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Understanding Siblings with Asperger Syndrome

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A few years ago, my wife, Julie, and I made a video designed to help brothers and sisters understand siblings who have Asperger Syndrome.  We interviewed children and adults from sixteen families. While we heard a lot about sibling difficulties and challenges, we also heard a lot about solutions and support.

Because I've been reading a lot about Asperger-related problems between siblings recently, I thought I'd share some quotes from the neurotypical brothers and sisters in the video.

Making The Autism Numbers Work For Us

     The numbers keep rising.

     I'm looking at an Associated Press news story reporting that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate that 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. The CDC started using its current method of calculating these estimates in 2007, when the number 1 in 150 emerged. In 2008, it rose to 1 in 110, then to 1 in 88 in 2012. Experts say the latest increase is likely due to more accurate diagnoses of autism that already existed.

     Every time I read about these numbers, I think, “What's the tipping point? What will it take to convince our society we need to put more resources towards understanding autism and supporting people on the spectrum?”

Being Who You Are

Lots of kids aren’t happy being who they are.

The Benefit of the Doubt

People can be such jerks.  Other people.  Not you and me.  When we get upset and are impatient or short with people, it’s for good and valid reasons.  If people could only see the pressures we’re under or the unfairness of the situations we have to deal with…

Liberate The Neurotypicals!

Poor neurotypicals. Sometimes they just don’t have a clue.

What Else Boys Need to Know about Girls and Women

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This is in an auxiliary list of what dads and and other male mentors need to include in “the talk” we have with boys nearing or going through puberty. It doesn't include the birds and bees stuff. This is extra information that can help younger guys hear the magic word “yes” when they start asking girls out.

The Birds, The Bees, and the Elephant in the Room

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Let's be honest.

The reason many parents dread having “the sex education talk” with their children is that dad and mom are nervous that the kids will ask them about their own intimate interactions. It can feel worse than having an elephant in the room. It can feel like having a male elephant in the room in a state of visible excitement. But it doesn't have to play out that way. And there are real consequences of avoiding “the talk.”

Learning about Puberty the Hard Way?

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     Is your young son or daughter learning about puberty the hard way?  By the hard way, I mean without a lot of guidance from you?  Lots of kids get their early information about sexuality from unintended sources.  Unintended by parents, that is.  

The Miracle Cure

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     "It's a miracle!"

      You may have used this expression when something happened that you wished for but didn't count on.

      All of us hope this will happen to us. Advertisers play off this hope when they offer us miracle cures for everything from back pain to challenging autistic behaviors in our children. And we see doctors routinely performing miracles in television dramas.

Motivating Children and the Path of Least Resistance

     Trying to get your child with Asperger Syndrome to do his homework or chores before he plays his video games?

     Good luck.

     Scratch that.

     If luck was involved, your child's special interest would be his homework. What you need is a way to motivate your child.

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