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I Have Autism: Ryan’s View

MTV’s mini-documentary series “True Life: I Have Autism” introduced viewers to Jeremy, Jonathan and Elijah, three high school students whose autism is old hat to themselves and their families.  It was 2007, and the research suggested that 1:150 children were on … Continue reading

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Real Choices, Real Jobs

What happens after your child graduates from high school? Will he or she be able to get a job? Will he or she be able to live independently? These are questions that parents of children with disabilities ask themselves, often … Continue reading

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What I learned from blogging

One year, 100+ blog posts and 12,000 views ago, I began blogging. I must admit that I didn’t know much about how to get started except that I would have to do a lot of writing, put up photos and … Continue reading

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Children with Autism and Optimal Outcomes

The Wall Street Journal yesterday carried an article, “Who can outgrow or recover from autism?” The Journal was reporting on a study conducted by Deborah Fein, Ph. D., of the University of Connecticut, Storrs. I’m sure that every parent of … Continue reading

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Autism-Friendly Santa: A Huge Success!

On Friday I wrote about our upcoming autism-friendly Santa event. Over 150 children and their families participated. You can check out the coverage from a Jet 24, a local news station at http://bit.ly/R1qAYr. I’m so pleased that I can be … Continue reading

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A Visit with Santa

In 2011, Susie was a 13-year-old student enrolled at the Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute in Erie, PA. One winter day, while chatting with her mom about the school holiday events, she mentioned that Susie had … Continue reading

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Addressing Anxiety and ASD

It is estimated that the prevalence of anxiety in children with ASD to be 30-81% (MacNeil e al. 2009; White et al. 2009). The impact of anxiety on educational success, social participation, friendships and family members is great.  It’s fairly … Continue reading

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Emergency Preparation: Are We Ready?

The wind whipped through the trees, rain pelted the windows and I wondered how prepared our families are for an unusual weather occurrence. Living in Erie, PA, we seldom consider disaster preparedness. Snow storms dumping two feet of snow are … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Successful Trick-or-Treating

It’s a sunny, warm Thursday in Erie today. Looking out the window, one would guess that the Fourth of July, not Halloween, is approaching.  However, as I walk though the school I’m reminded that this is October. Our school is … Continue reading

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Planning & Prevention Tips for Children with ASD

As discussed in Tuesday’s blog, 50% of children with autism spectrum disorder wander. Today, I encourage you as parents and caregivers to be prepared and establish a plan should this occur with your child. As a parent, you can never … Continue reading

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