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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., […]

People with Anxiety worry. A lot. My clients are experts in worry, as they spend many hours a day worrying about things that have happened, might happen, or might never happen. They often feel powerless to change their worrying ways, try to map out multiple outcomes, and attempt to control the uncontrollable via worry. Anxiety […]

Much has been written about the experience of raising children on the Autism Spectrum, but less has been written about living on the spectrum as an adult, and very, very little has been written about being married to an Aspie. Kathy Marshack’s book Living with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going over the […]

While the vast majority of individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s appear to be male, there certainly are females with Asperger’s, and these gals are often misunderstood. I have heard well-educated people say things like, “Well, she can’t have Asperger’s because she is a girl.” This was clearly the experience of Julie and Andrew Clark, raising their […]