While many with autism and Asperger's Syndrome wish to improve their social skills and cope with life in a more effective way, many are also proud of their unusual way of looking at the world.

The neurodiversity movement, a controversial one, embraces and celebrates the differences and unique abilities exhibited by people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Recent Posts on Autism

The New Date Night: Dinner and...Therapy?

With date nights occurring so rarely, many couples want to take advantage of their limited time together. They may want to talk, but forget how. Therapy can provide a safe, sympathetic and constructive environment where couples can express their wants and needs within a relationship, relieving the expectation to tackle each issue while they are in a more social setting.

How Can We Support Asperger's Students In Their Schools?

When do we stop blaming students with Asperger's and start helping them find their own way!?

Is Sensory Processing Disorder Real?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 16, 2015 Open Gently
Maybe 2–3 percent of children may have a brain abnormality integrating sensory data.

Married to a Man With Asperger’s Syndrome?

By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on November 04, 2015 The Heart of Autism
Being in a relationship with an undiagnosed Asperger or autistic husband can be challenging in some marriages. The wife can sometimes experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Affective Deprivation Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their husband's low emotional reciprocity, communication struggles and anger issues.

Naming Without Shaming?

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on November 03, 2015 Post Clinical
Are there dangers in labeling a Sesame Street puppet with autism?

Narcissism or Aspergers: How Would You Diagnose These Cases?

We all like diagnostic labels to clearly define if a syndrome is x or y. What would you do, vis-a-vis, these two cases detailed and sent to me by readers of an earlier article that I have posted on this blog? What are your thoughts: narcissism, Aspergers, both or neither?

Music Therapy and Autism: An Ethical Dilemma

By Dean Olsher M.A., MT-BC on November 01, 2015 A Sound Mind
Music therapists are effective at treating autism. Autistic people think it is wrong of us to try.

Beyond the "Selfie" Self: the Diametric View

Robert Trivers’ neo-Freudian view of the self-deceiving self is self-contradictory, but the diametric model suggests a more honest alternative.

Understanding Childhood Social Difficulties

One of the basic wishes most parents share is that their children get along, play, and interact well with others. For children who instead struggle with their peers, the earlier interventions start, the earlier they can catch up. Since both ADHD and autism impact relationships, sorting out the ‘why’ often guides what to do next.

How Could "Brain Observatories" Help the BRAIN Initiative?

A group of leading American neuroscientists are calling for the creation of centralized "brain observatories" that could revolutionize the ability of scientists across the United States to research the human brain.

The Big Tent of Music Therapy

By Dean Olsher M.A., MT-BC on October 19, 2015 A Sound Mind
People ask me all the time, “How does music therapy work?” At first I start preparing an answer about its effectiveness. Quickly, though, it becomes clear they’re asking a question that seems simple but is in fact just as complicated.

Neuroscientists Decrypt the Mystery of Rapid Eye Movements

In a groundbreaking study, neuroscientists have decoded the mysterious brain mechanics behind rapid eye movements.

Idiosyncratic Brain Synchronization Associated with Autism

Two recent neuroimaging studies reveal that individuals with autism exhibit uniquely 'idiosyncratic' patterns of brain connectivity and synchronization. What causes idiosyncratic brain synchronization in people with autism spectrum disorders?

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

The recent tragedy in Oregon has renewed controversy about what autism really is or isn’t. While often well intentioned, this debate is based on shaky scientific ground and may actually be making stigma worse.

Purkinje Cells Burst to Life with State-Dependent Excitation

Neuroscientists have discovered that Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum toggle between a silent "down" state and a bursting "up" state depending on levels of electrical activity.

Does Neurodiversity Whitewash Autism?

There's a new book on neurodiversity - Neurotribes by Steve Silberman. And there's another one coming in a few months-In A Different Key from John Donvan and Caren Zucker. The books are putting neurodiversity in the news, and some say we're whitewashing the true nature of autism. As an autistic adult with an autistic son, I offer a dissenting view and inside perspective

Please Stop Whitewashing Autism

By Amy S.F. Lutz on September 28, 2015 Inspectrum
Steve Silberman's new book NeuroTribes is just the latest media account to recast autism as a "gift." These Facebook posts reveal, however, that the disorder can also be profoundly disabling. As we set research and policy agendas regarding treatment, education, housing and employment for autistic children and adults, we cannot forget about the most severely impaired.

Are Diesel Cars Responsible for Rising Rates of Autism?

A recent study and several previous investigations have found associations between air pollution and autism. These studies suggest increased chances of having a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder following higher exposures to diesel particulate matter, as well as in connection to proximity to a freeway.

The Ways, and Whys, of Autism

By Guest Bloggers on September 22, 2015 The Guest Room
In Uniquely Human, Dr. Barry Prizant advocates a paradigm shift in understanding and treating autism. He maintains that “autism isn’t an illness. It’s a different way of being human.”

Knowledge Is Power, in Community and Alone

We're just beginning to realize the vital importance of community among people with autism and other neurodiverse conditions. Here's why it matters and what you can do to take part.

New Paradigm of Thought Demystifies Cognitive Flexibility

By Christopher Bergland on September 07, 2015 The Athlete's Way
Researchers have created a new model of cognitive flexibility based on four components.

Loving What You Hate and Hating What You Love

By Lynne Soraya on September 07, 2015 Asperger's Diary
For an autistic person, pain can be disturbingly difficult to distinguish from pleasure.

Autism Diagnoses are Rising, but Why?

The reasons behind the increased number of children diagnosed with autism remains a mystery. Some new data, however, suggests that these kids were simply diagnosed as something else in the past.

Why Do Girls and Boys with Autism Have Differing Behaviors?

By Christopher Bergland on September 04, 2015 The Athlete's Way
Researchers at Stanford University have identified that boys with autism have different brain structure than girls with autism.

What If the Diagnosis of Autism Is Wrong?

How does this happen? There are many neuropsychologists who are excellent and take time to evaluate a child. Sometimes, children do not perform well because they are afraid of the unfamiliar adult or the testing tasks and environment. Sometimes, at a young age, particularly in cases of a language delay, the child doesn’t understand the intent of the question.

Dilemmas in Diagnosis: Is it Autism, Anxiety, or Neither?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on August 30, 2015 Child in Mind
The process of diagnostic assessment, as guided by DSM defined disorders, may limit our ability to listen to the story and gain a full understanding of a child's experience. However, it is that very understanding that leads to meaningful solutions.

Rethinking the Symptoms of Autism

The tragedy here is that, among that many symptoms of autism that are unresponsive to treatment, catatonic symptoms are highly responsive. Instead, many clinicians are still administering neuroleptics, which may make the patients worse rather than better. Medicine has the power to relieve illness, but switch a train onto the wrong track and it may just ignore the red flag

Is Your Child's Psychiatrist an Autism Expert?

By Amy S.F. Lutz on August 24, 2015 Inspectrum
Seventy percent of the autistic population suffers from co-morbid psychiatric disorders, yet psychiatrists receive very little training specific to developmental and intellectual disorders. The Developmental Neuropsychiatry Training Consortium hopes to change that.

Growing Confident: Parenting to Shatter Boundaries

If we are not willing to be vulnerable – to feel just a little bit unsafe – we will never bump into our boundaries hard enough to shatter them.

The Importance of Sex While Raising The Special Needs Child

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on August 19, 2015 Save Your Sex Life
Sex & Raising The Special Needs Child