Essential Reads

Autism, Mentalizing, and the Observer Effect

By James E. Crum, II on January 28, 2018 in The Executive Brain
Are students with neurodevelopmental disorders being alienated?

Neuromodulation of the Cerebellum Influences Social Behavior

By Christopher Bergland on December 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Groundbreaking new research unearths a fascinating link between a specific region of the cerebellum and social behaviors.

Autism Parent Memoirs: Illuminating or Exploitive?

By John Elder Robison on December 13, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
How is it that non autistic parents can hail a memoir of raising an autistic child, even as actual autistic people rise up in outrage at how hurtful and destructive the book is?

Sex, Lies, and Autism Research—Getting Value for Our Money

By John Elder Robison on November 12, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
In the past decade, we’ve spent over a billion dollars studying autism. Yet precious little has changed for autistic people. An autistic adult asks why, and offers some advice.

More Posts on Autism

How a Book Helped Me Get My Brain Back

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 06, 2018 in The Autism Advocate
Know someone suffering from a concussion or MTBI? Learning about neuroplasticity and reading The Ghost In My Brain might offer hope and practical insight for treatment.

Molecule in Cerebellum Spurs Brain Cell Winners and Losers

By Christopher Bergland on February 04, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, scientists have pinpointed a specific molecule that influences brain cell "winners" and "losers."

A DNA Marker For Paranoia As Predicted

A new study reports that imprinted genes on chromosome 15 are implicated in paranoia, just as the imprinted brain theory has predicted from the beginning.

Less Tech, More Talk: Fostering Speech Development in Kids

Why should parents remove technology and interact more with their kids, and ideas for doing so.

On Consciousness

Where does consciousness come from? Is it just within us, or is it in all life? Is it in all things?

Like Christmas on the Fourth of July

I think of our parents and our older sister, Margaret, who has not missed a single Christmas Mass at Sacred Heart Church since any of us were old enough to remember.

Iceland "Cures" Down Syndrome: Should America Do the Same?

When--and how--should society decide who should--and should not be born"

Knowing When to Step Away

By Sonia Voynow LCSW on December 20, 2017 in Empowered Parenting
It is essential to find time to be in the middle of all your doing for your child with autism. But stepping away is easier said than done.

Beyond Reality: Pretend Play Matters

By Brittany N Thompson on November 18, 2017 in Socioemotional Success
What is pretend play? How does pretend contribute to social skill development? What does all of this mean for everyday contexts and interactions for young children?

Too Many Synaptic Connections in Cerebellum Creates Problems

By Christopher Bergland on November 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, a growing pile of research shows that too many synaptic connections can impede brain function.

How Can Shootings Such as Sandy Hook Be Prevented?

By Brian D. Johnson, Ph.D. and Laurie Berdahl, M.D. on October 27, 2017 in Warning Signs for Parents
Were there warning signs before Adam Lanza's rampage shooting? Yes, and we can change how we respond to save lives.

Is Society Progressing in Its Response to Autism?

By Barb Cohen on October 16, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The television producer suggested that my daughter skip class the day of filming. She has too much to say and too little control over when she says it.

5 Tips on Getting Your Aspie/Autie Husband to Talk More

By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on October 04, 2017 in The Heart of Autism
Especially after marriage, a husband with Asperger's Syndrome might relax and be more himself. He will behave more like he does when he’s alone, which can mean being silent.

Let's Eliminate Physical Restraints in Group Homes

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Physical restraints place children and youth at serious risk.

All Autistic Behavior is Not Communication

By Amy S.F. Lutz on September 05, 2017 in Inspectrum
Parents and providers need to recognize when aggression and/or self-injury is driven by biological factors that can be medically treated.

Voices: Overheard in Psychosis But Underheard in Autism

As predicted by the diametric model, auditory symptoms in psychosis are opposite to those in autism, and both are extensions of normality.

John Elder Robison’s “Switched On”

This latest book recounts Robison's participation in an early transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) study that hoped would help people with ASD better read emotions in others.

To Say "I" Means To Be Alone

By Elena Bezzubova on August 12, 2017 in The Search for Self
Loneliness seems a transient step to self identity that could include depersonalization-like feelings of detachment and autism/introversion-like feelings of isolation.

Why Advertising Falls Flat in Individuals With Autism

Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability.

An Answer To Your ASD Teen's Tantrums.

"A meltdown can last in the upwards of fifteen minutes plus, and there is very little a parent can do to console their child. The promise of consequences doesn’t work".
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Can We Teach the Rules for Breaking the Rules?

By Barb Cohen on July 27, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
If I take a box of pens from a store without paying, I commit shoplifting. But suppose I take a box of pens from the office where I work. Will my coworkers judge me a thief?

The New Science of Using Eye Movements as a Test for Autism

Neuroscientists have identified a radical new way to test for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by monitoring rapid eye movements.

Why Your ASD Teen Gets Bullied

The ASD Teen, struggles with picking up on nonverbal cues, this is problematic in social situations especially with young people.

Matter- but Not Mind-blind—and Vice Versa

A pioneering study shows mentalism to vary inversely with mechanistic cognition as predicted by the diametric model.

The ABC of the Diametric Model, Twenty Years On

Twenty years after it was first published, the diametric model can be seen as a striking co-discovery like so many others in the history of science.
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Tips to Spot Bad Apples Online: Volume One

By Steven Caldwell Brown Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in For Your Misinformation
Do you have the skills to recognize when you are being duped?

There Is a New Link Between Screen-Time and Autism

Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens.

The Arts as an Opportunity for Psychological Research

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in The Mind On Stage
All children, all over the world, engage in dance, music, dramatic pretend play, and art. How can psychologists use this opportunity to study child development in the real world?

What Older Dads Need To Know

Are geeks taking over the world? The sons of older fathers are more geeky, and do better academically in success-predicting academics. The "Geek Index" helps us study geekiness.
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Why We Share Our Private Stories

By Barb Cohen on June 22, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
How do we find our place in the world? By standing up and telling the stories in which we play the starring role.