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Bodies need exercise, particularly bodies with Autism and Asperger’s.  For many parents raising a child on the spectrum, your first concern is perhaps not exercise (I get that!), but maybe exercise can help reduce some of the other troubles your family is facing.  (To be fair, if you know me, I do happen to think […]

SPARK Autism (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) is collecting DNA samples from families with Autism to better understand the genetic contributions of Autism.  Happily, JFK Partners in Denver has joined this national research project. For more information, please see http://www.cfcico.com/spark-autism/ https://sparkforautism.org/ It appears that you would register online, receive saliva kits at home, […]

The Spark Program is a curriculum designed to teach business and entrepreneurial skills to individuals with developmental disabilities.  (In fact, you MUST have a developmental disability to access the program.)  This online program allows for a self-paced education, and includes the development of a student portfolio. A recent conversation with one of the founders, Linda […]

The Economist ran two articles about ASD this week and ASD captured the cover! The first article is titled Beautiful minds, wasted: How not to squander the potential of autistic people (http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21696944-how-not-squander-potential-autistic-people-beautiful-minds-wasted?zid=318&ah=ac379c09c1c3fb67e0e8fd1964d5247f) The article highlights some poignant aspects of living on the spectrum.  Perhaps my favorite quote, “Autism is a condition that defies simple generalisations.  […]

I’m not a fan of celebrities; I don’t really think they are “just like the rest of us.”  Shonda Schilling’s book might actually change my mind.  Ends up Shonda and Curt Schilling (Major league pitcher, now retired?) are raising 4 children, and various combinations of these children have ADHD, Anorexia Nervosa, and Asperger’s/Anxiety.  And she […]

I frequently hear clients talking about life events that somehow, by the end of the discussion, have become life and death, make it or break it moments. For example, a student might struggle with a singular exam question (later admitted to perhaps be a poorly worded question), and then the student quickly decides that he […]

A few years ago we had a nasty winter. Nobody could seem to scrape their windshields properly, and on this school morning, I was no exception. While stopped at a red light, the woman in front of me popped out of her car, scraped my windshield some more with her awesome scraper, stating, “I have […]

Have you ever read a book that seems to unlock the mysteries of the universe? Joshua Muggleton’s book Raising Martians from crash landing to leaving home: how to help a child with Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism provides the answers that my client’s parents are asking (or should be asking!). Muggleton handily explores the […]

Got Autism? Got Sleep Problems? For whatever reason, sleep problems seem rather common for children (and adults!) on the Autism Spectrum. At long last, a book has been published that is actually approachable, based in science, and helpful! Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A guide for frazzled families by Terry Katz, […]

I hear raising teens is hard. I hear raising an Aspie teen can be harder. Ann Boushéy, author of Talking Teenagers: Information and Inspiration for Parents of Teenagers with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, carefully navigates the parenting struggles of raising a teen on the Spectrum. She shares her experience of checking in with experts (e.g., […]