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Jun 192011
 
Happy Father’s Day to my Aspie Dad

My father is turning ninety this fall. Despite his age and mine, I must admit I still find it hard at times to accept him for who he is. But, since today is Father’s Day, it seems fitting to focus on his strengths. Since my blog is about the autism spectrum, I will focus on […]

Jun 162011
 
Diagnostic issues for autism spectrum adults

I actually think it is trickier to get a good diagnosis for an adult than for a child. So many adults are uncovering that their differences might be well described by an autism spectrum diagnosis but my experience has been that fewer providers in adult mental health are familiar with the autism spectrum than in […]

Feb 212011
 

When a parent is on the autism spectrum, their children may notice differences in conversational skills when compared to “neurotypicals.” They may see that their ASD parent talks too much about a certain topic and doesn’t give them a turn to talk, or conversely, their parent may not talk as much as they would like […]

Feb 192011
 

People with ASDs often do not use a large number of facial expressions and gestures. They may not use much eye contact, recognize others’ need for personal space, or notice the meaning from someone’s posture. Additionally, they may not be skilled in recognizing the meaning of body language that is used by others. When neurotypical […]

Feb 112011
 

ASD parents may not be very expressive about their own feelings, and may find it more natural and comfortable to talk about the facts of a situation. They may not have a full understanding of others’ feelings. That is, they may be seen as lacking in empathy. They also may have difficulty with seeing things […]

Feb 052011
 

When a parent is on the autism spectrum, one of the differences their children may run into is the intensity of their parents’ special interests compared to others. Although people who are neurotypical frequently discuss their interests, those who are on the autism spectrum can be distinguished by the intensity of the interests. One way […]

Feb 042011
 

Social events can be difficult for individuals on the autism spectrum. They may prefer to go to social events only if the events are focused on one of their special interests, or they may not like to go to social events at all.  Many ASD adults do not like “small talk” while others just don’t […]