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ICare4Autism Adviser Advocates With “1000 Ausome Things” Flashblog Today

Today, Ariana Zurcher is hosting the Autism Positivity 2013 Flashblog event where anyone can contribute, seasoned blogger or not. This year’s theme is 1000 Ausome Things. The community-building project is a beautiful way to conclude Autism Awareness Month. Ariane Zurcher champions autism rights across the blogosphere with her personal writings, Emma’s Hope Book, and her […]

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Asperger’s and Women

by Stacy Bryan Autism is on the rise, especially Autism Spectrum Disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome. It is reported that about three quarters of those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome are male. A mere one out of ten are women. Upon my diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 32, I found myself inundated with […]

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Inside These Shoes, Part 3

By Natalie Jaro To Read Part 1 & 2, click here. The Children’s Hospital recommended a psychiatrist who began Atticus on some medications for his ADHD.  The medication negatively aggravated his emotional state so we changed his medications and doses a few times until we found a combination that seemed to produce only some positive […]

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Inside These Shoes, Part 2

by Natalie Jaro To read Inside These Shoes, Part 1 Click Here My teaching was then interrupted when Atticus was born in the Fall of 1999.  For the first years of his life I stayed home with him.  It was around the age of one that I began to notice some unusual behavior.  For one, […]

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Inside These Shoes, Part 1

by Natalie Jaro One of my favorite lines from a movie is when Gregory Peck, who plays Atticus Finch, in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, tells his temperamental and compulsive daughter, Scout Finch, that she’ll get along a lot better with ‘folks’ if she only tries to step inside their shoes and walk around in them. […]

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Coping With Diagnosis- Part Two

by Jacki Edry Receiving a diagnosis of autism can be very confusing. Within the blink of an eye, an ordinary family is bombarded with a bunch of names that create a whirlpool of mixed emotions. These often include fear, anger, confusion and anxiety. Along with this, sometimes people experience a feeling of great relief at […]

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A Safe Haven

by Inna Selipanov Being a parent isn’t easy, and neither is being a child. Matters are complicated tenfold for parents of autistic children, and the children themselves. Autistic kids are often ridiculed in school, and are made to feel even more isolated than they already are. Parents, in turn, struggle to cope with these difficulties […]

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Coping with Diagnosis- Part One

I will never forget the day that my child received his first diagnosis of PDD. It happened when he was about 2 ½ years old, and I was standing in the middle a crowded hallway of a clinic in Israel with the doctor. She simply looked at me and stated “Your child has PDD. We’re going on vacation for the next month, so give us a call at the end of the summer to begin treatment”. Simple as that. And then she walked away.

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