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Welcome to the OAR Blog! This blog is an open forum for parents, educators, self-advocates, family members, and professionals to post and find information about autism. It is our hope that the stories, dialogue, and resources shared here may be an added source of support for autism families. If you are interested in contributing a post to the OAR Blog, please contact us at programs@researchautism.org.

Dad, it’s not your fault, but…
May 24th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 6 FamilyAt age 67, Garret Mathews was diagnosed with Aspergers. In this piece, he writes about his relationship with this father through the framework of his Apergers.  So what kind of a life did this Aspie have growing up? It was dominated by my late father, the high school football coach and perhaps the most authoritarian...

Advocacy and Parent-School Connections
May 17th, 2017

education+ featured imageParental involvement is critical to children’s success in school especially among children on the spectrum who require individualized learning. Parent-school relationships are so crucial to working as an effective team and ensuring that the child is given every opportunity within the school to reach his or her full potential. However, parent-school relationships are often less...

Developing and Enhancing Executive Functions
May 9th, 2017

computer + featured imageKavita Murthi returns for her third and final post in this series on executive functions. The two previous blogs in this series focused on describing executive functions, how and when they develop, their importance in human development, and common assessments used to determine executive dysfunctions. This final section of this three-part blog series outlines some...

Biking 68 miles — My inner Aspie weighs in
May 2nd, 2017

Featured Image Blog 21 AdultAdult self-advocate Garret Mathews shares a humorous, if tense, conversation with his “Inner Aspie.” It’s almost sundown. I hopped, well, stepped on my one-speed bicycle about 10 hours ago to log 68 miles because that’s how old I’ll be later this year and spokin’ that age-appropriate distance every spring is, well, how I roll. Not...

How Autism ‘Awareness’ and the School System Failed My Brother and Me
April 26th, 2017

education+ featured imageA young adult self-advocate explains the road to diagnosis for her and her brother, and shares a message to parents and educators on how their experiences could have been improved. There is a photo of me at 3 years old. I am standing in a meadow on the tips of my toes, arms scrunched up like...

How My Son’s High School Musical Gave Him a Stage for Acceptance
April 14th, 2017

smiles+featuredimagesThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, The AWEnesty of Autism. It is re-posted here with permission.   ​This was the toddler who could not wear hats or mittens and who struggled with the change of seasons because that meant wearing different or new clothes. The little boy who wore the same doctor’s costume (shirt...

Why I knew early on that I would never be popular
April 6th, 2017

children + featured imageAn adult on the autism spectrum looks back on several childhood memories impacted by social skills.  I’m recalling three events from fifth grade that foreshadowed the fact I would never achieve most favored status in high school. 1. Mustard, peas, mashed potatoes, hominy grits, oh my. I received no allowance, and Dad made me give back...

Should I get a diagnosis for my child?
March 29th, 2017

smiles+featuredimagesThis post was originally published on  Respectfully Connected and is re-posted here with permission. A lot of the messages parents and disabled advocates send to families are about helping us deal with our misplaced grief after a child has a diagnosis. Messages that encourage and challenge us to accept our children and find ways to work with their unique...

It’s Not ‘Picky Eating’: 5 Strategies for Sensory Food Sensitivities
March 23rd, 2017

pets + featured imagesLaura shares tips on how to introduce new foods to your child with sensory sensitivities in a supportive way. This post originally appeared on her blog and is re-posted here with permission. Today, my son took a bite of a carrot, chewed it and swallowed! I tried to remain calm on the outside; I didn’t...

Assessments used in Executive Functions
March 14th, 2017

computer + featured imageThis is the second post in a series on executive functions by Kavita Murthi. This post describes how different executive functions are evaluated, results are related to test observations, and the most commonly used batteries of tests and measures. While this post is intended to create awareness, it does not list all the tests and...