We had the boys’ 3 year check up this month, where we filled out the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. If you aren’t familiar with this, it’s a way to measure a child’s progress in order to see if there are any delays. I’ve attached a picture of his most recent scores today: […]
In our house autism can be all three – a disability, a difference AND a superpower, often all at the same time.
This is a great article which sums up my feelings on autism and how it effects our family. Autism is my son’s disability, difference, and superpower. Sometimes all in the same moment! It confers great benefits and challenges. When I speak up to help raise the voices of autistic people who do not want a […]
Lydia Wayman’s tips on dealing with an autistic child: Make a list of things you love about your child. Share it with someone. Give him freedom to obsess about his favorite thing. Obsess with him. It may be the bridge to learning and connecting with others. Limit choices. If scratchy clothes are a challenge every […]
The power of support can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Check out this inspirational story of a blind, nonverbal young man who runs his own business.
In this post, you’ll see why I didn’t become an artist. I feel this subject is too important and too difficult to explain only in text to avoid drawing it out, so please forgive my terrible drawings. Why You’re Probably Thinking of Autism Wrong When most people first learn about autism, they imagine it like this: […]
What can I do now at home to help prevent or treat developmental delays? -A Guide for Concerned Parents Part 3
This is part three of “I Think my Baby has Autism. -A Guide for Concerned Parents”. The first part, What are the early warning signs of autism? How can I tell the difference between a sign of autism and normal behavior? covers the early warning signs of autism for infants and toddlers and discusses what developmental delays […]
This is part two of “I Think my Baby has Autism. -A Guide for Concerned Parents”. The first part, What are the early warning signs of autism? How can I tell the difference between a sign of autism and normal behavior? covers the early warning signs of autism for infants and toddlers and discusses what […]
Ever since I started speaking about my son’s autism diagnosis at 17 months, I’ve had a lot of friends and strangers approach me with concerns about their own children. Even though study after study shows the importance of starting therapy as soon as possible for autistic children, most aren’t diagnosed until after 4 years of age, […]
The connections in autistic brains are idiosyncratic and individualized — Each autistics’ brain is distinct; non-autistics’ brains are remarkably uniform
You’ll often hear, those of us involved with autism say, “If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism,” but never before have I seen a study that so accurately captures what we have observed. Autistic brains, in contrast, were all different. Each had regions of high and low connectivity, and […]
The problem with articles on autism risks and how to evaluate studies. Or why circumcision is unlikely to increase rates of autism.
It seems like every month, articles pop up all over the internet blaming something else for causing autism. To the average person, it looks as though scientists have no idea what they are doing and are just throwing out darts to see what sticks. It’s hard for the average person to have faith in science […]