Divorce Cases Involving Children with Autism

Considering the high rates of autism diagnosis, how can it be that the family court system - there to serve the ‘best interests of the child’ - has so little knowledge about the affects of autism on children? How can family court counselors and custody evaluators make assessments in divorce cases that include children with autism if they are not knowledgeable about ASD?

Envisioning the Future for Your Child with Autism

When envisioning the future of your child as an adult – any child – it’s important to focus on the strengths that are apparent. And as the parent of a child with autism, it’s even more important. The strengths your child has will help him overcome his deficits, perhaps even become a way for your child to be employed as an adult, or be motivated to learn new skills.

Your Child With Autism: Life as an Adult & Planning Ahead

Once your child starts is no longer eligible for school services under IDEA because he or she has graduated from high or aged out of school services (at age 22 in most states), there is nothing guaranteed for your adult child. Your adult child may be eligible for services, but that does not mean that he or she will receive services. Planning ahead is necessary.

Autism Adult Transition: My Son Moves Into His Own Place

In September, Jeremy moved into his own place. For Jeremy who is autistic, who communicates by typing and has many sensori-motor challenges, moving meant more than just transferring to another living space.

Preparing to Launch: Young Adult with Autism Leaves Home

Jeremy, 25, has been wanting to leave home and live with a roommate for many years. Wanting to, and being ready to are not the same thing. Jeremy has autism, communicates by typing, and has sensory -visual -motor challenges that impede daily living. Jeremy finally launched on Monday, Labor Day. What did that feel like, people are asking, preparing to for this day?

Doing What You Love, On and Off the Autism Spectrum

Many non-autistic people have a hard time realizing that being passionate (neurotypical translation: obsessive) and engaging in a topic of interest is that autistic child’s way of having fun.

Parents New to Autism: More First Steps to Take

If your child is very young, you need to find out about early intervention in your area. Get your name on any lists for services you feel you may need to access at some point. Other things to do include: keep good records and notes, interact with and teach your child, take care of yourself, and surround yourself with positive-minded people.

Newly Diagnosed Child With Autism? First Steps for Parents

Getting information and connecting with people on-line is great, but there is nothing like meeting people face to face and getting information about your local area that you will need. Because each state has different ways of providing federally mandated early intervention and education, you will need to know how to access these services in your state.

New to Autism? Where to Go for Information

If you are new to autism, here are some recommended non-profit organizations to start empowering yourself with knowledge. Whether you are a parent or a professional new to the world of autism, it’s important to get information from valid sources.

Advice for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children with Autism

Receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child now is easier than before, and there are many more treatments, therapies and strategies to consider. As well, there are many more sources of information to draw from,and parents need to use caution and learn how to discern factual information from marketing hype. Parents have to figure out what is best for their child.

Thanksgiving: Snails and Feeling Grateful

Moving here when my mother was six months pregnant and with few belongings, they were astonished and grateful for the openness, kindness, and generosity of the Americans they met. I’m particularly grateful to my parents that raised my siblings and I to appreciate two cultures, while teaching us that there is no shame in being different.

Seizures and Autism: Read Silently Seizing

Silently Seizing is a great book for understanding more about seizures. Often times medical professionals analyze the behavior of a person with autism as just being a characteristic of autism.

Mother’s Day: Tips on Reaching Out to an Autism Mom

The autism mom you know needs you now more than ever. Any way you can continue to be there for her is appreciated.

Autism Awareness Month - "Kindly We Really Want Love"

For years it was assumed that those with autism did not feel emotion because they did not show emotions the way neurotypicals do. It was assumed they did not want friends because they didn't know how to make friends. Yet, we hear more and more from young people on the spectrum that they want connections with others; they want friends.

Creating Connections for Children and Teens with Autism

Many children and teens with autism do not naturally create Circles of Participation and Circles of Friendship. Teaching children and teens on the autism spectrum how to develop and sustain relationships is part of our responsibility as parents.

Creating Natural Supports For Those With Autism

Most of us have naturally been creating different circles of supports, since birth. If a person has difficulties in initiating and establishing social relationships and in communicating with others, it is likely that their circles of supports are small and that they need expanding.

Autism and Violence

Connecticut's chief medical examiner, Dr. H. Wayne Carver has stated that Asperger's Syndrome is not associated with violent behavior, and that it is not considering it as a reason for Adam Lanza's rampage on Friday.

Coming of Age: The Story of Luke

"The Story of Luke" is the tale of a young man with autism who wants to live his own life—he wants a job and a girl.

On Growing Up With Autism: There is Always Hope

People continue to learn all their lives and people severely impacted by autism are no different. As parents we need to allow them opportunities to make mistakes or get in a pickle for them to grow into more independent adults. We can’t always be there to protect them.

Happy Mother’s Day, Maman. Joyeuse Fête des Mères!

When people see what life with my autistic son, Jeremy, entails they often ask, “How do you do it? How do you handle raising a child so impacted by autism, besides having Rebecca?”

Autism and Parenting: Preparing Yourself for Your Child's Transition to Adult Life

Transition is a process, and with the right perspective it can be enriching and rewarding. We started by defining what was important to us based on our principles, exploring our options, envisioning and creating new ones and then developing a game plan and that worked for us.

Autism Awareness Every Day: Preparing for Real Life

Research shows that mothers of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are worrying across their child’s lifespan, particularly at that time of transition from public education services, and worrying more than other families of young adults with disabilities.

How Can We Help Keep Children, Teens, Adults With Autism Safe?

A school environment that strictly enforced a policy of "bullying will not be tolerated" is important and necessary. It is crucial to teach the same safety rules you would to any child, using teaching methods that have been successful for that child.

What Are the Safety Concerns for People on the Autism Spectrum?

Children on the autism spectrum are at a higher risk of being hurt, victimized or wandering off, to name a few worries that are high on the list of parental concerns.

Judge to Hear Request to Ban Film About Autism

The documentary, The Wall, consists of interviews of 30 French psychoanalysts (many of them lead psychiatrists at treatment centers and department heads of notable French hospitals) who place the blame for autism on mothers who are either too cold or too incestuous towards their children.

Teens, Autism and Work: Build on Passions and Find Mentors

Mentors can help figure out how to turn an interest into a job, or into a means to earn money. Another important area to consider is what your teen or student likes or is passionate (ie obsessed) about. For most on the spectrum, a job will be their one connection to the community, and their main activity.

Preparing Your Teen or Young Adult for Work in the Real World

When thinking about employment for your child or student on the spectrum, there are a few aspects that need to be focused on.

Why do children and adults with autism act the way they do?

People with autism act the way they do because of their various sensory processing challenges and the difficulties they have in making sense of their environment.

The Marines are Looking for a Few Good Men

"I'm from the Marines. I'm calling all the Seniors from Torrey Pines High School, and I want to tell Jeremy what we have to offer." I told him my son was autistic, nonverbal and couldn't talk on the phone. When you have a son as disabled as I do, you learn to be grateful for the smallest things. Like the fact that your son will never be eligible for active duty.

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