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What To Say & What Not To Say To Someone With Autism
December 13th, 2017

careneedsafetyhelpassistancetroublefeaturedimageThis post originally appeared on The Journey Through Autism. It is re-posted here with permission. Throughout my life, I have been told and have overheard many comments regarding Autism. These comments aren’t usually meant to be mean, but rather show a lack of knowledge and understanding of Autism. Even though people aren’t meaning to upset me,...

4 Ways Christmas Affects Me and My Autism
December 6th, 2017

christmasholidaycelebratefamilylovehappinesshappytogetherfeaturedimageThis post originally appeared on The Mighty. It is re-posted here with permission. Christmas. Sparkling lights, late nights, lots of festive atmosphere, drinking, eating and being merry. For many people, it’s bliss. For me, as someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s anything but. People who loves Christmas don’t always understand why another person might not. I’m that...

Asperger’s and Intimacy Through Chess
November 29th, 2017

gameboardgamefunplaykidskidchildadultteenmoneylearngrowcareerfeaturedimageThis post originally appeared on The Mighty. It is re-posted here with permission. Communication is hard. It is hard especially if you were not pre-wired to recognize facial expressions, body language and other subtle nonverbal cues “normal” people think I can notice in conversations. I have always found myself trying to decipher human emotions like...

Coping & Engaging During the Holidays: Tips to Include Your Child with Special Needs in the Holiday Festivities
November 15th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 14 HolidayThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, 4th Wall Theatre Company. It is re-posted here with permission. The holiday season is upon us and it seems that no matter what holiday you and your family celebrate or how you celebrate it, one common factor prevails from family to family: the holidays bring crowds. Even...

His Helicopter
November 8th, 2017

FamilyThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, The AWEnesty of Autism. It is re-posted here with permission. My kids tell me that I worry “too much”. My husband knows that I worry “too much” and my friends tell me not to worry “too much”. I’m also pretty sure my son’s teachers, guidance counselors and doctors...

How to Prepare Your Child for the First Time MAPS Pediatrician Visits?
November 1st, 2017

familymotherchildkidmomdadfamilylifelovehappysmilekidchildtoddlerbabyfeaturedimageIt has never been easy for parents to visit the doctors for their children with autism spectrum disorder or ASD, rather it has been a scary thing for the children. After all, they are going to experience something for the first time. When a child is going to meet the pediatrician for the first time,...

Why I Relate to Sheldon From ‘Big Bang Theory’ as an Autistic Adult
October 25th, 2017

puzzlegamecolorstoykidschildrenplayfeaturedimageWhen “The Big Bang Theory” first broke onto the scene, people who learned that I’m autistic would ask, What do you think about Sheldon? Honestly, I became so annoyed by the idea of a comic portrayal of a supposed autistic person that I wouldn’t watch the show, not even to find out whether Sheldon was like me...

6 Reasons to Cheer from the Autism Society Conference!
October 18th, 2017

manwomanboygirlindividualpersonpersonalgrowthlearnexplorehappyconfidentfeaturedimageThe Autism Society Conference is a safe place to be around people who genuinely want the best outcomes for autistic individuals at every stage of their lives. The people who organize it do a great job at being inclusive — all voices are welcome and everyone has an opportunity to be heard. More autistic voices...

How My Autistic Children Helped Me Accept My Own Autism
October 11th, 2017

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageI was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 52. I had worked it out well before then! The realization came when my oldest child was diagnosed at age 11. I have a clear memory of being in the car with him as he had the routine post-school meltdown. “I’m a freak,” he cried and...

13 Things I Want My Son’s School to Know Because of His Autism
October 4th, 2017

schoolkidschildstudentlearnfeaturedimageIf you are a parent of a child with autism or a disability, you know the tug-of-war between the school and the parent is real and can be stressful. The IEP meeting every year is something many of us dread. You might attend seminars, ask for ideas in autism groups online, read various tips and tricks, try...

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Parents’ Reports of Children’s Autism Symptoms Differ by Race
December 13th, 2017

mothermomdaughterkidchildfunnyfacelovetravelfamilybondconnectionfeaturedimageEthnic differences in parents’ reports of alarms about their kid’s development to healthcare providers may contribute to deferred diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in black children, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

Denzel Washington garners praise for his portrayal of a lawyer with Asperger’s
December 12th, 2017

homegirlwomandoganimalcouchsofarelaxhappylifeweekendcasualfeaturedimageRoman J. Israel, Esq. opened nationwide November 22. 

Anxiety linked to heightened communication challenges
December 11th, 2017

kidchildplayingplaygroundfunswingfreeskyfeaturedimageAccording to these researchers, anxiety exacerbates social communication problems in children with autism — and not the other way around.

Robot used in schools to help kids with autism
December 8th, 2017

dronetechnologyelectronicsskillswanderautismdashrunchildkiddangersafetyfeaturedimageMilo the robot has been enlisted by a few select schools in South Carolina to help with daily lesson plans for students with autism.

For children with autism, there is no correlation between walking and talking
December 7th, 2017

boychildkidparentparentinghandbubblewonderlearnlearningfeaturedimageMotor development in children with autism has no effects on language development. Read more about this research.

The Autism Program connects professors with their students and their families
December 6th, 2017

graduateschooleducationcollegeuniversityclasslearngrowaccomplishstudentmommotherwomanfeaturedimageThe Autism Program is definitively helping to build strong bonds between professors on students on one university campus. Read more on how it beings done, and those behind this progressive initiative. 

Workshop instrumental in understanding autism
December 5th, 2017

work + “featured image”Seminars are great and deeply rewarding, especially for Lisa Sulich and Hayley Nease. The two teachers and advocates for autism uses the opportunities to learn more and to spread that knowledge.

How to help a student with autism transition into college life
December 4th, 2017

graduatelearndiplomagrowtasselcollegeuniversityschoolfeaturedimageTransitioning can be hard for anyone. But if you have autism, it could be a bit more painstaking. Read this article to see how one program helps people with autism prepare for the next phase.

Tests for autism neglecting immigrants
December 1st, 2017

cityrunningchildkidrunwanderfreeoutsideoutdoorsexercisefeaturedimageCultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

Who should be screened for ASD?
November 30th, 2017

boychildkidoutsideeyeshairplayschoolfamilyhomeparentsmomdadfeaturedimageWith autism diagnoses growing at exponential rates, should all parents have their two-year-old children screened for ASD?