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The Surprising Similarities Between Art Therapy and Autism Support Dogs
April 19th, 2018

colorcreativeartschoolchildkidlearnfeaturedimageWith her years of teaching experience, writer Amanda Ronan explores how the two distinct therapeutic approaches of art therapy and support dogs seem to have some interesting overlaps in the results produced with kids on the spectrum. This post was originally published on The Art of Autism.  In my first years of teaching in the...

Team Member Spotlight: Hillary Minicucci
April 10th, 2018

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Elopement and Autism
April 5th, 2018

kidchildrunfreefreedomboltflaparmsgrassskyoutdoorsoutsideplayrunskipfeaturedimageWandering, or “running away” from a caregiver, is a common problem in children with autism. Crystal Sanford explains this phenomenon and what families can do to prevent this behavior. This blog was originally posted on Sanford Autism Consulting. Wondering what “elopement” and autism have in common? Do individuals with autism often secretly run away to get married? Alas,...

Four Love Lessons I’ve Learned from Individuals with Autism
March 29th, 2018

lovemarriagemarriedrelationshipdatingengagedringflowerhandsexfeaturedimageSociety gives us many images of what “love” looks like. Whether it’s through TV shows, music, or the newest top celebrity, our minds can become flooded with thoughts about what it looks like to have that “picture-perfect” relationship. While there are many people and things in my life who have taught me about love by showing it...

Finding Resources: Part Two
March 22nd, 2018

computerworkcareersalarymoneyjobtransitionelectronicstechnologylearngrowskillsfeaturedimageThis is the second part to Kat Albee’s blog post Finding Resources. In the conclusion of her blog series, Kat includes additional guidance for how those in the autism community can continue to advocate for themselves.   Using The Internet If you are reading this, then you have an advantage unique in all of human history. No, it’s...

Finding Resources
March 15th, 2018

computerbookworkadultcareermoneyjoblearntransitioncollegeuniversityschoolstudentfeaturedimageSelf-advocate Kat Albee highlights ways in which those on the spectrum can be resourceful and hold onto a positive outlook in a variety of real-world situations. This is Part One of her post. Part Two will be featured in next week’s blog.   Changing Your Mindset I recently read a memoir called Growing Up Yanomamo. It’s about...

Sprinting Toward Autism Awareness Month
March 6th, 2018

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Autism Parents: You Must Be Selfish
February 28th, 2018

dadfatherchildbabyinfanttoddlergrowlovefamilyparentfeaturedimageAs a father of children with autism, Rob Gorski emphasizes the importance of self-care as a parent of children on the spectrum. This blog post was originally posted on theautismdad.com. I’ve been an Autism parent for almost seventeen years. In other words, I’ve done this a very, very long time. Along the way, I’ve learned countless lessons....

Disclosing Autism on the Job? Yes or No?
February 22nd, 2018

wallstreetstreetsignlabelcitylifebuildingbusycareerjobmoneysaveworkfeaturedimageThis blog is a cross-post from the The Hire Autism Blog. It was originally published on Linkedin. In the article, Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them?” Vauhini Vara reported: “ . . . millions of adults with autism often find themselves in a difficult bind. They struggle to get and keep jobs...

To the Siblings of a Brother or Sister with Autism
February 15th, 2018

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageCollege student Bailey Geehring not only shares her insights and personal experience growing up with a sibling with ASD, but also what she has learned to appreciate in hindsight. Dear fellow siblings of a brother or sister with autism, Today I am speaking to you not as a parent or a school counselor who thinks they know...

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7 Things to Understand About Children with ASD
April 23rd, 2018

girlyoungsiblingwomanbubblesoutdoorsoutsideplaykidfunsummergrassfeaturedimageThis article highlights seven important concepts that are crucial to understanding children on the autism spectrum, regardless of their specific diagnosis or background.  These concepts emphasize openness, acceptance, listening to caregivers, and understanding that every child with ASD is unique and highly variant.

Explaining Communication in Autism
April 20th, 2018

familyparentsparenthoodparentingchildrenkidshomelifelovecarefeaturedimageThough communication has long been recognized as something that many people with autism struggle with, we are just now focusing on what exactly is missing in the way they use language and communicate with others. Specifically identifying these challenges may help us understand why people with autism have  trouble with social situations. New analyses and...

Repetitive Behaviors with Autism Show Early Sex Bias
April 19th, 2018

Featured Image Blog 7 ChildIn comparison to boys with autism, girls generally experience slightly less severe repetitive behaviors according to an expansive study of sex differences within the disorder. However, this finding may be affected by the fact that boys are much more commonly diagnosed than girls, which makes it difficult to get enough females in the sample. Also,...

Zappos and PBS KIDS Launch Clothing Line for Kids with ASD
April 18th, 2018

tennisshoesplaysportsathleteathleticsshopshoppingrunexerciseathletefeaturedimageThe PBS Kids “Adaptive Apparel” clothing line specially tailored to children with autism is now available on Zappos.com. They feature dissolvable tags, soft fabrics, and button free clothes that are offered in a variety of sizes and styles. All proceeds will go toward PBS Kids’ mission of empowering kids to succeed.

New Jersey Chuck E. Cheeses Starting “Sensory Sundays”
April 17th, 2018

kidchildplaytoystoylearnhomeparentlifefeaturedimageOn the first Sunday of every month, several New Jersey Chuck E. Cheese locations will have “Sensory Sundays” specifically to help provide a more autism-friendly environment for kids who have ASD and/or other sensory challenges. It will include: smaller crowds, dimmed lighting, reduction of costumed characters, and specially trained staff members in order to minimize sensory...

UN Celebrates Voices of Girls with Autism
April 16th, 2018

travelexploreconfidenthappygrownewyorkcitylifelivingsensorysensesfeaturedimageOn World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd), the United Nations addressed the important topic of how autism is treated in society, as well as how girls on the spectrum are discriminated against and face heightened risks of abuse and exploitation. Several self advocates, Ambassadors, and officials voiced how we need to continue to fight stigma,...

France Launches New Plan to Improve Lives for Those with ASD
April 13th, 2018

mentalhealthstigmadisabilityanxietyautismmedicalprofessionaltherapyfeaturedimageThe French government has begun to take action on increasing the rights of children and adults with autism by recently unveiling a plan that has goals to increase training in educating those with ASD, raise funding for scientific research, and improve overall support for individuals on the spectrum.

Sesame Street Placing More Emphasis on Autism
April 12th, 2018

education+ featured imageTV show “Sesame Street” is continuing to increase its focus on autism by airing its first episode that is directly centered on Julia, their muppet who has autism, as well as launch their new set of online resources so that children nationwide can learn more about ASD. Also, Sesame Place theme park in Philadelphia is...

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Autism
April 11th, 2018

girlalonesiblingoutdoorsoutsideflowersfamilywomanfeaturedimageDr. Lisa Schulman is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician specializing in autism spectrum disorders. In this article she offers ten pieces of information that she wishes everyone would understand about autism, especially children on the spectrum. To sum it up, Schulman says the most important things to remember are: Learn the signs and act early.

Ways to Support Autism Voices in the Community
April 10th, 2018

librarybookslearnreadinternetelectronicsmediatechnologyfeaturedimageAs it is Autism Awareness Month, we need to always remember to help advocate for the growing number of voices with autism in our society. This article lists seven important ways of doing so. In summary, we need to keep actively listening to the existing autism presence but also keep pushing for increased representation of...