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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Because of You, I Almost Lost Everything

Carrie Cariello | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

I almost lost my marriage because of you. It was the year my son named Jack was born, and you were born right along with him.

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Part 2

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Three More Things You Can Do to Help Your Child With ASD In the previous article, Part 1, we discussed the importance of shifting from "fixing" to "c...

2... 4... 6... 8 How Do We Appreciate?

Elaine Hall | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Elaine Hall

When the clock strikes Midnight on April 30th what happens to Autism Awareness? Autism Awareness and Autism Acceptance April is Autism Awareness M...

Why I'm Glad My Daughter Is Autistic

Kelly Shevlin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Parents
Kelly Shevlin

I'm sharing this with her permission and after careful consideration. She knows that kids will find out and they will tease her but she thinks it's more important that people understand her and are more aware of what autism looks like in girls.

'Do I Have Asperger's or Narcissistic Personality Disorder?'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Rodman PhD

Reader Either Way You Slice It, It's Not Great writes: My wife and I have been in couples counseling for 6 months and your article "Mr Perfect and hi...

My Autistic Son

Joel Peterson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

He started flapping his hands, walking on his toes and staring off into somewhere only he could see. Or not. He started rocking and banging his head against walls. Against chairs. Against his fists. And he loved to watch wheels spin, around and around and around and around. There was no end.

Autism Awareness Month: I Get to Light It Up Blue All Year

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.08.2016 | Impact
Laurie Levy

April is Autism Awareness Month. My inbox is filled with "Light it up blue" (#LIUB) emails. Blue light bulbs, shirts, and ribbons are supposed to remind all of us that autism is still a puzzle to figure out, and research is still needed.

Withdrawal of Anti-Vaccination Documentary From Tribeca Film Festival Revives Controversy

Lisa Chau | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Chau

Robert De Niro opened up an old debate for new scrutiny when he decided to yank Andrew Wakefield's documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,...

#TalkToMe: My 12 Year-Old Son and I Reflect on His Journey With Autism

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 04.06.2016 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

"What I would want most people to know is that they shouldn't give up. With you, I didn't know what you would be capable of doing. My job as a mom was to prepare you for life -- whatever that was going to look like. And so I kept raising the bar for you, and you kept meeting every expectation."

Beyond Just Blue-Moving Toward Autism Acceptance

Alexis Wineman | Posted 04.07.2016 | Good News
Alexis Wineman

Every April, social media profile photos turn blue and awareness campaigns are in full swing. There is a sense of excitement in seeing the support gro...

How a Service Dog Saved My Life

Stuart Sherman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Stuart Sherman

Today, Swanson is my companion who looks to me for direction and who gets excited when she completes tasks. She infuses my heart with gratitude and her energy is contagious.

One Mom's Message on World Autism Awareness Day

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

So here's the deal. I don't know if there's really anything I can say that hasn't been said. The only thing I can tell you from my heart is this: I'm a mom who on a daily basis (sometimes hourly) worries about her son. He's four now and in my mind, I think, "Well, we've got a few years before others start to make fun of him."

Coding Allows Learning Disabled Students to Shine

Vidcode | Posted 04.01.2016 | Education
Vidcode

Learning to code is become increasingly prevalent in school curriculum's. From after-school clubs to dedicated class periods, coding and computer scie...

This Mom Is Changing The Conversation About Autism In Communities Of Color

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents

Camille Proctor began noticing changes in her son, Ari, around his second birthday. His communication skills regressed and he grew fascinated with the...

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

When we create conditions that help the child's brain perceive differences better, the brain gets new information with which the child can then make sense of herself, of her experiences, and of the world around her. When you do this, you are connecting with your child. She begins to get out of her fog and can begin to connect more with you.

Ten Things Not to Say to an Autism Mom...Really

Jasmine Cardinal | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Jasmine Cardinal

I have been itching to write this for at least a couple of years now. When I decided to take the plunge and actually start blogging, this was one of the first things that came to my head. So without further ado....

The Woman Who Mistook Herself for a Sociopath

Rachel Waters | Posted 03.16.2016 | Women
Rachel Waters

I entered Harlem Middle School in Fall 1994 with a mouthful of braces, an overflowing training bra and a lingering attachment to Velcro shoes. I had n...

Dad Finds Out He Has Autism After His Daughter's Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents

When a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the news can offer greater clarity and resources. For Australian parents Chris and Jessica Of...

Words - the other side of autism

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

The alarm goes off by my bed at 5:45 a.m. I don't have to get up quite that early to get ready for work. But I do so I can have an hour of quiet to ...

18 Tips for Preparing for an IEP Meeting

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

The form sent home should say who will be attending. Call if you want to know for sure. You really need to know who will be there so you can be ready for possible confrontations or situations that might arise. Knowing that the special education director for the school district is coming really changes how you prepare.

Dad's Photo Series Highlights The Many Faces Of Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.04.2016 | Parents

Welsh dad Glenn Gameson-Burrows has always enjoyed taking photos of his children, particularly his 2-year-old daughter Aneira, who has autism spectrum...

Why You Need to Swear the Night's Watch Oath Before Watching My Son With Autism

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Kelsey Timmerman

Griffin, 4, has autism and a deep curiosity to explore places where he shouldn't be -- all of our cabinets, no matter how high, the top of the refrigerator, the inside of a stranger's unlocked car, the tub of the dryer. You could say he's part spelunker or mountain goat. In autism lingo, he's an "eloper."

Why 'Autistic' and 'Autism' Are Not Dirty Words

Haley Moss | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Haley Moss

Autistic appears to be an insult in this world. While cringing at the past tense usage, I replied to my conversation partner, "I am autistic. I have autism." Present tense. I live in a world where normally, it is safer to hide it than to be criticized for how I see myself.

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked To Increased Autism In Kids

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Women who take antidepressants during the late stages of pregnancy have an 87 percent increased risk of giving birth to a child who will be diagnosed ...

Special Thanks From a Special Needs Mom

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I've been reading my friends' Facebook entries of all the things they are thankful for. And I've been reflec...