Making a Film on Autism Individuality and Acceptance

From a very young age, Joseph Serrano knew what he wanted to do with his life: When I was 5, I saw Jurassic Park with my mother and sister, Amy, and I couldn’t believe the spectacle set before my eyes—Dinosaurs actually coming to life! I knew then what I wanted to do. I wanted to see my ideas projected hundreds of feet high on the big screen for an audience in a dark room giving my work their undivided attention. Big thoughts for such a little guy. And now that he’s all grown up, Joseph still hasn’t wavered from his dream. He worked with a … [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...]

Review: The Asperkid’s Game Plan

REVIEW BY MIGHTY LEAGUE MOM: Jodi Murphy Jennifer O'Toole wins again with The Asperkid's Game Plan, and so do we−the teachers, parents, and clinicians who are looking for ways to be better communicators and educators for our special children. Every child wants to learn, especially those on the autism spectrum, and it's up to us to reach and teach them using methods that will foster their unique abilities and learning strengths. Jennifer's 'Game Plan' is insightful, empowering, and packed full of purposeful play activities that are easy to do … [Read more...]

14 Days of Autism Love Giveaway
Day 2: Asperkids

Ahhhhhh, love is in the air! Can you feel it? My heart's beating a little faster because we're celebrating our love for those on the autism spectrum. Every day, for the next 14 days, I'm going to feature one of our favorite authors, apps, and organizations as a countdown to a huge giveaway of their products. (Now I can feel your heart beating faster too!) Have fun learning about them ...and don't forget to enter the giveaway. (Entry form at the end of this post. Lots of ways to earn extra entries too.) I am the ginger-haired, … [Read more...]

A Quick History of Geekdom

By Jennifer Cook O'Toole In the mid-2000s, T-shirts everywhere suddenly declared "Geek is the new Cool," and "Geek Chic" was born. Now you probably know that "chic" is "fabulously stylish," but have you ever wondered if there's more to "geek" than rude lunchroom comments? Turns out--yes, there is! The English word "geek" comes from "geck," medieval German for "fool." Doesn't sound so chic yet, but dig a little deeper and you'll discover that "geck" began as an even older verb meaning "to fool or cleverly outsmart." In other words, a geek is … [Read more...]

Asperkids are Awesome!
Interview with Jennifer Cook O’Toole
Role Model of Hope

I’m a huge anglophile and can tell you, in order, about every British monarchy since the early ages. I’ve seen every Dr. Who episode, and can recite lines from every Harry Potter movie from memory. Should I keep going? Yeah, I’m a total geek. I was already captivated by Asperkids founder, Jennifer Cook O’Toole , and what she’s manage to create in just over a year…but to proclaim her ‘geek’ so enthusiastically? I’m hooked! Jennifer had no plans to write a book or start a company, but felt called to duty when several clinicians told her … [Read more...]