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Everyone needs a friend

Imagine dropping your child off at school and watching them for a few minutes before you leave. What would you see? Would you see your child walk alone on the outskirts, not talking or interacting with anyone?  Would you see your child walk towards a group of their peers and stand on the periphery, wanting […]

The Hope of Happiness for Those with ASD

Chou Chou Scantlin is infectiously happy! She’s insanely creative. She amazingly open and friendly. She exudes confidence. She is ever positive and satisfied with her life. She’s the type of person that we want our children to grow to be. Actually, she the type of woman that I hope to be someday too. She is a […]

You’ll Figure it out!

When a child is born, parents are thrust into the role of attending to their needs. As new parents, we are concerned with finding everything our child needs, be it the right bedding to the best fitting diapers. As our child grows, we continually try to create opportunity and new experiences for them. Perhaps we […]

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Michael Tolleson: Changing the way we think of autism

When you hear the word autism, what do you think? Do you think of your son or daughter with autism? Do you think about yourself? Do you think about your husband, wife, friend, or colleague? Wouldn’t it be nice if the thinking could stop there? Unfortunately it doesn’t.  There are other thoughts that emerge when […]

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Marriage really isn’t about making each other happy

For those of you who attended the 2015 installment of Love & Autism: A Conference with Heart, David Finch needs no introduction. One of the most provocative, powerful, and witty speakers I have had the opportunity to witness; this year, back by popular demand, David Finch is joined by his wife Kristen Finch to share Part […]

Three Cheers for our Third Year!

In 2014, Love & Autism was imagined due to my own yearnings to learn. At that point, I was done with the conference offerings within our field. Many of the programs felt tiresome in the way they approached treatment and limited in their views of what it means to be autistic. It was in this […]

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Barry Prizant: Forty-Seven Years of Creating a More Compassionate World for those with ASD

Walk into your run-of-the-mill autism treatment center and you will inadvertently hear professionals describing autistic individuals as “inappropriate,” “non-compliant,” and “challenging.” Their actions might be referred to as “meaningless” or “non-functional.” Prizant says the only thing that is “non-functional” is the way autistic people are viewed and treated in today’s society. Prizant stands out from […]

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Do’s and Don’ts Learned from Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes is a game changer. Through his examination of the history of autism, Silberman invites those within the autism community and further, our global community to change how we view and treat individuals with autism. Silberman’s voice is deliberate and poignant in his attempts […]