All Articles in the Category ‘General’

Embracing the Independence of a Teenager with Autism

I’m the parent of a fourteen-year-old son, and sometimes it feels like he doesn’t like me very much. He barely speaks to me at all, and when he does he’s likely to be listing my faults. He hates my rules and has opinions about my politics. He prefers to spend time alone in his room, and he makes fun of the way I talk. He’s even mentioned on multiple occasions that he’d like a new mom.

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Autism Moms – How a Facebook group helps a community find strength

Of all the emotions you go through with one or multiple diagnosis of autism, the one that hit me the hardest was isolation. Living in a typical world with very non-typical children.  I felt like the only one struggling which just reinforced my already judgmental mindset of “what are you complaining about, all parents are tired!”. 

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Autism 208: Hiding in Plain Sight: Girls With Autism Spectrum Disorder

This month’s Autism 200 Series class is Girls With Autism Spectrum Disorder.

ASD is disproportionately diagnosed in males over females, possibly because of genetic and neurological protective effects but also because of biases in the way in which clinicians and the community view autism as a “male” disorder. In this presentation, we will review the recent research on females with ASD and focus on females with ASD from a cultural and clinical perspective. We will discuss how ASD Read full post »

Biking For Autism- Part 2

The Autism Blog was kind enough to feature my cross country bike ride back on July 23, 2018. At that point I was on day 24 of my 41 day bike ride from Port Townsend, WA to Central Park, NYC in an effort to raise funds, and awareness for autism.  Now the Seattle Children’s Autism Center Blog is allowing me to follow up their post with my own.  My solo and unsupported bicycle ride was inspired by my ten year old son, Luca who was diagnosed at Seattle Children’s Autism Center with High Functioning Autism.  I decided to ride cross country as a way to bring awareness to autism, raise money for Seattle Children’s, and honor my son.

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Science with Sara and Dimitri – Media Use in Young Children with ASD

Welcome to Dr. Dimitri Christakis who joins me in writing today’s blog. Dr. Christakis is a noted expert in the effects of media use on child development and author of The Elephant in The Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids.

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