Why not attend a conference?

This week’s blog has been one of the more difficult ones for me to write, probably because I have a specific purpose in mind that goes beyond some light reading that might be educational. This week I hope you will give some thought to attending the Living with Autism conference in Lisle this October. This is an annual conference organized by The Arc of Illinois, and it will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle on October 9. TAP
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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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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 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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Siblings: The “Other” Children Impacted by ASD

According to the most recent data from the CDC, we know that more children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than have cancer and diabetes combined. But that does not really tell us how many children are affected by ASD. ASD also affects the families and communities of each of these children. This blog post talks about the extended impact of ASD, and links to a report
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MTV, ASD, and Extraordinary People

What do MTV, TED Talks, and ASD have in common? MTV has a documentary showing two young adult brothers who have ASD, and TED Talks has a short presentation by a writer about her two brothers with ASD she describes as extraordinary! Read more about it, and find links to the online videos in this TAP blog post.
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It’s a Dog’s World

There are many ways to reach, teach, and assist individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). One way that has been showing promise is through the use of animals - whether as companion animals (pets), service animals, or animal-assisted therapy. Find out more in this post.
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