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Parenting and ASD: You CAN do this. You ARE doing it!

by Maxine and Daniel

I’m not saying parents of autistic children are perfect, but we do better than most of the other adults in our life who think that our children’s ‘problems’ are caused by our parenting style. To be clear, I don’t think that autism is a problem. The ‘problems’ often originate with the ignorance of what the autism identification means. Autism is neither a mental defect nor a mental illness. It is simply a different way of processing information in the brain. When our children are accepted, understood, respected, and accommodated, just watch the problems ...

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What Good Teachers Know About Teaching kids with Autism--a wishlist

Please SHARE if you feel this could help change understanding.

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:

+   The most important work I will ever do with my students on the spectrum is to build trust. Without that, they may ...

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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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Girls and Autism: Missed Diagnosis Can Be a Nightmare.

By Maxine and Daniel

Text books tell us ASD is four to 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 ...

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