Imperfectly Perfect

My daughter is Autistic.  Four little words that can hurt my heart in a way nothing else can. Words that I never can get use to.  Four little words that killed my dreams for my child, at least that’s what I use to think....more

Imperfectly Perfect

My daughter is Autistic.  Four little words that can hurt my heart in a way nothing else can. Words that I never can get use to.  Four little words that killed my dreams for my child, at least that’s what I use to think....more

How do we let go?

As summer is coming to an end, I have finally realized that our youngest little treasure is growing up.  It seemed so much easier when the other kids moved onto Jr/Sr High, but, it is so hard to let BJ go and I wonder how other parents of special needs children do it.  I know that without letting him out into the world on his own, he will never learn to be able to be on his own and I also know that we won't be around forever....more

Great ipad/smart phone apps for kids with autism and Asperger's

I can't personally vouch for how great these apps are, but since some of the sources are moms with autistic children, I'm guessing their reviews are accurate. Here are some lists worth checking out to beef up your smartphone or iPad:1. First, check out this list of interviews, speaking engagements, guest posts and articles about iPads and autism: 2. Here's a spreadsheet of apps for autism, including the function, prices, link and review:...more

"The Autism Advantage" theory

I had never heard this perspective on autism, but I must say it's fascinating.The general idea is that autism was beneficial for our caveman ancestors because the symptoms of the disorder (like increased memory and concentration, as well as spatial intelligence) would have been advantageous in a society where there was very little social contact. (Cavemen were spread out.) Social skills wouldn't have been as necessary (to survive - or be liked!) but skills associated with today's autism would have been.Here's where I read about this idea:

Early Intervention and Best Practices for Autism Awareness

I want to tell you a secret about Autism Awareness Month. I'm telling you because you have a stake in the autism community -- whether you touch one or many lives, you can change them, you are powerful. And, like me, you care. You want to make a difference -- for yourself, for your child, for someone you love, for someone who depends on you. And you can make a difference, you will, if you keep this cornerstone of Autism Awareness in mind at all times. Ready? Here it is: Behavior is communication. That's it. That's all. That's everything. ...more

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5 things that might cause autism

Depending who you ask, vaccines as a cause of autism is off the table. With that aside for debate, here are 5 other things that scientists are still investigating as a cause: 1. Genetics. Kids with autism have a 1 in 20 changes of having a younger sibling with autism. And with twins, there's a 90% chance that a twin will have autism if the other twin has it. But these genes might not necessarily be hereditary. Sometimes it's just a mutated gene. Kids with a mutation on chromosome 17 have 14X the chance of developing autism....more

ADHD? Autism? Tantrums? There's an app for that!

If you child has ADHD, autism or even just plain tantrums, you've now got help on your iPhone. Yep, if you need to transform into your own supernanny, there's an app for that.Billing itself as a tool to teach parents and caregivers when to intervene, "Behavior Breakthroughs(tm)" uses game-based technology to train parents and caregivers to deal with disruptive behavior. There's only Level 1 right now, but apparently more extensive programs are scheduled to be released later this year....more

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10 Fantastic iPad Apps for Kids With Autism

If you need a last-minute gift for a kid with autism, and that kid has an iDevice (iPad or iPod touch), consider hitting the iTunes store and gifting that child an app or two. Then, consider choosing apps that focus on fun as much as or even instead of communication and learning. Apps that encourage kids to use the iPad the way they want to, to play like the children they are. (Apps that just happen to all cost less than $3.)   ...more

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More language delays being found in siblings of kids with autism

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that 1 in 5 siblings (thought to be unaffected by the autism gene) experienced language delays or speech problems early in life. Many female siblings had subtle traits but not many had full-blown autism spectrum disorders. The (new) rate looks like 3 affected boys for every 2 affected girls. In the past, researchers thought it was a 4:1 ratio (boys to girls)....more