Autism in not a choice, ACCEPTANCE is

Autism is not a processing error, its a different operating system

Every day brings new choices. 

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Why 'High Functioning' Autism Is So Challenging

At this point in history, there is disagreement about how many people on the autism spectrum are on the high or low end of the spectrum (or whether most people with autism are "somewhere in the middle"). It is clear, however, that the lion's share of media attention goes to folks at the high and the low ends of the spectrum—that is, the profoundly disabled and the very high functioning....

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what can we do

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today. 

What does Helpful VS Harmful Therapy look like?

What does Helpful vs. Harmful Therapy Look like? Posted November 7, 2014 by unstrangemind Uncategorized. I mentioned that sorts of practices that are not advisable and what to look for to see if the therapy your kids is getting is helpful or harmful. I was thrilled to hear from lots of parents whose children are getting therapy that builds them up in many ways. I am so happy that there are professionals out there who understands autism and work to help kids grow up to be their happiest, most productive Autistic selves instead of training them to pretend to be someone they aren’t.

Do you think i am having fun?

OFTEN THE BEHAVIOR of children with autism "makes little sense" to us, and even appears irrational. However, all behavior is "rational" (makes sense) if we can see the world from the eyes of the child. When you can see the world form how the child experiences it, the behavior usually "makes sense!". I learned this lesson when i was an intern. I was working with a young man who was brought in for running down the street screaming and stripping his clothes off. At first thought, this behavior seemed trully irrational;

DSM - 5 Diagnostic Criteria

Autism Speaks is pleased to provide the full-text of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the related diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD), as they appear in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). As of May 2013, psychologists and psychiatrists will be using these criteria when evaluating individuals for these developmental disorders. For further context, please see our full DSM-5 coverage here Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder 315.39 (F80.89)

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