• Understanding Autism from the Inside

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

What is my problem? Crankiness continues…

I am not sure exactly what was wrong with me yesterday.  It was beautiful out—30 degrees—sunny—yes, 30 was a heat wave here, the Teen watched the boys while Hubby and I went to lunch and grocery shopping without ANY children!  It was a very nice afternoon, but when I returned …

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How will the autism service dog help the Tot?

  What does an Autism Service Dog do? This is a question I have received a lot over the past two weeks. I can tell you that having a service dog is not a miracle cure.  It is a lot of work (as is having any dog), and it takes …

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Do Autistic People Feel Empathy: The Literal Interpretation

Autistic people tend not to show emotions the way “normal” or “neuro-typical” people do. This leads to the idea that they lack empathy, the ability to empathize, to feel empathetic, and in the extreme lack feelings altogether. This simply is not true; they just do not tend share their feelings …

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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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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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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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    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

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