An amazing discovery in autism: neuronal circuits can be reversed!

This is huge. It has the potential to change a lot of what we can do to help address the cause of some symptoms of autism....more

Please Don't Post Those Inspirational Photos of People with Disabilities

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I love thus post! And I agree. "Inspiration porn" memes are condescending and pitying. I don't ...more

Gadgets and Gears lead to special needs for this Midlife Woman!

Yesterday I sat down and wrote my blog.  It was brilliant, if I do say so myself, and since I am the only one who will probably ever read this I better acknowledge that brilliance!  Ha, how is that for humility.  Joking aside.  I poured my guts out in that post, went to re-read it before I posted it and poof it was gone.  So now I have this wonderful title for my post and nothing to back it up. Prior to that I also decided I should read the help tag "Take a tour".  Knowing my severe lack of computer knowledge and wanting to get thi...more

Guest Post at Ms. Mommy HH6

Good Morning, Trainees! Today I have the privilege and honor of guest posting on the blog Ms. MommyHH6!  Ms. MommyHH6 is quite an impressive lady, if you aren't familiar with her blog. Here's a brief bio, in her own words:...more

Study shows autistic kids appear to benefit from receiving a new pet

The results of a study on autistic children and pets have been published in the journal "PLOS ONE."The study, which took place in France, showed that autistic children who received a pet scored better in "offering comfort" and "offering to share." These results were evident even a few years after getting the pet.What was suprising to me is that autistic children who already had a pet (since birth) showed "generally weaker relationships with their pets."Here's the article:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/248532.php...more

The "Sally-Anne" False Belief Test to try on your child (re: Asperger's/Autism)

I have a B.A. in Psychology but I've never heard of the Sally-Anne False Belief Test. What an interesting but simple way to determine a child's "theory of mind."About "theory of mind": Childen begin to develop "theory of mind" around age 4 of 5. It's essentially the ability to think and reason about what other people are thinking (or feeling). Theory of the mind takes place in the right TPJ of the brain, (that's the temporo-parietal junction). As kids turn into teens, the right TPJ begins to develop patterns of activity similar to those of adults....more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
I think it is so important to let parents be parents and not intervene unless it is seriously ...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

No one is "just bad at math"

I ran across this article about dyscalculia. Some of it is accurate, but there are a couple things that aren't.http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/05/31/6732939-bad-at-math-or-is-it...First of all, they compare it to dyslexia but say "Unlike dyslexics, however, they don't reverse the order of numbers when reading them." Dyslexia is about difficulty reading. It has nothing to do with reading letters backwards. That's inaccurate....more

Pickles, Pitches and Water Balloons

Today is just a post about something that I’ve been throwing around in my head this last week.  There’s no big spiritual lesson, no earth shattering deep thoughts, but just a few thoughts that I am trying to figure out. ...more