• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”

Autism Awareness is About Telling Our Stories…

“On December 26th, 1990 Marguerite Elisofon gave birth to premature twins: Samantha and Matthew. Marguerite and her husband soon noticed their daughter lagged behind her brother in ways that scared them. Samantha, they learned, was on the autistic spectrum. Most “experts” weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a normal …

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Celebrating Autism: Navigating Romance; Samantha Elisofon in Keep the Change

Samantha Elisofon, was featured in a short film titled, Keep the Change, which shows how some people living on the Autistic Spectrum navigate romance. This is a touching short film that runs about 15 minutes.  Enjoy! Read Samantha’s story in The Picture Perfect Family, by Marguerite Elisofon, and comment below to …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARGUERITE ELISOFON AND A SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY FOR MY READERS! (Yay!)

INTERVIEW AND BOOK GIVEAWAY! Marguerite Elisofon, Author of My Picture Perfect Family, has graciously agreed to an interview, and will be giving away autographed copies of her book to some of our lucky readers.  Just comment below to enter to win. ! I am excited about her book release today, …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part VI: Grocery Shopping Online

Many people and stores are now participating in the online shopping experience. Many chains even offer the ability to shop for groceries online. This can have many benefits for the person dealing with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, especially if they also have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The ability to shop …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part V: Beyond Gift Shopping—Groceries

Family is coming over…expectations are high. This time of year places a tremendous amount of stress on everyone, and people with autism are no different. But beyond the stress of gift giving, and interacting with family that may or may not know or understand an autistic person’s struggles, is the …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part IV: Holiday Shopping Tips

You are navigating stores, people are pushing, looking for sales items, full parking lots, with a screaming ASD child in tow. Does this sound like your typical holiday shopping experience? If so, here are a few tips that may help you get through those crazy crowds and keep a small …

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DSM-V: New Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

In 1975, 1 in 5,000 children were diagnosed with autism. By 2013, that number has risen to 1 in 55 children identified and diagnosed with autism spectrum. Some believe that these staggering numbers represent a rise in children born with autism, while others believe better research and understanding of this …

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Why Is It Difficult for Those with Autism to Complete Tasks or Meet Goals?

It is often difficult to for those with autism spectrum disorders to work towards goals. This difficulty can be explained by the inability to sustain problem solving capabilities—part of the job of our executive functioning system. In those with autism this system can be inhibited. Executive Dysfunction or a deficit …

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Does My Child have Autism; What is Autism?

Autism was first identified by two Australian psychiatrists in the 1940’s. Dr. Leo Kanner studied children who would later be identified as autistic, or to have “classic Autism”, and Dr. Hans Asperger studied children who have what is now known as Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a high-functioning form of Autism. …

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Idioms and Autism Spectrum Disorders / Asperger’s Syndrome

Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) such as Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), continually struggle over what they perceive as utterly pointless turns of phrase. Idioms are a minefield for these very literally-minded learners. Often children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) respond to idiomatic expressions in a way that is perceived as “sassy”; …

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  • Enter to Win: Dec. 30-Jan 7, 2016

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    Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed by Jeannie Davide-Rivera

    Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed

    by Jeannie Davide-Rivera

    Giveaway ends January 07, 2016.

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