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Jul 142013
 

I have recently undertaken a major life transition. I took a job in England, left my job of 16 years, sold my house and my car, and gave away or sold almost everything I have ever owned! My husband and I have been working on this on different sides of the Atlantic, and are only […]

Dec 242012
 

There is a national dialogue occurring following the horrific tragedy in Newtown about violence, autism spectrum disorders (including Asperger’s Syndrome) and mental illness. I don’t know what the outcome will be of this discussion, but I do know one thing for sure.  Children and teens with Asperger’s Syndrome or other autism spectrum disorders are teased, […]

Nov 182012
 

Chapter 2 of the novel I am working on for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Henry called his mother from Dr. D’s office, to tell her that she needed to come and pick him up. He had just been suspended from school for throwing chairs in the counseling office. This has happened right after Dr. […]

Nov 032012
 

The first chapter of the novel I am writing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Let me know if you like it. It just my first draft and hasn’t been edited yet. Henry walked back and forth across the end of playground, alone. He held a long stick, which in his mind was a light […]

Oct 222012
 

Teasing and arguing among siblings is a common parent complaint – and most of us have either experienced it as parents or as a sibling when we were growing up. I just recently came across a paper written by my older sister when she was in 7th grade.  She describes me: “”I have a little […]

Sep 152012
 

Arguing is one of the most common complaints I hear from parents. The strategies discussed here will work for any children – but they are particularly helpful for children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders who are prone to argue. This makes sense given the nature of ASDs. If we have a child who has […]

Sep 062012
 
A communication skill for high functioning ASD children and teens

  There is a lot more to communication then just the words that are said. A helpful technique to teach high functioning ASD children and teens is that the 3 parts of their message all need to match. The 3 parts are: The WORDS that are said The TONE OF VOICE that is used The […]