Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

False Assumptions about People with Mental Health Disorders

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False Assumptions about People with Mental Health DisordersIn the last 20 years, mental health disorders have come out of the shadows and into the mainstream. The biggest examples of this are the sheer numbers of people taking mental health medications, and the increases in the diagnosis of autism and bipolar disorder.

Advocating for your child’s needs at school: Part 2

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IEP-504-disability-learning-advocateIn the previous blog, I discussed the differences between plans and identifications. As a quick review there are two different plans (504 plans and Individualized Education Plans), and three different identifications (Specific learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Other Health Impaired).

Advocating for your Child’s Needs at School: Part 1

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Advocate-school-disability-IEP-504Several months ago, I wrote a blog regarding the education system and how it continues to be behind the curve when it comes to teaching kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Quit Faking it! The Stigma of Mental Illness.

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mental-health-stigma-depression-anxietyI recently read a blog that quoted a 2008 survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association. This survey found that nearly half (46%) of those polled believed that mental illness isn’t always “real” but rather an excuse for poor behavior and personal failings.

Social Skills Training

Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications ProblemsSocial Skill Training

by Jed E. Baker, Ph.D


Setting Limits (Used)

How to Raise Responsible, Independent Children by Providing Clear Boundaries (Revised and Expanded Second Edition)Setting Limits: How to Raise Responsible, Independent Children by Providing CLEAR Boundaries

by Robert J. Mackenzie


The Explosive Child (Used)

A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible ChildrenThe Explosive Child

by Ross W. Greene


Using Social Stories to Help Your Child Learn Social Skills

Calling all Parents!

In this free lesson from licensed therapist Dan Duncan, you will learn how to write social stories to help children who struggle with understanding social norms and rules.

The Newtown Shooting and How it Relates to Autism and Violence

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What’s on your mind today?

Recently, due to the tragedy in Newtown, the media has brought up concerns regarding the connection between autism and violence. This has raised the question: Should we worry about those with autism acting violently toward others?

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