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Parents of Autistic Children

For Parents of Autistic Children, Education and Empowerment Key to Erasing Stigmas

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.31.2016 | Parents
Murali Balaji

As we begin Autism Awareness Month, it's important to appreciate how far we've come in understanding autism and helping autistic children lead productive lives. Yet challenges in combatting stigmas remain, particularly in communities of color.

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.

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.

5 Things Social Media Has Taught Me About Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

If there is something important happening; if there is something worth seeing or reading or hearing out there, some kind soul or a thousand of them will make sure we see it by sharing it on social media.

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.

In Our House, We Stim

Michelle Sutton | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Michelle Sutton

My oldest autistic child is almost 16. My youngest autistic child is 7. I have four other kids aged between 19 years and 18 months old. I've been pare...

10 Things I Wish Your Child Knew About My Son With Autism

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Leo appreciates your patience, because, like so many autistic people, it sometimes takes him a few beats to process spoken words. So give him a moment, once you've said something to him. You don't need to simplify your language or shout; he can hear you.

My Sprinter

Lisbeth Darsh | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisbeth Darsh

I decided long ago not to mind his need for speed. Something about the movement itself feels good to him, so I let him go. I once asked him why he sprints everywhere and he simply said, "I just like to be quick."

How Dare the Autistic Child... and His Mother?

Regan Long | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

As people sneered and looked down upon her, their eyes asking how dare she let her son ruin everyone else's shopping trip, I looked at her in total admiration. I thank God I was able to notice what everyone else seemed to miss.

Ron and Cornelia Suskind on Autism, Animation

Jane Williams | Posted 05.30.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

When the veil of autism descends on a child, devastated parents confront a series of difficult questions and decisions, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind whose new book recounts his family's 20-year odyssey across the elusive realm of autism.

Autism and Disclosure: Is Virginia's 'Autism' ID Card Ethical?

William Stillman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
William Stillman

Kathie Snow, a disability rights advocate, brought to my attention a recent news item about Senate Bill 367 in Virginia. The bill would require a bar code on driver's licenses and identification cards that can be scanned to reveal if a person has autism.

What You're Missing

Jess Wilson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Jess Wilson

I don't typically don't get to be off-duty when my autistic daughter is around other kids, and I sure as hell don't get to sit back and devour the latest beach read when I bring her to the pool.

Older Fathers More Likely To Have Autistic Grandchildren

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2013 | Fifty

* Study shows autism risks may build up over generations * Scientists think gene mutations in sperm may be a factor * Au...

For the "Friends" of Andrea and All the Rest

Franco Antonello | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Franco Antonello

An unwavering positive energy, the same energy needed by disabled children, led me, against all odds, to take my son on an adventure many dream of: riding across the three Americas on a Harley Davidson,

'Repetition Is a Response to Extreme Fear' -- A Conversation With the Markrams

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I first read about The Intense World Theory in March of this past year. I was also just beginning to find blogs written by autistics. My world completely changed. So it was with great excitement that I sat down with Drs. Kamila and Henry Markram after their presentation on Aug. 1.

Emma's New Shoes

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Because of her many and varied sensory issues, Emma doesn't like wearing shoes, or socks, for that matter. So, no. We did not have sneakers to send into school. However, I decided to change that.

Running With Mermaids

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

When Emma showed interest in the mermaid, I had high hopes for Mirabelle's return. Only, it turns out, Emma's mermaid did not hold the same sort of feelings as Mirabelle had for me.

How Improv Comedy Prepared Me For Motherhood

LaughSpin | Posted 06.10.2012 | Parents

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that a good improviser isn't prepared for. And I should know: I've been thrown a few curves in my life.

Autism: Death, Fear and Hope

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

There is a large and thriving community out there of both autists and parents of autists who are writing, blogging, commenting and reaching out to one another. The only requirement to join this community is a desire for connection.

10 Signs Of Possible Autism-Related Delays In Babies

| Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents

Though autism is often not diagnosed until the age of three, some children begin to show signs of developmental delay before they turn a year old. Whi...

Catherine Pearson

Moms of Kids With Autism Earn How Much Less? | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.19.2012 | Parents

It has long been known that parents of children with autism face particular financial strains, but researchers have now taken a first stab at quantify...

Kids With Autism at a Synagogue on Purim? Not a Prayer, Right?

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 05.12.2012 | Parents
Amy Lennard Goehner

Families with kids aged 2 to 20-something were encouraged by the rabbis to walk around when they needed to, bring their snacks back to their seats, dance to the music or do none of the above if they didn't want to. What didn't I hear? The words "SSSHHHHH!" or "Sit down!"

Autism on Christmas Eve

Jenee Woodard | Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion
Jenee Woodard

I was thinking about another time when things didn't work out so well on Christmas. ... Another time that folks had to deal with their "normal" being ripped apart by the "normal" of someone else -- of God.

Roots And Wings: Giving Autistic Children What They Need To Succeed in Adulthood

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

When Mickey was diagnosed 16 years ago, there was no road map to tell us what lay ahead. How do we build a full life for him after high school? Where will he live? And our ultimate dread: Who will love him when we are gone?

Marriage and Autism (Part II)

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Early on my husband and I realized the importance of down time, because with an autistic child, there is so little of it.