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...]

Think Pink on the Spectrum

Why do girls with Aspergers Syndrome tend to go undiagnosed? That's the question Jennifer O'Toole addresses in this in depth article, Pink on the Spectrum, in the current issue of Autism Aspergers Network Magazine. CLICK THE IMAGE FOR A PDF OF THE ENTIRE ARTICLE Girls are no 'less Aspie.' We’re just less obvious. Diagnosticians looking for 'typical' Aspie traits are, unwittingly, looking for typically 'Male Aspie' traits. So without malice, they miss and mislabel the girls Autism Aspergers Network Magazine is a quarterly digital magazine … [Read more...]

Speaking of Difference… We’re Taking our Acts on the Road!

When her son was going through the autism diagnosis, Rebecca Hyder, began to blog about the experience and soon developed close connections with the international autism community from whom she received much love and support. I understood Asperger’s so much better when I began to read books by authors who were themselves on the Autism Spectrum. Her family's understanding of the diagnosis had a positive, hopeful turnaround when she read Asperkids - An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome by … [Read more...]