All About Autism 2011

Autism Awareness Continues – Giveaway

April is almost over.  Autism Awareness will continue on even after our outdoor blue lights are replaced with what’s “normal” for outdoor lighting… We all will do what we can to answer question, enlighten and discuss whenever we can.  The advocating for our children will always mean that our words will be voiced so our children’s voices will be heard. As you continue through this [...]

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Week 4 in Review • Thank You

Week 4 of the All About Autism Series has found its end. Four more writers, bloggers, advocates, and supporters of children diagnosed with Autism shared different areas of Autism. Jenny brought up bullying and her experiences as a young child being bullied while locked behind her Autism. Lynn’s humor highlighted that while echolalia can have a number of consequences, perhaps the best is getting a [...]

Aiding and A-letting Go: Confessions of a fly on a classroom wall by Sara Winter • All About Autism 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Sara Winter: I have an eleven year-old nephew on the autism spectrum. I’ve been lucky enough to be his therapist at home and at school these past nine years. Watching him navigate his daily life has been the most impactful experience in my life to date. One of the most valuable [...]

Notes from a "Refrigerator Mom" by Caryn Haluska • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Caryn Haluska: In 1949, Dr. Leo Kanner wrote a paper, in which he cited “refrigerator mothers” as the cause of the autism in children ~ attributing autism to “genuine lack of maternal warmth”. In an interview for Time magazine in 1960, Dr. Kanner described mothers of autistic children as “just happening [...]

Fun With Echolalia by Lynn Hudoba • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Lynn Hudoba: ech·o·la·li·a (?k??-l??l?-?) noun: The immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others, often a symptom of autism or some types of schizophrenia. This is the textbook definition. I would take exception to the "just spoken" part, as my daughter is capable of repeating conversations from [...]

Anti-bullying by Jenny Ford • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Jenny Ford: When I was a kid in school I got bullied constantly... Except for one year of public school but that's a subject for another post... One of my first memories of being bullied is when I was in the corner of the school yard. Don't remember how I got [...]

Welcome to Holland by Kim Lehnhoff • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Kim Lehnoff: Emily Perl Kingsley wrote a lovely piece about raising a child with a disability, where she compares it to being in Holland. Please check it out here. I am the mother of a son who will be 16 years old in July. He has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder [...]

Misplaced Awareness by Stuart Duncan • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Stuart Duncan: When I think about awareness, I think about cancer and AIDS. Awareness works extremely well for causes such as these but there are other times when I feel that awareness is either not enough, or misplaced entirely. There is a huge difference between being aware of something and knowing [...]

Autism: My Blessed Gift by Meredith Myers • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Meredeth Myers: It’s a surreal moment, the one in which you decide to face this fact: my child has Autism. Not devastating as some would put it, but more surreal. Surreal like the moment when you’re on a rollercoaster and you’ve reached the apex of the giant drop and you creep [...]

What Autism Is To Me by Lisa G. • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Lisa G.: With April right around the corner....I thought long and hard about what I wanted to express to my readers and to others in the world about what autism is. So many wonderful things going on to help raise awareness and acceptance in the community and I knew that I [...]

Give A Helping Hand for Special Needs by Jenny Herman • All About Autism Series 2011

I’m so glad you decided to stop by for Autism 101 at Special Happens! This is such a wonderful event. I am honored to be a participant. I assume that you are learning a lot this month. Perhaps you know some people that deal with autism on a daily basis, and you’d like to help. That’s why I’m here! I’m going to show you how [...]

Unsung Heros by Tracy C • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Tracy C: Originally, this would have gone in my own blog, but, as a guest blogger for this lady, I think it’s far more appropriate because she is one of the people I am talking about. The unsung heroes. Set aside those who rant and rave and focus on those beautiful [...]

People Don't Understand Autism by Nicky C. • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Nicky C.: Let me tell you about how people don’t understand autism. Autism is a blessing, but, there are also side effects. Any time I do push- ups, my arms lock as if I can’t get down! When I was in 6th grade my gym teacher can barely understand anything! Anytime [...]

The Rochester Autism-Diet Study: What Went Wrong, What You Should Know by Judy Converse MPH RD LD • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by  Judy Converse, MPH RD LD: You’ve probably seen the press often refer to a study from the University of Rochester that claims to debunk whether special diets help children with autism. This is one of those studies that – hmmm, for some reason – really gets legs and is off and [...]

Everybody Has A Plan…Until They Get Punched In The Mouth by Big Daddy Autism • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Big Daddy Autism: The title of this post is a quote, widely credited to Mike Tyson, which may be the perfect metaphor for life with an autistic child. We have found that making plans is basically a fool’s game.  It is, in a way, like playing black jack at a casino. You [...]

Wandering, Fear, Reality and Autism by Tim Welsh • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Tim Welsh (Tanners Dad): I spent three months to get Tanner to open the bathroom door after a bath. Hand over hand I slowly got him to go through the motions. Finally he was able to turn the knob, pull the door and shut off the light. Victory or so I [...]

Why "Kiddie Parties" are no fun for me by SherriPizza • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by SherriPizza: I don't blog and this is my first attempt at a guest blog post. While it may make me sound like a whiny mommy, it's really an attempt to describe why certain settings are so difficult for my son and me, or how he behaves differently from what's socially acceptable, what's considered [...]

A Difficult Decision by Jen Troester • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Jen Troester: My daughter Katie just turned 7 in January, and is what you would consider high-functioning on the Autism Spectrum. To some, being able to call their child high-functioning would be a dream. To us, at times, it has been a nightmare. You see Katie is lucky enough not only [...]

The Diagnosis by Jillsmo • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Jillsmo: It’s hard to say when, exactly, I knew something was wrong because I had postpartum depression for Child 1’s first 6 weeks so it always felt like something was wrong. He was a very mellow and calm baby; he slept through the night at 3 weeks, he rarely cried, I [...]

Hearing "I Love You"… by Gina St. Aubin • All About Autism Series 2011

“You know what?!?” I teased while he’s looking at me, wishing I would go away so he could sleep. “I. Love. You.” ….I tickled the tip of his nose with my finger. The tired angel’s face brightens with the last seconds of wakefulness. He maneuvers his hand from under the sheets, intent on something, a twinkle in his eye. “No. You!” ...and he tickles the [...]

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