Autism Awareness Month: Why I Don't Post Links To Medical Research About Aut...

Autism Awareness Month: Why I Don't Post Links To Medical Research About Autism

There's a huge amount of information on the internet about medical research into the causes of Asperger's Syndrome and Autism. I basically never post about any of it. I have a few reasons for that.

1) I'm Not Looking For  A Cure

Unlike certain outspoken groups I don't take a position on whether it is morally right or wrong to want a cure for your children's autism. Because I… Continue reading...

Autism Awareness Month: Diagnosis of Asperger's/Autism As An Adult

This is a story that everyone should read. My own experience is similar and yet different. My son's diagnosis brought a sharp focus for me on a lot of my own behaviors. Things that I had largely dismissed as quirks, idiosyncrasies or just plain stubbornness.Where things differ is that at 40 I have reached a point in my life where I am comfortable with who I am. Twenty years ago a diagnosis might well have helped me. Now, it doesn't change anything for me. But it's so important to have that…
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Autism Awareness Month: Common Asperger's Traits

The article I'm linking to provides a great summary of common traits exhibited by children (an adults sometimes) with Asperger's syndrome. It also provides links to more detailed information for each one. Since it's part of the autism spectrum, Asperger's can vary significantly between individuals. Not all of these traits will be present and those that are will be there to different degrees. But I recognize most of these to some extent from my children. Just yesterday for example I got… Continue reading...

Autism Awareness Month



I stumbled on this idea for an alternative symbol to represent Autism and I rather like the idea of something this simple rather than the puzzle piece. I'm also not entirely happy with the symbolism of that puzzle anyway.

http://woohooligan.deviantart.com/art/Autism-Symbol-292608902

It's a touchy subject apparently, as you can see from the comments on that page. People read a lot, frequently too much, into symbols.

But I threw together my own version of the symbol (on the right) and while I'm not completely happy… Continue reading...

Autism Awareness Month: Socializing In Context


I love this article about the way that children with aspergers syndrome choose to socialize. Like many other things they do it based on their priorities, not the rest of societies.

This is definitely something we see at home and  it's something of a battle at school where they are very big on participation, something that Jamie sees almost no point in at all. I'm kind of with him on that one.

Also note the way the author uses tokens here. It refers to using up a limited pool of… Continue reading...