My hackles raised.I smiled when I first saw the boy talking to himself as he entered the youth services area of the library. I wasn't mocking him but thinking, I wonder how often adults caught me conversing with myself at that age?Self-recognition and bemusement quickly gave way to territorial instinct as he approached. Judging this book by his cover, I assumed he was too old to play with the foam blocks, over-sized wooden puzzles and plush story book characters stored in the children's nook....more
April is Autism Awareness Month, and what better way to understand autism than through your words? Blog posts can give readers a panoramic view of the experience since autism differs from person to person. We've created a roundup of posts on BlogHer and personal blogs in case you missed them the first time. They'll take you from hope to frustration and back again. They bring in all the members of the family and the community. And they provide a rallying cry to make this month about more than just awareness.
I usually keep this blog purely related to organizing and decluttering, but April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. As defined on the Autism Ontario website, Autism is a “complex developmental disability...(that) impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills....more
April is autism awareness month... so why should you care? Because Autism probably looks a lot different than you think it does... AND because 1 in 91 children nationwide are diagnosed with it every year. If you're new to this blog I should mention that Sawyer and Thatcher, my two oldest have PDD-NOS, a form of autism. Sawyer knows no stranger, he has no clue about social boundaries and is what we call "hyper social". He loves to hug everyone and more than once has decided a stranger's boob also doubles as a great hand rest. ...more
Blogging isn't just about throwing your words into the internets -- it's about the connections you make. We thought it would be fun to bring you a little Matchy-Matchy game starring BlogHer communities, kicking it off with a few members of the BlogHer autism community (it's Autism Awareness Month, after all).
Ruth Wells Fischer blogs about her life at Lemonade & Kidneys, and while she writes about all sorts of things, she occasionally graces her readers with an incredibly poignant post about what it's like to be a mom to two children with Asperger's Syndrome. (When my son was diagnosed, she sent me a link to this post about them from a couple of years back, which made me love her a little more than I already did.)
Jean Winegardner, a.k.a. Stimey, is a mother to three boys, one of whom -- Jack -- has an autism diagnosis. She is empathetic, endlessly entertaining, and a fine writer. Many autism parenting bloggers identify with Jean, and feel about her the way the younger sister felt about Julia Roberts' character in the movie Notting Hill -- that she is destined to be Our Very Best Friend. Though Jean shares herself and her stories at DC Metro Moms Blog and Washington Times Communities as well as on her personal site Stimeyland, I know some of you want more. Read on.
Sharon daVanport is the executive director of the Autism Women's Network and the host of the AWN Radio Show. She's a mom to four children -- one of whom has Asperger's -- and she is a tireless advocate for women and children, particularly those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. She is also an adult living with Asperger's Syndrome.
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