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  • A Conversation About SB277: It’s Not About the Vaccines

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    By Cathy Jameson “So, California? What do you think about what just happened there?” a friend asked me midweek last week. “California? With SB277? Oh, we’re screwed,” I replied matter-of-factly. Not expecting that response, my friend’s eyes widened. I continued,...
  • Human brain may contain a map for social navigation

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The brain region that helps people tell whether an object is near or far may also guide how emotionally close they feel to others and how they rank them socially, according to a study conducted at...
  • Could a 'sniff test' lead to early autism diagnosis?

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Researchers find children with autism have different sniff responses to those without the disorder and suggest a 'sniff test' could be used to diagnose autism early.
  • No Shots No Religious School?

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    By Anne Dachel First of all, I've been increasingly disgusted over the last few days because every time I go online I see this ad for the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine for adults. I can imagine that if pharma can eliminate...
  • Predicting happiness of couples raising children with autism

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    To understand what helps moms and dads of children with autism spectrum disorder strengthen their bond, researchers are examining the individual factors that predict relationship satisfaction for these couples. The researchers analyzed the impact that individual traits, such as optimism, social and spouse support, benefit finding and coping styles, have on the relationship satisfaction of parents who have children with ASD.
 
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    AGE OF AUTISM

  • No Shots No Religious School?

    Age of Autism
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    By Anne Dachel First of all, I've been increasingly disgusted over the last few days because every time I go online I see this ad for the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine for adults. I can imagine that if pharma can eliminate...
  • Dachel Media Update: NYT's Frank Bruni's Exchange with Robert Kennedy Jr.

    Age of Autism
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    By Anne Dachel Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs. On July 4, 2015 The...
  • Autism Sibling: Living With Acceptable Loss

    Age of Autism
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    By Natalie Palumbo I’m 21, a rising junior Motion Design major at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the younger sister to a brother with low-verbal autism. I’m facing the future with uncertainty. Wherever I look, stories regarding SB277,...
  • A Conversation About SB277: It’s Not About the Vaccines

    Age of Autism
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    By Cathy Jameson “So, California? What do you think about what just happened there?” a friend asked me midweek last week. “California? With SB277? Oh, we’re screwed,” I replied matter-of-factly. Not expecting that response, my friend’s eyes widened. I continued,...
  • Independence Day 2015

    Age of Autism
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
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  • Predicting happiness of couples raising children with autism

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    To understand what helps moms and dads of children with autism spectrum disorder strengthen their bond, researchers are examining the individual factors that predict relationship satisfaction for these couples. The researchers analyzed the impact that individual traits, such as optimism, social and spouse support, benefit finding and coping styles, have on the relationship satisfaction of parents who have children with ASD.
  • Research breakthrough to treat girls-only epilepsy

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    A breakthrough discovery is expected to help thousands of young girls worldwide who are suffering from a rare yet debilitating form of epilepsy, an international team led by a genetics expert reports.
  • Can autism be measured in a sniff?

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    Imagine the way you might smell a rose. You'd take a nice big sniff to breathe in the sweet but subtle floral scent. Upon walking into a public restroom, you'd likely do just the opposite -- abruptly limiting the flow of air through your nose. Now, researchers have found that people with autism spectrum disorder don't make this natural adjustment like other people do.
  • Preemies at high risk of autism don't show typical signs of disorder in early infancy

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Premature babies are at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. But a small study indicates that preemies who avoid eye contact in early infancy are less likely to demonstrate symptoms of autism at age 2 than preemies who maintain eye contact during early interactions.
  • Human brain may contain a map for social navigation

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    A study reveals how the hippocampus contributes to social behavior. The brain region that helps people tell whether an object is near or far may also guide how emotionally close they feel to others and how they rank them socially.
 
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    Life in the New Republic

  • Japan 2015- Getting Ready to Go!!

    The Jedi Family of Blogs
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    On July 8th Charlie, Brendan & I will head back to Japan. We will spend a week in Tokyo, a week in Kyoto, & then the final week back in Tokyo. This year we decided to rent a house in Kyoto and invite friends from around Japan to visit us over a holiday weekend in mid-July, rather than zoom around ourselves. We know at least 2 families of friends will be able to visit us there, & we are psyched! We also plan to visit Nara for the first time this trip, & re-acquaint ourselves with some favourite places, like Uji.We are packing and doing the last-minute planning as I type this. I…
  • Home again.....?

    The Jedi Family of Blogs
    9 May 2009 | 8:03 am
    Yes, we've been home for a little over a week! The transition has been complicated by all of us catching an annoying cold (even Charlie, who usually doesn't succumb). I started out with it a week ago, & it's definitely prolonged my usual post-travel, um, dislocation in place & time (that's the only way I can describe it). Brendan was coughing & blowing his nose by Wednesday night (& was up a considerable amount of it) so I kept him home from school Thursday. This certainly didn't help his transition back to normal life. Charlie came home from work Thursday & pulled a box of zinc lozenges out…
  • Japan 2009- Tuesday, April 28

    The Jedi Family of Blogs
    28 Apr 2009 | 10:40 pm
    When we decided to take a couple days in San Francisco to recuperate on our way back to the east coast of the US, I was worried that I might feel bad about not being HOME YET after all of our travels. As it turns out, it really was a good decision. Not only didn’t we go through customs after being up more than 24 hours, as happened last time (aka: hell), but it all still feels vacationy, in a woozy sort of way.After worrying about sleeping last night, & waking up at 4:45 am... I fell right back to sleep & slept until 10:00, & Brendan did, too :) Charlie had to get us up so we wouldn’t…
  • Japan 2009: Monday April 27th

    The Jedi Family of Blogs
    28 Apr 2009 | 4:48 pm
    I’m writing this from Japan- we’re hanging around waiting for a taxi to take us to Nishi-Nippori station to catch the Keisei Line train to Narita Airport. This station is exactly where we arrived in Tokyo, so it’ll feel like we’ve come full-circle. Charlie was able to change traveler’s cheques this morning when the banks opened, so we have taxi & train fare :) Brendan & I watched some more NHK tv shows- including a full episode of Pythagoras Switch, which was a real treat. Now they’re working on Brendan’s research- looking at the ways you can distinguish Shinto Shrines from…
  • Japan 2009: Sunday, April 26th

    The Jedi Family of Blogs
    27 Apr 2009 | 1:47 pm
    Brendan & I were sure to be up early today, since our favourite tokusatsu shows were on, but we weren’t sure exactly when, so we turned on the tv at 7:00 am. Our first show- Samurai Sentai Shinkenger- was on at 7:30 & it was a lot of fun to see in real time, on a big tv (at home we usually watch it on a laptop). Kamen Rider Decade was on right after. Luckily, we had only missed one episode of each, so we were able to keep up with the story. It was a lot of fun to watch our shows together in Japan :) The day was sunny & looked to be a lovely day for a day on the town. I did some last-minute…
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  • Still God's Children

    Lisa D.
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    A friend of mine recently expressed that they disagreed with the recent decision allowing same-sex marriage in all states. I'm re-posting my response here...I disagree with you on this one... I understand that some people believe that loving someone of the same sex is a sin, but I don't think the government should be denying marriage to any adult capable of entering into a legal contract. Gay couples have really been suffering when they cannot marry. They've been barred from the ICU when their partner is desperately ill; their children have been sent to foster care when one partner dies…
  • A four-dimensional cat.

    Lisa D.
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    You want to experience the way my brain works?Picture a four-dimensional cat.That's what my brain got up to last night. It does this kind of thing all the time, leaving me rather bemused. Think of something odd. Pull together all kinds of information. Solve a problem. Draw a picture.I lie in bed petting Tiny (because Tiny finds me too intimidating when I'm not on his level), and I should be sleeping; but instead I look at him and I think... "How many legs would a four-dimensional cat have?"When you read this, remember that it's transcribed into words. I didn't think…
  • Shoulds

    Lisa D.
    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    You should do.          I won't do.You should do.          I am I, not you.          I want to. Not should.          You should; but I want.          I can, or could, or might--or I won't.          My choice.You should.          You should; but I won't.Your shoulds are I…
  • Taking marriage for granted

    Lisa D.
    21 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    I can’t help but think how nasty it was of us to deny gay people the formal commitment and legal acknowledgement that straight people have enjoyed for so long.I’m not surprised that the fight for gay marriage has made straight people think about the value of marriage, too; we took it for granted for so long, until we realized what it was like not to be able to marry at all, whether you wanted to or not. I think gay marriage will probably strengthen the institution of marriage, overall.Humans, psychologically, pair-bond. We just do. We want to find another person and take on life together.
  • In the News: Adopted Pit Bull Helps Autistic Teenager Hug and Kiss His Mom For the First Time

    Lisa D.
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Adopted Pit Bull Helps Autistic Teenager Hug And Kiss His Mom For The First TimeIt's not uncommon for autistic people to learn things from animals when humans are too complex to understand. Learning to cuddle with a dog is just so much less complicated than learning how, when, and when it's appropriate to hug a human. I can't help but wonder whether Aspie kid now enjoys hugging his mom, or does it because he knows Mom likes it. Personally, I learned how to back off and stop being annoying from my cat, who would just glare and hiss. People don't glare and hiss, they're too polite to do that,…
 
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  • Autistic Pride Day 2015 and the 6th Annual Autistic Artistic Carnival

    theamazinj
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:15 pm
    I shift myself up, I shift myself closer, I send my love, I heal the generations, I feel, I sign, I move, I move a lot, and most importantly, I follow my dream, I am a Disabled activist, I am Autistic, I am Neurodivergent, I am big, I am small, I am grounded, I am alive, I am part of life, but mostly I am gone as I am generations a part, I failed, but now I win. I made mistakes in the past when doing things that didn’t suit me, but now I am me, I am doing what is me, and what I want to help the world, to help change the perceptions about autism and disability from the stigmatizing media…
  • 10 ways Non-autistic people tell Autistic people to Pass For Normal is Stigmatizing and Does Not Allow For Authenticity

    theamazinj
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    1) When an Autistic person is told to pass for normal, we are usually told AAC is not allowed to communicate with others. The people we interact with tell us that we must speak through our mouths. 2) When an Autistic person moves differently through ticks and stimming and the way we walk down the street, we are told that we must not do that and in fact must ‘Quiet Hands’. 3) When an Autistic person desires to be by themselves, non-autistic people think it’s weird, unusual, and/or strange making us look like freaks and weirdos. 4) When an Autistic person fulfills a dream of a…
  • How to Encourage any Autistic person In Leading Their Own Life

    theamazinj
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    There is a difference between ABA and floor-time, and there is a difference in what we really can do for my Autistic peers and I who need to be able to live self-directed lives. We need to realize how much the autistic spectrum can relate to themselves and how non-autistic people can enter into the Autistic world. Being an Autistic person means so many things, but their are some non-autistic people who still do not get it. However, there are some non-autistic people who do get it. This post is going to be a list of what non-autistic people can do to help the Autistic community better…
  • 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…
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  • Positive Relationships are Possible for People on the Spectrum – Love & Autism

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

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

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

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

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I just got an email forwarded to me from Senator Beall’s office.  The Senator has introduced a bill to increase funding levels for the regional center system.   Be ready to advocate for passage of this bill.   Here’s the email: Today, Senator Beall introduced SB X 2-1 in response to the developmental community service system crisis. He is joined by Senators Pavley and Monning who are principal coauthors.   Specifically, SB X2  1 mandates: Provides a 10% increase in the funding paid to a regional center and purchase-of-service vendors; Requires funding to enable the…
  • Action Alert: You guessed it, we need more emails to save our services

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Below is an action alert email from The Arc of California and United Cerebral Palsey.  The short version is “First, click here once to email to your state senator and assemblymember, no matter how many times you’ve already done it. ”  and “And second, if you’re in LA County, please click a second time email the 10 legislators there who we think have the most power to decide whether our community gets the funding increase we need to stabilize our service system. “ By now I hope most readers here are aware that there’s a fight ongoing in California to…
  • Protesting Kerri Rivera and Chlorine Dioxide Abuse

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Sullivan (Matt Carey):You always hear from groups promoting false cures “listen to the parents”. Well parents, like me, see MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) aka CD (Chlorine Dioxide) as abusive. There is no evidence that it works. There is no good explanation for why it should work as a therapy. And there is the chance of adverse reactions. No benefit and a risk. Risk/reward ratio is 0. Originally posted on The Skeptical Beard: Guest Post by Alison Bernstein of Mommy, PhD This past Saturday, a small group gathered outside the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel to protest the presentation…
  • Illinois to Kerri Rivera: Show that MMS works or stop making claims.

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    MMS is a scam, plain and simple. And it has been very frustrating to watch as people make grandiose claims with no one making them actually back those claims up. Which is why I appreciate that the State of Illinois basically asked Kerri Rivera “Put up or Shut Up”. And she chose the latter. At least in Illinois. NBC Chicago has an article up: State Takes Action Against “Miracle Treatment” For Children In that article they quote the Illinois Attorney General: “I’m very thankful that NBC 5 actually brought this to our attention,” said Illinois Attorney…
  • TED Talk: Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Steve Silberman has been researching the history of autism for 5 years.  I met him at the start of this journey, at IMFAR in San Diego and even then he had a good grasp of autism.  Since then he has unearthed a great deal and I am eagerly awaiting his book (which I have already pre-ordered). Recently, Mr. Silberman gave a TED talk: The forgotten history of autism.  And it is now online. — By Matt Carey
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  • About Difference: If I had a Hammer

    Susan Senator
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    Today I got an email from someone in Nat’s life, suggesting other possibilities for his silent times. This guy, whom I think is very caring and wise, had downloaded info on autism and catatonia right after I told him about our neurologist’s suspicions. He felt in his gut that this was not quite it. Instead, he felt that what he’d been observing was not a “freezing-up” on Nat’s part at all, but rather, a withdrawal that suggested depression. I spoke to Ned about this and he said, “It’s a whole Rorschach test.” Exactly. Everyone looks at Nat…
  • Finding Peace

    Susan Senator
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    I escaped to Cape Cod for an overnight with my parents, to get a little peace and some distance from what’s been happening with Nat. My car tires crackled into the old familiar pebble driveway and I felt a huge weight drop inside. I remember thinking, “Thank God it’s all the same as ever. They’re all the same as ever.” Like Scarlett saying, “It’s there. Tara’s still there,” after the burning of Atlanta. I took my bike off the back, and jerked up the handle on my suitcase and walked into their little cape house. It was quiet, the air was warm and huglike and…
  • Tough Love

    Susan Senator
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:38 pm
    I hope this wasn’t the worst father’s day ever for Ned. We just took Nat to his favorite place, JP Licks and he had promised he would not laugh loudly and spit. But he did. Ned stood up, took Nat’s ice cream and threw it away and made him leave. We stood outside on the street while people stared at poor Nat, so upset, so incredulous that he really was not going back to JP Licks. But Ned was right. “He has to learn how to contain this,” Ned said. Yep, the world is not going to change *that* much. Meanwhile Nat kept saying, “No laughing, go to JP…
  • A Good Father

    Susan Senator
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    I’ve been so down about Nat, but late last night Ned and I realized that no matter where this strange new behavior is coming from — I mean the spitty laughing — we should be helping him learn to regulate himself, not just feel helpless and sad. Ned said, “Nat, remember, you like to get ice cream and you can only do that when you’re feeling calm,” and Nat stops and says, “Get ice cream.” And he’s lucid again. So we are going to try using our leverage to show him that he *can* control himself.  That is what it’s like living with my…
  • Grief Renewed

    Susan Senator
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    I didn’t get to just stick my toe into this river of pain, and test its temperature. No, I fell in, completely, Thursday afternoon, June 18, when our doctor told us that she thinks Nat has catatonia. It was a cruel flashback to 1993 when Nat was first diagnosed with autism. This very same doctor was actually the first one to use that term for Nat. He was three. Yesterday I was strong. I was simply going to learn about this condition of Nat’s. Right away. I was not my 30 year old self, caught in a hurricane of ignorance and fear. I was not going to be sad, I told people. What good…
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    Life With Joey

  • Year One, Done.

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

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

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

    Joeymom
    16 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Today is Ivy Day at Smith College, my alma mater. Yep, that one on the right? That's me... 22 years ago. Want to hear something else funny? That dress was a size 18. I had difficulty finding it, because walking into a store and finding clothes in a size 18 was almost unheard-of 22 years ago. I loved LL Bean clothes, because they came up to a 20. Yes, my friends, when people fuss about people being 280 pounds, that is what 280 pounds looks like. That is what we consider "fat" in this country.I dream of being a size 20 now. An 18 seems out of the question. I should note some…
  • Happy Blogiversary to Me!

    Joeymom
    9 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Well, 9 years ago today, Life With Joey was presented to the world. How far have we come?Nine years ago, Joey was four years old.He had about 30 words he could regularly access. He loved his Bus- the one he carried with him so constantly, when he once put it down accidentally at Wakefield, we back-trekked the whole way around the walking trail until we found it, because it was Bus.We were just learning that we were Joey's sole real advocate. We were just starting to butt our heads against school staff and school politics. Other people were helpful, offered advice, mentioned some things that…
 
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  • A chance to work in our automotive program

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

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

  • Late Annual Birthday Fundraiser This Year

    Ginger Taylor
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    So usually every year on my birthday in January I put out the tip jar and ask that if I have been of service to you in any way in the past year, that you consider lightening my financial burden with a few of those dollars that are so popular with so many people now a days.But this year we took off running with our hair on fire Jan 1 when Pharma fired a starting pistol and sent everyone racing after our vaccine exemptions, and all other life kinda halted.  Including the other paid work I usually do.So now it is June and the coffers are dry and the bank is still insisting that we pay the…
  • Julie Stikes It Rich!

    Ginger Taylor
    25 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GOOD FRIEND JULIE GERBERDING!She is officially a Merck Millionaire, and it only cost her the health and neurologicial functioning of at least 2% of our population!!!"Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) EVP Julie L. Gerberding sold 38,368 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.99, for a total transaction of $2,340,064.32. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 31,985 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,950,765.15. "
  • DON'T DO IT, ALICE!!! GO BACK TO THE GARDEN PARTY!

    Ginger Taylor
    2 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Any artists out there? I need a picture of Alice after being in Wonderland for about a decade. Fat, bitter, barely sane, cigar in one hand as she pours whisky into a tea cup with the other.
  • Dear Susan...

    Ginger Taylor
    1 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    I am offically loosing it. I just vented at one of my mom's oldest friends. Known her since I was in 7th grade. Love her... she is a good woman who has endured great hardship with admirable grace and faith in God.Long story short..Mom: "Susan just had a grandbaby, send vaccine info"Me: "Sending basic Hep B birth series info."Susan: "Polio is bad."Me: "Susan, take this seriously, you are pissing me off."Susan, "I don't know why you are offended. I know how hard you work on autism awareness."And then I lost my shit. A decade of watching baby after baby after baby after baby fall... and not…
  • 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…
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    Squidalicious

  • Today: The 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    [Image: Dark blue square with an image of the UN headquartersin the background, white text superimposed, reading: "United Nations: 70 Years Promoting Peace and Progress #UN70" followed by the United Nations Foundation logo]I am thrilled, delighted, and honored to be on my way to City Hall in San Francisco right now, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, along with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and SF's own Mayor Ed Lee. And I am more than a little bit bowled over to be one of 70 invited Bay Area Digital…
  • Haircuts Both Miraculous and Useful

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:39 pm
    This is for posterity. Two haircut milestones.First: Witness what Leo's level of comfort and familiarity with our local hair salon and local stylists means: He, his sister Mali, and I all got our hair cut together. At the same time. When Leo was done his stylist handed him his iPad, and suggested he go sit in a chair and wait for me. Which ... Leo did. Patiently. Like the mature teen dude he is.[image: hair salon panorama: white tween girl with brown hair getting her hair cut by an Asian woman with long wavy dark brown hair; Asian woman with shoulder-length black hair cutting the hair of a…
  • Parents New to Autism: Don't Fall for Pseudoscience like DAN! or MAPS.

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    30 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    This is an edited-for-privacy version of an article I posted on an autism parenting board this morning, in response to a parent asking for advice about DAN! doctors.---- One of the loveliest features of this group is the opportunity for parents who are new to the world of disability and autism is to hear from parents with many years of experience -- so those new parents can avoid some of the mistakes we veterans unwittingly made.DAN! (or MAPS, or "biomedical" approaches to autism, doesn't really matter) is pseudoscience. That means it is poppycock but sounds "sciencey," so that parents who…
  • How Can Tech Benefit Autistic People? My Comments at IMFAR 2015's ASDtech panel

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    22 May 2015 | 5:02 pm
    One of the highlights of the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), for me, was being invited to speak on the panel for the ASDtech SIG (Special Interest Group). I've created a Storify compilation of the panel's highlights, but was also given the chance to opine on how tech can best benefit autistic people like (and unlike) my son. So I did, as you might imagine.Sue Fletcher-Watson of Edinburgh University organized the panel and moderated the discussion. My co-panelists were Ofer Golan of Bar-Ilan University and The Transporters; Dan Smith, President of Autism Speaks's…
  • Tools for IEP, High School Transition, and Future Planning Jitters

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Teens. They can nap. Who knew?[image: teen with short curly brown hairand beige skin sleeping face-down on a brown leather couch, in front of abank of windows filled with daylight.]Leo has a mustache. It's not shave-worthy, not yet -- but it's a mustache all the same. Which means my newly-deep-voiced son is officially a teen, and my lingering denial about him exiting boyhood needs to evaporate. Which means I really have to get serious about planning for his future as a teen, and also as an adult. Not just his personal life, but his school and post-school futures. It's daunting, and I'm…
 
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    合コンで役立つ恋愛テクニック☆気に入った相手をゲットしよう♪

  • 合コンでは目を見て笑う

    nmgd
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:31 pm
    それには笑顔が一番です 。笑顔は人間で一番相手にいい感情を与えます。 笑顔が嫌いだと言う人っているでしょうか。 笑顔は誰でも素敵なのです。 その人の一番素敵な顔が笑顔です。 だからこそ、笑顔を絶やさないことなのです。 それによって好感度がアップするのです。 そしてできれば相手の目を見て笑うようにしましょう。 また、現実に合コンではこの人ってどんな人だろう?っていう疑問の目で見ているわけです。…
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    Stimeyland

  • Disaster Strikes! Rain/Snake Edition

    Stimey
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:58 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
  • Disaster Strikes! Gerbil Edition

    Stimey
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • And the Happy Dance Was Danced All Around

    Stimey
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:12 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
  • Spike, We Will Miss You

    Stimey
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Houston, We Have a Long Overdue Vacation Recap

    Stimey
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:11 am
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
 
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • Dr. Glen Davies at Medicare for Autism Now! Rally June 27 2015

    H L Doherty
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:39 pm
     Dr. Glenn Davies at the Medicare for Autism Now! rally June 27 2015 discusses evidence in support of behavioural intervention in treating autism, the lack of autism coverage under Canadian Medicare compared to the US Medicaid state to state mandate and the example of Wisconsin which is far ahead of all Canadian jurisdictions in providing treatment for autism.
  • Conor After Another Seizure

    H L Doherty
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:04 pm
    . Conor has been on  a good run for the previous 7-10 days and today was pretty much the same until 6:15 this evening when we heard a loud thump uupstairs.  His mom ran upstairs and screamed for help when she saw him convulsing on the floor with thick fluids oozing out of his mouth.  We had to keep him on his side with his head away from any corners or hard objects.   This was Conor's 4th grand mal seizure since Christmas. Conor's convulsions did not appear to last too long compared to some previous seizures ..  approximately 2 minutes.  Stilll 2 minutes of…
  • Medicare for Autism NOW! Campaign Kick Off Today!

    H L Doherty
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    Vancouver, BC – Today, the Medicare for autism Now! Society (“MFAN”), a non-partisan, not-for-profit, all volunteer organization, announced the launch of its nation-wide One in 68 campaign. “We will be holding a Campaign Kick-off this Saturday, June 27th, at Douglas College, New Westminster, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm,” said MFAN director and campaign manager, Dr. Sherri Brown, “It will outline the rationale for our initiative and lay-out our action and advocacy agenda leading to the federal election on October 19th, less than four months away.”The…
  • Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

    H L Doherty
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007.Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy ScottFormer PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National Autism Strategy with Shawn Murphy presenting an unsuccessful provvate member's Bill C-304,  to include autism treatment in medicare coverage and then Fredericton MP Andy Scott working with Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer to intoduce a National Autism Strategy bill which was passed…
  • U of Washington news: Early Start Denver Model Intervention Improves Long-term Outcomes for Children with Autism

    H L Doherty
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Early intervention improves long-term outcomes for children with autism  Early intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder helps improve their intellectual ability and reduces autism symptoms years after originally getting treatment, a new study shows. The study is the first in more than 20 years to look at long-term outcomes after early intensive autism intervention.  The therapy began when children were 18 to 30 months of age and involved therapists and parents working with the toddlers in their homes for more than 15 hours each week for two years. The study will…
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    ASF Blog

  • The ASF undergraduate research fellowships help build autism researchers

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

    autismsciencefoundation
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    By Esther Jou One of the more radical changes to the autism classification within the DSM-5 was the elimination of the category “Asperger’s Disorder” and inclusion of those who would have met that criteria under the name “autism spectrum disorder”.  Some families of individuals with Asperger’s and those diagnosed with Asperger’s opposed this change for fear that being a member of the ‘autism’ group would force them to live with a more stigmatized label and subjugate them to further social and academic pressures.  In order to address whether this was the case, researchers…
  • MDMA is not a viable option for people with autism

    autismsciencefoundation
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Toxicity and regrowth of serotonergic neurons after a single dose of MDMA in monkeys The autism community is constantly bombarded with potential treatments, cures, and other claims for products that have no scientific evidence. Even worse, some of these products are known to be harmful and there have been reports of deaths after such treatments, like chelation. Unfortunately, another one of these non-evidence-based, potentially-harmful compounds, has made its way into the mainstream media, potentially confusing families and individuals with autism about the promise or potential of such…
  • Scientists See Clues in Brains of Babies with Autism Before They are Diagnosed

    autismsciencefoundation
    11 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    By Jason Wolff, PhD The corpus callosum is by far the largest white matter connection in the brain. We now have a great deal of evidence suggesting that connectivity is disrupted in autism. So when we think about connectivity across brain regions, the corpus callosum is an obvious target. There is a steady trend in the literature — dating back nearly two decades — suggesting that autism is associated with a smaller corpus callosum. It’s an important and fairly consistent finding. If over a dozen studies have found a smaller corpus callosum in adults and older children with…
  • A Rapidly Moving Field: Recent Findings in Infant and Toddler Interventions for ASD

    autismsciencefoundation
    7 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    By Jessica Bradshaw As an Autism Science Foundation predoctoral fellow, I had the privilege of pursuing the answers to fascinating questions about the development of autism spectrum disorder in the first year of life. My research on very early interventions to encourage the development of pivotal social-communicative behaviors led me to questions of outcome measurement. How are we measuring such a complex system of behavior in young infants? How do we know if the intervention is working? How do we even know whether to intervene in the first place? How can we modify already well-established…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Pick of the Week: Visual Task Completion Schedules

    Different Roads to Learning
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    Keep students on track with these handy visual task completion schedules! This week, you can save 15%* on the Task Completion Schedule and the Flip When Finished Schedule. Just enter promo code SCHED15 at check-out to redeem your savings! The Task Completion Schedule features clear “X” symbols to show a task has been completed. Simply take one of the Velcro “X” symbols and place it over the image of a task to show that it is completed. This black loop schedule also comes with a removable pocket to hold the 6 finished symbols, which have hook fasteners on their ends to…
  • Pick of the Week: Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks

    Different Roads to Learning
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    Explore the animal kingdom and develop spatial motor skills with these delightful and durable Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks! From a tiny sea horse to a great big elephant, discover charming animals from four animal habitats. This week only, you can save 15%* on the Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks with promo code WANB15 at check-out! With all 8 blocks stacked, they tower almost 3 feet tall. These Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks are great for practicing patterns and sequencing skills in very young learners. Don’t forget to use mention or apply promo code WANB15 at check-out to redeem your…
  • Tip of the Week: Improving Behavior for the Whole Class

    Different Roads to Learning
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Often, we focus on how to improve the behavior of an individual, but there are many times in which teachers must figure out a way to improve the behavior of the entire class. In ABA, we might implement a group contingency, a strategy in which reinforcement for the whole group is based upon the behavior of one or more people within the group meeting a performance criterion (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007). Group contingencies can be especially beneficial for teachers because it may not always be possible to implement a contingency for an individual or there may be several students who need…
  • Pick of the Week: More What’s Wrong? ColorCards – Develop skills in problem-solving, storytelling, and more!

    Different Roads to Learning
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    Help students develop skills in observation, deduction, problem solving, anticipation, storytelling, insight, and more with the More What’s Wrong? ColorCards. This set of 36 photographic cards shows a range of activities and situations with incorrect, unusual, or unexpected elements to identify and discuss, and even induce a few chuckles! Save 15%* this week on the More What’s Wrong? ColorCards by applying promo code WHATSWRONG at check-out! The open-ended nature of the problems posed also enables different levels of application ranging from single identification of what’s…
  • Registration Open for the Ethics in Professional Practice Conference 2015

    Different Roads to Learning
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Presented by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Van Loan School at Endicott College, MA, the 3rd Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015. Register for your spot now for a great opportunity to hear leaders in the fields of Psychology, Business, Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Speakers include R. Wayne Fuqua, PhD, BCBA-D, Michael F. Dorsey, PhD, BCBA-D and Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D. For more information, visit the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies event page.
 
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • TWAP012: Here Are 3 Valuable Sensory Processing Tips You Need To Know

    Stephen Borgman
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    ToolKits, Diets, Activities, and More Sensory Processing Disorder Metaphors Imagine driving a car that isn’t working well. When you step on the gas the car sometimes lurches forward and sometimes doesn’t respond. When you blow the horn it sounds blaring. The brakes sometimes slow the car, but not always. The blinkers work occasionally, the steering is erratic, and the speedometer is inaccurate. You are engaged in a constant struggle to keep the car on the road, and it is difficult to concentrate on anything else.  Stanley Greenspan. Mr. Greenspan well describes what it’s…
  • 4 Reasons You Need To Understand Sensory Processing Disorder

    Stephen Borgman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Plus Sensory Tips to Make Your Life Easier Whitney Cummings, the writer and producer for the show, Two Broke Girls, realized she was in trouble when she came down with a rare sickness. At the time, she was writing and producing her own NBC sitcom, working on the Two Broke Girls, and hosting her own talk show! She was also in charge of managing almost 600 employees. But she struggled with delegating and supervising others, hated to fire people, and had a hard time giving direct feedback. When her doctor told her she was killing herself with overwork, people pleasing, and exhaustion, she went…
  • I Want To Know How To Save My Marriage

    Stephen Borgman
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are 100 divorces in the US every hour. And you feel like your marriage may end up as one of those 100 divorces. There’s no joy in your marriage.Physical intimacy has fled.Instead of talking, you yell.Or, worse, you ignore each other as mountains of hurt and regret pile up. “I want to know how to save my marriage!” so many people think.  But how? Can You Beat the Odds? David Finch married one of his best high school friends, Kristin.Theirs was a storybook romance.Five years later, they weren’t talking to each other.Rather, they were yelling at or ignoring each other for…
  • What Is Cyberbullying, And What Can You Do About It?

    Stephen Borgman
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Parenting Tips to Help Your Aspergers Child or Teen The advent of the internet has been an incredible boon for kids and teen with Asperger’s – it’s a place where they can go where they want, communicate at their own pace, and enjoy time away from the stresses of their normal life. Unfortunately, it’s also a place where bullies can reach them – especially those from the child’s school, who often deliberately seek out vulnerable teens online to harass them. What Is Cyberbullying: What’s Going On? People with Asperger’s often have great difficulty with understanding…
  • TWAP010: Need to Know How To Find True Love?

    Stephen Borgman
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dr. Duana Welch Shares Dating Strategies from Love Factually Bella was dating a Catholic man. Duana, her friend, advised her against it. “Bella, you’re an Atheist, and he’s a Catholic. He’s not going to settle down with someone who’s not Christian.” Bella dismissed Duana. “Can’t a girl have a little fun?” Four years later, the relationship ended in heartache. Her boyfriend told her he couldn’t date someone with a different set of beliefs. If you need to know how to find true love, it sure helps to have a trusted guide. Bonus: Get The List to Guide Your Dating Duana,…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • An Online Romance, Part Two

    Devon Alley
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking...(read more)
  • An Online Romance

    Devon Alley
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:12 am
    One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking...(read more)
  • Maturity and Optimism

    Devon Alley
    11 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    This past week was a rough one. I was working long hours each day, and A. was having a crisis at her school. One of her good friends, E., stopped having anything to do with her. I'm still not sure what happened. As much as I can gather, other students...(read more)
  • Her Podcast Debut

    Devon Alley
    4 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    Recently, A. was a guest for my friend Elle’s podcast: Into It. True to the overall theme, this episode focused on one of A.’s very favorite subjects: Pokemon. I’ve mentioned Elle on this podcast before. A. is her goddaughter, and she’s been a close friend...(read more)
  • Just Like Me

    Devon Alley
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    You know how they always say that, when your children grow up into teenagers, they will be just like you? I must confess, when it comes to A., this is absolutely true. I'm blessed in a way, because I happened to be a very well-behaved teenager. I minded...(read more)
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    We Go With Him

  • Last Day of 12th Grade

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

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

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

    Kristina Chew
    8 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    We seem to be heralding Charlie's turning 18 next week by familiarizing ourselves (working through voice mail trees, sitting in beige-themed agency waiting rooms, realizing...
  • 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...
 
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • Helping you understand Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

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

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

    Stuart Duncan
    27 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Since starting Autcraft, I’ve talked to a lot of depressed autistics, mostly children. Many of them were suicidal. This is not something I recommend for most people to ever try. It is a very heavy burden that can weigh heavy on your heart after a while. I find that this happens a lot for me because I am the ideal candidate for this to happen to. I’m an autistic adult who’s still a kid at heart and once was a depressed autistic kid just like them. To say that I can relate is a massive understatement. For those of you that watch The Flash, the new television series about the…
  • Children with autism that do well are rewarded with cut backs

    Stuart Duncan
    14 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    An autism parent recently contacted me to ask if I knew of any high schools with special autism programs because she feels that she may be pulling her children out of the school that they’re currently in. Why? Because her son, whom is getting grades of around 80%, is at risk of losing his EA (education assistant) as well as the aides that help him to get his work done, such as a keyboard since he can’t write. Why are they taking these things away from him? Because he’s getting good grades. Why is he getting good grades? Because he has these things. A similar…
  • 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…
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    Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective

  • Ryan’s Legend by L. F. Young Is Great Young Adult Fantasy

    Carl Bainbridge
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Ryan’s Legend by L.F. Young Many many years ago… when his kids were small,  a plumber by the name of L.F. Young wanted something unique to read to his kids at bedtime.  So using his imagination and a little bit of ingenuity he created a story that he personalized just for his kids.   With a little prodding […] The post Ryan’s Legend by L. F. Young Is Great Young Adult Fantasy appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests

    Carl Bainbridge
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Join The Quest That Everypony Must Take: To Find Their Own Cutie Mark! Come and Join Twilight Sparkle and her best friends as they use their special talents and the magic of friendship to keep Ponyland safe and fun. The DVD includes five heartwarming episodes from the shows latest season that we know your little princess (or prince) […] The post My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Kinder And National Trail Day

    Carl Bainbridge
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    National Trail Day was on June 5th this year and interestingly enough it was also the day my youngest had off school because all Kindergarteners in her school had the day off to allow next years kindergarteners to come in to meet the teachers etc. Now my wife and I have been daily (weather permitting) […] The post Kinder And National Trail Day appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Sailun Car Clinic Was An Educational And Fun Experience

    Carl Bainbridge
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
      Sailun Tires has actually gone a step beyond what most tire companies have done in the past.  They developed a car care clinic that was designed to teach women who do not often do much of their own work on vehicles, and it is even open to men too.  The purpose behind the clinics is to […] The post Sailun Car Clinic Was An Educational And Fun Experience appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Bachman Academy Improves On Learning Differences

    Carl Bainbridge
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:53 pm
    One of the biggest challenges that I face as a parent of a non verbal, classically autistic son is making sure that he gets the proper education that will give him the best shot at having the ability to function semi autonomously as he reaches adulthood.  So it is always good to see a school […] The post Bachman Academy Improves On Learning Differences appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
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    Autism Lighthouse

  • DAVID VS. GOLIATH IN AN IEP (HINT: DAVID WON)

    Connie Howse
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    When Scott has a firm goal, he can be a bulldog, as you will soon learn….. “When I went to high school, I was late out of the starting gate. Because I didn’t talk until I was six years old, I didn’t start high school until I was sixteen. I was in a combination regular/special...    Read More...The post DAVID VS. GOLIATH IN AN IEP (HINT: DAVID WON) appeared first on Autism Lighthouse.
 
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    Speaking In Grace...

  • The Practical Special Needs Mom Survival Guide

    Speaking in Grace
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    ShareI am just going to cut to the chase and jump right in here with my guide. Because, we both know that your time is limited and your attention span is fleeting at best…or maybe that’s just me?   As special needs moms, as parents…we frequently find ourselves frazzled, scattered and well quite honestly…tired. Often when we are in this scattered, frazzled and tired state we don’t necessarily make our best decisions. So pour yourself a cup of coffee,  and glance over this Lilliputianesque list  (that may or may not keep a few of you busy).  My hope…
  • The Things We Have Fought, and Will Fight

    Speaking in Grace
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:48 am
    Share* A version of this post appeared on this site in October 2014. Sometimes you just have to fight. Remembering Why We Fight, ultimately leads to reflection on what we have fought. The truth is, I have never thought of Autism as something we have to fight, or needed to fight. I also don’t think of it as something Cooper is fighting. I know that some look at it that way…and that is valid, not that anyone needs me to validate their feelings or give my approval. This is simply,  just how I look at it. As parents, we are as unique as our children. Our thoughts, feelings,…
  • To Speak…or Not to Speak?

    Speaking in Grace
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    ShareTo speak…or…not to speak? I am beginning to  believe that may truly be the question. The posts, the articles and lists are endless. Four, Five, Seven, Nine, Ten…even Fifteen…”Things You Should Not Say to Special Needs Parents”. Google it, they are not hard to find, they are trendy and plentiful. Granted many of the lists overlap, but still they are there. Enumerated verbal offenses, typed up neat and tidy ready for consumption, ready to be taken to heart. They are well written, the pain of the words and offenses experienced is real and tangible. As a…
  • The People

    Speaking in Grace
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    ShareIt really is the people. I mean, they are the best part. Sometimes though, they are the worst part… But mostly, I think… when I look around me… when I see them… or when I read their words… I am thankful… I am appreciative. They are real and they are unique. Uniqueness…the thing that makes our world, our lives, our families and ourselves…interesting. It is seeing and reading and understanding… that uniqueness, it has purpose. God created, God designed purpose. I may not understand it, you may not understand it, they may not understand…
  • Growing up With Autism in our Home

    Speaking in Grace
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:13 am
    Share*This post originally appeared on October 5th, 2014. I ran across it on Pinterest and was intrigued by the original “Life is Messy” title. Sometimes I am still in awe of the life we have found ourselves in… the good, the bad, the difficult and the joyous…the fun and the messy…everything that has been carefully woven together to create our family and our lives…  I was in the laundry room yesterday morning, when I overheard just a portion of a very interesting conversation… Our youngest two (9 year old twins), were sitting at the bar in the…
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    Autism Daily Newscast

  • The summer holidays are looming upon us

    Jo Worgan
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I know that for many parents with children on the autism spectrum, that the summer holidays can be a stressful time. This is due to all of the changes that take place, and a lack of routine resulting in heightened anxiety. School is a set routine for most of the year (Christmas is always fun) […] The post The summer holidays are looming upon us appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Max – acting wasn’t the best

    Maymay
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Film and television reviews by our resident autistic film critic Maymay. A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain […] The post Max – acting wasn’t the best appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • FDA to focus on autism as part of its Patient-Focused Drug Development program

    News In Brief
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    US – Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released last week a list of conditions that it is planning to assess in the next two years. This will be part of the Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) program. What the PFDD does is that it asks asks patients about their specific disease or condition, how they  assess […] The post FDA to focus on autism as part of its Patient-Focused Drug Development program appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • State of Illinois will not be promoting Miracle Mineral Solution – w/video

    News In Brief
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Illinois – This week NBC 5 news reported that the state of Illinois will not be promoting, Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) that claims to ‘cure’ autism. We have extensively reported on this story, and our latest reports can be read here. Update – Seller of MMS that claims to ‘purge’ autism exposed and Update – Trading […] The post State of Illinois will not be promoting Miracle Mineral Solution – w/video appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Teenage girl with autism dies from heart attack following months of chronic constipation

    ADN
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    St Austell, Cornwall, UK – This week an inquest heard that a teenage girl with autism sadly died from a heart attack that was caused by chronic constipation. The sixteen-year-old girl had gone three months without having a bowel movement. Emily Titterington collapsed at her home in the early hours of February 8, 2013. Paramedics […] The post Teenage girl with autism dies from heart attack following months of chronic constipation appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
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  • Certified to Practice Hate Speech

    Curmudgeon Ace
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Can you detect who is certified to practice hate speech? Aspies can, especially if they’re a victim of certain Certified Autism Specialists. Even ‘specialists’ with the added label of Reverend are not immune from fueling neurotypicals full of hate towards Aspies. It’s not beneath them to do this even if they have a child and/or […]
  • Aspie Logic on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

    Curmudgeon Ace
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The Dunning-Kruger Effect is the finding that the poorest performers are the least aware of their own incompetence. Aspie logic concludes the incompetent cannot be competent enough to know they’re incompetent. Philosopher Bertrand Russell said, “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any […]
  • Public Speaking and Job Interviews Involving Aspergers

    Curmudgeon Ace
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Public Speaking and Job Interviews Involving Aspergers explains issues I face as an Aspie with people in general. It tells why it isn’t as difficult for me to speak publicly about a topic I’m passionate and knowledgeable about, but it’s almost impossible if it’s a topic that I have reservations with being an expert on. It […]
  • The Cracks in Broken Mirror Neurons

    Curmudgeon Ace
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The cracks in broken mirror neurons are subtle but worth splitting apart. Is the theory of ‘broken’ mirror neurons in Aspies sensible or illogical? This post will examine this topic in greater detail. I will attempt to express why I think the conclusions about mirror neurons and empathy are not in the correct order in […]
  • The Catch-22 Heartbreak for Non-Christian Aspies

    Curmudgeon Ace
    6 Aug 2013 | 7:22 pm
    It’s natural for most adult Aspies to be emotionally guarded. It’s also natural for the non-emotionally guarded population to give advice on how to overcome this barrier and improve self-esteem. The advice isn’t anything Aspies haven’t figured out. In fact, Aspies tend to be experts on judging what’s risky when it comes to socializing and […]
 
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    Autism Parenting Magazine

  • Amber’s Alert – A Short Story

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    Amber is a beautiful young girl whose life is in constant turmoil and yet, to the outside world, she maintains a healthy outlook on what she has been given.  Even at the age of eight she realizes that she will never have most of the advantages bestowed on other children and this sense of loss echoes repeatedly in the emotional caverns of her mind.  Over and over again she tries to express her feelings to all around her so that they can understand how deeply she feels the loss of their interaction. Her days are spent mostly in a self-contained prison that she did not create,does not deserve…
  • Shed the Stress: Seven Ways To ‘Spring Clean’ Your Life

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The time for spring cleaning is finally here, and while you’re spending time de-cluttering and clearing away the cobwebs in your house, you may find that it’s time to give your life a little spring cleaning, too. With all the pressures of work, a home, and a special needs child, you might feel that your life has become more of a jumble of responsibilities and tasks than anything else.  You’re bogged down, stressed-out, and overworked, but with a few simple tweaks you can improve and reenergize your life and get it back on track.  All you have to do is follow these seven easy steps:…
  • Making Waves: Surfers for Autism

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Immediately, I notice a problem. The surfboard I picked out for Lucas seems to be too small for his height. But as I’m about to find out, he’s a pro in these situations. He plops onto the bright green surfboard, and I, along with another volunteer, push him out about 15, 20 yards where the waves are breaking. Today is a typical South Florida April day: warm weather, warm water, no clouds in the sky. And there’s a choppy knee, perhaps waist high wave rolling in every few seconds near the Deerfield Beach pier where thousands of us are gathered in the name of autism. As we wade deeper and…
  • Tips on How to Improve the Health and Happiness of Our Children on the Spectrum

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Addressing and treating the underlying pathologies of ADHD and autism can lead to marked improvements – without the side-effects of medication… Our children are often hyper, moody, anti-social, anxious, sleepless and unfocused. Traditionally, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed by psychotherapists such as myself, psychologists, and psychiatrists, who recommend traditional therapy and medications to address neurological symptoms. Parents are told that their child’s diagnosis is complex and multifactorial in nature; a result of genetic, psychological and others factors widely…
  • The Calming Effects of Essential Oils

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    More and more we are hearing about essential oils and the benefits of using them. Some time ago, I rememberreading a thread in a private autism parents group. The gist wasdivided; half were for essential oils, half thought it wasjust another waste of time. Some parents even had the misconceptionthat people were touting essential oils can “cure” autism. Let me start by saying, I don’t seek a cure for my son, or for myself for that matter. That being said, autismcan make life hard. So just as we have our children in therapies to help them succeed, why not try a natural oil…
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    Sort of Special

  • Vacation!

    Dave
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Since some people do actually appear to be reading this stuff, I just wanted to let you know that I am on vacation right now and might not be able to post as often. I will try to write one or two, though. I’ll get back to the regular once-a-day-ish schedule in about a week. Additionally, I have decided to remove the ads from the site, as I don’t think they look good, I hate websites with a lot of ads myself, and I don’t expect them to really make any money anyway. So if they were bothering you like they were me, good news! And lastly, if you have been reading, thanks! It…
  • Book Review: The Journal of Best Practices

    Dave
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I don’t read as often as I used to. When I was younger, I read every chance I could get. Goosebumps, Animorphs, Star Wars extended universe novels, anything I could get my hands on. These days, I tend to read more Wikipedia articles than anything else, but I still manage to squeeze in a book every now and then. And when I began to suspect I might be autistic, I naturally grabbed a few books on the subject. One of my favorites has been The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch. Finch, like me, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 30, after difficulties in his marriage…
  • Communication Breakdown

    Dave
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:14 pm
    To be nearly 30 years old and need an explanation of how to strike up a conversation with your wife is a slightly humbling and more-than-slightly embarrassing experience. Sitting in my therapist’s office, staring at nothing and fidgeting, I found myself on the receiving end of just such an explanation. 11 years after first meeting my wife, I was ready to admit that I had no idea how to talk to her; not about anything that actually mattered, anyway. It isn’t just her, of course. I can’t really talk to anybody. But of all the people in my life, she should be the exception. With…
  • Getting Organized

    Dave
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    I am a hot mess. I don’t say that lightly, either. For someone with a condition that supposedly lends itself to routines and structure, I am all over the place. It’s cliche, but if my head wasn’t attached to my shoulders it would be very, very lost. My research has told me that people with autism can often have trouble with “executive functioning,” which is basically the ability to keep track of your head and make doing so a priority. In other words, my brain, who is supposed to be the Chief Executive Officer of this company called Dave, can’t get his shit…
  • Tragedy in Charleston

    Dave
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:32 am
    My wife is from Charleston, SC, and I spent my high school years there. We visit often. Charleston is a part of our lives. Needless to say, the news last night that a mass shooting had occurred at a church in downtown Charleston deeply saddened us both. It sucks when people die, but when it is in such a senseless manner it makes it that much worse. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. I can’t imagine what they must be going through.
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