How to Advocate for Your Child with Autism

By Meghan Vivo Children with special needs like autism and Asperger’s are supposed to get appropriate services and accommodations to help them succeed in public schools. Unfortunately, it often ends up being the parents’ responsibility to advocate and recognize if a school is under-serving their child.  In extreme conditions, this may mean suing their school district to get their child’s...[ read more ]

When Is the Best Time to Enroll a Child with Autism or Asperger’s in a Specialized School?

You’re afraid your child has given up. She has started making excuses to skip school, and her struggles to make friends and fit in with her peers are resulting in lower grades and distaste for learning. If only you could start the spring semester with a clean slate. Although many parents are reluctant to enroll their child in a new...[ read more ]

Is Homeschooling Right for Your Child with Autism?

By Meghan Vivo Children with autism and Asperger’s are highly misunderstood – a fact that makes it difficult for them to get their needs met in public school. Many teachers and school officials lack adequate education about the disorder and do not know how to respond to typical autistic behaviors. Those who are willing to invest in these students may...[ read more ]

Asperger’s Book Reviews

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood The ADHD Autism Connection by Diane Kennedy Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence by Teresa Bolick The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome by Patricia Bashe and Barbara Kirby Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD? A Parent’s Road Map to Understanding and Support!

Navigating the Wilderness: Advocating for the Teenager with Autism

By Catherine H. Knott, Ph.D. The desire to advocate for one’s child comes naturally to most parents – as naturally as a protective instinct comes to a mother grizzly bear seeking to defend her cubs and forage food to feed them. Parents today operate in a complex world that includes medical and legal  bureaucracies much more difficult to navigate than...[ read more ]

“Little Professors” on Campus: Planning for College with Asperger’s

Just a decade ago, few students with Asperger’s syndrome (a high-functioning form of autism) considered college as an option. In fact, few people even knew about Asperger’s. Today, students with Asperger’s are pursuing their dreams of a college education and professional career. As more high school and college admission counselors learn about the specific needs and abilities of these students,...[ read more ]

Horseback Riding as Therapy for Children and Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome

It is important not to minimize the amount of experience and time with horses needed to use horseback riding as therapy; the goals should include creating a real and empathetic bond with at least one horse, and strengthening nonverbal communication skills with people as well as animals by practicing these skills and using them frequently in situations where these nonverbal...[ read more ]

Navigating the Wilderness, or Advocating for the Teenager with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome (Cont.)

TAKE THE RIGHT MAP: LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE IN THE SYSTEM You may think of yourself as a good communicator, a gifted conversationalist, or a friend to all, but none of these attributes will help you navigate a bureaucracy if you do not know their rules. Not knowing the appropriate forms that communication takes to be effective in a bureaucracy...[ read more ]

Resources for Asperger Syndrome

If you want to find a summer camp or boarding school program for children with Asperger, try: http://www.talismancamps.com If you want to buy computer software that helps children with Asperger’s, try: http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger Choose Help Asperger's Treatment Helpful Websites: Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association PO Box 475, Roslyn Heights, New York 11577 http://www.ahany.org/index.htm AHA is a coalition of parents...[ read more ]

Articles About Children with Autism andAspergers Syndrome

Asperger’s Hits the Big Screen Three new movies scheduled for release within the next year that feature characters living with Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of high functioning autism) hold promise for expanding public awareness of this misunderstood autism spectrum disorder more... Camping with Confidence Helping Your Child with Aspergers Feel at Home in the Wild Children and teens with Asperger’s...[ read more ]