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Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Siblings

The massive success of movies such as "Frozen" and "The Hunger Games" is part of a positive trend in young adult fiction that focuses on the importance of sibling relationships. This trend makes me think of the 57 family members my wife and I interviewed a while back for two videos about siblings of children who have Asperger Syndrome and autism.

You Don't Have To Go It Alone

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If you’re raising a child with autism or Asperger syndrome, you don’t have to go it alone.

Teachers and Social Skills

A while back, I wrote an article about having your first experience teaching a student with Asperger Syndrome.  With so many teachers encountering students who have Asperger Syndrome (or autism spectrum disorder - level 1), I decided it’s time for another chapter.

Pushing Your Child's Limits

We don’t know our children’s limits. And that’s a good thing.

Oh, we may know the limits we see today. But they’re not locked in stone, thanks to something called neuroplasticity or “cortical re-mapping.” In layman’s terms, neuroplasticity is the ability of our brains to change as a result of our experience.

Future Prepping Your Child

Live in the moment.  Prepare for the future.

Two good pieces of advice.  Success and happiness require a bit of both.

The Non-Optional Social Convention Solution

     In the Big Bang Theory TV show universe, physicist Sheldon Cooper has never been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. But he has many quirky behaviors common to people who have.

Turning Failure into Success in the Fourth Dimension

Ever gotten frustrated when you’ve failed?  I have.  It’s especially hard when you feel that you’re somehow failing as a parent – or that your child is failing at something and you can’t fix the problem.

If you’re trying hard and you’ve made repeated attempts, it can be especially disheartening.

But even this kind of failure can be a step toward success.

Briefing Teachers About Your Child

 It can take any teacher a while to figure out the strengths and challenges of children at the beginning of a school year.   A child with Asperger Syndrome, or a similar autism spectrum disorder, may not benefit from waiting to be figured out.

First Day of School Success Tips

Most of us can remember some wonderful and terrible things about school. In many ways, the first day of class can set the tone for a whole school year. If you have a child with special needs, you can help lay the groundwork for a successful year’s launch with some basic preparations.

We're Family

Who’s in your family?

It may be larger than you think.

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