Asperger's syndrome

Book Review: 22 Things

22 Things a Woman with Asperger’s Syndrome Wants Her Partner to Know

Most adults would agree that dating and relationships are hard.  Communication, control issues, mood swings, and emotions all converge together in one pot, and sometimes it boils over.  Add Asperger’s to the mix, and you add another level of complexity and challenges.

Asperger's Syndrome: Cure or Acceptance

In light of autism awareness month, I have been pondering exactly what autism awareness means. As a neurotypical living within a family sprinkled with aspergians, I have learned most likely more from my family than them from me. Mostly, to step out of my own little box and attempt to perceive the world from the eyes of an individual other than myself.

What is Asperger's?

Discovering the Truth About Asperger’s -- What Is Asperger’s?

Among many special needs children and disorders, one that is commonly misunderstood is Asperger’s Disorder.  In fact, many children with Asperger’s can go many years, even into their teen or adult years, before they are properly diagnosed.

What is Asperger’s?

Jesse Saperstein:  A Role Model for Change

When asked why he would jump out of a plane, Jesse Saperstein does not hesitate to reply, “Because I’m insane.”  All humor aside, he adds, “I thought it would be an exciting an creative way to stop bullying.”  Indeed -- is there anything more exciting than skydiving?

Firing the Butler and the Maid . . .

. . . A strategy for helping your child with special needs learn to problem solve.

Moms and Dads of children with special needs tend to take on the role of butler and maid far too long for the well-being of their son or daughter. As a consultant I have seen how the pain and guilt of having a child with developmental challenges affects the expectations parents have for their son or daughter with Autism, Asperger, Pervasive Developmental Disability or Attention Deficit Disorder. 

Homeschooling and the Autism Spectrum Child

I began homeschooling my son soon after he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome,  at 6 years old and in his second year of schooling. I quickly realized that his school knew even less than I did about Asperger’s, and while I soon educated myself through free courses available to me and through the internet, I also knew the school had no strategies in place regarding my son’s needs, and I did not have enough knowledge at the time, or the personal skill to negotiate that pioneering road with the school. And so I looked at alternatives.

Ann LeZotte and Julie Jack, a Deaf Heroine

As a young child, Ann LeZotte was diagnosed as autistic because she banged her head. Eventually it was discovered that her head-banging was merely a response to the fact that she could not hear. Born prematurely and deaf, Ann also has trouble with lung function.

Many People with Autism Suited for Jobs

Employers are realizing more and more that there is a group of potential employees in the autism community who can be productive workers if given a chance. Chris Simler is the director of career development services at Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, which has a program that focuses on teaching career and life skills to individuals preparing to transition to the workplace. He stresses that "there is no typical job for a person with autism." They can work in retail, accounting, data entry, and even social work.

Guardianship and Developmental Disabilities

Surrogate Decision Making for People with Developmental Disabilities

11 More Good Old Books about Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Dyslexia: 3 in a Series

Everyone has their favorite sources of information, and often that means a favorite book. New books are continually coming out. Sometimes new ideas come along. Sometimes they really change the game. Often, they don't.
I think, and many others agree, that having as rich a knowledge base as possible--call it a data bank--pays dividends forever. The list below is a good place to start when it comes to dyslexia, ADHD and learning disabilities. They aren't the stylish new ones, but they won't let you down. They come well-recommended by people with dyslexia, too.