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Living With Autism

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, ...

Please Help -- Parents of Special Kids Need Special Care Too

Marci Lebowitz | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents
Marci Lebowitz

If you're a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, or one with other complex special needs, you deserve a world of thanks. Special needs parenting can be incredibly challenging, and this is why the topic of parent self-care is so very important.

The First Time I Realized My Nonverbal Autistic Child Was Communicating

Marci Lebowitz | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Marci Lebowitz

When you approach your child calmly, this will allow you to decipher the communication clues your child is sending you with clarity. Your high-strung nerves can melt away into compassion, bringing a sense of peace to both you and your child.

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.

Autism, Families, and Growing Up

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Now there is a new must-read memoir, Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism by Liane Kupferberg Carter. I have been a fan of Liane's for quite a while.

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...

12 Tips for Hosts Entertaining Holiday Guests with Sensory Processing Challenges

Jessica Miller-Merrell | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Miller-Merrell

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition where sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses. SPD affects the way a child processes messages sent to his or her brain from any of the five main senses -- sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son's Autism Diagnosis

Shawna Wingert | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. And yet for many years, in our family, it was one of the worst. After finally getting his diagnosis, and learning more and more about my son's needs, we have taken a much different approach to celebrating the holidays.

There Really Are Angels Among Us -- We Need to Allow Ourselves to Let Them Help

Kate Welch | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

I am not saying I'm an angel in any way, shape or form. I am ridiculously human and I mess up all the time. But I do have some knowledge that I pray will help Kelly. And it is my sincere hope that those who read my blog, even if they're really far away, will find hope and the courage to go through another day.

The Saddest Part of Being a Mom to a Young Adult With Autism

Kate Welch | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

This is the silent pain that everyone who loves someone with autism quietly bears. The emotional skills we have spent a lifetime acquiring and perfecting fail us. Our children suffer. We suffer because they suffer. And there is nothing anyone can do to fix it.

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.

Ed Asner, Shannon Penrod, Shannon Des Roches Rosa Respond to Autism Speaks Criticism

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Sara Gershfeld

As an active member in the autism community, with no formal affiliation or financial relationship with Autism Speaks, I think it is important for us to engage in these discussions openly and often, with respect and tolerance for both perspectives.

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.

A Shocking Lack of Support for Early Autism Screening

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

In the "balance of benefits and harms" that the task force's draft statement speaks of, a well-documented benefit should carry more weight and be given extra consideration over "harms" of inconvenience. That is where common sense comes in.

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2015 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

No one tells you that church and sensory issues are like oil and water. They don't mention it in occupational therapy, or when you get the diagnosis, or even in the books that talk about what to expect. Yet every mom I know that has a unique little one like mine, has experienced it.

How's a Failed Cholera Vaccine Helping Millions of Children With Autism?

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 08.04.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

Let's start from the beginning. Ever wonder how this whole recent gluten thing started? Cholera and a rock star, of course... well, a scientific ...

Meet the Gutsy Dad That Started a Car Wash to Help His Son Find Purpose

NationSwell | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Most car washes are filled with less-than-enthusiastic workers. But in Parkland, Fla., there's a place to clean your car where the employees -- 80 percent of whom are along the autism spectrum -- are extremely excited about their daily responsibilities.

An Open Letter to my Perfectly Imperfect Son

Meredith Masony | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

You are not your autism. You are my son. I love every piece of you. I cannot fix you because you are not broken.

20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Sometimes, doctors know exactly what we need. Sometimes they don't. Either way, only go to a doctor who sees you as a valuable partner in your child's health and progress.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

We Have a Choice About Autism

Andrea Libutti | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Andrea Libutti

Over the years, I have discovered that my child lives in a much different world than my own. His senses are unimaginably heightened. He experiences sounds and color and light in ways that we cannot even fathom. He sees and hears beauty in the world that I may never see myself.

Kids With Autism Describe Their Sensory Experiences

Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living

By Jesse Singal Follow @jessesingal It can be hard for any parent or caretaker of a child to understand what that child's inner world feels lik...

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.

Groundhog Day and Its Evil Twin

Kate Welch | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

As cloying and exhausting as it can be to submit to a rigid routine, it is horribly chaotic when that routine is disrupted.

Just Ask Me

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Maybe I can tell you what you need to know. Or maybe I can't. Either way, I'm an expert in my own awareness. And I know autism. Oh, how I know autism. Just ask me.