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What Happens When Anger Management Fails?

What Happens When Anger Management Fails?

Is there a connection between anger and autism? Yes. absolutely. One of the most pronounced emotional characteristics of many people with autism is their anger. Anger is the easiest and most highly developed emotion most people with autism display. In high functioning...

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The Steel Trap Syndrome

The Steel Trap Syndrome

Why Do Small Things Upset People on the Autism Spectrum with Such Regularity? Because one incident at some earlier point in time created a black and white rule in their mind. When living with, working with, or just relating to an individual on the autism spectrum, it...

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The Controversial Complexities of Autism

The Controversial Complexities of Autism

Question: Ever asked if autism is a disability? Answer: After more than 14 years of writing extensively about this, I can say unequivocally that no matter what you say about autism, or how caring you are, or politically correct you attempt to be, someone will find it...

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Why I Needed a Therapist!

Why I Needed a Therapist!

Quick Question: Do I need a therapist for my child with autism?Quick Answer: Yes. But not just any therapist. A therapist knowledgeable in autism. It’s a mother’s worst nightmare. Your child is suffering and you can’t stop the pain. The pain is obvious by the way they...

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Vacation are supposed to be fun and relaxing, right?

Vacation are supposed to be fun and relaxing, right?

Quick Answer: To make vacations more fun and relax, it takes advanced planning.This blog post covers things to think about as you plan. Planning Perspective When you decide to take a vacation, there are many details that you consider and contingencies that you plan...

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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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