You Always Stop to Smell the Roses – A Lesson Learned from My Autistic Son

We were at Cedar Point recently. If you’re not familiar, it’s a roller coaster park in Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from our home in Cleveland. My husband grew up in the town so it’s a part of his life. We have had season passes every year I can remember. When the boys were small we
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The Three Month Rule

Today I was interviewed by a graduate student who was doing research on autism, parenting, and all that jazz. One of his last questions was, “What would you tell a new to autism family or just any family that maybe just needed some inspiration?” So I told him the secret of
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Does Your Autistic Child Do That?

I love seeing the differences in my two sons. I am so blessed that they are best friends (knock on wood that sticks forever) and I know I am lucky that they do get along so well. In part, I think that is due to Joshua’s autism. He doesn’t see the value in arguing over very much except
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Some Autism Traits May Show Up Later in Girls Than in Boys

Girls with autism traits have fewer problems with social communication than boys do early on, but their skills worsen by adolescence, a new study suggests1. The researchers looked at social traits of autism in the general population, rather than in children diagnosed with autism. Girl
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Happy Mother’s Day. Autism Style.

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s your day to relax and unwind! Just kidding! You’re an autism mom. You’re still doing the same damn stuff you do all the other 364 days a year! Schedule to keep Moms!! Chop! Chop! And because you’re an autism mom, you know that it
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Autism, Speech Therapy and Minecraft

Today a photo popped up in my Facebook memories that actually caused me to have a true emotional gasp! Look at the big genuine smile on those boys! That’s Adam on the left, and Joshua on the right. The photo was taken 5 years ago at Minecon – yes, that is right – the conve
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To Declare or Not to Declare a Disability

Joshua, the subject of many blog posts, and driving force behind the building of the Orange Effect Foundation, applied for an internship for next summer. I’m super excited about it, although I think the position is for college students and he is only in high school – but still,
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Recipient Spotlight: Anthony

Anthony is a kind, caring teenager who is challenged by autism and stuttering. Fortunately, he discovered FACETime Summer Camp at the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center. This special summer speech camp is designed for older children and younger teens who stutter. Camp provides a sa
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Autism and Speech Devices: Helping Kids Advance Skills As They Mature

We think this article from Autism Speaks about autism and speech generating devices is so valuable, we thought we’d share it with you. —— A parent asks, “Our son is 6 years old, minimally verbal and on the spectrum. We’ve seen him make progress with a speech-generati
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Make Halloween a Better Experience

By its very nature, Halloween is scary. Everything from the decorations, horror films, costumes, and the inflated cost of candy. However, perhaps the scariest part of Halloween is trying to understand it through the eyes of our kids with autism. So how do we make this spooky night les
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