Thwarting a thrower

Published on August 22, 2013 by in News

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A parent asks: Do you have any advice for dealing with a child who throws everything he can get his hands on? My child is twelve, non-verbal, and has sensory integrative issues. He can’t pass a shelf, table top or any surface without swiping everything off of it. Outside, he picks up any stones he [...]

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A parent asks:  My preschooler’s teacher recently told us she thinks our child may be “on the spectrum.” I’m crushed, grieving and not able to accept this. It’s so heartbreaking to see my perfectly happy child diagnosed with this condition.  Is grief after an autism diagnosis normal? Why am I struggling so with this? Ellen [...]

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Helping your child with autism become a capable, independent and self-confident adult starts now.               It’s a beautiful vision on the horizon–your child with autism child all grown up, a capable and independent adult. When our children are young, that horizon can seem very far away indeed. How will we get there? What should [...]

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DIY week in kitchen of the Notbohm homestead. Everything you see here took less than an hour — total. As I grow increasingly suspect of the safety of our food supply, I love being able to make simple things and know exactly what’s in them. And because they haven’t been additive-d and processed until the [...]

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 In my pre-cable TV college days, there was a black-and-white TV in our dorm’s common room. It was on 24 hours a day, and my memory is that it received only one channel, and that channel aired only two programs, Star Trek (original series) and The Big Valley. You could stroll through the room at [...]

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“Look Me in the Eye” Reflects, Refracts

Published on June 12, 2013 by in News

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The autism conference featured a panel of adults with Asperger’s. Each gave a brief presentation, relating their ups and downs with college, jobs, relationships, and living independently, then the moderator opened the session to questions from the audience.              “Why is eye contact so hard for you?” a woman asked a twenty-something man on the [...]

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“Do you feel public school isn’t right for some children with autism? Is homeschooling a better option? Do parents need to follow their gut on such decisions?” I sensed that behind this parent’s highly generalized questions lurked the desire for a pre-supposed answer: he wanted me respond in a manner that validated a position he [...]

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An Early Childhood Special Education teacher wrote to me about a student of hers who had moved on to kindergarten and was, in her words, struggling. “He has an aide and the best kindergarten teacher I have ever known,” she said, “but his deviant behavior is escalating out of control. We have a strong picture [...]

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When stims go from harmless to harrowing

Published on May 30, 2013 by in News

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Dear Ellen, My beautiful nine-year-old daughter has autism and is mostly nonverbal. She has always done some vocal stimming but it has never been disruptive. But for the past few months, she’s doing it much more often and more loudly, and it’s becoming a real issue in our home and at school.  We’re not sure why the [...]

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Enough with Recreational Hatred

Published on May 3, 2013 by in News

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The email from a parenting website trumpeted its member survey in boldface: “The 20 Most-Hated Baby Names.” The deliberately incendiary choice of words set off the kind of prickle I get when I know I’m being manipulated. Wow, I thought, wouldn’t a name have to be downright appalling to inspire emotion as extreme as hatred? [...]

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