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Clocks and Responsibility

An interesting combination of terms, you may ask. Time marches on. There’s nothing we can do about it. We all get older day by day. We are presented with opportunities throughout the course of our lives and need to act upon them. They may only come once in a lifetime and so we need to be able to recognize this and make a rational decision at the time. I’ve been reminded of responsibility lately, especially with...

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Someone emailed me this explanation back in June 2005. Autism is a brain disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and to control sensory input. Here is what this means in English. Typical Child Can Filter Out Noise From the time you are a baby, you learn to filter out noises. So, if you are sitting in your classroom and you hear a dog bark, a lawnmower out the window, and someone blaring a stereo, you can...

Peer Support

Having attended a training workshop yesterday, I though I would jot down my comments and observations. First of all, it was a great session. I was skeptical whether it would be useful for me, a parent, and not someone who is involved with providing these services. But I was wrong. It was very useful and informative and I am happy that I went. It’s truly an amazing thing to meet new people. You never know what to...

The Little Bus

I got this letter from the Chester County Autism Support Group listserv and thought it was very relevant to us and our daughter, too. Everyone should read this and think. If we could only put ourselves in other peoples shoes/situations, we would not react and do the things we do. The world would be a better place, more compassionate, loving and caring. I think it can help you deal with people around you and help you feel...

Autism 101 for Police Officers and others

Officers may encounter Autism by one of its many other names. The differences are not important for officers to know. What is important is that they will be familiar enough to know that these are one form or another of Autism: * Autism * ASD -Autism Spectrum Disorder * Aspergers Syndrome and/or NVLD (Nonverbal Learning Disorder) * PDD- Pervasive Developmental Delay * PDD NOS- Pervasive Developmental Delay Not Otherwise...
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