
  • Nat Speaks

    Susan Senator
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Today, World Autism Acceptance Day 2015, my 25 year old son Nat who has fairly severe autism spoke at the Massachusetts State House. Right after Governor Baker (scroll down for link to pic of the Gov applauding Nat!)  Here is the text of Nat’s speech, completely his own words, that he typed, and read today. Thank You Living at _____ Street. by Nat Batchelder Brought Bag up stars to apartment at k street At _____ Street I eat Lunch go to bed sope and shawor, get ready pajamas go to bed Jon coms, says get up Brush teeth Go to ASA Do meals on wheels Back to ______ Street. movies with jon.
 
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    The Voyage

  • Masters Assignment on Autistic Writers

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    In 2013 I submitted as assignment on autistic people's writings as part of my Masters in Autism (Adults) for the University of Birmingham. The title of the topic as set by the university and my essay follows: There is an ever-increasing body of literature from people diagnosed with autism who are willing to share their experiences. Discuss and evaluate the potential impact of this body of literature upon other people on the autistic spectrum, upon autism researchers and upon providers of support and services.This essay will describe the growing body of writing by autistic writers,…
  • Yes to Marriage Equality

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    I've just written about our wedding on April 9 and described what a beautiful and perfect day it was. I had married before, 19 years ago. It was an unhappy marriage that I tried for many years to fix before coming to accept, with the support of many people around me and the help of Women's Aid, that staying married would destroy my life and likely those of my children. The separation happened four years ago and the horrendous task of divorcing took a few years more.I am forever grateful to the people who helped the children and me through that time. I am indebted to all those who over…
  • Our Wedding

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:50 am
    Thursday April 9th was the best and happiest day of my life so far. My three children, our closest friends and beloved family members gathered with me and the man I love, to witness our marriage. We had the ceremony in Belfast City Hall with a registrar who did everything she could to make it special and personal while also accommodating Ryan's needs. We and the children walked in together and Ryan read out his own words:"I am happy today because my mum and Micheál are getting married. That is great and loving and wonderful.Micheál is my friend. He is funny and sometimes silly. We go…
  • Never Say Never

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    In Saturday's Guardian was an short piece called "What I'm really thinking: the grandmother of an autistic child" in which a woman describes an outing with her 7 year old grandson Jimmy. Obviously we need to have some insight into the difficulties this causes her because that's the standard narrative for any and all articles on autism which centre on a family member and not autistic people themselves. So Grandma describes how "the red-faced Jimmy who is almost out of control" is "screaming and lunging violently at the locked doors" of some public toilets. Later when Jimmy has settled Grandma…
  • Assembly Manual for Autism Articles

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    I haven't seen one of these for a while- a newspaper article on a parent's view of autism that adheres rigorously to the the template I wrote in 2008. Today offering is titled Autism and ABA: 'My beautiful, fun little boy was slipping away from me'. In this we learn how wealthy, beautiful and accomplished Tanja Gullestrup uses tough-love therapy to "stop her losing [her three year old son] to this isolating condition".So here's Step 1-4 of the Autism Article TM Template (Step 5 is optional and refers to vaccination-bashing autism articles) :1: Baby is born2: Everyone rejoices3: Baby…
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    Life With Joey

  • Teenager

    Joeymom
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    That's right. It's the big 1-3. Joey is an official teenager today. That's my little man. His Royal Majesty, King Joey. Grandma even allowed balloons in her house for the occasion. Incliding one that swam about the living room. Yep. Dinner at our favorite Japanese steakhouse! Joey loves the "magic show."Brothers, adventuring together.
  • So Literal.

    Joeymom
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Overheard at Grandma's:Grandma: Joey, want to come help me get ready to dye eggs?Joey (concerned): You're going to kill eggs???Sometimes we need those reminders that Joey's use and understanding of language is unique.Or at least shared by Amelia Bedelia.
  • Welcome to April

    Joeymom
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    I know, I haven't been here in a while.We've been on a roller-coaster ride. Some was expected. Some wasn't. Puberty is upon us. No one seems to know what to do to help him through it. Spring is here. The usual strategies are apparently out the window.And oh, look, Autism Awareness Month. Yay.Hey, we are aware. So, so aware. Today Joey made sure his new school was really, really aware.How do you discipline a child for whom the usual methods have absolutely no effect- or worse, make it worse, and even reinforce the behavior? What do you do when the mental health support you finally managed to…
  • Shades of Grey

    Joeymom
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    "You're driving too fast, Mom. The speed limit is 45. You are going 52. Speed limits are made to keep us safe."Joey has hit the age when he realizes that driving is cool. It lets you go places. It puts you in control. The driver's seat has always been a fascination, but now it is generalizing to the idea of growing up and gaining freedoms.We are driving to the dump. My mom doesn't have trash collection, so Joey is with me to do a Trash Run, where he can help me with the bags (tossing them into the big compaction hopper is awesome heavy work) and watch the trash be compacted away. It's also a…
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

    Joeymom
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Sending you all hugs and great thoughts, and hopes for a fabulous year ahead!
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    I Speak of Dreams

  • Yom HaShoah 2015

    Liz
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    In a few hours, at sunset on April 15 2015,  Yom HaShoah will begin here in California. It will end at   sunset on  April 16, 2014. Yom HaShoah is one of three Holocaust Rememberance Days. January 27 is the UN-declared day; it is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1945. YomHaShoah is the day declared by the State of Israel; it falls on 27th of Nisan.   The third day is the 10th of Tevet, the memorial day for Holocaust victims whose date of death is unknown.  The Jewish Virtual Library has an array…
 
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    Look Me In The Eye

  • Should Autism be Celebrated?

    4 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The James River shoreline, near Williamsburg, VA (c) John Elder RobisonAutism is a neurological difference that’s associated with some gifts and a great many disabilities.  For a person to be diagnosed on the autism spectrum, they must have significant impairments as a result of autism.  We may have gifts too, but disability remains the basis for diagnosis.  Some autistic people are rendered non-speaking by their condition, and I can’t imagine who would celebrate that.  Others live with significant medical compilations like epilepsy.  I’ve yet to meet anyone who…
  • Dangers of Genetic Engineering in the Forest

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    NEW JERSEY MAN KILLED IN QUEBEC MAPLE SUGAR EXPLOSION – that is a headline you will never see, but tragedies like that happen every year. Yet the news is suppressed because no one wants to kill the cash cow.  The result: one unsuspecting innocent after another gives their life for tourism, as dollars make a one-way trip across the US-Canada border.   Quebec officials boast that they are the #1 producer of maple sugar and syrup.  “Vermont is a distant #2,” they say derisively.  Meanwhile rumors swirl.  Are they injecting maple growth hormone into their…
  • Autism in India and America

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    What’s the most interesting difference between Indian autism and American autism?  I think it’s the way parents and others perceive it.Indian and American scientists both lament the low level of scientific understanding in their respective countries.  What’s interesting is how that affects people’s interpretation of autism.In American we have a secular culture of blame.  “Someone did me wrong” is an all-pervasive theme in our culture.  We interpret everything from the behavior of other countries to the conduct of ex-spouses through that lens.When it comes to…
  • Have you heard about Neli Latson?

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    He’s a young man with Autism and Intellectual Disability who has been incarcerated since August 2013 as a result of behavior that results from his disability.  He has been held in solitary confinement for most of that time and is presently at a Virginia state prison. You can learn more about this case on the webpage the Arc of Virginia has dedicated to Neli Latson: http://www.thearcofva.org/advocacy/current-advocacy-issues-and-activities/reginald-neli-latson/ Neli is not a criminal. He does not belong in a jail or a prison.  His tragic situation is the result of events surrounding…
  • High Functioning People Like You Don’t Speak for My Child!

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    That is a very common and unfortunate objection to essays describing life on the autism spectrum.  I heard (or read) quite a bit of that in response to my recent column in the MIT Technology Review.  The words seemed to come most often from parents who felt their kids have more major challenges than me.  Much has been written about calling people high functioning or low functioning.  With all respect to you and your situation, I don’t do it anymore and I suggest you don’t either.It’s not accurate, and it’s degrading to us “high and low functioning…
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    Adventures in Autism

  • Surgeon General Uses Elmo to Sell Vaccines to Minors

    Ginger Taylor
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    It is unethical to market pharmaceuticals to children. It is unethical to market pharmaceuticals to children.Children cannot make informed consent decisions, so it is unethical to market pharmaceuticals to children.But that is what the Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA is doing.  And his target audience is three and a half year olds. While not so subtlety taunting those who are resistant to vaccinating.The Surgeon General met with Elmo, a three and a half year old monster, to tell him that vaccines are safe.  I guess he didn't feel that a three and a half year old would…
  • A Note on Who You May or May Not Want To Follow in the California Fight on SB 277

    Ginger Taylor
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Hey Californians! First... brilliant job yesterday and for the last several months on educating your Senators on the insanity of SB 277! Cried watching the hearings, and laughed/danced at the outcome. The pressure needs to stay on, but I will be shocked at this point if the bill is not dead this time next week. We should plan an online party next wed night! (Sure I'm getting ahead of myself, but we need some happy time after all this, don't we?)But on to more somber and less fun topics.The fight on this bill in CA has woken up and brought in so many new people to the war to defend our…
  • Paul Offit Pulls Out of a Debate with Toni Bark

    Ginger Taylor
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Paul Offit and Toni Bark were set to appear today on the Mike Gallagher radio show to discuss vaccines. Offit canceled. Interesting follow up to the refusal to appear on Democracy Now at the same time as Mary Holland.  The hosts called him out for it on the air and Offit melted down.Paul Offit is a liar and a coward.I long for the day he is placed under oath, is made to testify and is cross examined.Update:Debating vaccine safety is beneath Paul Offit:
  • Extended, Fair, Balanced, Live, Unedited, Mainstream Media Vaccine Debate Happens. (I can't believe I just wrote that sentence)

    Ginger Taylor
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    This week I did a thing.  Below is the article I wrote about the thing for the web site of the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice.  Maine vaccine interests are not super happy that the thing happened.  Cassandra Grantham of Vax Maine Kids thinks that the thing is super wrong.  From their FB page on the debate:Really, Cassandra?This anonymous blogger believes that the panel debating vaccines being hosted by WGME CBS 13 News, Portland tonight may in fact be more about ratings than ethics. Is this sensational journalism? Is there sometimes when there is no other side and…
  • MaineHealth Remains Completely Unaccountable for False Vaccine Claims. So I Wrote a Bill.

    Ginger Taylor
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    In our last installment of, "Ginger goes bitchcakes about all the Pharma lies being proffered in Maine," we learned that Cassandra Grantham of MaineHealth had lied about vaccine safety, claiming that there were several vaxxed/unvaxxed studies and they all showed no increased autism rates in vaccinated kids.  Research that is as imaginary as the Power Puff Girls.I called her out on it and she only dug a deeper hole, and then said she would not talk to me anymore. So four months ago I decided to go on the fools errand of actually filing complaints against MaineHealth to get the false…
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    Karianna

  • Jury Duty

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    There were 75 of us potential jurors. One wore a "Vegan Outreach" shirt, and carried a large bag with vegan sayings on it. I ate my hard-boiled egg as far away from her as I could, since I already heard her exceptionally loud voice striking up conversations with other jurors. Even if this had been one of the eggs from my neighbor's chickens (it wasn't this time), I know the argument that obtaining the chicks in the first place is cruel. A bummer, since I'd love to have chickens in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stonyfield OP organic high-protein smoothies save the day!

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    This entire school year has been filled with scratchy throats, upset stomachs, and exhaustion. We've had ER trips for breathing problems, and missed birthday parties. Both my sons have had more school absences than we'd like, and in general we haven't been able to do as much as we'd want because it seems as though someone is always sick. My youngest son is a competitive gymnast. Unfortunately, his gymnastics season mirrors the prime sickness season. He trains all year to do a quick series of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Minivan

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Ten years ago, I bought a minivan. While I was on the test drive, the dealer remarked how he and his wife had just gotten out of their minivan years. He seemed really excited, and I found it an interesting tactic to talk about how fabulous it is not to have to drive one, while trying to sell one. At the time, I had a preschooler and an infant. The "post-minivan years" seemed very far away, indeed. I embraced the need for a minivan. I was excited by my new vehicle. It had all the bells and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Strong Woman

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    I hate that "a strong woman" is really code for "she acts masculine." It is usually a compliment, although get too assertive, and that bitch is so abrasive. aggressive. pushy. A girl playing with stereotypical boys' toys is applauded, but a girl who takes pride in stereotypical girls' activities is ignored as being one of the herd. No, all toys shouldn't be pink for girls. But, for the girl who likes pink, isn't that OK that she wants a pink truck instead of a green one? A parent at my son's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • For a Million Dollars

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

  • Every Day Is An Autistic Day

    Stimey
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:26 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
  • The Cheetah Family

    Stimey
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:45 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
  • Me Too, Jack

    Stimey
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:35 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
  • The Rat Stands for Obviousness

    Stimey
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:08 pm
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  • A Taste of Spring

    Stimey
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:15 pm
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    Autism Assistance Resources and Information

  • Free Life Insurance for Parents and Guardians

    Michelle McFarland-McDaniels
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    MassMutual’s LifeBridge program offers a free $50,000 term life insurance policy to eligible parents and legal guardians for ten years. Under the program, MassMutual pays the premiums and, if the insured parent or guardian dies during the covered period, the company will pay a $50,000 death benefit to a trust that will pay the proceeds directly to the designated child’s (or children’s) school to pay for educational expenses, such as tuition, fees, books, and campus room and board. The funds can be paid to preschools, private schools, trade schools, colleges or universities. Children…
  • Funding Autism Treatment Trade Paperback Book Now Available

    Michelle McFarland-McDaniels
    19 Dec 2011 | 10:27 am
    The trade paperback version of Funding Autism Treatment is now available for only $6.99. The book--which describes numerous strategies for successfully funding autism treatment--can be purchased at https://www.createspace.com/3735756.
  • AMRIT Foundation Funds Biomedical Treatment

    Michelle McFarland-McDaniels
    19 Dec 2011 | 10:22 am
    The AMRIT Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to fund biomedical treatments for children with Autism and related disabilities. For additional information or an application, send a email to info@amritfoundation.org.
  • Funding Autism Treatment PDF Book Now Available!

    Michelle McFarland-McDaniels
    26 Nov 2011 | 7:23 pm
    My new PDF book is now available for purchase for only $4.99. MS Word versions are also available for those who prefer them. To order, send your contact information to autismassistanceinfo@yahoo.com in an email with "Funding Book" on the subject line. Don't forget to send me your funding success stories:)
  • Travel Grants to Attend the International Meeting for Autism Research

    Michelle McFarland-McDaniels
    26 Nov 2011 | 7:18 pm
    The Autism Science Foundation awards several IMFAR Stakeholder Travel grants valued up to $1,000 to cover expenses related to attending the International Meeting for Autism Research. All autism stakeholders, including parents, individuals with autism and siblings eligible to apply. The application process opens in January. Recipients are announced in April.   The next IMFAR meeting will be held May 17-19, 2012 in Toronto. For more information or to apply, visit http://autismsciencefoundation.org/what-we-fund/apply-for-IMFAR-travel-grant.
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    Disability Scoop

  • Many Young Adults With Autism Struggling

    Michelle Diament
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Young adults with autism are facing significant challenges after high school, a new report suggests, with many on the spectrum finding themselves unemployed, isolated and lacking services.
  • Marijuana Extract Tames Debilitating Seizures

    Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/TNS
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    In individuals with the most intractable forms of epilepsy, there's new evidence that a liquid form of marijuana can reduce seizures by over half without causing the drug's usual "high."
  • Schools Warned On Pushing Families Into Due Process

    Shaun Heasley
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Federal education officials are warning school districts to think twice before forcing parents into potentially long and costly due process proceedings.
  • Parent Training May Curtail Behavior Problems

    Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch/TNS
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    With training, parents of children with autism can see vast improvements in behavioral troubles, including severe tantrums, according to new research.
  • Program Looks To Turn People With Disabilities Into Entrepreneurs

    Michelle Diament
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    With an eye toward increasing employment opportunities, a new effort is looking to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the tools to work for themselves.
 
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    Square 8

  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 17: One Sentence Stories of Acceptance

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Acceptance happens sometimes. When it does, I like to acknowledge and celebrate it. Here are a few of my one sentence stories about autism acceptance:On April 2, everyone in my office was wearing red.The cake said “Good luck Bev and Squawkers.”Share your one sentence stories of autism acceptance in the comments to complete this challenge. 
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 16: Ask an Autistic

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Not long ago, I sat in a meeting composed of parents and professionals. The group was interested in learning more about what supports autistic people need. How would they find out? You can probably guess what their solution was: Let’s survey all the parents! Not one person suggested talking to autistic people themselves. I wasn’t having a good speech day and it didn't get any better from there. I wish I could say that I quickly and diplomatically pointed out the error in their groupthink. Some days I can. Some days I just…can’t. It left me feeling all powerless and Twilight…
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 15: What's Your Squawkers McCaw?

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    Why do you have that bird? Lots of reasons! See below.What's your Squawkers McCaw? What is uniquely yours that helps you get through the day? Is your chosen support seen as acceptable? Age appropriate? Weird? Controversial? Do you even know that you have it?Discuss.
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 14: (Neuro)Queering the Conversation

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Today’s Challenge is to interact with puzzle pieces in the wild. This goes for other offensive images and rhetoric too. Here’s an example where a graffiti artist decided not to let Autism $peaks have the last word. Image from HockeyDrunkPhotoshop? Maybe. But there are plenty of more accessible targets around, especially during April.  You can NeuroQueer any reachable flyer or poster by adding your own text or art. Here’s Squawkers covering up a puzzle piece ribbon for the Unpuzzled blog.Squawkers should have added a link to an informational website.And this is a more recent…
  • Autism Acceptance Challenge 13: Explore the Archives

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    It had been a long time since I’d visited the archives at autistics.org. If you have been around for a while, you may remember when autistics.org was still being updated regularly. You may remember when it was one of a very few places to find writing by and about autistic people. There were not a lot of autistic bloggers in the early 2000’s. There was no ASAN. There were a couple of online communities where there was way too much talk of functioning labels and separatism for me to stomach. autistics.org was one of the first places I could go to read the stories of like minded people. In…
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • Autism Society New Brunswick Meeting May 23 UNB Fredericton Tilley Hall Room 303

    H L Doherty
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    UNB Fredericton,  South Side Fredericton Tilley Hall, RH Side Looking Down Hill From Harriet Irving LibraryJust Pass Singer HallTilley Hall Room 303Saturday May 23 Time To Be AnnouncedAs indicated above the Autism Society New Brunswick will meet Saturday May 23, 2015 at Room 303, Tilley Hall, UNB Fredericton at a time to be announced.  Agenda will be available prior to the meeting.  Anyone interested in autism services in New Brunswick is invited to attend. Invitations will be sent to political leaders on a non partisan basis.  If you wish to have your MLA attend…
  • Autism-Epilepsy Connection Explored in Four Studies

    H L Doherty
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    The newsletter that follows reports on 4 studies of the autism-epilepsy connection.   It is a connection which our own son Conor has lived with and which has presented serious challenges.Conor received an autism disorder diagnosis the day after his 2nd birthday 17 years ago.  We have been focused on his autism ever since but we were not initially aware that because of his autism disorder he might also be at greater risk of epilepsy as set out in the following report reviewing 4 studies of the autism-epilepsy connecction.  We began to suspect seizure activity when Conor entered…
  • Why Do New Brunswick Governments Ignore Needs of Severely Autistic Adults? When Will They Ever Learn?

    H L Doherty
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The Restigouche Psychiatric Hospital on NB's Northern Border Far From Most NB Families is a Massive Institution and the Present and Future Home for Severely Autistic Adults in the Inclusive Community of New Brunswick. My Son Conor Is A Great Joy But His Severe Autism Presents Many Challenges, As Things Stand He MAY Spend His Adult Life AD (After Dad) in the Restigouche Psychiatric HospitalAutism spectrum disorders and the challenges they present to those who suffer from them continue on into adulthood in many cases, particularly for those who did not receive…
  • Nice To See Autistic Twin Sons of Toronto Family Receiving Autism Treatment In New Brunswick

    H L Doherty
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    PHOTO BY MARC GRANDMAISON / THE CANADIAN PRESSThe headline of the Toronto Star article Toronto family chases autism treatment across the country  doesn't mention the province to which the family in the Toronto Star article seeking early autism treatment for their autistic twin sons moved  - New Brunswick. Nor does the article itself delve into how the province usually mentioned as a financial disaster could have become a Canadian leader in early autism treatment as it was described by David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA-D, President of  the Association for Science in Autism…
  • May Institute National Autism Center Review: Applied Behavior Analysis The One Intervention Determined To Be Effective For Adults With Autism

    H L Doherty
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    National Autism Center Completes Most Comprehensive Review of Autism Interventions Identifies Established Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Adults on the Autism Spectrum National Autism Center Press Release 0.1 Randolph, Mass. – Researchers at the National Autism Center at May Institute today released the results of the largest systematic review to date of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their findings identify 14 “Established Interventions” for children and adolescents that have the most research support, produce beneficial outcomes, and are known…
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    ASF Blog

  • Confused About the New Autism Risk Findings and IVF? A New Blog Talks to an Expert for Interpretation

    autismsciencefoundation
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    By Alycia Halladay, PhD Earlier this week a study came out which examined the risk of autism after in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Data was pulled from California datasets, and it was among the largest study of its kind. A previous study using a nationwide database in Sweden had only shown an increase in risk after only specific types of procedures. In contrast, this latest study showed doubling the risk of ASD, without specifying what type of procedure was involved. The study is important because there have been concerns about the outcome of children conceived via IVF. Because rates of IVF…
  • Putting a New Developmental Perspective into Autism

    autismsciencefoundation
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    By Emily L. Casanova, Ph.D. & Manuel F. Casanova, M.D. Across many different fields of study, evidence is emerging that autism is a disorder caused by disturbances of early brain development. Over the last decade, autism research has strongly focused on synapse dysfunction, however a recent genetic analysis has revealed that while synapses are probably dysfunctional in autism, much earlier stages of brain development may be just as foundational to the condition. In humans the production of new neurons continues up into the early part of the third trimester. By comparison, synapses, which…
  • Whole Genome Sequencing: The Next Stage of Understanding Risk?

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

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

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

  • World Autism Day - Know the Symptoms of Autism

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Autism is a very diverse neuro-biological disorder.  The symptoms and signs can vary a good deal including when the first appear.Does not babble or coo by 12 monthsDoes not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 monthsDoes not say single words by 16 monthsDoes not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 monthsHas any loss of any language or social skill at any ageIf your child exhibits any of these "red flags" your child should be further evaluated by a comprehensive team of professionals, including, a neurologist, psychologist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, developmental…
  • April is Autism Awareness Month

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    April is Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2014.  This date was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright blue light on Autism as a growing global health crisis. The numbers are increasing and we need to respond.  Activities and messages of awareness are designed to increase knowledge, spread information about how early intervention and diagnosis can change lives.  Autism is one of only three health issues recognized by the UN with it's own day.Each day in the month of April, this website will feature some news, story,…
  • Autism Awareness Month

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
  • MC Transitions

    29 Jul 2013 | 7:36 pm
    MC Trans, or Montgomery County Transitions is a grassroots organization featuring discussion and e-groups for families of adults with mild to significant disabilities offering support, information, resources as the disabled individual transitions from school-age entitlements within the state of Maryland to a young adulthood and beyond.MC Trans has announced their meeting schedule for this coming fall.  I have added their meetings to our calendar, beginning with September.  Most meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday, exceptions will be noted.  You can read more about MC…
  • Summer Status

    5 Jul 2013 | 7:50 pm
    Greetings AutMont Readers ...I just wanted to let you all know what's happening behind the scenes here and when you should expect more posts and information. Summertime has hit me like an unexpected water-balloon to the head - my kids have busier-than-I-anticipated schedules with camp for a few morning hours every day and therapy, speech, OT, social group, home therapy and vision therapy three days a week and gymnastics and swimming lessons, throw in a vacation last month and a few visits from out of town family, a weekend or two away which is really just code for…
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    Countering...

  • In the Meantime

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

    K Wombles
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Autistics, a lot of them, hate the blue puzzle piece, for good reason. They are countering it with Walk in Red. In honor of my three wonderful autistics.
  • On Revisiting Past Interactions and the Unfairness Factor: Newsweek's Autism Article

    K Wombles
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    In December I was contacted by a reporter from Newsweek asking to interview me for an article about Jonathan Mitchell. I politely declined, as I haven't had any interaction with him since I apologized in 2011 for allowing him to be bullied in the comments on several of my blog posts. I sent the reporter the link to the article and my addendum with the apology.Since I declined, I was more than a bit surprised to find out that my words to Jonathan about autism not being his biggest problem, along with my take on my three children with autism, essentially close the article.  Initially,…
  • Reinforcements

    K Wombles
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
     Some things you see coming. You know it's ahead and you make preparations. You fortify yourself and get ready.But what do you do when you go from having the best time of your working life, in the middle of things, working hard, putting in more hours than ever to literally fall flat on your face? And not just once, from one fall, but from multiple falls? What do you do when your words fail you and the most interesting and incorrect words come out in place of what you meant to say? What happens when even in your head you fight aphasia? And when those words stick for the item? When it…
  • Dawn Marcotte: Resources to Help Autistic Students Choose the Right College

    K Wombles
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Finding the right college is key to successfully graduating and lists like the Top 10 Colleges for Autistic Students can only go so far. Here are a few other resources to check before making any decisions.ASAN's Navigating College HandbookThe Navigating College Handbook was published in 2011. This book was written by autistic students, for autistic students and its point of view is unique. The book is available for free at their website, Navigating College http://navigatingcollege.org/download.php). The ebook contains information on getting academic accommodations, housing tips, health…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • We’ve extended our Language Builder promotion! Save 30% and more!

    Different Roads to Learning
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Great news for those of you who might have missed our 3-day promotion for our Language Builder sets! We’ve extended our sale to last through next Tuesday, April 28th. Just use our promo code BUILDER15 at check-out to redeem these savings below on all of our Language Builder card sets until next Tuesday: We’re offering a value bundle of the Language Builder Picture Cardsand the Picture Noun Cards 2together for only $155 (a $234 value)! You’ll be saving over $75 with this bundle! Just add the bundle to your cart—no promo code necessary.   Everyone’s…
  • Autism Awareness Month Interview Series: Behavior Analysis and Speech Pathology: The Perfect Pairing for Speech Acquisition with Barbara Esch, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP

    Different Roads to Learning
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week, we are absolutely honored to bring you an exclusive interview with the esteemed Barbara Esch, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP. Dr. Esch has made incredible contributions to the fields of both Behavior Analysis and Speech Pathology. In this interview with Sam Blanco, Dr. Esch shares important teaching techniques on developing language, setting developmentally appropriate goals, and addressing feeding issues. An enormous thank you to Dr. Esch for her invaluable insight. Don’t forget to check out the other interviews in our Autism Awareness Month Interview Series here. Behavior Analysis and Speech…
  • Pick of the Week: SAVE on Language Builder Sets – 3 Days Only!

    Different Roads to Learning
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    This is a deal you won’t want to miss this week!  We’re discounting the prices of ALL of our Language Builder sets – the best selling picture cards series among special education professionals. The Language Builder Card Sets are the most widely used photo language flashcards for teaching key language concepts to children and adults with autism, developmental delays, or speech/language delays. All of the cards measure the same 3½” x 5″ so coordinating the flashcards is a breeze. We’re offering a value bundle of the Language Builder Picture…
  • Special Tours and Programs with New York City Museums for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

    Different Roads to Learning
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    New York City’s Museum of Natural History and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) are introducing special tours and experiences for children with Autism. The Museum of Natural History’s ‘Discovery Squad’ meets on select Saturdays for children ages 5- 14, accompanied by an adult, before the museum is open to the general public. Specially trained museum guides will lead a 40 minute tour through the North American Hall of Mammals (ages 5-8) or on an adventure through the Koch Dinosaur Wing. For more information on the Museum of Natural History’s Discovery Squad, please…
  • Autism Awareness Month Interview Series: Getting the Services Your Child with Autism is Legally Entitled To with Gary S. Mayerson, JD

    Different Roads to Learning
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    This week, our exclusive interview series with BCBA Sam Blanco features the renowned Gary Mayerson, JD, founder of Mayerson & Associates, the very first civil rights law firm in the nation dedicated to representing individuals with autism and related developmental disorders. In this interview, he reveals valuable advice for parents and caregivers on how to find and obtain the services their children are entitled to. Getting the Services Your Child with Autism is Legally Entitled To with Gary S. Mayerson, JD SAM BLANCO: Can you address any common misconceptions related to IDEA or LRE?
 
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    Asperger's Diary

  • Being Misunderstood

    Lynne Soraya
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Looking back at my life, if I were to identify a common theme, it is feeling misunderstood. It sounds so much like a cliché, that many roll their eyes when hearing the phrase. “Everyone feels misunderstood,” they say. But what’s interesting is that those in my life who have said that, have gradually come to realize that it is true.
  • Shopping While Autistic

    Lynne Soraya
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Have you ever seen a child having a breakdown in the middle of a grocery store? What’s your reaction to that child? Do you judge, or do you wonder what they’re experiencing? Well, I can give you an idea of what they might be going through.
  • The Sound Of Silence

    Lynne Soraya
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    I have recently come face-to-face with a fact about myself: I have a problem with silence. I’m not really sure why.
  • Figuring Out Friendship

    Lynne Soraya
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship. What I understand about it, what I still don’t, and how the experience of friendship has always been different that it has been for others.
  • Navigating Grief and Loss as an Autistic Adult

    Lynne Soraya
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    It’s the holiday season...a time for reflection, togetherness, and joy, so they say. As I’ve written before, it hasn’t always been that way for me. This holiday season has been an especially difficult one. One of my best friends passed away over Thanksgiving weekend.
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • TWAP006: Shawna on Parenting, Friendship, and the Autism Spectrum

    Stephen Borgman
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s always a solution to everything: it just takes a while to figure it out” Shawna This podcast episode introduces us to Shawna, from the blog, Thoughts of an Introverted Matriarch. Shawna shares her thoughts with us, in this episode, about writing, discovering her diagnosis of Aspergers later in life, parenting children with autism, and friendship. In This Episode You’ll Learn:  how helpful writing has been in helping Shawna process her thoughts about parenting and life, and why you may want to consider writing in your own life Shawna’s favorite inspirational quotes…
  • 5 Intriguing Autism Dating Articles You’ll Want To Read

    Stephen Borgman
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    My family and I took a vacation in Venezuela, South America one summer. We found ourselves in the middle of a town whose streets layout made no sense, and we wondered how we were going to get from point A to point B, since there were no street maps or guides available. Dating can be like traveling in a foreign city with no map. It’s helpful to have someone describe the journey (dating), tell you what to avoid, and tell you what to do to make it a good trip. By reading these autism dating articles I’ve collected,you’ll better understand the dating process. Why? You’ll find out…
  • TWAP 005: Aspergers Employment Help with Barbara Bissonnette

    Stephen Borgman
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Barbara Bissonnette is a certified coach who provides job and career coaching to Aspergers/autism adults. As a coach, she provides learning, support, and strategies to: choose the right job or career manage the job search process learn interviewing skills plan a disclosure strategy handle a disciplinary action communicate with colleagues understand and meet employer expectations manage time, prioritize tasks, and get things done (from Barbara’s site, Forward Motion) If you’ve looked for Aspergers employment help, be sure to listen to this podcast episode. A Reader Question, And…
  • 11 Parenting Advice Tips from Autism Adults

    Stephen Borgman
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.  -Frederick Douglass Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them. – Bill Ayers Have you ever wished you could time travel? If I could time travel, I would go back in time to share some life tips with my younger self. For this article, I wanted to find the best parenting advice I could for you, my readers, who are parenting your AS children. So, in a sense, I relied on time travel. I reached out to autistic and Aspergers adults with the question,…
  • Hand Flapping, Aspergers, and the Autism Spectrum

    Stephen Borgman
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A mom described taking her son to the see the Avengers. She glanced over halfway through and was amazed not to see him flapping his hands, kicking his feet, or arching his back. She described her emotions. My son does that [hand flapping] because he has autism/aspergers. At first during the movie I never noted it. I don’t know why. Then I looked over at him and realized it. Waterworks come on like nobody’s business. I am crying in the middle of a movie that is not remotely close to being a tear jerker. At that point I am frantically trying to catch every tear that is going down…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • Writing Messages of Hope

    Devon Alley
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, A. started arriving home from school with various affirmations written all over her body. These affirmations proclaimed such positive thoughts as, “You are beautiful just the way you are!” and “You are loved,” and — my personal...(read more)
  • Autism Awareness, Autism Acceptance

    Devon Alley
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Yesterday, April 2, was World Autism Awareness Day. Many people all over the globe lit things up in blue, shared blog posts, and donated money to various organizations in order to promote autism awareness and increase visibility for the condition. I personally...(read more)
  • Spring Break Plans

    Devon Alley
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Whenever A. has a holiday from school, she always asks what we're going to do -- what we have planned. Generally, it's not much -- maybe dinner and a movie, or a stop at our favorite pizza restaurant. For this year's spring break, however, I took a couple...(read more)
  • Attending the IEP

    Devon Alley
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    For those of us who love and care for children on the spectrum, the IEP becomes a source of great joy and incredible anxiety. Talk to any parent of an autistic child the day before an IEP meeting, and no matter how many times they've attended them, or...(read more)
  • And Now She's an Alley

    Devon Alley
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    So, there was a very big piece of news that happened several months ago that I never got around to sharing. Life has been, as I've mentioned several times over again, extremely busy as of late, so I've been terribly delinquent in updating my blog, which...(read more)
 
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    We Go With Him

  • Patterns and Colors

    Kristina Chew
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    We went to the Open House at Charlie's school last week and were pleased to see his colored-in picture of a chick (Easter having been...
  • Apassionata

    Kristina Chew
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:17 am
    We are reading a book called Epitaph For a Peach in my Basic Skills English class. It recounts the season in and season out work...
  • As the Bird Flies, Charlie Rides

    Kristina Chew
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    It's Spring Break for Charlie (no longer for me -- that was last week and a couple of weeks ago and Jim is still on...
  • An "Ego Sum Spartacus" Memory

    Kristina Chew
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    In the midst of writing quiz questions about Spartacus, I recalled how, the other night, I was giving Jim​ good reason to laugh at me...
  • Pears Bearing Apples Redux

    Kristina Chew
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    (Pears Bearing Apples was the title of my dissertation, which I submitted 20 years ago in the Gothic corridors of HGS in the Elm City....
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • How to Safely Motivate Autistic Children

    Dr. Alex
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Children with autism have problems interacting with others and may suffer from impaired communication skills. A challenge for parents and teachers is to find a method to motivate these children that is both safe and effective. Developing language, behavioral and social skills can be extremely challenging for some autistic children; however, some tips to aid this effort are highlighted here. Getting to know the child Before you can get started on any type of learning strategy, it is essential you get to know the child in question. This includes: Creating and updated a list of the child’s…
  • This is what happens when the autism community asks the Minecraft community for help

    Stuart Duncan
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    For the second year in a row, I put out a plea to the Minecraft community to help me put a stop to the bullying that happens on Minecraft servers around the world but also bullying that happens anywhere and more specifically, how much more often it happens to those that have autism. For the second year in a row, the Minecraft community answered. This year several people that make YouTube videos of themselves playing Minecraft made some heartfelt and powerful videos sharing their experiences and opinions, helping to support us in our mission. These people did this because they knew that these…
  • A few things you might not know about autistics for Autism Awareness Day

    Stuart Duncan
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:11 pm
    I have had the fortunate opportunity to be able to talk to a lot of children with autism, thousands. Many of those talks are about some very deep and heavy topics. But many of these topics are either not being discussed or not openly enough to where I have been able to come across them. I can only imagine that this means that people don’t know these things. So, for Autism Awareness Acceptance Day, allow me to share with you what I’ve learned. More Likely to be Bullied I’m starting out with something that most people likely do know. In fact, there have been studies done…
  • Second annual plea to the Minecraft community to take a stand against bullying on April 2nd

    Stuart Duncan
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Last year I wrote a plea to the Minecraft community to help those of us in the autism community on April 2nd to take a stand against bullying. I am doing it again this year. Why? Because we still need your help. The response last year was incredible as many live stream gamers and YouTube video makers spoke up and shared their personal stories and explained to people the effects that bullying has had in their lives. Since then, the media has picked up on what has been going on as well and increased awareness to more than just our little community. But we’re not done. Every single day on…
  • We need to stop referring to abuse as bullying and schools need to stop doing nothing about it

    Stuart Duncan
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    Picture this, if you will, as disturbing as it is: A woman sits in a hospital room with a fractured skull, broken jaw and leaking spinal fluid. Everyone knows who her attacker is but no one is doing anything. No arrests. No charges. The attacker is free to do as he pleases. Make sense? Well, the truth is that it wasn’t a woman. It was a 12 year old boy with Aspergers and his attacker was an older boy, in grade 8. Because this happened between kids in school and not adults, instead of being abuse, this is just bullying…. “just bullying”. Wait, he has a fractured…
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    Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective

  • FIFA 2015 Ultimate Fan Experience Is In Moncton Now

    Carl Bainbridge
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    FIFA 2015 Ultimate Fan Experience   I was given the opportunity to check out the FIFA 2015 Ultimate Fan Experience at the Moncton Press Club as part of Moncton125 and the Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca Cola. It is simple to tell just by watching our youngest daughter during the video above will give you an idea just how much fun she had.  The reality is that she was not the only one.  Our oldest daughter had a blast as well and […] The post FIFA 2015 Ultimate Fan Experience Is In Moncton Now appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Bullying Is Never The Cool Option Step Up And End It

    Carl Bainbridge
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Put an end to bullying online and off There is a huge anti bullying campaign going on through social media right now. It is a great campaign, even if it is not a campaign I am participating in. It also could not come at a better time.  Honestly, lately I have found that online or cyber bullying has reached a new peak of vileness. Over the past couple months various health organizations have put out calls for improved vaccinations.  This in and of itself […] The post Bullying Is Never The Cool Option Step Up And End It appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's…
  • The Adventures Of Little Nutbrown Hare Someone Special

    Carl Bainbridge
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Guess How Much I Love You, The Adventures Of Little Nutbrown Hare – Someone Special On January 6th, Guess How Much I Love You, the timeless and beloved picture book, came to life on DVD in the U.S. and Canada. In the new release, titled Guess How Much I Love You: Someone Special , Little Nutbrown Hare and his father Big Nutbrown Hare remind us that there is no greater love than that between a parent and child. The DVD includes 7 heartwarming […] The post The Adventures Of Little Nutbrown Hare Someone Special appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Saying Goodbye To The Most Toxic Work I Have Ever Had

    Carl Bainbridge
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    A week and a half ago I woke up and didn’t go to work. For the first time in 9 years I had realized just how much my work had changed and just how massively toxic the place had become.  The History When my son was diagnosed with Autism, my wife and I had sat down and looked at our life. We decided that the best solution for us was to find a job for me that would allow me […] The post Saying Goodbye To The Most Toxic Work I Have Ever Had appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Thumperino Superbunny Review and Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    Thumperino Superbunny Thumperino – Diary of a Superbunny is about a male rabbit that was born on October 21, 2007.  He is an adventurous house rabbit that is blessed with super-powers and a duty to make the world a better place.   In Thumperino Superbunny and the Pirates of the High Seas, Thumperino goes on vacation to a tropical island and soon finds it’s not all fun in the sun. Someone is dumping garbage in the sea and it’s up to Thumperino […] The post Thumperino Superbunny Review and Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
 
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    Speaking In Grace

  • Cooper, Catching up and Carrying on

    Speaking in Grace
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    ShareCooper. I had planned a picture post of Cooper for today, and that is what you are going to get… He may do things…a little…or a lot…differently…but he’s doing them… I also have to give the credit for these great pic collages to Amy… She is the one on the left…I think she may still give me that look sometimes…she tolerates me…and makes pic collages for me. She is a constant bright spot. Catching up. I feel like I need to go back and catch up on the posts from the last week…this week has been a constantly moving…
  • Praying for my child

    Speaking in Grace
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    Share*I have to be honest…I am tired and I had intended to share this later but it was easier to share it now. You see, the digging that is going on just underneath a now deceptively smooth surface…it never ends. A prayer that I prayed for years.. A pleading prayer for our son. Lord…I pray that you will open his mind…that he will be able to communicate…to participate and be involved in the world around him… These are, I realize, strange words. They are words that are easily explained, simple and fairly straight forward. These words, this prayer, was the…
  • Home

    Speaking in Grace
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    ShareI originally wrote the following post after Christmas … To be honest I couldn’t bring myself to read through it again but I wanted to share it with you now…it has been a difficult and life changing week for me…my mother passed away Monday morning. I want to explain more later, but for now I will leave you with a few pictures and this post… That one moment that catches you by surprise. The one that comes out of nowhere and leaves you temporarily frozen. A moment where you are instantly drowning in memories. I had one of those moments recently. We were…
  • Epilepsy, Honestly I Never Saw It Coming

    Speaking in Grace
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    ShareI read somewhere that around 33% of people who have Autism also have epilepsy. Shelby has Epilepsy, and honestly I never saw it coming. It was early Easter morning. Shelby and I shared a bed. After years and years of no sleep it was what worked and I went with it. I awoke with a start wondering what was going on. I can’t see a thing without my glasses. In the dark scrambling to grab my glasses and switch on the lamp and see just what was happening to my baby. I can’t really say exactly what I saw. By the time I woke up, became aware, and could actually see, I may have caught…
  • Dear Meghan

    Speaking in Grace
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Share*Today’s post is written by one of my best friends, Jennifer Maynard. One of the most incredible parts of being a special needs parent is the bond we share with our friends…other mothers who are walking the path we walk…Jennifer has written a beautiful letter to her daughter Meghan (who has Down Syndrome) today is Meghan’s birthday! Thank you Jennifer for sharing your beautiful letter with us today… Dear Meghan, Happy Birthday, sweet Meghan – today you are 16! I look at the beautiful young woman you are becoming, and my heart fills with pride. You…
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    Autism Daily Newscast

  • Five-year-old’s microwave fixation inspires books to help children with autism

    ADN
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Fixation is one of the challenges that children on the autism spectrum face every single day. For five-year-old Sera Lutes, her fixation on the family’s microwave oven became so hard to deal with that they had to reach out to her teacher for help. Astoundingly, it appeared that it was all the help they needed […] The post Five-year-old’s microwave fixation inspires books to help children with autism appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Autism Research: April 25, 2015 Week in Review

    Dr. Rachita Narsaria, M.D.
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    More evidence says MMR vaccine-not guilty! In the ongoing debate between risk of autism due to the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella vaccine), yet another research has backed up vaccines. A new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association that included about 95,000 kids who received the MMR vaccine, no increased risk for ASD […] The post Autism Research: April 25, 2015 Week in Review appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Press Release – Autism talent discovery is now available and you can donate to facilitate its development

    Press Release
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    London – Auti-mate.com, the online video game that develops the strengths and talents of those with autism is now available as a prototype. Following its initial success, Auti-mate.com is now crowdfunding on kriticalmass.com https://kriticalmass.com/p/auti-mate to develop a collection of games. The collection will cover a wide spectrum of autistic savant skills such as visual analytic […] The post Press Release – Autism talent discovery is now available and you can donate to facilitate its development appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Study shows why autism may run in the family

    ADN
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Baltimore, Maryland — A study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine unveils what could be the reason behind why autism appears to be passed on in the family. According to the study, epigenetic changes, rather than actual DNA mutations, may be responsible for causing autism in children. One of the […] The post Study shows why autism may run in the family appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Press Release – Inspectors praise “fantastic commitment” of staff and “outstanding” results at school for children with autism

    Jo Worgan
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
      North Hill House, a residential school in Frome, Somerset for children with autism, has been praised by the education watchdog for its “outstanding” residential care and its “outstanding” outcomes for residential pupils. In its latest report, Ofsted said access to activities in the school and the wider community provided “excellent” opportunities for personal development […] The post Press Release – Inspectors praise “fantastic commitment” of staff and “outstanding” results at school for children with autism appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
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    Autism Parenting Magazine

  • Sensory Mood Lighting Can Help Calm and Soothe

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Manchester-based lighting company Valuelights, part of the LSE Retail Group founded in 2011, recently ran a competition to raise awareness of how LED sensory mood lighting can have a positive, calming effect on children with autism; helping develop, balance and encourage creativity and well-being within the home. Research between lighting and autism has brought to the public’s attention numerous positive associations between color and mood. Certain colors, such as blue, can help towards creativity and calmness, with mood lighting adding to a happy, creative environment. Children’s moods…
  • A Journey Toward Understanding

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:47 pm
    The journey began many years ago when Rosie Barnes was lying in the grass with her 18-month-old son, Stanley. As they looked up at the sky they spotted a 747 flying overhead.  Keenly aware of its enormous size, Barnes was intrigued when Stanley referred to the jet as a “tiny plane.”  At the time, Stanley’s proclamation made Barnes speculate how children decode the world in which they live. At what point do they understand what is real and what is fake, she wondered.  A professional documentary photographer by trade, Barnes began to compile a series of images over the…
  • Pets and Social Skills…Make a Connection!

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many studies have been conducted on the positive effect a pet can have on your health.  A pet can be comforting if you are upset, they can lighten your mood as you play with them, and of course you have their companionship and unconditional love. Studies have also shown that pets can help improve social skills for children on the spectrum.  If your child is struggling with social skills you might want to consider getting them a pet. An article published in Time suggests the key is when to introduce a pet into your family.  Children who grew up with a pet since birth didn’t show any…
  • Help: How Can the Newly Passed ABLE Act Help My Family?

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Kim L. asks: “I heard the ABLE Act that was just passed can help save my family money but I’m not sure how it works. Could you please explain?” Kim, Thank you for the question. The ABLE Act was passed at the end of 2014.  The ABLE Act allows individuals who were deemed disabled before the age of 26 to save money in specific accounts and not jeopardize necessary government benefits.  Before The ABLE Act was passed, an individual with a disability who relied on government benefits like SSI and Medicaid could not save more than $2,000 or else they would lose healthcare…
  • Let’s Party: Celebrating without the Stress

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Birthday parties are so much fun for children and such a big part of childhood. But to children with special needs, parties and many other social events can be overwhelming. To us adults, these parties are often stressful to organize and they take a vast amount of time, energy and money to engineer. As the mother of seven children, I have planned a few parties over the years. In our family the youngest two have special needs. One is a sensory avoider and the other is a sensory seeker. Their birthday parties look very different from one another. My son Tate would be miserable in a bouncy house…
 
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