• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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I’m ALWAYS Lost! Nothing has Changed; Place-Blindness on Campus; An Extremely Frazzled MFA Residency Experience

Does anyone else have to constantly look back at their life, and the things that they wrote in the past to remind themselves that they have been through this before? Lately, I have gone back and read my old blog posts, even parts of my memoir to be reminded that …

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Autism in School: How Do Sensory Issues Affect the Classroom?

Autistic children may face many challenges learning in a classroom full of peers. Beyond problems that arise due to deficits in Executive Functioning (disorganization, forgetfulness, punctuality, etc.), weak central coherence (hyper-focusing on details), and Theory of Mind (difficulty understand other’s intentions), children with autism often have unique sensory needs. The …

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6 Misconceptions Educators Have About Children with High-Functioning Autism and How You Can Respond

Dealing with the public school system and educators can be challenging. Knowing how to advocate for your child with high-functioning autism can be difficult at best especially because much of the child’s disabilities may be “hidden”. These hidden disabilities, the ones that are not readily seen by adults can be …

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Online Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Many autistic children find it difficult to navigate the mainstream classrooms in public schools. They can be distracted easily by all the sensory stimuli that the school environment provides. A child with autism may not be able to listen to fast speech, take notes, and absorb information in the timeframe …

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Online School for Autistic College Students: A Good Choice

Autistic students may have difficulty adjusting to college life. College campuses can be large and overwhelming, and the course load heavy. Many individuals with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome have a difficult time completing courses due to executive functioning issues, sensory processing overload, and weak central coherence; however, there may be …

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Why School Recess is Important for Autistic Children

When my 9-year-old ASD child returns home from school in the afternoon, I always ask the same question, “How was your day?” The only thing of interest that he ever talks about is what happened during recess. He discusses who he played with, what they did, and how he wished …

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How Can Autism Affect Your Child’s Ability to Learn in the Classroom?

Children with autism spectrum disorders can struggle in a traditional classroom setting. Schools are designed to teach one type of learner, and not geared towards children with learning differences. The following are three core deficits (disabilities) of individuals with autism spectrum disorders that can interfere with their ability to succeed …

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Autism in School: How Do Sensory Issues Affect the Classroom?

Autistic children may face many challenges learning in a classroom full of peers. Beyond problems that arise due to deficits in Executive Functioning (disorganization, forgetfulness, punctuality, etc.), weak central coherence (hyper-focusing on details), and Theory of Mind (difficulty understand other’s intentions), children with autism often have unique sensory needs. The …

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What IEP Accommodations Should I Ask for my Asperger’s Child?

Do you have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting scheduled in order for your child to receive individualized help or accommodations in school but have no idea what to ask for, or what can be done to help them? Every child with or without autism has unique strengths and challenges; …

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Tantrum Tot gives “Big Boy” School a Thumbs Up!

The Tot has three days to prepare to start school on Monday, so I thought it would be good to start preparing him. I figured that I can start talking to him over the next few days, and trying to get him used to the idea.  At the very least, …

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