Autism Speaks: Through A Mother.

Miss Goody Two Shoes


                                elliot two       elliot first

         Have you seen a disruptive child lately?  Was he poorly disciplined, or autistic? Do you know the difference? Imagine being blessed with the birth of a healthy baby boy, feeling confident that we did everything “right” that lead to that moment.  Now fast forward to years later, when that same healthy, perfect baby boy is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism, characterized by social isolation and eccentric behavior.  Knowing there are no cures for autism and facing the reality of the statistics that he would be a victim of bullying throughout his entire life.
         From the first few weeks of Elliott’s life, we knew he was facing challenges that didn’t seem “normal.” As a baby, friends and even doctors described him as “collicky” but as his mom I sensed it was more.  As he grew older, his fascination with ceiling fans and…

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What strategies could be used to develop skills and understanding these areas:- • Inflexibility of thought • Lack of empathy • Inability to understand and apply social rules?



Here are some strategies that could be used to develop skills and understanding…

  • Inflexibility of thought

In terms of inflexibility of thought, a number of strategies could be put into place, such as social stories, clear routines (relatively easy in the school environment – maybe not so much so in the ‘real’ world) with plenty of carefully given explanation for (gradual) changes: this is something I have thought about in school, watching the reaction of some students when key changes are made in terms of support staff, for example: the students need to be made carefully and fully aware of changes in advance and these plans need to be reinforced often before change takes place. 

With regards to social stories, fiction choices in English can also be key in challenging inflexibility of thought.  For example, my Y11  group are studying ‘Of Mice and Men’ and the novel has provoked…

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Coping with Sensory Seeking Behavior

kathy rasmussen

Coping with Sensory Seeking BehaviorAs you may have read in my About My Family page, my son Jonas has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder called PDD-NOS. One of the side effects of this disorder is sensory processing difficulties. For Jonas, he is a sensory seeker. What does that mean? Well, as the psychologist that diagnosed him explained, all of Jonas’s senses are amplified. He wants to repeat things that make him feel good, and stay away from things that feel bad — just like a normal person would — but x 1000.Coping with Sensory Seeking BehaviorSome of his sensory seeking behaviors include looking directly into lights, jumping on the couch or bed, shaking door knobs, opening and closing drawers or doors, dumping out his toy box, and the list goes on and on. And, if he’d not doing something that makes noise, he is making his own noise by spitting, yelling, humming, or just general talking…

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A Symphony of Sounds – Autism in the Classroom

Kerry Beth Gwaltney

The door opens and Kevin walks through the door with his Dad. His sun glasses dark, and his smile barely visible. “He’s excited to be at school today,” his dad remarks as he helps Kevin get ready for the day. Kevin speaks with his eyes, bounces on his toes, and he is learning how to form words. I’m subbing in this high school classroom for a few days, and I’m learning how to work with the autistic students. Packed with snacks, medicines, journals for communication, change of clothes, diapers, and ipads and ipods, the student book bags get dropped off by the door; and they get ready for the day.

Zech comes in next. His hat is backwards, his one strand of red Mardi Gras beads is around his neck. He looks down and seems to be listening to noises around him. His favorite animal shelter T-shirt reminds us that…

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Young Adults With Autism Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs


As read in NPR. I have always heard that ASD children typically thrive in a certain area of expertise. Either they are amazing at remembering baseball facts, information about the planets, or can memorize every dog breed; I have tried to find something my children excel at. Not only for them to gain knowledge, but to gain a sense of worth. I want them to know they are good at something. Don’t we want that for our kids regardless of if they have special needs or not? I know personally that I wish I was great or amazing at one thing. Something that made me feel comfortable around. Instead I still feel like I’m searching for what I want to be and do when I grow up. So I was excited to read this article regarding a area where ASD children seem to thrive.

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URI Hosts 6th Annual Autism Awareness Day

I would love to see more of this!

Spreading the Word

This past Saturday, April 20th, the University of Rhode Island hosted their 6th Annual Autism Awareness Day during a double header against Temple University.

This year, URI’s Run the Bases for Autism sponsored Joey’s Fund as part of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Joey’s Fund is set up in memory of Josephine Grace Gay, a 7 year old who was tragically killed in the Sandy Hook shootings earlier this year. Joey was autistic and severely apraxic, meaning she could not speak. But, according to friends, family and people who knew her – that didn’t matter. Joey touched the lives of so many people. She was a warm hearted girl with a wonderful sense of humor and loved playing with her sisters.

This year, URI supported Joey’s Fund. Admission to the game was free and kids could participate in a number of games and activities before and during the game. There was a…

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Toronto Walk For Autism 2013 ~~ Team Mad Mac

Please help out if you can!

Sharli's Spin

I cannot believe it is that time of year again but here we are getting ready for our 7th Walk For Autism! We have been so blessed by the generosity of our friends and family in the past. We hope we can rely on you again this year.

Your donation, $20 and over, is tax deductible and your money will go to Autism research and programs in your area. So say you live in Kansas City, your money will benefit Kansas City even though you are supporting us.

Autism statistics continue to grow at an unbelievable rate. Some now say that 1 in 50 will be diagnosed with some form of Autism.

Please donate if you can. Every little bit helps. If you cannot we understand. Either way though, if you would be so kind, please spread our message and link to anyone that you think would like to support…

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Joyful Abandonment!

A great mind can be an Autistic mind!

The WholeHearted Musician™ with Dana Fonteneau

I’ve watched this video a few times now, and each time I have a different reaction. This 6-yr old autistic pianist, Ethan Walmark has been labeled by many as a child prodigy. Ethan was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum and also shown a remarkable ability to learn music by ear, and after having heard something just a few times is able to go to a piano and reproduce what he hears.

I find myself very sensitive to labels, whether it’s the title “autistic” or “child prodigy”. As a therapist I’ve been trained to pay attention to labels or diagnosis’ and understand their importance, yet I hold them loosely and carefully. A label of any kind can be limiting and dangerous if misused or misunderstood. We can see the label and not the person underneath.

Getting back to this video however, I find it important that I actually watch…

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Autism awareness month

Everyone please be aware of Autism this month!

Cyncat Productions



I have found a chart that helps one to understand a child with autism.  As a parent of autistic child, I encourage any other parent to do the research, understand your child and make sure he isn’t getting bullied by other students or teachers.  Yes, horrible as it is, an autistic child can be bullied by teachers that don’t understand them.  My son was one of the children that got bullied by his teachers. He was locked repeatedly in a small room to fend for himself.  I found this out when his friends were worried about what was happening to him.

As it’s not the answer for everyone, I homeschooled my son after that.  He excelled and went to public high school where I kept a constant presence.  Teachers were still hard to deal with, but he was older and more verbal by this time.  The teacher that stood out in my mind was his…

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