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Blow Frog: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Blow Frog
Price: $4.95
Recommended Age: WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone: Number: 1-800-373-4699

From Appreciation to Conversation

submitted by DrNaseef

On November 3, 2012, the Lancaster County Autism Mommies, The Tommy Foundation, and Autism Spectrum Connections sponsored a parent workshop which I facilitated about taking care of your marriage while raising a child on the autism spectrum. Everyone present, myself included, learned how appreciating your partner can lead to necessary conversations that have been difficult to impossible to have.

Hairy Tangle: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Hairy Tangle
Price: $7.95
Recommended Age: Not for children under 3 years of age
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com.
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Overview:
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Spin into Thanksgiving

submitted by kidspeak

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food and fun! A great way to enjoy the holidays while working on social communication is by playing games. Give your tummy a break from turkey overload and fill your plate playing this enjoyable holiday themed activity.


April Showers Bring May Flowers

submitted by juliehornok

Today was the big day. It was Baptism Day at church.
I could hardly believe that the little girl standing in the water, publicly professing her love for Jesus, was the same little girl who just a few years ago had no language and would only tolerate church because they had a really cool fake fish tank. God had spoken to her heart, made her one of His own, and we were once again humbled by His mercy and love.
Baptism Day didn't come easy though. Just as it takes a long period of rain showers each April to finally produce the beautiful, delightful flowers in May, it took some serious “April showers” to get Lizzie to her baptism.

Just Appreciate Me

submitted by DrNaseef

They've been standing on the brink of divorce. For seven years, they had devoted themselves tirelessly to their son with autism. They were worn out; all the joy had left their lives despite their son having made dramatic progress. Their boy was included in a regular class with supports; something they never dreamed of.

Teaching the Concept of Being Thankful

submitted by kidspeak

“I am thankful for my family!”
“I am thankful for my friends!”
“I am thankful for my dog Landry!”
Thanksgiving is the time that we express how thankful we are for people and things in our lives. This may be a difficult skill for our kids with autism spectrum disorders….to understand what “thankful” means and to understand what/who they are thankful for. Here are a few different ideas to help your child understand what is means to be thankful:
Preschoolers and Kindergartners:

Immune Disorders and Autism: Is this a root cause?

submitted by dramberbrooks

Most families have done enough research or attended enough conferences to realize that autism is not a shear genetic issue, although the Wall Street Journal recently did a story about the genetic link. The NY Times did a story about immune disorders and their link to autism in August 2012. A larger number of children are found to have inflammatory issues beginning in infancy and continuing on throughout development yielding the results of a diagnosis later.

Fun with Pumpkins

submitted by kidspeak

Did you ever see a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin?
Did you ever see pumpkin with no face at all?
With no eyes, no nose, no mouth and no teeth?
Did you ever see a pumpkin, with no face at all?
So I made a Jack O-Lantern, Jack O-Lantern, Jack O-Lantern.
So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face!
With big eyes, a big nose, a big mouth and big teeth.
So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face.

Denial Versus Get Out of My Way: A Couples’ Struggle by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

submitted by DrNaseef

On October 11, 2012, at the Autism New Jersey Annual Conference, Rodney Peete spoke candidly to 1000 of us present about how he was in denial after the diagnosis of his son RJ with autism. His wife, Holly Robinson Peete, quickly countered by saying "I was on Get Out of My Way Avenue!" She didn't have time to wait for him. Having a child is special needs clearly impacted them just like many other couples. It was inspiring to hear them talk about working through this and saving their marriage.