AUTISM: Who I Am

I was reading something my friend posted on Plurk the other day, about  scientists creating autistic mice. I had read about this in the paper, and wasn’t really convinced by the whole thing. However, I do find any and all research into autism worth at least listening to....more

This is exactly how I see both of my sons. Autism isn't everything about them, but it is part ...more

Long over due

I write to vent, to express, to just be me. I write in class, at work, at home. I write about the once was, here and now but rarely about what may be. I've attempted blogs before but so much faster to pull out my journal however from there it goes back into a purse, drawer, box where it hides all those dreams, fears and realities that I so wish to share.  I want people to see through my eyes, feel my heart race, hear my laughter and sometimes cries and just feel. I want love, understanding, hope that one day things will get better....more

National Special Needs Parents Day: Yeah, Nah, or Meh?

Congress is considering a resolution that would establish a national day of recognition honoring parents of special needs children, and I was surprised to see some of our fellow SN parents get up in arms about this.  Now I've been known to work myself up into a lather over the internet-outrage-du-jour when I don't even have a dog in the hunt -- I'm still chapped about TSA pat-downs and those fee-laden Kardashian Kards -- so I was all ready to get in on the action. ...more

A Round of Applause for Max

The second season TV show Parenthood keeps me coming back, week, after week, after week.&...more

New brain scan diagnoses autism in 15 minutes

The UK developed this scan which can tell if an adult has autism with over 90% accuracy.It only takes 15 minutes and they're hoping to develop it for children too.The test uses an MRI scanner and 3D imaging to look at the structure, shape and thickness of the brain's grey matter. There are certain measurement markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder.Right now ASD patients go through a diagnosis process that is expensive, time consuming and emotional.This test could change that. Here's a summary of the research:...more

Meet the Vermont Team that Won Autism Insurance Mandates

The Vermont dynamic duo of autism reform legislation brought different perspectives that launched Vermont into the group of states that mandate private insurance companies (along with Vermont Medicaid) to pay for autism services....more

Thanks for reading... looking for information about parenting a child on the autism spectrum, ...more

Last Day of Autism Awareness Month

From last month.  ...more

Emotional Regulation

Yesterday's blog post sparked a hot debate on the Parenting Autism Facebook page about tantrums and melt-downs and the fact I wrote about Liam (typical son), not Tristan (son with autism).  I would like to thank Missy, Angela, Jen, Jill, Iris, Rachel, Brenda, Kim, Libby, and Grace for a great debate, woo-hoo!  I love it....more

How Temple Grandin Changed My Parenting

I posted a link to a TED talk that Temple Grandin gave in February on the ...more

Autism: The Diagnosis

I sit here on a Saturday afternoon, while my wonderful husband is out and about with both tots. Eamon visited with a neurodevelopmental pediatrician just this past Wednesday. We had to pay out of pocket for this visit as he was the only doctor in the tri-state area that did not have a waiting list 2 years long or a "not accepting new patients" message. He was wonderfully informative, answered all my questions, and will continue to serve as a great resource. We will receive an official report with recommendations in about 10 days, but he did give me the diagnosis....more