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Why are "experts" missing our girls on the autism spectrum?

By Maxine and Daniel

Text books tell us ASD is five times more prevalent in boys than girls. I never have been one to believe everything I read.

I keep meeting young women, new ASD diagnosis in hand, whose childhood stories read like sequels to 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest': they were medicated, hospitalized, removed from regular schools and placed in 'treatment' facilities, abused, bullied...but never diagnosed accurately. At least not with Asperger's/ASD.

Oh sure, they were told they had ADHD, ODD, OCD, GAD...and later, anorexia or bulimia. They cut themselves and starved themselves-- ...

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Can we Talk?

by Maxine and Daniel

Parents raising children on the spectrum fret and worry about many thing: will my kid EVER shower or brush his teeth without a fight? Finish high school? Go to post-secondary? Date? Get married?

Wait. If our kids get married, that means our kids will be having...S.E.X..

We want our children to grow into responsible adults who can love and be loved by someone who is incredible. Of course we want that! The thing is, social communication challenges can make dating difficult, and the emotional immaturity our kids often bring to the table can ...

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Motivation and Autism

by Maxine and Daniel

If I received a dollar every time that a parent asked me how to motivate their autistic child, I’d have the cost of my lunch covered every day. This has got to be one of the least understood and poorly addressed issues in this field.

Children and teens on the spectrum have a really difficult time doing anything that isn’t an area of interest, seems pointless, or causes anxiety. What follows are just a few of the many factors that can contribute to your child’s problems with doing anything besides playing Minecraft

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High Functioning?

By Maxine and Daniel

Let's just stop using the words and just give all those on the spectrum what they need. Let me tell you why:

Too often, influential adults like teachers and (some) parents believe some autistic children are so ‘high-functioning’ that they don’t need the best-practice supports. In other words, they make the incorrect assumption that intelligence and verbal ability have anything to do with the neurological differences that have resulted in an autism identification.

When the autistic child can speak and possesses average to superior intelligence, these influential adults misunderstand and consequently ignore the impact ...

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Do you love or support a student with Asperger's (or ASD Level 1)?

by Maxine and Daniel

Please keep in mind that this is a spectrum and all individuals are different. The following is a list of common experiences of verbal individuals on the autism spectrum of average to superior intelligence

A STUDENT WITH AUTISM:

* Cannot learn from a teacher they don’t like.

* Gets along very well with adults or younger children.

*May interpret language very literally and misunderstand the intent of an instruction or assignment. Won’t ask for clarification because they don’t know they’ve misunderstood your instructions. May say yes when they mean no. May say no when ...

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