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Living With Autism

When School Is An Emotional Prison

Judy Silk | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Judy Silk

My 16-year-old daughter is trapped in a world where she feels that all that matters is school, and all that matters after school is homework. If you don't do homework, or don't do it on time or well, down goes the grade.

Stranger In A Strange Land: My Life With Asperger's

Quora | Posted 07.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul

How did you know you had Asperger's? originally appeared on Quora -- the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people w...

Why Does The Hate Continue Even After Orlando?

Haley Moss | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Haley Moss

Even in the wakes of diversity movements, and blatant discrimination against our country's most vulnerable minority groups that ends in tragedy like what happened in Orlando, there is still hate. There will always be hate.

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.

How Do You Design a Home for Someone With Autism?

The Conversation US | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Sherry Ahrentzen, University of Florida and Kim Steele, University of California, Los Angeles What if every time the bathroom fan buzzed, you became ...

How to Parent Stubborn Children

Tre Harrington | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Tre Harrington

The one thing that I am exceptionally good at is producing very head strong offspring. The one thing I really had to work at was learning to parent them.

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

Elaine Hall | Posted 05.04.2016 | 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.

Best and Worst States for People with Disabilities to Get Jobs

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Each year 300,000 young people with disabilities age into what should be the workforce. Sadly, despite the fact that most want to work, the majority d...

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 Is Really a Super Power

Jema Anderson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Jema Anderson

Ethan taught me to look beyond diagnoses. He taught me to look beyond the behaviors of people and to find their core. To see people with love and compassion.

A Window Into My Son's Journey With Autism

Jasmine Cardinal | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Jasmine Cardinal

I've never in my life come across such a perfect little boy. Tall, wispy sandy blond hair, perfect porcelain skin, that gap in his front teeth, and the sparkle behind those gorgeous brown eyes. He lives in his own little world. Rarely does he come out. But when he does, the connection is magical.

#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."

Autistic Adults Shouldn't Be Children of a Lesser God

Haley Moss | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Haley Moss

April is Autism Awareness Month. While I truly hope Autism Awareness Month becomes Autism Acceptance Month, I realize there is a gaping awareness issue.

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."

How My Son Has Taught Me About True Love

Liza Larregui | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Liza Larregui

I think about what I thought my life would be like with a child and it's nothing like I imagined, but you know what? That's okay. Because although my child has a disorder, and life is made a bit more difficult, he is happy.

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....

It's Never Too Late To Ask Once Again

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 03.24.2016 | Parents
Cecilie Aslaksen

If you have a child with autism, you'd understand the headline instantly. Your daily routine isn't about getting up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth and be on your way to school or job. That's for everyone else.

Visual Working Memory May Provide a Clue to the Social Difficulties Seen in Autism

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 03.17.2016 | Education
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Working Memory is the ability to remember and process information and is an important skill that is linked grades from kindergarten to college. Poor visual working memory can play an important role in the difficulties experienced by a child with autism.

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...

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 ...

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, ...

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.