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Living With Autism

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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.

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism

Alex Ellis | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Alex Ellis

Being autistic, like being left handed, says very little about who we arewe still often have an instinctive wariness about difference -- especially when we are in groups and when we are still developing our own identity. Our own insecurities can limit us.

Stop Looking at My Daughter

Jeramy Hope | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jeramy Hope

My whole existence is to ensure my family's success. At times, that will mean that my princess makes too much noise in public. More often than not, I will get it wrong and make matters worse -- sorry, I'm new to this. We are trying to give our princess the best possible life -- and I wouldn't change this for the world.

Our Life With Autism (A Photo Essay)

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

There are some universal experiences we as parents share -- whether our children have autism or not -- and then there are things that even the most empathetic person cannot understand without having a child with autism. Sometimes it's an amazing journey. Sometimes it's painfully challenging.

Dad Of Kid With Autism Develops App So People With Disorder Can Find, Rate Accommodating Places

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

A Pennsylvania father whose son has autism is creating an app that will help people with the disorder and their families. Topher Wurts is developi...

But She Can Talk?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

She talks pretty much non-stop. Sometimes, it drives me crazy and I feel immediately guilty for thinking that, because some of you have yet to hear the sound of your child's voice -- some of you might never hear that sound.

5 New Year's Resolutions for an Autism Mom

Julie M Green | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

I do the best I can, sure. But some days, my best falls short of good enough. My son is a tremendous kid. He deserves an equally tremendous -- at least most of the time -- mom. So in that spirit of self-improvement and self-awareness, I resolve to the following.

Pets May Help Improve Social Skills Of Children With Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science

Having a family pet can be beneficial for child development in a number of ways, including keeping kids active and promoting empathy, self-esteem and ...

Retired Cop Teaches Autism Safety To First Responders Across The Country

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 12.16.2014 | Crime

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A retired police officer from Michigan has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effe...

Reaching the Unique Minds of Children on the Autism Spectrum

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Simply stated, we must discover what makes each child "tick." How can I, Dr. "Stickman," and other doctors, therapists, teachers and parents, awaken the senses and open the unique minds of children, such as the talented Iris Grace and other children with ASD, to allow us to reach them?

The Heartbreak And Joys Of Having A Child With Autism, In 6-Second Videos

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents

Just before his second birthday, Kimberly Maschi’s son, Jase, was diagnosed with autism. In that moment, as the doctor delivered the news, Maschi sa...

5 Life Lessons From Moms Who've Been There, Done Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

We're always told to look to our elders for advice. We're supposed to take it firsthand from those who've "been there, done that." But when you have a child with autism, it often feels like you're making your way through an endless dark tunnel with no Yoda to guide you.

4 Tips for Preparing Your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebrations

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is imperative.

The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or Challenges

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

On my end, I've written that my meditation practice has been my "saving grace." Okay, if I am going to be honest... it is stronger than that. It has saved my life. With my daughter, I probably would have lingered in a consistent state of depression. I've had bouts, but with my practice I could always get out of it.

Fostering Equality and Opportunity for Those With Developmental Disabilities

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

Tomorrow legislative leaders will join Governor Patrick at Fenway Park to celebrate the passage of three bills, including one which enacts the ABLE provision. This component has the potential to transform life for families with children with autism and other disabilities.

This Thanksgiving, Give Back to the Angels on the Labyrinthine Streets of Autism

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Providing care and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families is a deed that should be recognized.

The Myth of Being Normal

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

As the mom of a son who has been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, "normal" is a word that I downright avoid.

Your Child With Autism and the Ghosts, Goblins & Witches Among Him

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Here are some tips for preparing a child in the spectrum for participation in the festivities of Halloween.

Authentically Autistic -- Like Mother, Like Son

Kelly Bron Johnson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Kelly Bron Johnson

He is free to be himself the way I wasn't until my 30s, and if it weren't for him, I may never have been given the gift of diagnosis. Allowing him to be himself -- free, proud, and authentically autistic -- is the best gift I can give him in return.

He Wants To Show People 'Hey, A Kid With Autism Is Making It In Football'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen

At 6-foot-6 and weighing 270 pounds, Josh Bailey definitely has the build of a football team captain. But in the earlier years of his life, the Michig...

That's Mine!Playing Autism Style

Shanell Mouland | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Kate reaches the carriage before me. Two possible scenarios run through my mind. Either she will immediately remove the toy from the baby's hands while screaming, "That's mine!" at the tiny infant. Or she will emancipate that baby from the carriage itself.

Celebs Rally For Teen With Autism Who Was Doused With Feces In Cruel Ice Bucket Prank

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact

Updated on Sept. 9, 2014; 2:44 p.m. EST: Bay Village, Ohio, Police Chief Mark Spaetzel told CNN that suspects involved in the ice bucket prank have be...