• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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Autism and Central Coherence: Missing the Forest for the Trees

When someone is said to “miss the forest for the trees,” it means that they are unable to discern the overall pattern from a mass of detail; to see the big picture, or the broader, or more general meaning of things; they do not get the “gist” of it. This …

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Understanding Executive Dysfunction in Autism—5 Areas of Brain-Functioning that are Affected

There are five main areas that are affected by deficits with executive functioning, the higher-order processing that our brain uses to plan and execute complex tasks. These areas are in inhibitory control, non-working verbal memory, verbal working memory, emotional control, and planning and problem solving. Autistic individuals are affected to …

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Better Communication Can Mean Better Behavior in Children with Autism

Having a child with an autism spectrum disorder can present many challenges to parents, and caregivers. One of these challenges is behavior. Research has shown that a child’s ability to communicate may directly impact their behavior. Many Children with Autism Struggle with Language Skills Your child is trying to tell …

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Echolalia in Autism: Why Does My Child Repeat Everything I Say?

Does your child repeat yours or other’s words when spoken to, or repeat television shows, commercials, or sounds they hear in the environment? Verbal children with autism spectrum disorders tend to repeat words and phrases they hear with little understanding of the meaning behind the words—a “condition” known as Echolalia. …

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Can Theory of Mind be Taught to Autistic Children? 5 Things That Can Help

“Theory of Mind,” also known as mind-blindness, is the fundamental understanding that other people have feelings, emotions, and thoughts different than your own. It is the innate ability to recognize facial expressions, and body language, and then interpret, and predict other’s actions based on this knowledge. Children with autism are …

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Theory of Mind (ToM) or Mind-Blindness in Autism

People with autism spectrum disorders struggle to understand and relate to other people. They are thought to lack a “Theory of Mind,” and are said to be “Mind-blind.” Understand what “Theory of Mind” is, how it came about, and how it affects autistic people. What is Theory of Mind? Theory …

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Is Your Asperger’s Child Struggling with Personal Hygiene? Sensory Issues Could Be to Blame.

Does your autistic or Asperger’s child fight you when you want him/her to shower, or change their clothing? Do they avoid brushing their teeth unless forced to? Is a trip to the barber shop for a haircut a struggle? They may be experiencing sensory difficulties associated with these everyday tasks. …

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Is There a Test for Autism? Autism Assessments You Should Know

If you suspect that your child or someone you know is on the autism spectrum, you may be wondering if there is a test for autism. There are no definitive medical tests that can diagnosis an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In order to diagnosis ASD a comprehensive screening and evaluation …

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5 Sources of Stress Your Aspie Partner May Be Experiencing That You Never Thought Of

People with Asperger’s often refer to themselves as “Aspies.” Sometimes even seemingly simple everyday tasks can be a source of stress and discomfort to someone with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Many people around them do not understand their odd behaviors, or even realize many times that an event or task could …

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Good Jobs for People with Asperger’s Syndrome

People with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or high functioning autism, think and perform in a way that is different than their Neuro-Typical (NT), those without autism, counterparts. Therefore, when searching for work, or even if they are currently employed, it stands to reason that they would excel in some areas and …

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