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Parenting and 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."

We Are Part of 'The System,' Too: Keeping Our Autistic Children Safe

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Lou Melgarejo

I have watched over the past few days as friends from the autism community have expressed horror and confusion at the attempted murder of Issy Staplet...

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?

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....

LOOK: 10 Families Living With Autism

Posted 04.05.2013 | Parents

Just days before the start of National Autism Awareness Month, a new parental survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed...

Helping Autism With High Tech

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Sara Gershfeld

It is often stated that the latest and greatest consumer electronics have quickly eroded our social skills. While that may be true, these devices can have the opposite effect on children with autism by providing new ways to effectively teach social skills.

The Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism: Two Autistics Spoke... Did Anyone Listen?

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

How is it that we can say we "care" about autism and those who are autistic, yet not fund programs that will make their lives better? How is it we can use war terminology and ignore that these words make those who are on the spectrum feel badly about their very existence?

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.

On World Autism Day, There Are Still Families without Help

Joseph Hill | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Joseph Hill

This is not 1950, it is 2012, and families should not have to go bankrupt to pay for their children's therapies. Insurance companies should cover conditions that require treatment.

Autism: Is It An 'Obsession' Or Just A Preferred Interest?

Elaine Hall | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Elaine Hall

Sometimes I wonder if there is a fine line between autism and certain kinds of genius. How great would it be if every child had mentors who saw a child's strengths as a way toward adult life.