It Wasn't the Cupcakes

Lilo had a meltdown this week. She lost her little blue mind when there were cupcakes in the room that she couldn’t have. She pulled it back together fairly quickly, but she it was enough that her teacher emailed me, asking what she could keep in the room to give Lilo in case of gluten-treat-threat.Odd, I thought to myself, Lilo has never melted down over food before. I wonder what the real issue was?...more

The Weight of a Word: Autism

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. ...more

It Just Keeps On Getting Not Better

Gozer’s mother,whom I am now calling TaintFace, has recently been diagnosed by a psychologist as having OCD/anxiety disorder. Personally, I think she keep the facts revealing she has bipolar disorder from the doctor, but whatever – it’s a start....more

He Said What?!?!?

    Okay, so any of you that have followed my ALFL page for any time, you know how much I love the show Parenthood. When Liam was first diagnosed I was told by another parent in an Autism forum to check out the show. We looked it up, and started from the beginning....more

The Perspectives of Luck and Autism

In 2005, during the opening show of an art gallery for autistic artists that I coordinated, a reporter and photographer for the local newspaper interviewed me as one of the artists.  He asked me "Do you consider yourself lucky?"   At the time, I stumbled a bit to answer his question.  My answer then really did not encompass my entire thoughts about his question. The answer to that question really depends on what does one mean by "lucky" and from which perspective? ...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

Parenthood (the TV show), Is it Good or Bad for the Autism Community?

I love to junk-out on TV.  That doesn't mean I actually get to watch mainly due to the fact we don't own a television.  Like many other families with kids on the spectrum, we gave away our T.V. after we caught two year old, Tristan watching static.  I guess now not owning a tube doesn't stop you from watching shows online which I do a few times a week, but I do find myself having to schedule and prioritize.  ...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

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

What to do with a public meltdown?

All the lunch-goers at Faneuil Hall in Boston probably expected a peaceful lunch while people watching from their cafe tables.  Instead they got Liam in total melt-down mode for about as long as it takes to order dr...more

That is all so true. Plus, remember that what works to calm down and refocus one child, doesn't ...more