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Children With Autism

Why I'm Not Watching TV This Week

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Brian D. McLaren

Sharp young counselors -- some high-schoolers, some in college, and some a bit older -- give a week or more of their summer to give a handful of kids a chance to do things they'd never get to do otherwise.

Why Special Education Technology Needs to Go Beyond The Screen

Ladislas de Toldi | Posted 06.14.2016 | Education
Ladislas de Toldi

In today's society, one of the most common misconceptions about children with developmental disorders is that they are mentally deficient. This coul...

The Journey of an Aspie Mom

Tre Harrington | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Tre Harrington

Things don't always go to plan. I learned that about a week after you came home. Since you were my third child, I had an idea or two of what to expect. Yet, you were nothing like the others.

A Mother's Strength

Sharhonda Stockman | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Sharhonda Stockman

There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your child, but it's about wanting the best for them at their pace and at Godspeed. So at this point in my life, I have learned to live in the present and be excited about what is happening right now.

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...

When I Say, 'My Child Has Autism,' and You Say, 'I'm Sorry'

Angela Ashton Smith | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Angela Ashton Smith

"I'm sorry" is something you say to someone when they've experienced a loss. Nothing about my child being autistic is a loss to me. The day she was given her diagnosis, we didn't lose a "normal" child. To the contrary, we gained so much!

#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."

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...

Video Shows An Ordinary Day From The Perspective Of A Kid With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents

For some kids with autism, even the most seemingly simple tasks and events can be overwhelming. But it can be hard for others to fully comprehend what...

We May Have Been Wrong About Autism And Empathy

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.29.2016 | Science

Individuals with autism are often stereotyped as being socially disengaged and lacking in empathy, which has increased stigma against the disorder. Of...

This Film Will Help You Understand What It Means To Raise A Child With Autism

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.25.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Film director Janet Grillo was inspired to work on the new film "Jack of the Red Hearts," which tells the story of a little girl with autism, based on...

The Day My Life As a Parent Changed Forever

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

It began like any other day. I was a new mom to the cutest redheaded toddler you'd ever seen. I graduated from college the year before; my husband was...

Clinton on Autism: Need for a Paradigm Shift

Craig Snyder | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Craig Snyder

After nearly 20 years of advocacy on behalf of an appropriate public health response to the public health emergency of rising rates of severe autism, ...

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."

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...

Uplifting: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project was proud to support grassroots efforts around the world that uplift and support people and communities. Two projects this week provide innovative tools to individuals with autism and their families.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About -- Part 2

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

You are aware of autism. You just don't understand it. It's not something that directly impacts you, and so you don't really care about it all that much. And why should you?Unless you are the caregiver or educator of an individual with autism, caring is rather inconvenient.

Why I Call Myself An 'Autism Mom'

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Being a momma of a child with autism has its own challenges, its own rewards, its own misunderstandings, its own joy, and its own grief. And talking about it, writing about it, being honest about it, and owning it -- that matters.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

Autism isn't all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

What Being a 'Special Needs' Mom Has Taught Me About Just Plain Being a Mom

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

When your child wants to snuggle just a little longer, snuggle. When you worry about spoiling your child because you snuggle them so much, please know there will come a time when snuggling with you is the last thing they will ever want to do. Snuggle now. Snuggle long. You will miss it.

Horses, Autism, and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't see a child with autism. They see a child. Autistic children know this, and it feels good to them. In order for anyone, autistic or otherwise, to grow, heal, and have positive relationships with others, they must first have a positive relationship with themselves.

Autism: The Number 1 Thing You Can Do to Help Your Child

Andrea Libutti | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Andrea Libutti

All of the things we want for our child have a real chance of manifesting when we accept their behaviors rather than fear them. It's like the wall of tension we created gets toppled, and we actually create a bridge for our child to connect with us. And when that bridge is built, they are not only reachable, but they reach out to us.

5 Things I Wish I'd Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's been years now since my son received his autism diagnosis. As I look back at all the progress we have made, and how much our life has changed for the better, I am so very grateful. As I look back, I can also see that many of the things we learned, we did so by trial and error.

Scientists Show Immune System for Some With Autism Triggered by Gluten and Casein

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

My previous blog post describes the mechanism of action of gluten and how lessons learned from a failed cholera vaccine are tremendously helping those...