Autism Superheroes: The Amazing “J’s”

Meet the amazing J's: Jaiden, Johonna and John! Jaiden loves to play sports and is a natural football player. His mom says that he's been through a lot in his 6 years of life on the spectrum and with epilepsy. Johonna is the family's drama queen. She has overcome a speech delay and is talking up a storm and dancing and singing too! John is a math wiz at only 4 years old. Even his teacher marvels at what he can do with numbers. Mom is very proud of what all 3 have accomplished...no challenges will stop them from achieving! Jaiden, Johonna and … [Read more...]

Bully Protection 101 for Kids with Autism

By Connie Hammer Being a friend and being a bully are two very different things. Can your child tell them apart? Learning the difference between a friend and a bully can be difficult for the autistic brain to comprehend but not impossible. It is vitally important because children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are especially vulnerable to mistreatment from a bully. Research shows that children with special needs such as autism are two to three times more likely to be bullied than kids that are not autistic. Why is … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Differentiate in a Special Ed Classroom

By Trisha Katkin As teachers, we are always told, “every child is unique,” and “each one is different.” And I believe that this is true. HOWEVER… When you are trying to handle a busy class with students that are all on different wavelengths, it can be mind-boggling to figure out how to accommodate everyone. It gets tricky when you have students of various abilities, strengths and weaknesses. So, what can you do? Differentiate! Differentiation is the process by which one accommodates students and their various needs. It’s what … [Read more...]

Yes She Can and Girl Power on the Autism Spectrum

Business: Yes She Can Inc. Mission: Women with Autism. We work. With you. Yes She Can Inc. helps young women with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) develop transferable job skills and gain greater independence through our intensive coaching program at Girl AGain boutique. What is Yes She Can Inc.? We are a 501c3 nonprofit founded in November, 2013, by Marjorie Madfis, a mother of a daughter with ASD, following her 30-year career in corporate marketing. Marjorie was a pioneer in digital and social media marketing at IBM from where … [Read more...]

What is the Impact of “Old School” Thinking?

It’s been 21 years since my son was in 5th grade, but the memory of what his science teacher did to him is still fresh in my mind. While he was at his first elementary school, we didn’t know he was on the autism spectrum. What we did know was that he had some learning disabilities which made it difficult for him to function in a traditional classroom without extra support. “Old School” Thinking My son loved to learn! But he struggled at a traditional school with teachers who practiced “old school” teaching methods. In 5th grade, more written … [Read more...]

Two Special Moms Create Something Special for Special Needs Kids

Explaining Your Child's Special Needs to Kids Take two moms, Kate Ryan (on left) and Heather McCarthy (on right), friends who also happen to be teachers. Add their ingenuity and desire to teach children that special needs children are no different than anyone else. Mix in their aspirations as children's authors with a mission "to spread the message of acceptance and kindness through personalized picture books.” What do you get? The formula for something really special! Introduce yourselves and tell us more about your mission: We are both … [Read more...]

The Remarkable Courage of “Being Seen”

Anlor Davin is an autistic French woman and Zen student. Medication opened the door for friendships, purpose and self-discoveries that have helped her thrive. This fall she will be leading a monthly meditation group in San Rafael, California to help others on the spectrum find their Zen. Anlor has just released the story of her life in Being Seen, Memoir of an Autistic Mother, Immigrant, and Zen Student. Tell us about your book, Being Seen. The book is my memoir, about me a French woman with autism struggling not only to be seen, but to … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Be Forever Grateful to the Inclusive World of Theater

The 2016 Tony Awards opened with an emotional speech by host, James Corden, on behalf of the theater community to speak out about the hateful shooting in Orlando. “Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that.” I have long admired and adored the theater community—especially the creative forces who write, perform, and direct shows that celebrate and honor the rich diversity of humanity. Through my experience, I have found the theater community to be inclusive and accepting of people who are outside society’s norms, including … [Read more...]

An Enjoyable Journey Through Autism!

Dr. Sharon Mitchell, a mom to an adult son with autism, has worked in schools as a teacher, counselor and consultant for over 30 years. Her Master’s and Doctorate degrees focused on autism and she has shared her insights with thousands through workshops and seminars across the country. Sharon has co-authored the Amazon bestseller, The Official Autism 101 Manual, but it’s her “School Daze” series that caught my attention. She wanted to use storytelling instead of scientific journals as a way to help people understand autism. Each of her books in … [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...]