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Aspergers Syndrome

Autism Without Fear: Don't Kid Yourself -- or Rob Your Kid: Sports Matter (Part 2)

Michael John Carley | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Michael John Carley

I have learned the ways of others (who don't have autism spectrum diagnoses) perhaps, but this does not change where I come from. One learning fluent French doesn't turn you into a French native.

April Is Autism Awareness Month -- Light It Up Blue!

Lisa Masters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Autism Awareness month is here again. Puzzle pieces will be scattered everywhere to remind us of an unknown future for those whose world is somewhat different than most, and on April 2, the world will turn a lighter shade of blue.

Autism Without Fear: Don't Kid Yourself -- or Rob Your Kid: Sports Matter

Michael John Carley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Michael John Carley

A comfort with competition has never been high on the priority list for raising developmentally-challenged kids. Naturally behind due to motor-skills issues, our caregivers have packaged that with our misinterpreted disinterest, and let this slice of life go by.

Autism Without Fear

Michael John Carley | Posted 03.06.2014 | Parents
Michael John Carley

When a stranger gives you a dirty look because your child is upset in the supermarket, you might dissolve in shame, or you might confront the dirty-look perpetrator. But neither response is right. If your child is upset, he needs and deserves your attention more than that stranger.

Why Are Children Losing Their Autism Diagnosis?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

I understand, and many researchers have pointed out to me, that grandfathering these autism diagnoses is scientifically messy at best. It may take decades to "clean up" the science; in the meantime, it's my duty to advocate for my patients.

Boy With Asperger's Finds Friend In Zoo's Sea Lion

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.02.2014 | Good News

It's clear that this little boy is having one fantastic day, hanging out with a frisky, friendly sea lion at the National Zoo: "This is the bes...

Why Wishing Colin a Happy Birthday Is Important for Your Kids

GalTime | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents

When 10-year-old Colin told his mom not to bother planning him a birthday party because he has no friends, his mom decided to prove him wrong. She created the Facebook page "Happy Birthday Colin" for her son who has Asperger's Syndrome.

Autism: A New Cultural Competency

William Stillman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
William Stillman

Understanding autism cultural competency includes making compassionate accommodations when and where possible in consideration of someone's sensory sensitivities. This requires not only awareness but compromise.

Time for Autism Speaks to Zip It?

Michele Somerville | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Somerville

My son Jack, a young man with Asperger's, a "disorder" on the autism spectrum, was about 13 when Dr. Wang, a Chinese medicine practitioner he sees for...

Teen Playing Xbox Dies Of Heart Attack

Posted 07.16.2013 | Crime

A UK teen with an undiagnosed condition suffered a heart attack while playing Xbox, and later died after two days on life support. He was 16. Jake ...

The Latest Trend On TV: Characters With Asperger's

Maggie Furlong | Posted 07.10.2013 | TV
Maggie Furlong

Featuring a character on the autism spectrum on a TV show is hardly a new phenomenon, but it does seem to be more prevalent in pop culture lately. Is it a sign of society's efforts to embrace and personify a disorder that has become more and more prevalent?

Pimp and Circumstance

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

One of the things I admire most about my Asperger's son is his complete disregard for winning the approval of others. He is a wonderful melange of scholar and rebel.

Swimming Upstream

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

"Asperger's" is not a dirty word to be whispered. It is part of my son's makeup, the same as his brown hair and his hazel eyes.

Autism and Empathy

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liane Kupferberg Carter

So why does this myth that autistic people lack empathy persist? The reasons are complicated -- a convergence of media, popular culture, and ignorance.

Every Day Is Mother's Day

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

The only way I can explain it is to tell you that I feel like you do on Christmas morning -- every single day! I can't wait to tear off the wrapping paper, untangle the glittery ribbons and open your unexpected gifts.

Why I Don't Want You To Call My Son 'Normal'

Posted 05.03.2013 | Parents

Women in 24 cities across the country are participating in the reading series Listen to Your Mother in celebration of Mother's Day (May 12) this year....

What It Also Means to Raise an Autistic Child

Brenda Rothman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

For many years, we didn't travel or attend gatherings. It was too exhausting for Jack. He had to process new environments, decipher voices talking at the same time, recognize faces, absorb emotions and respond to unexpected sounds, lights and movements. It cost him too much energy.

8 Things I Wish Your Kids Knew About Autism | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents

When you talk to your kids about autism, please take that extra step and mention not just how people with autism are different from people without it -- talk about how they're the same, too. To get you started, here are 10 things I wish everyone's kids knew about autism:

Playground Progress

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.

Saint Judy

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Raising a child with special needs has been challenging to say the least. Convincing the medical community that my concerns about my son were valid, and then attaining a proper diagnosis, was a gruesome battle. My mother has been right there in the trenches with me from day one.

Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Never giving up and being open to the possibilities that come our way and Jeremy's way is how we live. We look for ways to connect and to give back. We are grateful to our community and society's increasing acceptance and understanding of those who are differently-abled.

Gay British Teen Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party

Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

A young British man has been convicted of manslaughter after killing a gay teen by setting him on fire. The BBC reports that 20-year-old Jordan She...

Why I've Always Struggled To Understand What My Son Needs

John Elder Robison | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
John Elder Robison

One of my greatest challenges as a new dad was determining what my kid wanted or needed. He seemed to get distressed and yell for no reason, but I knew there must be one -- I just couldn't discern it.

Pulp Affliction

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Like an insurance company that reimburses for pre-existing conditions, I will turn a blind eye to my "already-friends" with seemingly flawless children. But I do prefer to spend time among those who, like I, live on the edge.

Mind Over Grey Matter

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

"Name someone who is not smart despite being well-educated." "Do you know anyone who is materialistic but who doesn't live ostentatiously?" My son asks me questions like these all day long. In our family, we call them "database questions." They scare the hell out of me.