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  • Valentine’s Day for the Literal Mind

    Whitterer on Autism
    Madeline
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:43 pm
  • Families

    How Life Changes
    V.
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    It’s often tempting to see patients in isolation — as individuals with histories, current admission goals and priorities, challenges, etc. — but inevitably patients are just as much extensions of their family systems as they are unique people with problems to solve. Family members help, and they hinder, and they almost always have their own, very prominent goals.  “Don’t give him/her any pain medication.  She/he has addictive tendencies.” “Make sure he walks, he’s a big baby and we need to push him along.”  “Tell her that her…
  • An evolutionary approach reveals new clues toward understanding the roots of schizophrenia

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Is mental illness simply the evolutionary toll humans have to pay in return for our unique and superior cognitive abilities when compared to all other species?
  • Why Are We Still Injecting Mercury Into Pregnant Women and Infants?

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:42 am
    By Dr. William H. Gaunt Thimerosal (50% ethyl mercury) was removed from most pediatric vaccines in 1999-2004 but still remains in the multidose flu vaccine which is given to pregnant women and infants. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin which causes...
  • Adults wtih disabilities screened for cancer less often

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are much less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer, research shows. "As individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live longer, their risk of developing chronic conditions like cancer increases. Suboptimal screening may contribute to a greater cancer burden in this population," says one researcher.
 
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    AGE OF AUTISM

  • Why Are We Still Injecting Mercury Into Pregnant Women and Infants?

    Age of Autism
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:42 am
    By Dr. William H. Gaunt Thimerosal (50% ethyl mercury) was removed from most pediatric vaccines in 1999-2004 but still remains in the multidose flu vaccine which is given to pregnant women and infants. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin which causes...
  • Dachel Media Update: Dr. Boyd Haley Refutes Dr. Paul Offit's Vaccine Science

    Age of Autism
    26 Feb 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. Please view and share this...
  • In Perspective: Measles 2015

    Age of Autism
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:47 am
    Note: Excerpted with permission from Vaccination News. Thank you Dr. Yazbak for your continued service to our children: F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP Fifty-one measles cases reported between December 28, 2014 and January 21, 2015 effectively started a nationwide contrived...
  • CT Action Alert: Rep Ritter Seeks To Limit Religious Rights RE Vaccination

    Age of Autism
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:45 am
    NOTE: I spoke with a helpful staff member who indicated that Rep. Ritter has received many calls about this bill. She said that we in the Nutmeg state should email our concerns to him at matthew.ritter@cga.ct.gov. KIM Connecticut State Representative...
  • Dachel Media Update: Boy with Autism Beaten

    Age of Autism
    25 Feb 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. Feb 24, 2015, Fox 13...
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    Autism News -- ScienceDaily

  • Adults wtih disabilities screened for cancer less often

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are much less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer, research shows. "As individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live longer, their risk of developing chronic conditions like cancer increases. Suboptimal screening may contribute to a greater cancer burden in this population," says one researcher.
  • Why debunked autism treatment fads persist

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The communication struggles of children with autism spectrum disorder can drive parents and educators to try anything to understand their thoughts, needs and wants. Authors describe a litany of treatments for autism that have been attempted with little or no success over the years, including gluten- and casein-free diets, antifungal interventions, chelation therapy, magnetic shoe inserts, hyperbaric oxygen sessions, weighted vests, bleach enemas, sheep-stem-cell injections and many more.
  • Neurons that help predict what another individual will do identified

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    Investigators have discovered two groups of neurons that play key roles in social interactions between primates -- one that is activated when deciding whether to cooperate with another individual and another group involved in predicting what the other will do.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin, affecting behavior and psychiatric disorders

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper, serotonin is explained as the possible missing link tying together why vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids might ameliorate the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders.
  • Unique emotion recognition treatment leads to significant improvement in children with high-functioning autism

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    A unique emotion recognition treatment has been found highly effective for children with high-functioning autism. Children in the treatment group demonstrated significantly improved emotion-recognition skills and lower parent ratings of autism symptoms.
 
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    Reports from a Resident Alien

  • 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…
  • After the Happy Ending

    Lisa D.
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    This entry contains spoilers for Disney's Tangled.So what happens to Rapunzel after she gets her happy ending? She's out of the tower where she's spent her whole life. Mother Gothel is long-overdue dead and dusted. She finally gets to meet people. She gets to have her birth family. She finds out she's royalty. The guy she loves just proved how much he loved her. What could be better? Roll credits.... right?But things aren't so rosy for the princess, are they? She's a sheltered child who's just been thrust into the monarchy. Her entire life, she's had parenting…
  • We're All a Little Autistic

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Six phrases and questions likely to confuse people with Asperger’s.

    RobertLovesPi
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Throughout this post, I will refer to people with Asperger’s as “Aspies.” This is not considered a derogatory term; it’s simply how we refer to ourselves. First, we are not stupid. We also are not trying to be difficult when we say we don’t understand you. We don’t have a disease, and the vast majority of us would refuse a “cure,” if one were discovered, for such a development would be seen by many of us, myself included, as an attempt to commit genocide. Like other groups of people, we want to stay alive, as individuals, and as a culture. We are, however, different from most…
  • What’s MSSNG in #Autism? – By John Elder Robison

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

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

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

  • Comment on: Examination of the Safety of Pediatric Vaccine Schedules in a Non-Human Primate Model: Assessments of Neurodevelopment, Learning, and Social Behavior.

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:40 pm
    There is a common myth one hears from one group of autism parents: there is no research on autism and vaccines being performed. Usually this is combined with the insinuation that the government is scared of vaccine/autism research. The claims are often made by people who should (and likely do) know better. One of the few places one can find a discussion of the ongoing vaccine/autism work is here at Left Brain/Right Brain. In a post last year I address the question of Why won’t the government fund vaccine/autism research?, which was really a post about how there is work being funded. In case…
  • Andrew Wakefield discusses “his war with vaccines”

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For many years Andrew Wakefield put forth the image of the reasonable scientist who has been persecuted for merely asking questions about vaccines. Over the past year, that image has been fading as Mr. Wakefield has taken a more direct approach to criticizing vaccines and those involved with vaccines. His video claiming the CDC were involved in a “Tuskegee” like experiment and were worse than Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot was an epic departure from his previous restraint. His latest interview, while not quite in the epic stature of the “Hitler et al.” video comments, is…
  • National Geographic, “The War on Science”, includes discussion of vaccines and autism

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    I just got my copy of the March 2015 issue of National Geographic a couple of days ago. Imagine my reaction when I saw this cover (click to enlarge): In case you are having trouble imagining my reaction–it includes a big THANK YOU to National Geographic. Yes, they put “vaccinations can lead to autism” up there with “evolution never happened” and “the moon landing was fake”. This paragraph includes references to Jenny McCarthy (anti-vaccine activist and actress Jenny McCarthy) and Andrew Wakefield’s Lancet article. Doubting science also has…
  • Yes, the video “who killed Alex Spourdalakis” video whitewashes a murder

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Consider this review of Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis on Examiner.com. The review is bad. Really bad. But it shows that at least some of the people watching this video are coming away with the idea that the primary fault for the murder does not lie with those who committed the act. In fact, even the murder itself is downplayed. Don’t believe me? Check out this paragraph: Alex Spourdalakis had two extremely devoted caregivers who would literally do anything to relieve the problems that he dealt with. He was a normal, happy baby until 18 months. Dorothy, Alex’s mother, and Yolanda Agata…
  • Movie review: Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Alex Spourdalakis was an autistic youth. An autistic youth who faced the sort of crisis we all hope never happens. And that is even before he was killed by his mother and godmother. Much of the last year of his life was spent in a search for a way to treat his sleep disturbance and aggression, with his mother concluding at one point that these stemmed from gastrointestinal disease (she would later decide that lyme disease was at play), a conclusion which apparently put her and her advocates at odds with some of Alex’s doctors some of whom proposed a psychiatric approach. His hospital…
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    Susan's Blog

  • Important Workshop, Framingham, Massachusetts

    Susan Senator
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) will present a full day workshop on housing on Saturday, March 28th, at Advocates, 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and work! The goal is to end the day with an idea of what benefits your family member may be eligible for, what you can afford, and what models might be applicable to your situation. We will be completing questionnaires and worksheets, as well as Section 8 applications. You will not need to share this information with anyone; it is for your own personal use. Attendance will be capped at 15 participants. While…
  • Life College Director Job Posting: 3L Place

    Susan Senator
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:42 pm
    My friend Deborah Flaschen founded 3LPlace, a whole new concept in post 22 living, located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Their slogan is: Learning, Living, Linking Adults with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities 3L is booming with success and growth! They are now ready to hire a Director for the Life College. Here is the description of 3L and the job offering: 3LPLACE LIFE COLLEGE DIRECTOR – JOB POSTING Somerville, MA 3LPlace is a dynamic, model community for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities designed to empower them to live fruitful, engaged, and supported…
  • Vaccines Save Lives

    Susan Senator
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Here is my piece for NPR’s WBUR/Cognoscenti column, about vaccines and autism. I tried to take a nuanced and reasoned approach. I ain’t no troll. But truly: vaccines save lives.
  • Vaccination and Autism

    Susan Senator
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I’m going to be live on NECN New England Cable Network News at 6pm EST Monday February 9. It streams at necn.com as well. The topic is the safety of vaccine. I am absolutely in favor of people getting vaccinated. It saves lives. It does not cause autism. In every medical intervention, there is never 100% good response. There is always risk. But the risk of spreading measles and destroying herd immunity is definite. Autism is hard, death by disease is far worse.
  • Nat’s longest conversation

    Susan Senator
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    …was on Facebook with his Aunt Laura. Here is the transcript, I copied it from his Facebook Messenger page: (Laura): Hi Nat, I’m at work. What are you doing today? (Nat): basket ball (Laura): have fun!  Are you going to jplicks? (Nat): ice cream hare (Laura): Oh great! (Nat): good (Laura): what are you doing tomorrow? (Nat): dad jplcks drive jpliks (Laura): I knew you would go there!  Why can’t you walk? (Nat): snow (Laura): Oh of course.  What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? (Nat): chlket (Laura): How is John? (Nat): good (Laura): Do you still like the apartment?
 
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    Look Me In The Eye

  • 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…
  • What’s MSSNG in #Autism?

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

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

  • Shock to the heart

    V.
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    On Saturday, I floated from my regular post-op cardiac surgery unit to labor and delivery, where a 28 week pregnant woman had come in for an irregular heart rhythm. The patient had her own L&D nurse, as well as myself. The purpose of my assignment was to monitor and document her rhythm, and take vital signs every fifteen minutes.  As I got report from the previous nurse, I quickly realized that this patient’s irregular rhythm was not something that would resolve easily.  Her heart rate ran between 150 and 180 beats per minute and the typical medications used to slow the…
  • Nursing 101: Keep it to Yourself

    V.
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    One of the biggest challenges of day to day nursing is seeing a bigger picture that the patient or the family can’t or won’t see, and trying to figure out how much of that information to communicate or hold back.  The obviously depressed post-op patient.  The terminal cancer patient.  The 80 year old who hasn’t been able to swallow since surgery and who now has a permanently placed feeding tube.  “When will he eat again?” the family asks, wanting you to have the answer. I remember asking these same questions when my son was in the hospital, or after we had…
  • Staffing by pizza

    V.
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    I floated to a different unit yesterday, one with a reputation for lousy staffing.  Rather than the typical “step down” ratio of three patients to one nurse, they often have four patients to one nurse, with multiple admissions and discharges.  This is also a unit where there are never enough supplies, and where there are often no nurse assistants or relief nurses to help. Sure enough, within an hour of my arrival I was given an additional patient to go along with my already heavy load:  two bed bound patients (one of whom could not move at all, one of whom was on continuous…
  • Cutting, pasting and throwing things away

    V.
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I’ve been struggling with this section of my novel for several weeks now, trying different voices and points of view and writing a ton of repetitive material as I spin my wheels towards the end. I’m not in a rush but I’m not very happy with the churn either. Today I saw the pages from last week and did what needed to be done:  ripped some from the notebook, rearranged others, forced myself to move forward (out of the damn driveway where these characters had spent ten pages, literally, in reminiscence) and into the foyer. I’m one of those patiently impatient writers,…
  • Families

    V.
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    It’s often tempting to see patients in isolation — as individuals with histories, current admission goals and priorities, challenges, etc. — but inevitably patients are just as much extensions of their family systems as they are unique people with problems to solve. Family members help, and they hinder, and they almost always have their own, very prominent goals.  “Don’t give him/her any pain medication.  She/he has addictive tendencies.” “Make sure he walks, he’s a big baby and we need to push him along.”  “Tell her that her…
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  • Vaccine Advocates: Don't Discriminate Against My Autistic Son

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Image: a fully vaccinated autistic teen boy running towards the camerain a bright orange sandstone canyonPublic opinion has turned, sharply and loudly, in favor of supporting vaccines. Yay! It took an outbreak of measles at Disneyland for it to happen. Boo! (Your grandmother might have survived her measles, but for others it can be fatal.)But even though formerly wishy washy types are now joining the previously silent pro-vaccine majority in getting righteously riled about the very real harm from anti-vaccine rhetoric, there's still one part of the argument that needs to change. That I'm…
  • Sir Patrick Stewart on KQED Forum

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If you have not heard KQED Forum's interview with Patrick Stewart, you're missing out. Lots of bon mots, wisdom shared, and life long learning conveyed -- as was the role understanding can play in forgiveness. Very touching and funny as hell.Also: Sir Patrick and KQED's Joshua Johnson goofed around a bit in the Forum green room, and it was caught on film. (If you look closely you can see what I wrote about Leo on the green room wall during the last time I was on Forum -- it's just to the left of the good Captain's head.) For those who might not know, my spouse works at the station in…
  • Malaise Managed

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    We are very, very lucky people. When my windshield started leaking and my car interior flooded, the shop that had replaced the windshield fixed the leak for free. We have had stormy storms for about a week now, so this was excellent news. As was the ability of the iPad geniuses to fix Leo's bricked iPad yesterday. As was the AT&T insurance policy folks' ability to replace Iz's bricked iPhone yesterday. As was the tire shop's ability to repair rather than replace the flat tire that nearly stranded me in San Francisco an hour before I'd needed to pick up Mali and her friends from school…
  • It's Giving Tuesday: Give a Shot@Life Today

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today is Giving Tuesday, an initiative to remind people that the holiday season is about giving, not just shopping.Ideally, Giving Tuesday is about supporting non-profit organizations. Organizations like Shot@Life, the UN Foundation's global vaccines initiative. An organization that, as a vocal vaccine advocate, I support wholeheartedly.I want to ask you to support Shot@Life today, too.Giving Tuesday is a great day for you to support Shot@Life, because you won't be alone. MAM USA, maker of unique baby products, is celebrating Giving Tuesday by pledging $25,000 to Shot@Life -- and then Bill…
  • Fourteen in '14

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Leo was born in 2000, so his birthday age will always match the year. Convenient, that, for those of us who take a few moments to remember our own age. Doesn't make it any less shocking that our boy is fourteen.This year, we focused on doing exactly what Leo wanted, especially on his actual birthday since it fell on a Sunday.He woke up happy, and immediately got happier upon being told "happy birthday!" [Image: Leo smiling, slightly blurry photoHead and shoulders only, orange t-shirt,white background featuring hanging plant]For his breakfast, he got those forbidden f***ing donuts. For…
 
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    Karianna

  • 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! ]]
  • 6 Tacos

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    After school and before gymnastics, my son and I went to a Mexican restaurant to grab some "to-go" food. I ordered six shrimp tacos for us to share. About eight minutes later, we received our tacos, and walked out to the car. Once inside, I discovered only three tacos in our container. My son and I froze for a moment: we were right on time for gymnastics, taking into consideration the time it would take to eat the tacos. We couldn't afford another eight minute (or so) wait. But we only had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It must be a New Year

    31 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Last night I had one of those stereotypical anxiety dreams: the college one. Per usual, it was an end-of-the-semester situation where I had somehow neglected to go to class all semester. How could I possibly receive passing marks? In this case, it was the intended penultimate semester of my college career, so I was trying to figure out how I could possibly schedule my final semester in such a way to make up for the sins of the current semester and graduate on time. But how? In my dream, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thinking of you.

    23 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    My youngest and I went to support some of his classmates in Peter Pan Jr. this evening. One of the fairies was played by a girl whose mom died this summer. At one point, the Lost Boys announce, "We want a mother!" and I happened to be looking at that one girl when the fairies echo, "Us too!" ... and I lost it. (Quietly.) It isn't my tragedy, and I know she'd be horrified if she knew that my heart broke on her behalf at that moment, but I just want to acknowledge that I hold her family in my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    ポイントなしで登録不要の無料出合い掲示板

  • 出逢いサイト無料登録無し結局その数字が信頼されている証です

    SDKKDDD
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    お付き合いになれるような、ちゃんとした真面目な出逢いが、インターネット上の出逢いサイトで見つかるのでしょうか?こんな「?」を持っているという方だって少なくないのではありませんか。 ハッピーメール及びワクワクメールにはありがたい「掲示板」という名前のシステムが設置されています。こういった仕組みは今後出逢いサイトを試すといった人や、それほど精通していない場合に有効な手段です。…
  • 女性自宅でできる仕事内職アクセサリー効率コツ

    SDKKDDD
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    よくある在宅ワークサイトとは言え、利用料0円なのはユーザー登録のみであり、利用する場合にはお金を請求されたというサイトも多いようですし、そこに意識が回らないと後悔することになります。 面倒なくいい人と出会うためには、ネットの家でできる仕事を使ってみるのがベストです。 とりわけ大規模な完全在宅ワークサイトっていうのは、利用者を多く抱えており、結局その数字が多くの人に支持されているという証明です。…
  • 検索セックス出逢いサイトを間違えずに選ぶという点だと言えるでしょう

    SDKKDDD
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    最近どんどん多くなっている出逢いサイトをやってみたいと思うのなら、標準的な出会いテクニックの幾つかを勉強しておきましょう。 こういったことっていうのは、不愉快なサクラの対処法としても使えますから、勉強しておくとメリットがあります。…
  • 無料体験ありのスタービーチさいと

    SDKKDDD
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    必ず様々なスタービーチを試してみるつもりならば、自分に合った素晴らしい女性を手に入れましょう。いい女を手に入れるスタービーチでの出会いテクニックの初歩に関してご案内しています。 例外を除いて信頼できるスタービーチの場合、「絶対シニア層、中高年層が利用できる掲示板サービスが準備されている」というところだって、心配せずに利用可能であるということの証しだと言えます。…
  • 札幌出会い援交交流イベント等では場の雰囲気を味わう心持ちをキープしておきましょう

    SDKKDDD
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:38 am
    実戦経験豊富なカリスマユーザーがお教えする、最先端の出会いテクニックをご覧に入れることができます。当方に表示されていることをやれるようになれば、あなたのゴールインは疑う余地なしです。 「いつもと同じ」の生活習慣、「いつもの日々と変化のない」状況を改善しなければ、素敵な出会いがないというトンネルから、はてしなく出ていけません。…
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    Stimeyland

  • The Future of Stimeyland. Let’s Discuss.

    Stimey
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:02 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
  • Puzzlin’*

    Stimey
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:18 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
  • One of Seven, RIP

    Stimey
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:11 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
  • Don’t Worry, It’s Only Water

    Stimey
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:51 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
  • Stimey’s Guide to Handling Common Traveling Scenarios

    Stimey
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
 
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • 19 Year Old Non Verbal Autistic Man Evicted From Miramichi Special Care Home Because He Is An Adult

    H L Doherty
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    Huge gaps remain n New Brunswick's adult autism residential care and treatment system. An autism specific residential care and treatment centre and autism specific group home system is needed to bridge those gaps. HON. CATHY ROGERSMinister of Social DevelopmentHON. VICTOR BOUDREAUMinister of HealthHON. BILL FRASER MLA Miramichi HON. STEPHEN HORSMANMLA Fredericton NorthAs an autism advocate for over 15 years in New Brunswick (and father of a 19 year old severely autistic son) I was saddened, though not at all surprised, to read the report by Samantha Magee of the …
  • Larry's Gulch Inclusive Education Review June 21, 22, 2012

    H L Doherty
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
    Meeting of Senior Department of Education Officials With Gordon Porter And Other Advocates of Extreme Everyone In the Mainstream Classroom Inclusion June 20, 21, 2012Information from CANADALAND web site.L: Yude  M. Henteleff, C.M., Q.C., L.L.D. (Hon.)     R: Harold L. Doherty at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre Inclusion Conference Crowne Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook, June 14, 15, 2012 Mr. Henteleff presented, a paper advocating for a range of learning placement optionsin order to ensure meaningful inclusion:  MEANINGFUL ACCESS, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF A WIDE…
  • #GxE Autism Paradigm Still #MSSNG From Autism Disorders Research, Understanding

    H L Doherty
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    Several years ago it appeared that a new paradigm for understanding autism disorders was emerging, one which would allow greater understanding of the cause, or causes, of autism.  Historically, as was noted by Teresa Binstock, researchers, and those who fund autism research, took the view that autism has  "gotta be genetic".  By 2010 there was hope that finally the autism researchers' obsessive belief that autism is entirely genetic was giving way to the GxE (Gene Environment Interaction) model.  With the CATS study it appeared that  GxE was actually being reflected…
  • Dear Caregivers: DO NOT Leave a Person with Autism, Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability Alone in a Bathtub

    H L Doherty
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Many news reports can have an impact on you for a variety of reasons.  It is especially true with reports of  young people dying at an early age, particularly when those young people share significant characteristics with one of your own children.  A BBC News story "We thought our son would be safe in assessment unit"  startled me when I read the story of 18 year old Connor Sparrowhawk who died in a UK assessment unit while left alone in a bath. Like my son Conor Doherty, Connor Sparrowhawk suffered from epilepsy, autism and a learning disability.  Like my son, Connor…
  • Autism Disorders and the 1st International Epilepsy Day, February 9, 2015

    H L Doherty
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Monday, February 9, 2015 is the first International Epilepsy Day,   a joint initiative created by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)  scheduled to occur annually hereafter on the second Monday in February to promote epilepsy awareness around the world.   Epileptic seizures are much more common among persons with an autism spectrum disorder than among the general population and parents of children with a newly diagnosed autism disorder should discuss the possibility and care implications of autism with their…
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    ASF Blog

  • 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…
  • Different Types of ASDs: What Do Co-Occurring Conditions Have to do With It?

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

  • Guest Post: Ben Wilshire

    K Wombles
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Aspie's and sexuality I believe that the subject of sexuality and Asperger’s needs to be discussed more and in an open way. The purpose of this post is to help people understand the topic a little more and discuss some things that can be done to improve outcomes in regards to relationship understanding for Aspies. I would like to firstly point out Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as it is a good framework to consider when looking at improving quality of life. As seen in the drawing below, arguably sex is one of the most important motivators with sexual intimacy and friendship being on the…
  • New Novel Featuring a Non-Verbal Autistic Character: The Place to Say Goodbye

    K Wombles
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    My best friend's son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. I remember the night she called -- I was eight weeks pregnant with my first child, and it was my third wedding anniversary. I had gone to bed early because I could barely keep my eyes open and I had spent the day throwing up.  But then the phone had rung, and it was my friend."Happy Anniversary!" she said brightly, but then I heard the tears behind her words. "G was diagnosed with autism today."I hadn't known that A and her husband had been seeing doctors for any issues, though I had suspected for about the last year that…
  • Dawn Marcotte: Resources to Help Autistic Students Choose the Right College

    K Wombles
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:56 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…
  • Who Died and Made You Dr. Spock? A guest post from Dawn Marcotte

    kathleen
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Our guest post is by Dawn Marcotte. who is the CEO of WWW.ASD-DR.com a website designed to help teens and young adults on the spectrum live to their highest potential.Disclaimer: For the Star Trek fans out there this article isn't really going to talk about Mr. Spock -Dr. Spock was a famous child specialist in the 60's.I saw her laying on the floor, screaming at the top of her lungs about something. As a young single woman I just went to the next aisle and tried to ignore it, vowing that my children would never do that.   Why doesn't mom just pick her up and take her to the car…
  • Yogibos!

    K Wombles
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last week, I was contacted by Yogibo.com to see if I'd be willing to accept one of their bean bags to review, specifically in terms of how my children on the spectrum found it. When I looked at the site, I started drooling. We were very kindly sent the Yogibo max, which is six feet by two feet by two feet and priced at over $200. I am in love with this bag. My girls are in love with it. My husband slept on it, it's that big. The cats are impressed. And the dogs think it is theirs when no one else is on it. The girls have laid on it, reclined on it, laid under it, laid side by side…
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    Countering...

  • 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…
  • Alone (mostly) in the dark

    K Wombles
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:18 pm
    He sleeps in the next room, gently snoring, my dog curled next to him, also gently snoring. I sneak away, quietly, grabbing a pillow, my tea, my walker and his dog, establishing myself in my recliner, pillow behind my head, covers grabbed off the couch and his recliner so that I am still covered in a half dozen blankets. His dog vied for control of my lap, briefly, with one of the big ginger cats and lost.I've lain here in the dark living room where the ginger's purrs drown out the noise from my bedroom, but not the noise coming from the kids' rooms, where delighted girly laughter peals out…
  • If I Let Myself

    K Wombles
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    If I let it take up normal space, become a natural part of my background, then surely the crushing grief I feel when I allow myself to really look at it and all the things, good (mobility safely) and difficult (disability made visible with all that entails, the losses, the challenges, the inability to hide my challenges) are allowed through my barriers, then surely, acceptance and even appreciation will follow. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow.It's like Frost's poem about the death of a young boy. We cannot look too long, tarry there. We must keep moving forward. So, grief trickles in…
  • When the Universe Wants One's Attention

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

  • NEW Product Spotlight: Independence Day GPS-Enabled Clothing for Kids with Autism

    Different Roads to Learning
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    This week, we’re thrilled to introduce you to a one-of-kind clothing line developed by autism mom Lauren Thierry. These unique shirts improve the quality of life, self-esteem, safety, and independent dressing skills of children and teens with special needs. Inspired by preppy American fashion brands, these stylish shirts come with a discrete GPS tracker embedded in the seam enabling you to locate your child at any time. Each pullover features stretch Lycra panels instead of buttons, zippers or laces, and no scratchy tags at the waist and neck, optimizing the shirt for comfort. Best of…
  • Pick of the Week: NEW! Photographic Matching Cards

    Different Roads to Learning
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    One set of cards, so many different skills to work on! Photographic Matching Cards contains 260 cards – 130 unique cards with an identical match – that cover 12 basic categories: Actions, Clothes, Colors, Emotions, Everyday Objects, Farm Animals, Foods, Pets, Shapes, Toys, Transportation, and Wild Animals. This week only, take 15% off* your set of Photographic Matching Cards by using our promo code MATCH15 at check-out! These cards are ideal for developing expressive and receptive language skills, as well as sorting and classifying skills. Students who are ready can use the cards to…
  • Tip of the Week: Use Noncontingent Reinforcement – A Powerful Addition to Your Intervention

    Different Roads to Learning
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:10 am
    Noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) is the presentation of reinforcement independent of behavior, and there are many studies out there that demonstrate it can have a significant impact on behavior. Before we get to how you can use it with children with autism or other developmental disabilities, it’s important to recognize that noncontingent reinforcement happens all the time with all of us. A few common examples: You’re walking alongside your child. Your child reaches up and grabs your hand. This is a behavior you like, but it did not occur because of any one behavior you exhibited, such…
  • Guest Article: “Speech-Language Pathology and ABA – Can’t We All Just Get Along?” by Danielle McCormick, MA, CCC-SLP

    Different Roads to Learning
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    We’re excited to share with you an exclusive article “Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis: Can’t We All Just Get Along?” by co-founder of Bridge Kids of New York, Danielle McCormick, MA, CCC-SLP, with contributions by Ashley Stahl, MSEd. In this article, Danielle shares with us her quirky and humorous opinions on the importance of combining traditional speech-language pathology practices and those of Applied Behavior Analysis. I have vivid memories of a professor in graduate school essentially condemning the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)…
  • Pick of the Week: NEW! Inferencing Card Sets

    Different Roads to Learning
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Help students improve their inferencing skills with these brand new inferencing cards we’ve just added to our catalog! This week, you can save 15%* on the Inferencing Quick Take Along! Mini Book or the WH Inference Question Cards by applying our promo code INFER15 at check-out! The pocket-sized Inferencing Quick Take Along! Mini Book is perfect for the busy speech-language pathologist, special educator, teacher, or parent. Help students practice their inferencing skills by responding to 520 prompts in 13 different categories covering: Actions, Categories, Cloze Sentences, Context Clues,…
 
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    Asperger's Diary

  • 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.
  • Supporting Sensory Issues: a Q&A With Lindsey Biel

    Lynne Soraya
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Occupational therapist and author Lindsey Biel gives us insights from her clinical experiences working with individuals with sensory issues.
  • Catastrophic Encounters and Autistic Identity

    Lynne Soraya
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    How do you react, as a parent, when you have a child who faces judgement and danger, because of his or her racial and neurological differences? Here is one mother's perspective from activist, advocate, writer, and researcher Kerima Çevik.
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • Is “High Functioning Autism” Useful, or Not?

    Stephen Borgman
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy. Lyman Beecher. If the quote above is true, then we have room for advancing our understanding of the term, “high functioning autism“, given the amount of controversy the term generates! I ran across this article about a month ago, called “What’s the Difference Between High Functioning Autism and Low Functioning Autism?”  Romana Tate (pseudonym), the mother of an autistic child, strongly expressed her dislike for the term, “high functioning autism.” Like a lighting…
  • TWAP002: To Men and Women Who Want Better Communication

    Stephen Borgman
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    At the root of every tantrum and power struggle are unmet needs. Dr. Marshall Rosenberg I’m 47 years old, and I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve thrown some good sized temper tantrums in my adult life:  veins bulging, red in the face, in front of my wife, and in front of my kids. It’s taken me years, and I’m still learning how to effectively learn why I’m angry, and to restrain myself long enough to figure out what I need to do about my anger.   This Week’s Guest: Bob Yamtich In this week’s episode, I interview Bob Yamtich, from…
  • Never Fear – Online Aspergers Women Resources Are Here

    Stephen Borgman
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim. –Linton Weeks When seeking help on a particular subject, I’ve gone to the library and used the search function on one of the computers nearby.Then, after wading through the book section, I may or may not find what I’m looking for.I’ve always been relieved when one of the librarians comes up to me and asks, “Is there something I can help you with?” The internet is like a massive library.So much information, but no librarian! With Aspergers/autism women in mind, I’ve combed the…
  • TWAP 001: Introducing the Thrive With Aspergers Podcast

    Stephen Borgman
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~ Plato “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” ~ Alan Cohen I’ve been blogging almost five years. Recently a reader asked me, “When are you going to start a podcast for Aspergers/Autism people?” Little did he know that I’ve been dreaming about starting a podcast for the last couple of years, but I’d been too overwhelmed or afraid to do so. The time has finally come to introduce the Thrive with Aspergers podcast! In this episode: I share a bit about myself (If…
  • 3 Valuable Aspergers Workplace Tips You Need Now

    Stephen Borgman
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I grew up in Brazil, South America.Actually, I was born there. You’d think I would speak Portuguese fluently.But I don’t. I went to half days of Brazilian school through third grade.During that time I had Brazilian friends and learned to speak Portuguese well. But from fourth grade through the rest of high school, I attended an English speaking boarding school on the Amazon river. During summers and Christmas breaks, I spent time with my parents, who were 500 miles away.I loved seeing them, of course, but when it came to getting together with other Brazilians my age, I had a really hard…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • Car Dance Parties

    Devon Alley
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    January is always a difficult and busy month for me. It's the month that falls right before our annual managers' conference at work, and because of that, I'm always working long hours, bringing work home, and just generally trying to Accomplish All The...(read more)
  • A Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

    Devon Alley
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    I think A. was more excited about this Christmas than she has been in years. I'm not entirely sure what exactly gave her such a dose of Christmas cheer. Maybe it was the fact that I enlisted her to help me play Santa Claus for the rest of the family....(read more)
  • It's a Very Ludwig Halloween

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

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

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

  • Un père crée une entreprise pour son fils autiste

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:52 am
    By Dailymotion Un père crée une entreprise pour son fils autiste Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2i6um1
  • Vaccin de la rougeole et autisme : les séquelles d’une fraude

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    By Allodocteurs.fr Il y a tout juste 17 ans, le 26 février 1998, le Dr Wakefield tenait une conférence de presse dans laquelle il annonçait d’effarants résultats : selon ses recherches, le vaccin ROR favoriserait la survenue de troubles autistiques chez l’enfant. Les médias se sont empressés de relayer ces déclarations, sans aucun esprit critique, ni chercher à revenir aux sources de cette surprenante allégation. Les affirmations de Wakefield se révèleront pourtant totalement mensongères. Andrew Wakefield est un ancien chirurgien anglais, maintenant interdit…
  • Eviction d’un enfant autiste d’une école privée : le juge administratif se déclare incompétent

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    By JIM.fr Lucas, neuf ans, atteint d’autisme, était scolarisé dans un établissement catholique des Vosges. Ce dernier a cependant décidé en février de renvoyer l’enfant, en raison de « difficultés relationnelles » avec les parents. Pour éviter toute rupture scolaire, le petit garçon a été inscrit par le recteur dans une Classe pour l’inclusion scolaire (CLIS) proche de son domicile, au sein d’un établissement public. Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source:…
  • Nutrición y comportamiento del niño autista

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    By Entre Gente Chiclayo (YouTube) El reconocido Pediatra Julio Salazar de la Liga de intervención nutricional contra el autismo e hiperactividad LINCA – PERÚ, compartió con nuestros televidentes su experiencia y conocimientos. Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No2PNBMO-7I
  • Niños que no hablan, ¿son todos autistas?

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    By Crítica.com.pa El inicio del lenguaje de un niño es un hito en la vida familiar, un momento muy esperado por su entorno. Cuando se retrasa, es habitual que todos opinen y sugieran sus propias hipótesis. Pero, ¿en qué momento debemos realmente preocuparnos? En primer lugar, hay que diferenciar las distintas situaciones. No es lo mismo… * Si nunca habló. * Si habla solo para satisfacer sus necesidades (agua, comida, algún juguete). * Si habla solo en ciertos lugares. * Si habla, pero no logra construir oraciones adecuadamente, o tiene dificultades para comprender instrucciones…
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    We Go With Him

  • ITP

    Kristina Chew
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Tuesday was Charle's nth (I have lost count) IEP and the big subject of discussion was his ITP. That stands for Individual Transition Plan. Charlie...
  • Still Weather Alert

    Kristina Chew
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I probably check the weather in New Jersey more than I do for Berkeley out of deeply-ingrained habit (and because Berkeley weather changes little from...
  • I Can't Draw But

    Kristina Chew
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Further proof that Dr. Chew Cannot Draw. Evidence from earlier times. (I also can't sing, which has not stopped me from regaling a Latin student...
  • Much Missed

    Kristina Chew
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Jim misses his pals, Jersey storytellers and real pizza (ok, we have located one place that makes a fair pie). Charlie misses his classmates from...
  • If you're going to be an online Classics adjunct

    Kristina Chew
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    -- and also teach two community college composition courses, it is not a bad idea to get up from your desk and leave the medical...
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • 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…
  • The question I asked my son every day of his life until I needed him to ask it of me

    Stuart Duncan
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Recently life has been, we shall say, unkind. People who would steal from me, people that would try to hurt me, stresses greater than any I’ve felt before, illness and immense pressure. I find myself in the greatest financial burden that I’ve ever been in all the while outside forces conspire to make it even worse for me. To say it’s been rough would be the greatest of understatements. Late one night, unable to sleep, I found myself reading back through some of my old writings when I happened upon a question. A question that I used to ask my son every single day of his…
  • 5 Things I wish I knew before Autism

    Tamara
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Tamara Wood is a proud mother of two amazing boys. After searching for a solution for her son Alex, who is affected by Autism, Tamara found the AngelSense solution for her family. It gave her a great deal of peace of mind, and her enthusiasm for the company only increased – she joined the AngelSense team as a customer care specialist. I am the mother to two wonderful little boys, one who has autism and one who is “normal” (whatever that is!). There are many things we didn’t know before we became parents, and even less when you hear a word like “autism.” There are somethings I…
  • If I could could suggest just one New Years resolution, it would be this

    Stuart Duncan
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    I know this is a bit late but there are still some people out there that are unsure of what they should “resolve” to do for the new year. Well, Autcraft, my Minecraft server for children with autism and their families has been receiving some media coverage in recent weeks and there was one question that I got from everyone that really stands out as very important and thus, would make for the perfect New Years resolution: “What is it about Autcraft that is helping these kids to make friends, to talk to other people, to learn to read/write faster and to make such great…
  • What It Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Dad

    Stuart Duncan
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    I recently read an article titled “What It Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Mom” and I quite enjoyed it. It also dawned on me, there will probably never be an article titled “What It Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Dad” and the reason for this is quite simple, there’s no one to write one. As the parent of a newly diagnosed child that has special needs, you quickly come to realize that those needs are essentially you. They need you first and foremost. That generally means that mom becomes a stay at home mom and dad has to work longer and harder than ever. Gone…
 
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    Wiki 4 Parents

  • Hello world!

    extremeparenthood
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on Wiki 4 Parents.
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    27 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
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    27 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
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  • Child Day Care

    extremeparenthood
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    For working parents, child care is an essential link that helps them balance the responsibilities of jobs and family. But that doesn’t stop parents from worrying about their young children when they leave the children behind. Choosing a Caregiver The idea of leaving your child with someone else—who may be a stranger at first—seems to […] The post Child Day Care appeared first on Wiki 4 Parents.
  • Reading to Your Child

    extremeparenthood
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Early childhood developmental experts agree that reading to infants, toddlers, and young children is a highly recommended activity for fun and cognitive development. Here are some of the benefits of reading to your child: • Helps lay the foundation for speech and language skills • Connects you with your child intellectually, emotionally, and physically • […] The post Reading to Your Child appeared first on Wiki 4 Parents.
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    Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective

  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Toopy And Binoo

    Carl Bainbridge
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    I received a copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own and those of my family.   I Love Toopy Released on January 13, 2015 in Canada Synopsis: Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your best friend Toopy. Watch as Toopy shows us the meaning of friendship as he goes on a fishing trip with Binoo, looks for the perfect planet, has a camp out and plays in the land of bubbles. Episodes: “Duckling […] The post Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Toopy And Binoo appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Rasmus And The Vagabond Book Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Rasmus And The Vagabond Book Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other […] The post Rasmus And The Vagabond Book Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism:…
  • Mike The Knight Family Pack Of Tickets Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    8 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
      Do you kids enjoy watching Mike the Knight on TV?  If so you’ll be happy to hear that he’s on tour across Canada. My kids are really excited that Mike the Knight is paying a visit to New Brunswick. They really enjoy going to the theater and have seen many productions and have enjoyed them all. Koba Entertainment sets out on their most formidable mission to date starring the cheerful yet undaunted Mike the Knight in his first ever […] The post Mike The Knight Family Pack Of Tickets Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • We Had a Kinder Kind of Christmas

    Carl Bainbridge
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Just days before Christmas our youngest daughter caught the Chicken Pox, and it didn’t take long until she was covered from head to toe in spots.  The spots became itchy making our generally energetic and bouncy daughter feel quite miserable.  She normally just loves to make people laugh, and if they’re sad she’ll find a way to cheer them up and make them smile. We are normally quite a quiet family, however at Christmas is the one time where our […] The post We Had a Kinder Kind of Christmas appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Nightbuddies Easing Their Fears #GiftGuide

    Carl Bainbridge
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
      NightBuddies My youngest daughter is afraid of the dark and likes to have at least a little bit of light in her room to help her ease her fears.  She also loves to snuggle with a few stuffed toys, so when I heard about NightBuddies I was intrigued. Perhaps this would be something that would help her get past her fear of the dark.   NightBuddies are magical plush toys with a very special secret, when you hug them their eyes light […] The post Nightbuddies Easing Their Fears #GiftGuide appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
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    Around the Autism Spectrum

  • Video Game Addiction and Individuals with Special Needs

    Patricia Robinson
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Do individuals with special needs, like ASDs and ADHD, get caught up in video game addiction more readily? OK, so maybe “Internet Gaming Addiction” is not an official disorder in the US. But, we know the behavior exists, whether or not it’s a separate disorder, or co-mingled with some other condition. What is the science on video game addiction and ASDs?In my therapy practice I focus on individuals with special needs like ASDs and ADHD. It’s pretty common for me to meet a child or teenager who has a habit of playing games for as much time as the parents will allow, whether that’s…
  • Can Someone Be Addicted to Video Games?

    Patricia Robinson
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    "My son is addicted to video games!" That's a statement I hear frequently, whether the son is a small child, or a young adult. I hear this less often for girls. Although there are a lot of girls heavily involved in games, more often I hear about girls with heavy use of texting and social media. But, for males, so often the gaming, whether on a console or through the internet, can take up as much time as the parents allow.Officially, there is no such thing as video game addiction, at least in the US. China does call it an addiction, and there are treatment programs there and elsewhere.
  • Social Thinking Conference

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

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

    Patricia Robinson
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    For those of you who are long time readers of this blog, I'm sure you've seen plenty of posts about Dr. Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin is probably the more well know autistic individual in the country.And now, you can see her in person. Dr Temple Grandin will be speaking at Las Positas College on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7 pm. You can get more information and purchase tickets by going to the post on the Las Positas site.
 
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    Autism Lighthouse

  • Our Uninhibited Son

    Constance Howse
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    In many ways, a person with autism has an advantage over we “normal” people. We often don’t say things we should because we worry too much about the other persons reactions. As a result, we “overthink” life, and often do nothing!! The autistic person, in contrast, is not bound by social conventions. They blurt out...    Read More...The post Our Uninhibited Son appeared first on Autism Lighthouse.
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    Speaking In Grace

  • Sarah Shares The Beginning of Autism

    Beth Clay
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    The beginning. I had a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Something you get asked quite often during the evaluation process. Shelby typically developed through her crawling phase, pulling up, smiling, and babbling. I remember she would call out for her Uncle Don. He was in middle school, we all said his name a lot. I would say I was very naive about all things parenting. Most days I think I still am. Shelby started to pull up and stand then she just stayed there and stayed there, making no forward momentum even I knew something might be different. I voiced my concern at her one year old…
  • The Sunday Confessional: Regrets

    Beth Clay
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    I suppose my first confession will be that I am writing this on Saturday…and may possibly post it on Saturday… I am still calling it the Sunday Confessional. Regrets. We all have them in some form or another. I suppose that the toughest ones for a lot of us revolve around our children and parenting in some way. I generally don’t like to hold on to them. I am for the most part a “glass half full” kind of gal…a positive person. So “could have”, “should have”, “would have” type regrets are generally not my thing… We…
  • Why?

    Beth Clay
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:23 am
    While sifting through the rubble of arguments about “why” children are Autistic, listening to stories of what people believe “caused it” you can’t help but look back over your own story, over your child’s story. Inevitably when you get on that road of asking “why” you find yourself stopped in front of God. Looking up at Jesus wondering…”why?” Why is it that my child has a disability? Why Cooper? Why us? Why me? Why do I have to answer questions from my little girls like, “will Cooper still be Autistic when he’s a…
  • Oh Dear: Vomit, Vaccines and Violence

    Beth Clay
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:33 am
    Let me start with the vomit. Actually if diarrhea started with a “V” I would start there and it would be in the title too. You see my family has succumbed.  They have fallen.  They have been attacked.  We have been over run and over taken…by a stomach virus. It doesn’t take much in this department to bring down the strongest of families, to reduce them, and by them I mean us, to flaccid heaps of flesh lying on the couch. Well that may be a little dramatic. It wasn’t quite that bad…but it was different from any sort of stomach virus that I can recall.
  • A Mom, A Daughter, Autism and Puberty

    Beth Clay
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    I started writing about the beginning of our journey with Autism, but we are currently in the throes of a new struggle. The early days will have to wait until next time. Puberty. Puberty with Autism. The menstrual cycle. Oh how I had hoped that this time would never come. I knew it would. We have all talked about it, discussed it with doctors, preparation is key. Except I am a procrastinator. Shelby’s second period rolled around Sunday. The first one was a tease. I was naive enough to think that I could convince my very strong willed, non verbal girl to wear a pad, or adult diapers. Ha.
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    Autism Daily Newscast

  • Middle school student with Aperger’s syndrome beaten unconscious in cafeteria – With Video

    ADN
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Liberty, MO – A boy with Aspergers’s Syndrome was beaten unconscious at school despite his parents’ request that administrators take measures to protect their two sons from his attacker prior to the incident. On Thursday Blake Kitchen, a Liberty Middle School student, asked a boy to change seats with him in the school cafeteria. However […] The post Middle school student with Aperger’s syndrome beaten unconscious in cafeteria – With Video appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Neurodiversity Advocates Use #AutismSpeaks10 to Express Their Anger

    Laurel Joss
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This week Autism Speaks celebrated their ten year anniversary by encouraging their followers on Twitter and Facebook to share “how autism has touched your life” using the hashtag #AutismSpeaks10. While some individuals took the time to congratulate the group, others were less complementary. Ari Ne-eman, President of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, told Buzz Feed News. […] The post Neurodiversity Advocates Use #AutismSpeaks10 to Express Their Anger appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Carly Fleischmann’s heart wrenching call for help

    Roberta Hill
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:27 pm
    A desperate and garbled plea for help appeared on the autism advocate and Social Media spokesperson Carly Fleishmann’s Facebook page on Wednesday February 25. The message appeared allegedly written by Carly and translated by a person unknown calling for help from two of her doctors. In a previous interview with Autism Daily Newscast, her father […] The post Carly Fleischmann’s heart wrenching call for help appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Neurodiversity, what is your view?

    Roberta Hill
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Editors Note:  Our sister publication Autistic Spectrum Digest is looking for articles for an upcoming issue that will focus on Neurodiversity. Anyone on the spectrum is welcome to submit an article to editor@asdigest.com  Cut off date is March 15, 2015. During the week of March 17th, Autism Daily Newscast is planning on publishing some of […] The post Neurodiversity, what is your view? appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Is no information better than the wrong information when it comes to autism?

    Paddy-Joe Moran
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    There is a lot of talk about raising awareness, and therefore acceptance when it comes to autism, but one of the most damaging things with this is people believing they know facts about autism that they actually don’t know.  Why is this worse than not knowing anything about the condition?  The article below will try […] The post Is no information better than the wrong information when it comes to autism? appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
 
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    Aspergian Gal

  • Public Speaking and Job Interviews Involving Aspergers

    Faith
    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

    Faith
    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

    Faith
    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 […]
  • Jesus Counsels an Aspie

    Faith
    16 Apr 2013 | 7:47 am
    The image below would not really be how Jesus would counsel an Aspie. The dialogue used is merely to express how an adult Aspie in church may feel. Aspie: I’m socially isolated. I don’t ‘click in’ with anyone in any church. I don’t want to be alone anymore. How do I live without having anyone […]
  • Asperger Myths

    Faith
    31 Dec 2012 | 7:00 am
    Below is a list of 67 alleged ‘symptoms’ and characteristics of Aspergers discovered several places online once upon a time. The answers here strictly refer to adult Aspies and they all are generally speaking. Almost always, all 67 of these characteristics can apply to anyone. All belong in a ‘it depends’ category. 1. Difficulty in […]
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