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Many professionals contact AANE when they are working with a client or patient on the autism spectrum. They often wonder why their typical approaches, that work so well with others, aren’t effective with individuals with Asperger profiles. AANE can provide you with the information, support and resources you need to meet the needs of your clients and patients.

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Introduction to Asperger/Autism

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This webinar, designed for families of recently diagnosed children or teens, describes in detail and through real-life examples some of the most common challenges and strengths of Asperger's/Autism. It also includes basic information about parenting strategies and disclosure. It offers "first step" help for parents as they begin their journeys as... more

Is it Asperger’s or ADHD?

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It would be much easier for all of us if psychiatric diagnoses fell neatly into one category. And psychiatry would be immeasurably less complicated if we had a “scientific instrument” like an MRI, X-ray or blood test which accurately and consistently assigned people into one or another diagnosis. If we only had such a lens, one of the first... more

Aspergers Disorder and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: How Are These Two Disorders Related to Each Other?

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There is clearly a great deal of overlap between Aspergers Disorder (AD) and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD), so much so that it is possible that the symptoms of each describe the same group of children from different perspectives—AD from either a psychiatric/behavioral perspective, and NVLD/neuropsychological perspective. The specific... more

Brain Imaging Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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For the past ten years our research laboratory, now located at the Boston University School of Medicine, has been conducting brain imaging studies on children and adults with autism or Asperger Syndrome (referred to here as ASD) in collaboration with colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital using magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. When we... more

Asperger Connections 2008 Keynote Address

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It is an honor to be asked by the AANE, an organization that has always been close to my heart, to give the keynote address this morning. While I have the privilege of sitting on the Boards of several wonderful organizations, none in my opinion, can rival the incredible growth and expansion of services of the AANE. It is hard to believe that it... more

Sleep Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome

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Asperger Fact Sheet

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About AS:It is a neurological condition that affects the way information is processed in the brain. AS is a hidden disability. Many people appear very competent, but they have difficulties in the areas of communication and social interaction. AS has a genetic and hereditary component... more

How Parent Coaching Helped My Family: Katie Sonin

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Katie shares how parent coaching has helped her... more

How Parent Coaching Helped My Family: Ross Kramer

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Ross Kramer talks about his experience with parent... more

AANE Life Management Assistance Program

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A short description of the AANE LifeMAP... more

AANE Disclosure Conference 2015: Afternoon Keynote

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Gina and Kate Gallagher share their experience with... more

In Our Own Words

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Adults with Asperger profiles talk about their experiences and... more

Why Does My Child Behave Like That? Practical Strategies for Parents of Kids on the…

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Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, offers practical guidance to help your family function with less... more

AANE LifeMAP Coaches on Coaching

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AANE LifeMAP coaches talk about their coaching... more

Bullying and Asperger Syndrome

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Learn how children and teens with Asperger Syndrome and related autism spectrum profiles may experience bullying and how you can help create a bully-free... more

Viewing Marriage and Relationships Through the Asperger Lens (in Spanish)

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Learn how to view marriage and relationships through an Asperger/Autism Lens. Includes helpful tips for partners and spouses. This version is in... more

Healthcare Coverage for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

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Learn about healthcare coverage for adults on the autism... more

Treatment of Anxiety in Children with ASD (HD)

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Karen Levine shares her knowledge of helping children on the autism spectrum with their... more

It’s A Two-Way Street Helping the World Communicate with People with Asperger Syndrome

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Kai Long, a speech language pathologist, discusses communication challenges and strategies that... more

Anxiety Management Techniques

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Learn a variety of techniques to lower and manage your... more

Where are the Resources?

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Learn about benefits and resources for adults on the autism... more

Viewing Marriage and Long-Term Relationships Through an Asperger’s Lens

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Learn how to view marriage and relationships through an Asperger/Autism Lens. Includes helpful tips for partners and... more

Fewer Meltdowns! Practical Strategies for Fostering Positive Behavior in Children & Teens with AS

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Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, shares practical strategies for fewer... more

Parenting without Panic with Brenda Dater

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Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, shares practical guidance for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum; helping all parents feel less... more

Autism Without Fear: Examining the Legitimacy of Autism Life Coaches

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Over the last five years there’s been a noticeable increase in people with varying experience levels promoting themselves as “autism life coaches” — people who advertise their services to adults on the spectrum, parents or partners.Read... more

Neurodiversity: The Benefits of Recruiting Employees with Cognitive Disabilities

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The growing interest in neurodiversity—hiring people with cognitive disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—is motivated by companies looking to tap into a largely unnoticed labor pool at a time when many bemoan the lack of skilled... more

Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

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In “Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger Syndrome,” Eva Mendes presents proven strategies to help neurodiverse couples in tricky relationships.  What makes this book so helpful — what makes it stand apart — is her ability to elucidate the realities of both partners in a... more

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition

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Author, Educator, Musician, Internationally acclaimed speaker and autistic adult offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for... more

Autism-Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond

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Many people on the spectrum never get "the talk" from their parents, and suffer from "information deficit." This book goes a long way toward filling in the gaps in their knowledge. It takes a candid look at aspects of sex and relationships as they apply to people on the autism spectrum:Learn... more

The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

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A few years ago, I was speaking with a friend who is on the spectrum when he noted that life would be much easier if someone would just show me the rules. With the publication of The Hidden Curriculum, Myles, Trautman, and Schelvan have done just that. Utilizing concrete examples of hidden... more

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

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The future of our society depends on our understanding autism. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has... more

Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of…

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Navigating the "neurotypical" world with an Asperger/Autism profile can be extremely stressful. But by understanding the specific ways your brain works differently--and how to tap into your personal strengths--you can greatly enhance your well-being. In this wise and practical book, experienced... more

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome

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An invaluable resource for therapists, this lucidly written book provides research-based strategies for addressing the core challenges of Asperger/Autism and helping clients manage frequently encountered co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Detailed case examples illustrate the... more

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

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Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had... more

The Autism Spectrum and Depression

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For people with Autism profiles, the stresses of coping with a world that seems alien to them can often lead to depression.. Written specifically for adults, this ground-breaking book offers accessible and sensitive advice on how to manage depression and make positive steps towards recovery. Nick... more

Preparing For Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and…

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Far too often, students with Asperger profiles graduate from high school graduates unprepared for the transition to an independent adult life. Early, ongoing training in the social skills crucial to establishing successful adult relationships—in college, vocational school, residential living, or... more

The Incredible 5-Point Scale: Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders In Understanding Social Interactions and…

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Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis have created a tool that helps students with Asperger profiles become aware of their feelings and emotional reactions, and communicate about them with others. This must-have resource shows how the use of a simple 5-point visual scale can help students understand and... more

Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People With…

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Sarah Attwood has written a clear, practical guide to help teach teens with Asperger profiles about an essential subject that many parents and educators find it difficult to address.Learn More and... more

Asperger’s Syndrome: An Owner’s Manual–What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know: An…

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Experienced educator Ellen Korin created this workbook at the request of one of her middle school students, who wanted a tool for remembering the content of their important discussions. The result is a very flexible and effective tool that educators or therapists can use with teens with Asperger... more

Asperger’s and Self-Esteem: Hope Through Famous Role Models

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Not every person with an Asperger profile is an Einstein--but it can be comforting and inspiring to know that Einstein, Mozart, Gregor Mendel, Mme. Curie, and others had some of the same struggles--and managed to make huge contributions to humankind.Learn More and... more

Living Sensationally

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Winnie Dunn has worked with many people with Asperger profiles. Based on her deep understanding of how their sensory issues impact their experience and functioning, she offers strategies to creating more hospitable environments and practical solutions. The book is refreshingly concise, with handy... more

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

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The behavior of children with Asperger profiles is often driven by anxiety and/or missing skills. Over-simplified behavioral interventions such as imposing inflexible negative consequences may increase a child’s anxiety--and do nothing to teach the necessary skills. This book offers a much more... more

Asperger Profiles: Emotions and Empathy

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People with Asperger profiles absolutely do have feelings, although they may have difficulty identifying and discussing them. In fact, many feelings – such as fear, anger and joy – seem to be experienced more intensely by those with Asperger profiles than by average people. In addition, some... more

Asperger Profiles: Environmental Influences

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There is some suggestion that environmental factors play a part in influencing certain characteristics of Asperger profiles, or may even affect the expression of genes. The emerging field of epigenetics, the study of the ways in which physiology can be shaped by external factors, might shed more light on this topic moving forward. We do know that... more

Creating A Team

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An Individual Educational Program (IEP) is a formal structure for achieving the educational goals of students with learning differences. IEPs are written collectively by a team of teachers, parents, and professionals involved with a student’s welfare, based on concerns raised by parents and/or teachers, usually backed up with specific diagnoses... more

Asperger Profiles: Cultural Influences

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We live in a rapidly changing society that can be more hospitable to some people than to others. The rate of social and cultural change in and of itself can be overwhelming to those who typically struggle with transitions. Many people with an Asperger profile can easily feel over-stimulated by lights, sounds, and textures. In an increasingly... more

Considering the Needs of Siblings of Individuals With Asperger Profiles

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It is important that families of children with Asperger profiles also consider the special needs of the neurotypical (NT) siblings of these children. The good news is that studies comparing “typical” siblings of children with special needs to matched siblings have found the first group to have no greater chance of having psychological problems... more

Meet the People Being Left Out of Mainstream Conversations About Autism

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"It was a white people's thing... it was a guy's thing." Michon Neal, 27, a genderqueer person who uses the pronoun "ze," didn't realize ze had Asperger's until less than a year ago. The only people ze had seen representing the syndrome were white men. As an intersex, mixed-race person who is... more

Asperger Profiles: Genetics

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Nobody knows for sure what causes an Asperger profile. Current research indicates that there is a genetic foundation for this constellation of traits, involving a number of different genes. So it is not surprising that when a person receives an Asperger/ASD diagnosis, the family often realizes that... more

Guidelines for Neuropsychological Evaluations for Children and Teens

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To most parents hearing it for the first time, the term “neuropsych eval” is mysterious, a phrase that never comes up in toddler music classes, playground chat, or the mainstream parenting manuals. Parents facing the possibility that their child has developmental problems, however, must quickly become accustomed to it, because the... more

Helping Children Understand Time

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All children have challenges with understanding time, waiting, wondering when something will happen, or feeling like they’ve been doing homework for hours when it’s been 10 minutes. For children with Asperger profiles, these challenges can be even more difficult and will need more strategies and patient repetition to learn the concept. Because... more

Helping Students with Asperger Profiles Make Sense Of Recess

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When “typical” children are asked: “What’s your favorite class at school?” many will say “Recess!” Most children love recess. They are in charge. Freed from arbitrary adult rules, they get to play and run around, burn off energy etc.Children with Asperger Profiles, however, may have another perspective. For them, recess is... more

How to Determine Homework Needs of Students on the Autism Spectrum

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Homework is an issue that needs careful consideration for the student with AS. Hopefully this article will help both parents and teachers focus your thinking about homework and make good decisions for your student. Decisions about homework should be addressed by the whole educational team, including parents and, if possible, the student... more

How to Handle Meltdowns

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Many children with Asperger profiles have meltdowns. After a meltdown parents can feel exhausted and wonder if they responded correctly. If you have a child who has meltdowns, consider the following:Not all meltdowns look alike: There are a variety of behaviors that occur when a child has lost the ability to stay calm or regulated. They... more

Connecting To Humans: Some Ideas for Parents, Family and Professionals

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My name is Jennifer, I’m 42 years old, and I have Asperger Syndrome (AS). Lately I’ve been frequently asked to talk or write about dating, friendship, and relationships. This may be partly because I’ve been happily married for 14 years (to a man who also has AS), and socialize reasonably well with the “neurotypical” (NT) population. I... more

Asperger Profiles: Independent and Interdependent Living

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Some adults with Asperger profiles are able to lead completely independent lives; others need some assistance, particularly in the areas of housekeeping, money management, and meal preparation; and still others will require more substantial supports in their living arrangements. There is no reliable way to predict the level of support a child will... more

It’s Not a Secret: Why Disclosure is Important

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In the general culture of the United States the hidden meaning of the word secret is shame, something bad that shouldn’t be discussed. When someone wants to keep “good” information private, it is more likely to be called a surprise. Having an Asperger profile is not, and never should be something shameful or embarrassing in and of itself. If... more

Asperger Profiles: Language and Communication

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Many people with Asperger profiles have complex vocabularies and sophisticated speech, but using language to communicate, also called pragmatics, is a different matter. The rules of everyday conversation that come intuitively to most people have to be actively learned by individuals with Asperger profiles. Difficulties arise in two spheres. First,... more

Morning Work Template

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Students with Asperger profiles often have challenges with organization and self-regulation. They benefit from having an explicit list that teaches them what tasks to do, and in what order, and allows them to check off items as they are completed. Try using a form like this for first thing in the morning to help your student know what they need to... more

Neurodiversity

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Diagnostic labels, by nature, define disorders and tend to ignore the strengths, gifts, and adaptive benefits of the individuals diagnosed. In contrast to this, the Asperger constellation of traits has more recently been described as the product of natural variations in human neurology that lead to differences in individual experiences,... more

Sensory Processing and the Sensory Budget

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How do we know anything at all about the world? Our sensory system is responsible for accurately taking in information so our brain can interpret this information and then do something with it. For everyone, this process happens instantaneously and continuously throughout the day: “I see red, I see round, I hear bouncing, I smell... more

Asperger Profiles: Common Characteristics

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As we look in detail at some strengths and challenges you might see in a person with an Asperger profile, keep in mind that people with these profiles are not all alike; they may differ from one another even more in respect to their areas of strength than in their areas of challenge.Possible Asperger StrengthsCommon Asperger... more

Asperger Profiles: Developmental Delays

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Every person with Asperger Syndrome is developmentally delayed, not intellectually, but at the social-emotional level. This delay can be significant; for example, a 21-year-old may seem socially and emotionally more like a 14-year-old. The social consequences of being developmentally delayed often become particularly conspicuous during the middle... more

Simple Steps to Help Your Child Follow Through on Tasks

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Many parents find that their children resist doing jobs at home especially when tasks have multiple steps that are not explicit. Daily requests like; ”Clean your room,” or “Take the trash out”, or “We’re leaving, get ready,” or  “Play with your sister,” may seem to be ignored or result in a meltdown. But there are strategies... more

Asperger Profiles: Successful Adults

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People with Asperger profiles can and are successful writers, doctors, artists, professors, scientists, therapists, and executives among many other careers. Because the diagnosis is relatively new, few living high-profile adults have disclosed their own Asperger diagnoses. Among those who have disclosed their diagnoses include comedian Dan Aykroyd... more

Seek Alternative Routes: AS at 75

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In the year 2002, when I was seventy-one years old, I read a book review in the Times Literary Supplement (London). The author of the biography under review speculated that his subject might have suffered from Asperger’s. I recognized that the symptoms enumerated also applied to me. After further research, it seemed intuitively obvious to me... more

Teaching Resilience to Children with Asperger Profiles

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Perhaps you, too, have had this experience. A child—let’s call him Joey—is in the middle of a meltdown, and a well-intentioned adult advises him to take some deep breaths. (Perhaps you have even been that adult.) There’s just one problem—the child has never had any prior instruction in deep breathing, or any opportunity to rehearse using... more

Asperger Profiles: Prevalence

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No one knows how prevalent an Asperger profile is. Some professionals currently surmise that at least one in every 250 people has an Asperger profile. The statistics continue to shift. In the late 1990’s, the National Institute of Child Health and Mental Development estimated that 1 in 500 people had some form of AS. As the number of individuals... more

Asperger Profiles: Understanding Strengths and Challenges

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When parenting, teaching, befriending, treating, working alongside, or supervising someone with an Asperger profile:Consider both the person’s challenges and his or her strengths. Balance acceptance with teaching necessary skills. Strengths-based interventions foster hope, inspiration, and energy. People with Asperger profiles... more

Helping Your Child Learn How to Be Calm

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Many children with Asperger profiles are easily frustrated, have strong reactions to change and have a more difficult time calming themselves when they are upset. Many parents have found it helpful to use the following strategy to help their children learn how to calm themselves when they are frustrated, angry or anxious. Step 1: Observe and Get... more

Asperger Profiles: Mental Health

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Many children and adults with Asperger profiles experience anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms. An Asperger profile is a neurological difference, meaning that it influences the way that one perceives and processes information and experiences. Sometimes this can cause emotional and mental distress or sometimes a person with an... more

School Visitation Form Template

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School/Program Visitation Information Here’s a guide to help you gather information when you visit potential schools and programs.  Feel free to add different questions to make sure you have the information you need to decide if the school/program will be a good fit for your child.Download... more

Strategies for Surviving the Holidays

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With Your Extended Family: Normalize the chaos.  Don’t expect that everything will go perfectly even if you preview, plan and use every strategy in the book.  Decide for yourself what is really important and what you can live without.  One mom who had been very keen on the perfect family photo in front of the Christmas tree... more

Asperger Profiles: What We Know

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Because of the ways in which they tend to differ from the norm, many people with an Asperger profile report having been bullied and/or excluded from groups, both as children and as adults. This history of rejection can impact Asperger individuals’ ability to trust others; they might be more cautious and emotionally guarded around certain people... more

Throw Away The Yardstick or The Blessing of the Diagnosis

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Many of us started this journey through the now famous metaphor of visiting Holland. If you haven’t read Emily Perl Kingsley’s brilliant essay on having a child with special needs, read it here. In it, she compares getting ready to have a baby to planning a trip to Italy—only expectant parents could think of parenting as a trip to one of... more

Asperger Syndrome and Young Children: Building Skills for the Real World

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Teresa Bolick is an experienced and trusted child psychologist who has shared her wisdom with the AANE community at many of our conferences. In this book she offers parents a compassionate perspective and practical strategies for raising children with Asperger profiles.Learn More and... more

Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions

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Bullying is a serious problem for people with Asperger profiles, both at school and in the workplace. Displaying "different" behavior, such as not understanding social rules or hand-flapping, exacerbates the risk of being victimized. Nick Dubin describes the bullying behavior he and others have... more

Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management

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Many people suffer from feelings of stress and anxiety in their everyday lives. For people with Asperger Syndrome (AS), this stress can be particularly difficult to manage. On a daily basis people with AS must fit into a world that seems totally foreign to them and this can increase feelings of... more

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World

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Teresa Bolick is an experienced and trusted child psychologist who has shared her wisdom with the AANE community at many of our conferences. In this book she presents strategies for helping the ten to eighteen­-year-­old achieve happiness and success by maximizing the benefits of Asperger... more

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum

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Edited by Stephen Shore, Ask and Tell aims to help autistic people effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people on the... more

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

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Girls with Asperger/Autism profiles are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognized, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness. This is a... more

Parenting without Panic: A Pocket Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens on the…

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Ever wish that parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum came with instant access to a support group? Brenda Dater has provided parents with exactly that. In this book she draws on her extensive experience as a support group leader and parent of a child on the spectrum to offer trusted... more

Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to…

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At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains... more

Principles for Prosecutors Considering Child Pornography Charges Against People with Asperger Profiles

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Preface Among the difficulties faced by young persons afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and their families is the misinterpretation of the atypical behavior of the AS patient as dangerous and criminal. AS, defined in DSM-IV, is an “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD) typified by extreme social and emotional immaturity, the inability to... more

Transitioning From High School to Adulthood

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Making the transition from high school to adulthood can be both enormously exciting and stressful for any students. The stress may be magnified for students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) as their maturation level, ability to tolerate or accept help, and their social skill/perspective-taking, executive functioning and meta-cognitive abilities (i.e.,... more

Types of Help for Complex Children and Teens with Asperger Profiles

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When children are in crisis or things seem stuck, there is no silver bullet. Generally speaking there are only so many types of interventions one can try. Therefore, it’s critically important to re-examine key areas to see if something got missed, or if something needs to be tweaked or changed (or some member of the team needs to be swapped... more

Using Skill Cards to Generalize Skills

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Skill cards help educators focus on teaching one particular skill at a time. They clarify which skill you are teaching, where the skill is being practiced and how it will be generalized. These cards are shared with the team of teachers who are working with the child as well as the parent.Skill cards collect data to help you know if your... more

Vision Statement Worksheets for Transition Planning

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Vision Statement Worksheet for a High School StudentThe vision statement on the Transition Planning Form should be written entirely from the student’s viewpoint.After I graduate from/age out of high school, I want to:     Study: In what kind of program/setting/geographical region?      Work: What kind? ... more

Using Visual Schedules on the Weekend

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Ever have the experience of waking up Saturday morning with a plan for how the day should proceed?  Guess what, your child on the autism spectrum does too! Often the parent and child perspectives differ concerning what should happen during the weekend. One strategy that can help address these differing expectations and clarify what will happen is... more

Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

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Sometimes parents of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) have the good fortune to encounter someone who really listens to our concerns, offers us emotional support or concrete help, or understands and appreciates our children. We are deeply grateful when we encounter one of these wonderful people, and never forget their kindness.All too... more

Welcome To Holland

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I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make... more

Who’s on Your Team?

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Many children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are fortunate enough to have a team of people to support and work with them. In addition to parents, the team can include any number of professionals who think about, focus on, and implement recommendations to address the specific needs that arise as a result of AS. Although some people on the team may... more

Don’t Mourn for Us

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This article was published in the Autism Network International newsletter, Our Voice, Volume 1, Number 3, 1993. It is an outline of the presentation Jim gave at the 1993 International Conference on Autism in Toronto, and is addressed primarily to parents. Parents often report that learning their child is autistic was the most... more

How to Choose a Social Skills Group for Your Child

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Who will be the most successful in school and life: students with high academic achievement— or students with good social skills? Ever since Daniel Goleman’s work on Emotional Intelligence hit the popular press, we have increasingly come to realize the critical importance in our society of good social skills. If we are parents of children with... more

Asperger Profiles: Is There a Cure?

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There is no cure for an Asperger profile as it is not a disease; in fact, many people are concerned that anyone would suggest that their essential nature should be “cured.” That said, many of the more challenging aspects of living with an Asperger profile can be reduced, and the positive attributes can be supported and nurtured. Over time,... more

Asperger Profiles: The Big Picture – Strengths

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People with Asperger profiles present with a complex and at times perplexing combination of strengths and challenges.Asperger brains process some kinds of information better than the brains of neurotypical people. Dr. Hans Asperger (1906-1980) said: “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.” ... more

Asperger Profiles: The Big Picture-Challenges

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While respecting the abilities and humanity of people with Asperger profiles, one should not underestimate their struggles and suffering they might endure. A society designed for and dominated by the neurotypical majority can feel uncongenial and even overwhelming for a person with an Asperger... more

The Dating Scene — Are You Interested?

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Let’s look at dating as a pastime for teens, young adults, and adults. Webster says a pastime is “something that amuses and serves to pass time agreeably.” That is dating at its best. Most of us know that it also produces times of high anxiety, anger, sadness, and confusion. Dating, after all, is one kind of relationship, and all... more

Disclosure for Adults

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Introduction Disclosure is the process of making known what was previously unknown. This can mean an individual disclosing to others their suspicion of, or diagnosis of, their own Asperger profile. Additionally, this can refer to the process of a person suggesting to another that they might fit the description. In more broad terms, disclosure... more

Disability Aspects of Asperger Syndrome

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This article is a general review of the pertinence of social security disability benefits to impairments presenting limitations associated with Asperger Syndrome. The author, an administrative law judge for the office of hearings and appeals of the social security administration, submits this article in his private capacity, without official... more

Autism Spectrum and Mental Illness: Misdiagnosis or Co-Occurring Condition?

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On their way to receiving an Autism Spectrum diagnosis, many people find themselves labelled with a variety of other conditions. These may include, but are not limited to, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic... more

Asperger Marriage: Viewing Partnerships Through a Different Lens

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The excerpts below focus on interventions and suggestions for relationships in which a man with Asperger Syndrome (AS) is partnered with a woman who does not have AS (or a non-AS woman). The article in its entirety may be found at NASWMA.org. (AANE can also assist non-AS men partnered with women with AS.)Several times a year AANE offers... more

Asperger Profiles: Invisibility

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It is important to understand and respect that someone with perceptual differences might need support while navigating a social landscape and culture predominantly shaped by neurotypical influences; their challenges may not be obvious to others. The gap between intellectual ability and functional presentation complicates the Asperger experience... more

An Approach to Transition Assessment and Planning

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Defining Transition Generally speaking, transition is defined as the movement from one set of activities to another, but for the families of adolescents and young adults with special needs it has a more specific meaning. In this context, “transition” refers to the complex process of moving from or one life stage to another: from adolescence... more

Helping Students with Asperger’s Make Sense of Recess

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When “typical” children are asked: “What’s your favorite class at school?” many will say “Recess!” Most children love recess. They are in charge. Freed from arbitrary adult rules, they get to play and run around, burn off energy etc.Children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS),... more

How Parent Coaching Helped Me

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Katie shares how parent coaching has helped her family. Sign up for Parent Coaching... more

How Parent Coaching Helped Me

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Ross Kramer shares how Parent Coaching helped his family get on the right track.Sign up for Parent... more