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OUTSIDE READING – The Media Has It Wrong About Autism And PTSD

“I do want to talk about one thing in this story that is often ignored. PTSD and autism are a real problem, but not because of what we do to our parents, but because of every Autistic adult I know, including myself, I don’t know one that does not have PTSD due to being treated […]

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PARENT QUESTION: Why “Attack” Autism Parents For Saying Parenting is Hard?

A reader posed an interesting question to me earlier this morning, in a comment thread on a previous post. “No one gets mad at NT parents when they say this is hard or when their child struggles with something and so they have to give extra attention to them to resolve the issue. Why attack […]

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Sensory Overload

Sensory overload manifests itself in different ways within those who are autistic. Young children tend to lash out violently, because that is what tends to come naturally to them. I used to throw things at my mom, to the point of putting her in danger. It wasn’t because I was angry or hated her; it […]

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What is a Tantrum? What is a Meltdown? 

Tantrums are typically willful non-compliance. Personally, I’d rather someone terms it as me losing my s**t than calling it a tantrum. Hell, I call it that sometimes. Being in my mid-30s, I’m not a disobedient child… I just can’t handle processing my environment and don’t know how to react at that point. I have little […]

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OUTSIDE READING – To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

“Krawitt has been speaking up about vaccination for a long time now. He told me about going to a parent meeting at his daughter’s school just before the start of the school year, where a staff member reminded parents not to send peanut products to school, since a child or children had an allergy. ‘It’s […]

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Extra Work

“Parenting an autistic child is hard work!” “Parenting an autistic child requires extra work!” Let’s get something straight: being a parent is hard work. Period. Nobody can deny that. There are struggles, there are rewards. There are lots of “Holy s**t!” moments and plenty of heartmeltingly sublime moments. No matter what your child(ren)’s neurology, being […]

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OUTSIDE READING – Just Say No to the Judge Rotenberg Center

“But, Giraffe Party, why don’t you like Autism Speaks? You have the autism. They help you!” That’s an almost direct quote. No, I don’t have “the autism” but I am autistic. No, I don’t support Autism Speaks, but they don’t support me, either. You know who they do support? The Judge Rotenberg Center. Amongst a […]

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OUTSIDE READING – Why I Will Never Use a Behavior Chart Again

“Some… are battling their own bodies for control each day, some are coming from homes so broken and troubled it’s just astounding, and many are simply neglected and left to be raised by siblings or television. I really had to stop and realize that my wishes for their classroom behavior were superseded by their own […]

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