THE FOUR A'S OF AUTISM
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by kelly9226
2M ago
Parents are responsible for recognizing and appreciating the strength of their children. Autistic children frequently face significant challenges. However, the characteristics often identified as “disadvantages" can be, and should be, seen as advantages. I suggest that we transition from looking at individuals on the autism inspection as a collection of deficits, disorders, and disabilities to looking at them as a collection of abilities and strengths. We can do this by considering the four A's of Autism: Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, and Action. (Read the rest of the article here ..read more
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5 Key Considerations When Buying a Home
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by kelly9226
7M ago
Buying a home is a significant milestone, and the process can be particularly nuanced for autism families. Take a look at the list below to see five crucial categories to consider when purchasing a home that will ensure your new place caters to your family's needs.  1. Life Stage The first and foremost consideration is the life stage of your family. This involves thinking long-term about how long you plan to stay in the home and how your needs might evolve. For example, a family with a young child may prioritize proximity to specialized schools or inclusive playgrounds. In contrast, those ..read more
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Improv: A Playful Path to Building Social Skills with Dr. Daniel Wendler
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by kelly9226
7M ago
Welcome to a delightful journey through the world of improv and its unexpected benefits for social skills development. Guided by insights from Dr. Daniel Wendler, a clinical psychologist specializing in relationships, loneliness, and neurodiversity, we'll explore how this unique form of theater can enhance our social interactions. What is Improv? Improv, a form of theater without scripts or predefined narratives, mirrors the unpredictability of real-life conversations. “In both improv and daily interactions,” explains Dr. Wendler, “we don't know what will be said next, requiring us to be prese ..read more
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Continuing Education Options for Adults with Autism
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by kelly9226
7M ago
The transition from high school to postsecondary education is a significant milestone for many, marked by new responsibilities, increased independence, and the excitement of fresh opportunities. For adults with autism, this transition can bring its own set of unique challenges and possibilities. Understanding these nuances is crucial for ensuring a successful educational journey. The Transition from IDEA to ADA As students with autism move beyond high school, they transition from the protection of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to the stipulations of the Americans with ..read more
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Disaster Preparedness for the Autism Community: A Guide to Staying Safe
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by kelly9226
8M ago
Emergencies are unpredictable, making it even more essential to have a comprehensive preparedness plan, especially for families and individuals within the autism community. Given the unique challenges and sensitivities faced by those on the autism spectrum, ensuring safety in emergencies requires added layers of planning and consideration. This guide outlines steps and suggestions to bolster the security of those in the autism community during unforeseen events. 1. Cultivate Calmness as Your First Response While it's natural to experience fear or anxiety during emergencies, for caregivers and ..read more
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Unlocking Potential Beyond The Spectrum: Understanding Visual Thinking Through Temple Grandin’s Eyes
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by kelly9226
8M ago
Temple Grandin, renowned author and autism advocate, once said, "The world needs all kinds of minds." Among these are visual thinkers, a unique set of individuals who process information using pictures. Grandin's life and her experience with autism, captured in the HBO movie about her and her book "Thinking in Pictures," offers profound insights into the realm of visual thinking. The Spectrum of Thinking Not everyone on the autism spectrum is a visual thinker. Temple Grandin emphasizes this distinction by categorizing thinkers into: Visual Thinkers: Those who think in pictures, often gravitat ..read more
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Overcoming Barriers to Early Diagnosis
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by kelly9226
9M ago
The importance of early diagnosis in autism cannot be overstated. Early intervention often yields better outcomes, helping individuals lead more independent and fulfilling lives. However, several barriers often stand in the way of timely diagnosis. Understanding these challenges is the first step toward mitigating them, ensuring that children receive the specialized support they need. Insurance Roadblocks One primary hurdle parents encounter is from insurance companies reluctant to cover diagnostic services. Even when coverage is available, stringent conditions can make it difficult for paren ..read more
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Things Aren’t Always as They Appear
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by kelly9226
9M ago
To the untrained eye, the peculiarities in a household with an autistic individual can be easily misunderstood. As first responders and guardians of the community, it's our responsibility to discern and understand these nuances. When Home Safety Mimics Neglect Imagine walking into a house responding to a distress call. You see a room, eerily bare, save for a single couch. Another room, possibly padded with no furniture at all. It's easy to jump to conclusions – abuse, neglect, or some form of maltreatment. But dig a little deeper. Such measures can often be put in place by parents and caretak ..read more
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Providing Safe Transportation to the Hospital
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by kelly9226
9M ago
In our line of duty, we often find ourselves rushing to provide care in emergency situations. However, when assisting individuals with autism, our traditional approach might not always be the most effective. It’s paramount to understand and adapt to the unique needs of these individuals to ensure their safety during transport to hospitals. Understanding Autism in Emergencies Autism affects how people process their surroundings. Situations that seem routine to us might be overwhelming for someone with autism. As first responders, recognizing this can be the difference between a smooth transfer ..read more
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Asperger's Disorder: Understanding the Spectrum
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by kelly9226
9M ago
For many, understanding the intricacies of neurodiverse conditions remains a complex endeavor. One such condition, previously recognized as Asperger's Disorder, has seen significant attention over the past few decades. At the heart of this condition lies a fascinating conundrum: individuals who, at times, appear neurotypical in their cognition and linguistic abilities but are grappling with unique challenges that set them apart. The Enigma of Asperger's Children and adults who were once labeled under the Asperger’s Disorder umbrella often possess cognitive abilities ranging from average to ex ..read more
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