Bullying – A Problem That Hasn’t Disappeared

Almost everyone has had an experience with bullying in their lifetime. Some of us were bullied, others may have been bullies, and most people have seen at least one example of bullying taking place. But what is bullying? Most people from my generation (let’s call ourselves “older adults”) had a pretty simple view of bullying. Bullying was when the biggest kid in the school stole someone’s lunch, made someone cry repeatedly, or “picked on” a smaller kid. But if you
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Ferrets, Autism Awareness, and Acceptance!

Some of you are probably scratching your heads, wondering “Now he’s talking about weasels?” because everyone knows that a ferret is a “domesticated polecat” and a member of the weasel family. And some of you know that a group of ferrets is a business. So what business do ferrets have with autism? This week I’d like to introduce you to a particular business of ferrets – the Fantastic Ferrets, and more particularly to two hobs (yes, those are male ferrets)
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Play to their strengths!

I’m sure you have heard the advice “play to your strengths” before. We are all more comfortable when doing something at which we know (or believe) we are skilled. And, in a competitive environment (like a tennis match, for instance) we know if we use our strengths well and hit to our opponents weak side, we are more likely to emerge victorious. So my frequent opening question – What does this have to do with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? I’m
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TAP Helpful tips of the Week: Entering Adult Life

Entering into adulthood for individuals with autism spectrum disorder will require much planning for the future. Between deciding where they will live to attaining employment, everything will have to be thoughtfully considered. Below you will find a resource sheet which outlines some key areas to focus on as an individual with ASD transitions into adulthood.
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Technology and ASD: A match made where??

Not that long ago (or so it seems to me), I bought my first calculator, which cost about as much as a smartphone does now. It was great. It could add, subtract, multiply, and divide, was the size of a paperback novel, and could work without being plugged in for at least part of the school day. And after using it for a few weeks, I decided I could find more answers in less time using my trusty old slide
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What do the genes say?

A lot of research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is looking at the genetic makeup of individuals with ASD and their family members for a number of reasons. If it can be determined that a specific gene or genetic combination is reliably related to ASD, then the presence of that gene or combination could be useful in arriving at earlier and more accurate diagnosis. It might also provide a genetic component to treatments that are likely to be of greater benefit to the individual.
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What is the latest in research?

A keynote speaker at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research spoke of the importance of cooperation and collaboration among agencies in order to develop new and effective interventions. This blog entry provides information about this research meeting, and introduces an online survey to help us better understand the needs of families.
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