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Child With Autism

'Autistic and Aging Out' Film

Lauren Betesh | Posted 12.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Betesh

Though formal programs for children diagnosed with autism continue through high school, at 21 these programs end, and the options for care become less clear. This process is known in the autistic community as "aging out."

But What About Alex?

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

As we rally around, trying to distance or identify with the parent, Alex and those like him are all but forgotten. His life is seen as an example of what some must endure. But what about Alex? What about what Alex had to endure?

What I Wish I'd Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

It is my hope, for those of you who may be at the beginning of your journey with an autistic child, that these things might help you avoid some of the many, many mistakes we made and a great deal of unnecessary pain.

Missing Matthew

Laura Shumaker | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

I was the only one who knew how to calm him during an adolescent, autistic meltdown. Now, I felt stripped of my duties.

ICare4Autism and an Opportunity to Make a Difference

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am not an impartial, unbiased observer, prepared to provide an even-handed summation of my observations. I am highly-opinionated and exceptionally-biased in my ever-evolving perspective on autism.

Untangling Me From My Daughter

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Emma is without inhibitions. She is without embarrassment. She is without shame. Female neuro-typicals could learn a thing or two from Emma. I could learn a thing or two from Emma.

The Depiction of Autism and Why it Matters

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Being in contact with these kind autists has taught me more than any specialist, article, book or news show. These people with their writing and blogs have opened my mind to the very real possibilities that exist for my daughter. This gives me hope.

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.

Minus One Equals Zero

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am constantly impressed with my 10-year-old autistic daughter Emma's mind and creative use of words. I often think when I listen to her that there's a kind of poetry in the way she phrases things, the way she will use seemingly unrelated words to describe something.

A Stranger on the Subway and Musings on Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

The fact that Emma was able to communicate to Joe that she'd had a rough day is a massive leap forward for her. Secondly, that she was able to then make it known that what she now wanted to do was see me was nothing short of amazing.

Living With Autism: You Are Not Alone

Elaine Hall | Posted 05.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Hall

Raising any child with a disability or illness can be difficult to say the least. But for many reasons, and for many people, parenting a child with autism can be especially overwhelming.

Waging War

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Ariane Zurcher

Emma is my daughter, who happens to have autism. The autism piece is complicated. The beautiful little girl/daughter piece is not.

Living With Autism: What I'd Say If I Had Dinner With President Obama

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I imagined what I would say to you, Mr. President, if I had the opportunity to have dinner with you. I would speak with you about the rising numbers of children diagnosed with autism.