I'm not hard-pressed to find positives in my daughter's autism diagnosis, and I'm guessing Woody and Jessie might feel the same.
Having a child with autism was a significant concern of mine prior to the birth of my first child Alexis back in January 2006. But then, on April 10, 2008 cancer knocked on our door and without an invitation took up residence in our then 27-mont-old daughter Alexis. Mr. Alan, do you still wish your kids had cancer?
As a child I was blessed with the gift of travel. My family traveled extensively, all across the globe and I wanted to give this gift to my own two ch...
Although I had never considered myself an activist, my work in my American Sign Language class inspired me to learn more about the world of disabilities.
If you had asked me what Kate's greatest sensory discomfort was, I would have said it was related to her hair. Until today, she did not let us brush her hair and a proper haircut was out of the question. Then something changed.
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Watching him skip and jump, I promised myself I would continue to be inspired by this family. On those long days when I'm convinced I lost the genetic lottery with autism, I will remind myself that this not a game to win or lose, but a life of love and hope and possibility.
Have I offended you yet? Have you already started crafting a nasty comment to post below?
I don't mind the questions, I really don't. I just want to clarify a few things.
April -- which annually serves as Autism Awareness Month -- brought showers of awareness on the condition and with it tremendous debate. Having comp...
Despite all the promising new research, advances in brain science have not gotten the attention they deserve from policy makers and the public. Fortunately, that is beginning to change.
I choose to play alone because I am independent and strong and the social conventions that rule your anxious world don't affect me in the least.
This upward trend can no longer be rationalized as a product of "better diagnosing" -- environmental factors almost certainly are playing a role.
When I hear or read that individuals on the autism spectrum don't form relationships, don't understand what's going on around them, or that they're "in their own world," I think of Sam.
By necessity, caring adults need to become detectives, analyzing what is taking place before the behavior (whether crying, screaming, biting, kicking, or running from the classroom) and how the environment either reinforces the behavior or helps to change it.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I spoke to Dr. Catharine Alvarez so that she could share her perspective on autism and anxiety as an adult on the autism spectrum. We hear primarily about children and teens with autism, and it's so important to hear the voices of adults who experience autism themselves.