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The 40 year journey

Moses probably has as much name recognition as Taylor Swift, across all continents and varying demographics.  That’s where the similarity ends.  He does not command her stratospheric popularity, fortune, and beauty, though some 3,000 years after his death movies are still made about his life.  The story of Moses’ life saved my life.  The drama, forces of good versus … [Read More...]

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Taming the Worry Monster

It was my son's psychotherapist who first identified Anxiety as Jack's biggest problem when he was in second grade.  He disagreed with the teachers that Jack was … [Read More...]

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Teaching my Adult Son Life Skills (Part 1) …

...When he doesn't have the "antennae". Mike (not his real name) walked up to receive his High School diploma, shook hands with the principal, and then promptly … [Read More...]

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My Brother Andrew

I am 17 years old, and a junior in high school. I live with my brother, Andrew, who is 21 years old. Andrew is autistic.  Watching him grow up has been great because I have seen him grow physically and mentally. There are times where you think the situation … [Read More...]

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Prominent Genetic Scientist and Pediatrician shares Findings on Causes for Autism

There is so much information about autism that it's often overwhelming, so I try to post content that I think are differentiated, and not likely found on other autism websites.  This presentation made by Dr Wendy Chung at a recent TED 2014 conference, offers … [Read More...]

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10 Things Every Child with Autism Wants You to Know

  Someone sent this to me, unfortunately, I don't know the source to credit this.  In any case, I hope you can share it, learn it, and embrace the child living it.   Also Read : The Reason I Jump Lessons from Summer of … [Read More...]

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“The Reason I Jump” – The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old with Autism

We had endured weeks of frustration trying to get our son to join a new boy scout troop.  It is always a test of will and patience whenever we try to get "Jack" to do something different, new or slightly unfamiliar.  I finally reached my breaking point one … [Read More...]

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Temple Grandin’s Talk, “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds”

I recently found this presentation that Temple Grandin made at a TED conference.  TED is an annual conference of the world's leading thinkers and doers, bringing together people from three worlds : Technology, Entertainment and Design.  It is described as a … [Read More...]

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From Twinkle to Bach – Learning Music the Suzuki Way

When "Jack" was a toddler, his dad took him religiously to those popular music appreciation classes, then we tried drums since he had natural rhythm, but the teacher with the loud demeanor and Mr Magoo glasses intimidated him.  So we tried piano lessons, but … [Read More...]

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Should my Child Take a Vacation from Medication?

Ah, the joyous sounds of summer: giggling, splashing pool water, crickets chirping, and the snoring of exhausted children. Unfortunately, we’ve also experienced: the bickering among siblings, meltdowns due to late night playing, and frustrating outbursts … [Read More...]

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BBC Documentary on America’s Medicated Kids

This BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) documentary produced by Louis Thereoux puts a spotlight on 'America's Medicated Kids'. It is a full length documentary, but worth the time if you can watch it in its entirety. Here, the camera goes into the homes … [Read More...]

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