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Asperger;s Syndrome

Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.

Here's How A Dog Can Help Stop An Aspergers Meltdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

"It's like a computer. There's too much input, there's not enough output, you lose control and you crash." That's what it feels like to have a melt...

Boy With Asperger's Dreaded Field Day, So Fellow Fifth-Graders Helped Him Feel Like A Star

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.08.2015 | Good News

When one boy felt nervous about a school event, his classmates made sure he would have the time of his life. Preston Lillis, a fifth-grader at Gra...

Autism Without Fear: Will 'The Player's Tribune' Introduce the First 'Out' Spectrum Pro Athlete?

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.02.2015 | Sports
Michael John Carley

In case anyone's missed it, there's a social revolution happening in the world of pro sports. In a natural extension of society, doing away with "th...

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

The Boy Who Couldn't Be A Cub Scout

Mary Hickey | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Do you know that this boy was born a month too soon? Do you know that in the hospital, I watched him through the glass as warming lights and IVs gave him the things that I couldn't provide?

The Emotional Moment D.L. Hughley Realized His Son With Asperger's Syndrome Would 'Be All Right'

OWN | Posted 04.27.2015 | OWN

When we think of D.L. Hughley, we think of "The Hughleys" sitcom star and "The Original Kings of Comedy" funnyman who sold out arenas around the count...

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

Aspiring for Inclusion: Aspire Gala Raises Record Amount for Innovative Autism Program

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

April 2nd is an important day in the calendar of autism advocates; a day designated by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The da...

You're Not as 'Normal' as You Think You Are: Redefining 'Normal'

Randi Evans | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

My son is beautiful and more importantly, he's true to who he is, more true than I could ever be. And the only time he's ever embarrassed about who he is, is when I have to remind him that "we can't do that here," or when he's drawing eyes that look at him like he's crazy.

Autism Without Fear: On the Twizzler Challenge and Other Populist Trends

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

It started on Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," Meredith Vieira ramped it up with Willie Geist, Regis Philbin did it with Hoda Kotb, Matt La...

Who Who Cares What 'They' Say

Randi Evans | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

As I'm sitting in the front row on the bleachers, I can hear your whispers to your spouse, friends and other parents. I hear what you say.

No One RSVP'd To This Teen's Birthday Bash So The Internet Partied With Him Instead

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

Updated on March 25, 2015: 10:15 a.m. EDT To celebrate his 13th birthday, Odin Camus' mom planned an extra-fun party, complete with bowling, balloo...

Odin's Birthday Was Spectacular, But This Mom's Not Celebrating

Julie M Green | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Maybe for kids like Odin -- for kids like mine -- inviting the whole class or some dozen kids is only setting up our kids for disappointment and humiliation when no one shows up.

My Daughter Is A Gift, But Her Autism Is Not

Ravishly | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Ravishly

She is both crushingly disabled by autism and absolutely, emphatically her own self. She is a gift, that much is true. But her autism, like my missing fingers or my damaged DNA, is not.

Missing Teen With Asperger's FOUND SAFE

AP | Posted 03.01.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a 15-year-old Swedish boy with Asperger's syndrome who disappeared from a fast food restaurant in New York City has been f...

Parenthood's Real Life Legacy: Raising Awareness and Acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

For the first time, audiences were part of the story of both a young man and an adult navigating the world with an autism spectrum diagnosis*.

World Autism Awareness Day 2nd April 2015

David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T. | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T.

Well, the countdown to World Autism Awareness Day 2nd April 2015 has been going on for the past ten months, and things are starting to hot up as the preparations for this event approach their conclusion.

Autism Without Fear: Examining the Legitimacy of 'Autism Life Coaches'

Michael John Carley | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Over the last five years there's been a noticeable increase in folks with varying experience levels promoting themselves as "autism life coaches" -- p...

Hollywood and Asperger's

Alex Simon | Posted 03.12.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

The world would not be the same without them. I think we should focus on understanding and supporting these people rather than ostracizing and mocking them." That said, here are some of the best films dealing with Asperger's

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.

Your Child With Autism and the Ghosts, Goblins & Witches Among Him

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Here are some tips for preparing a child in the spectrum for participation in the festivities of Halloween.

Autism Without Fear: A Reluctant Vote for Buddy Cianci

Michael John Carley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Michael John Carley

I know. This is also a little outside the autism world, but I'm a born meddler, an Asperger brain really needs to weigh in on this election, and it's ...

Learning New Skills Through Applied Behavior Analysis

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

For a child with autism spectrum disorder, developing a new skill can manifest a significant level of stress, uncertainties and disinterest, resulting...