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What Lego Moms Know That Others Don’t …

What Lego Moms Know That Others Don’t …

Do you have a Lego-Lover in your house?If so, you are one of the chosen (and no, this isn’t a commercial for Legos). That’s because Lego moms know something that others don’t know. Not that it is a diagnostic criterion of ASD, but many, many of us with kids on the...

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Autism Needs a Witness Protection Plan!

Autism Needs a Witness Protection Plan!

We – the family of someone with autism - witness it all the time. And that’s exactly why we need a Witness Protection Program!The pain, the struggle, the hurt and the challenges our children, teens and young adults face when they have autism. Their world is not easy!...

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The Plight of Undiagnosed Adults with ASD

The Plight of Undiagnosed Adults with ASD

People often ask me, are there adults who never got diagnosed with ASD and what happens to them? My answer is that yes, there are many, many adults with ASD who have never been diagnosed. That includes people of all ages: seniors, those in middle age, young adults and...

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Autism’s Multidimensional Impact

Autism’s Multidimensional Impact

Up until now, our dialogue about autism has been very one dimensional - FLAT. The idea that autism effects only the individual on the spectrum is as antiquated and the idea that the world is flat. As the days of hyper-focus on autism’s cause and cure seem to be fading...

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Walking the Parenting Tightrope of ASD

Walking the Parenting Tightrope of ASD

One of the biggest challenges we face as parents of children on the autism spectrum is to adjust our expectations and beliefs about our child’s abilities and their future without giving up hope for the best. Of course, as parents, we all hope for the best for our...

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Appreciation Makes Life With ASD Easier

Appreciation Makes Life With ASD Easier

As a parent, finding our way to appreciation of the autism of our child is a tricky path to walk. We hold out hope that things will be better once… (fill in the blank). The blank gets filled in with whatever current challenge we are overcoming, such as “…once he gets...

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Surviving Their Suffering at Any Age

Surviving Their Suffering at Any Age

Being a parent of a child on the autism spectrum is a very painful and emotional experience for most of us, regardless of the age of our loved one. Sometimes when the anxiety or difficulty with the world overtakes our loved ones on the spectrum, we see behaviors that...

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Limitations Redefined

Limitations Redefined

No matter how much the oak wants to be a maple tree, or how hard it believes, or how much therapy you give it, it is an oak tree, and as an oak tree, by its nature, it makes acorns. Asking it struggle to be a maple tree for its survival, is unfair. The maple tree...

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Why Does Autism Appreciation Really Matter?

Why Does Autism Appreciation Really Matter?

I found this image when I was looking at stock photos under the category of Autism Awareness. It was mentioned that these are ideal for t-shirt graphics. A t-shirt is a really nice way to express support … But … There is a really important reason to do more than be...

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What are the Signs of Autism?

What are the Signs of Autism?

Many parents recognize the signs of autism long before they know what they mean or receive a diagnosis. There are several definitive patterns of behavior that might indicate the presence of autism: Sensory Hypersensitivity (could be sensitive on any or all sensory...

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What Causes Autism?

What Causes Autism?

There are no definitive answers to that question. What we do know, however, is that the brain of an individual with autism develops differently and processes the world differently. That different processing style leads to a very specific world view, patterns of...

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ASD

ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is the diagnostic term for what is also called autism. ASD is considered a developmental disability and can cause communication, behavioral, and social difficulties in a wide range of severity from very mild to so extreme that the...

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What is Autism? Limitations Redefined

What is Autism? Limitations Redefined

What is autism? At first glance, so many people see autism as a limitation. They mistakenly believe that it is a “disease” that needs to be cured. Autism is not a disease. Nor is it a condition where the individual is broken, sick, wrong or bad. Autism is a difference...

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Why Create A Well-Defined Plan in 2021?

Why Create A Well-Defined Plan in 2021?

Why create a well-defined plan in 2021? We’re already 6 weeks into the new year! All of us have had our hopes up that with start of 2021, life was going to get better. We are anticipating less sickness, more health. Less restrictions, more freedom. Less fear, more...

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I Have Autism

I Have Autism

The I Have Autism BookmarkThis bookmark was created to help the reader recognize the many ways that an individual with ASD is impacted by their autism. Each phrase on the bookmark is written from the perspective of the individual on the spectrum, and serves as a...

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Different Doesn’t Equal Bad

Different Doesn’t Equal Bad

This year, during the COVID pandemic, Christmas has looked different for many of us. Lots of people reacted very negatively. They were horrified to give up ages-old family traditions, angry to be restricted in their shopping or holiday activities, and resentful about...

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