What Kinds of Therapies Actually Help Autistic Kids?

At two-and-a-half, my autistic son spoke more often than several other kids in his regional center-funded speech and language class. Two years later, several of those kids talked non-stop, whereas my son continued to speak only occasionally, and mostly kept his own counsel. We parents of those kids constantly compared notes, as parents of autistic kids often do, about the differences in our kids' speaking abilities. Which different therapies and interventions were our kids receiving? How did they make a difference, and why? ...more
SR states: "There’s no one answer, because of our inability to predict how autistic kids ...more

To Write About My Kids' Aspergers, or Not To Write?

oKatniss blogs at The Cardboard Kitty, is mom to two on the spectrum, and used to have a life, but now feeds fish and yells at cats all day. ...more


 Disney Magic Bands fail I was in the grocery store reaching for a package of fresh linguine, whispering under my breath “Please. Please. Please. Please.” It was a prayer that the fresh pasta I needed to buy would not be made with soy....more


Hoping my son's friendships don't have tricky rulesLast week I read a post called “I Got Dumped by One of My Best Friends.” The post caught my attention because my mother had recently made up with a close friend who had dumped her years ago....more

Autistics Speaking Day

Today is Autistics Speaking Day! This is not quite a well-known day yet, but it was created in response to a day some other people started called "Social Media Shutdown Day." For that event, people were supposed to stay off of all of their social media, as a way of demonstrating what it would feel like to be unable to communicate, as many people with autism have trouble communicating verbally....more

Halloween 2015-The spooky year of transition into teenagerism

For many kiddos on the spectrum, Halloween can be very difficult. It is complete sensory overload. The costumes, candles, not to mention the sugar and food dyes galore...it can be an autism parent's worst nightmare. Early on, Hunter struggled with the candles in Jack 'o lanterns. Battery operated candles were an amazing thing for us because they didn't give him the same anxiety. Costumes were also stressful for him because he didn't like anything over his face, and they were uncomfortable. We were able to work around this by picking costumes accordingly....more
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October's most popular articles Welcome to November! The weather is getting cold, we’ve shut off the sprinkler system so it won’t freeze and, as is usual for us, a storm is moving into our valley the day after Halloween. Precipitate little storm! Precipitate!...more

Finding strength through the struggle

5 Reasons Autism Communities Are Divided (and Why That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing)

I hate conflict, yet the autism corners of the Internet -- where I spent most of my online time -- are rarely without it. So I get why well-intentioned parents and professionals periodically send out can't we all just get along calls for "autism unity," because I want things to be smoother for all of us, too. ...more
"spent decades being silenced" We're still silenced. Groups like Autism speaks have a megaphone, ...more


Working from home makes it easier to care for my son Soon after the Navigator’s Autism diagnosis I left a full-time job to become a work-at-home mom. My job required a great deal of travel and while Autism Dad did a terrific job when I was on the road, the Navigator ...more