Aspergers Syndrome and the ‘Can’t Love’ Myth

I don’t need flowers, candy, cards or a special day to know that I am loved, especially by my son with Aspergers Syndrome. There’s a myth that people with autism can’t show love. But they can. You just have to notice because it won’t be expressed in ways you might expect. It may be subtle but it’s there and it shines brightly when you pay close attention. During his high school years, my son was on a class trip. We were encouraged to send notes, letters, and cards of encouragement while the he was away. He must have been 14 or 15 at the … [Read more...]

‘Beyond Rain Man’ Shines a Light on Autism

Anne K. Ross is the pen name for an award-winning writer and school psychologist with three decades of experience working in public schools in Northern California. Her latest book, Beyond Rainman, has been endorsed by NY Times best-selling authors on autism-related topics including Temple Grandin, Graeme Simsion, and Tony Attwood, Ph.D. Anne lets the reader take a peek behind her professional side on a more personal journey about her own family's autism experience. Tell us about your book, "Beyond Rain Man." Although one child in 68 is … [Read more...]

#ImpactfulBlog: Parenting Asperger’s Blog

The Parenting Asperger’s Blog by Dave Angel shares a mix of inspirational stories, solutions, strategies and occasional humorous outbursts for parents of children with Asperger’s. Your blog: Parenting Asperger’s Blog Your City, Country: Portsmouth, UK What inspired you to write a blog: When I first began working with a family with a child who has Asperger’s (over 10 years ago) there was a lack of easy-to-read and –easy-to-relate information online. So I decided to start sharing questions and answer posts on my blog – and it has grown from … [Read more...]

Chasing the Rabbit: 126,000 Words of Hope!

Derek Volk’s oldest child−his only son− was two-years-old when his wife suggested, “Something is not quite right with Dylan.” They struggled for the next several years as they were bounced from one “expert” to another, each offering a unique perspective on Dylan’s challenging behaviors. Finally, at eight-years-old, Dylan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Volk family was able to start making sense of Dylan’s differences. In Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, Derek Volk shares his experiences raising a … [Read more...]

Roy Dias, Asperger Author of Sci-Fi Aspean Series

Editor's Note: Make sure you read to the end to get a free copy of Roy's first book! Roy Dias has Aspergers Syndrome. He’s also a husband, a father to two sons with Aspergers, and a teacher at a school that teaches English as a second language. Oh, and Roy is an author whose books are promoting autism awareness and acceptance. Aspeans: The Beginning and Aspeans: The Invasion are, as you can probably guess from the titles, sci-fi tales but what makes them stand out from others in that genre are his Asperger protagonists. Entertaining and … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Our Son’s Autism Diagnosis is an Open Book

To reveal or not reveal? I know so many of us parents struggle with whether or not they should openly reveal their child’s autism diagnosis. Since autism is often a hidden disability, many limit who knows to the immediate family and the professionals working directly with their children. It’s not the decision we made. And when I say decision, we never sat down and even talked about whether to reveal or not to reveal. For us, talking about our son’s autism diagnosis isn’t an issue. Now we don’t just blurt it out, “Hey, nice to meet you, my … [Read more...]

Asperkids Seal of Awesomeness

Jennifer O'Toole's life's work is helping kids with Aspergers Syndrome (and their families) through her books, speaking engagements, and role modeling. She translates the inner workings of Asperkids (her positive and loving term) in a way their communities can relate to, while helping spectrum folk understand the social rules and expectations of a neurotypical world. Asperkids (her company) curates and finds activities, products and services that are worth an autism family's energy and money. According to Jennifer, the Asperkids Seal … [Read more...]

Author Deborah Brownson
“He’s Not Naughty”

I’ve been asked to write a few words about me so here goes.... My name is Deborah Brownson and I’m 39 years old and am lucky to live in a small village in the Lake District in the United Kingdom, with my husband, two sons and our cocker-spaniel Loki. Before I became a mother, I worked as a Solicitor in Manchester for over 10 years. However, my childhood dreams of motherhood didn’t quite turn out the way I’d planned. After years of turmoil, stress, medical appointments, school meetings and an ocean full of tears, both of my beautiful sons … [Read more...]

Understanding Female Autism

Tania A. Marshall, M.Sc. is a published author and psychologist who spends her professional time divided between private practice, research and writing. She works in the area of child psychology and Autism Spectrum Conditions for 20 years. In particular, she works with Asperger and high functioning autistic girls and women. The area of female autism and Asperger Syndrome is quite a specialized and complex field, and one she finds very interesting. She is undertaking Doctoral studies, in the area of female Asperger Syndrome and publishing a … [Read more...]

“Really, Really Like Me”

Listening to music is her muse, Gretchen Leary began expressing herself through poetry. When Josh Groban responded positively on twitter to her "Ivory at Night" inspired by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, she's been writing creatively ever since. She's just completed and published a new children's book illustrated by Dani Bowman—both very talented young women on the autism spectrum.  I caught up with Gretchen to find out more about this creative collaboration... You just released a new children’s book, “Really, Really Like Me…tell us about … [Read more...]