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When Teachers Don't Understand Autism: A Rant

By Maxine and Daniel

I hear so many stories of professionals with no or limited autism knowledge being less-than-helpful to families and children and I think, ‘I need to take up basket-weaving or Spanish Regional Dancing…any diversion that doesn’t involve the frustration of trying to change understanding of autism within systems of support that are rigid, inflexible, and don’t seem to learn from their mistakes.

Professionals misinterpret what they see with our children, and their responses—based on incorrect assumptions—are then way off the mark. It causes anxiety and frustration in the child and in the ...

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Thank you Autism parents

A dozen reasons why you rock!

By Maxine and Daniel

It’s incredible, really. With no formal training and no prior knowledge, parents of children on the spectrum become experts on what will and will not work for their child. They know when a behavior issue is really a lack of understanding issue or a lack of appropriate support issue. They quickly learn to provide their child with extra help in so many areas of functioning, and to slow down the pace and delivery of teaching so that their child can be successful.

Since autism, with its influence on science ...

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What good teachers know about teaching kids with autism - a wishlist

By Maxine and Daniel

This is a wishlist of teaching practices. I am not a teacher-I'm an Aspie advocate and champion, writer, parent, grandparent and public speaker who works in the autism field. I do parent-trainings, assist with IEPS, and have the great pleasure of working with many excellent teachers who understand our children or work to find answers if they're stuck. Anyhoo...here you go:

+ I'll just tell parents what I have observed from their child and keep all editorial comments out my communication with them--unless it's to say their kid is awesome!

+ I never ...

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Autism's magic bullet finally found!

Improve your autistic child's self esteem and school performance, reduce meltdowns!

By Maxine and Daniel

Cheesy headline? You bet. It's a bit dramatic and overstated, but indulge me. I watch too many Infomercials.

Though my headline is sensational, I have something completely legitimate to share with you. It’s a no-cost, easy-to-learn strategy that can make a world of difference for your Asperger child.

You ready?

The secret to supporting autism is not in the strategies--it’s in the approach---a calm, kind, gentle approach. Calm parents, calm teachers, calm relatives, kind strangers all contribute to a successful life ...

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Parenting with autism: no guilt zone

By Maxine and Daniel

Are you constantly nagging your child to get moving? Yelling at her for ignoring you? Does he seem to dig his heels in and refuse to respond in spite of repeated demands?

Before I tell you possible autism-related reasons, raise your right hand and take the oath: "I will not feel guilty for things I did not know before today."

OK. Here goes. Our toddlers, children, teens and young adults often need more time than a typical person to process our commands or requests, or to respond to something they are experiencing. The rule of thumb ...

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