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Bullying and Asperger’s Syndrome

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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... more

Employment and Asperger Syndrome

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  Inadequate vocational services Graduating from high school and transitioning to the world of work is an extremely important and exciting milestone. However, for many young adults with autism obtaining and maintaining employment can present some unique challenges. Unfortunately, despite the... more

Tips for Parents of Teens with Asperger Syndrome

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I am no expert on parenting a teen with AS—and every teen is different. Still, I’d like to offer other parents the gist of what I’ve learned from being a parent myself, from my colleagues at AANE, and from the many other parents I have spoken with by phone, via e-mail, or at the support group... more

Asperger and Autism Spectrum: Women and Girls

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Additional Resources for Women Common Experiences Women with Asperger profiles are less likely to be diagnosed and more likely to be misdiagnosed for a number of reasons. Additionally, many professionals have been trained to recognize typical Asperger/autism spectrum expression more easily in... more

Challenges in Executive Functioning and How They Impact School-Aged Children

09/09/2021
Original article appeared in the White Plains Examiner and Putnam Examiner January 31st, 2012. Updated content: August 2021. Does your child have good ideas but struggle to get them down on paper? Do you frequently return to your child’s school to retrieve forgotten homework assignments? Have... more

Parenting Anxiety

08/05/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español Running a non-profit can be stressful at times, so I have learned over the years to take care of myself in several ways. I enjoy hiking and quilting, but my hidden pleasure is binging streamed shows. I actually found two shows in the past couple of weeks I... more

A Journey Toward Self-Advocacy: Perspectives from an Adult Son & His Mom

08/05/2021
Joe, who is now 30 years old, started receiving special education services in preschool, was largely mainstreamed in K-12, and graduated high school in 2009. He attended a community college and obtained an Associates Degree in Engineering, and is currently working towards completing a BS in... more

The Weight of Words

07/08/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español A few years ago, I transported and accompanied an 85 year-old community member I’ll call Alice to get a CAT scan at a local hospital. While the technician told us about the procedure, he kept speaking directly to me, even asking Alice a question while... more

Five Tips to Promote Pool Safety

07/08/2021
Summer is in full swing, and with COVID vaccination numbers increasing and pandemic restrictions lifted, many families are eagerly getting out to enjoy some time at the pool. But whether it is a public facility in your community or a backyard private pool, water safety should always be central. For... more

The Asperger/Autism Network Interview – A New Understanding of Asperger’s and Autism

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Listen to Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interview Associate Director, Brenda Dater as part of their 'Great.com Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. ‘Meeting people where they are and helping them... more

Emotional Regulation: Perspectives from Adults on the Spectrum

05/04/2021
Many individuals on the spectrum discover gaining a deep self-awareness has helped them find ways to manage their emotional regulation. As part of AANE’s May 2021 Newsletter, three adults on the spectrum share what they have come to understand about their own emotional regulation and the... more

Emotional Regulation: Advice for Families

05/04/2021
Emotion Regulation is a concept you may have been introduced to when you discovered your family member was on the autism spectrum. The term may bring up memories of meltdowns, tantrums, irritability, withdrawn behavior, or stress. Witnessing our loved one experience intense emotions can be... more

Adult Sibling Relationships

03/04/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español Recently I heard the story of an adult on the spectrum who joined her three siblings to care for an elderly mother in hospice. When the mother died, the siblings had to make decisions and manage her small estate. During this trying time, the interaction was... more

Understanding the Employment Journey

03/04/2021
When a parent finds out their child is on the autism spectrum, whether that child is 4 or 34, the parent embarks on a new journey to understand how autism might affect their child’s future. Just as no two individuals on the spectrum are the same, no two parent journeys are the same either.... more

Online Support for Parents of Neurodivergent Transgender Adults

02/25/2021
In September 2020, the largest study to date to examine the connection between autism and gender identity found that people who do not identify with the gender they are assigned at birth are three to six times as likely to be autistic than cisgender people. (The term "cisgender" is used to describe... more

Variations on a Theme

02/02/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways in which the COVID pandemic has created opposite responses for many on the autism spectrum. For some, loss of routine, changed social rules, and the fear of illness and death has been debilitating and has led to the... more

A Different Kind of Grief

01/06/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español I want to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I’m sure we all share a fervent wish this year will be easier than the last, and we can begin to heal from the difficulty, trauma, and loss we have experienced at the hands of this pandemic. As AANE... more

Two Sibling Perspectives

01/06/2021
The following essays were contributed by two individuals sharing their experiences of having a sibling on the autism spectrum. Both authors wished to remain anonymous. ____________________________   Loving Ben It would be difficult to talk about my brother Ben without mentioning... more

Climbing Out From Under the To-Do List

12/03/2020
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español Many individuals on the spectrum are plagued with a recurring thought: “Why can't I get anything done?”  No matter the age, people with Asperger/autism profiles often feel overwhelmed when they think of the number of things they need to do,... more

Special Education Advocacy Tips for the 2020-2021 School Year

08/13/2020
Here are a few special education advocacy tips from AANE as students head into an uncertain learning environment this fall. Whether they attend school in-person, hybrid, or remotely, we can help you set your child up for success.  While some kids thrived remotely with reduced social pressure... more

AANE Parent Coaching Interview

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In Our Own Words

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Asperger Syndrome, But Not Alone. A short video of adults with Asperger's Syndrome talking about life... more

Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders Symptom Evaluation and Medication Treatment

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Here for You

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change our lives in drastic ways, AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel wants to remind the entire Asperger/autism community that you are not alone. Contact us to find out all of the ways AANE can help:... more

Self-Esteem and Our Expectations of Others

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Self-esteem continues to be an important topic for those on the autism spectrum. AANE community member Sam Farmer reflects on the way in which his expectations of others have shifted over the years and how this positive change has helped strengthen his self-esteem. To read more about Sam, including his new book, go to:... more

Acceptance, Expectations, and Self-Esteem

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Building self-esteem can be a challenging process for those on the autism spectrum. AANE community member Sam Farmer reflects on the elements that have helped him achieve stronger self-esteem and offers practical advice to those on a similar journey. Learn more about AANE at aane.org To receive information about Sam's writing, including the... more

Back to the Basics

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During this tumultuous time, when so much of our focus is understandably consumed by the current health and social crises, it is easy to forget some of the fundamental aspects of the Asperger/autism profile. Executive Director Dania Jekel reviews some of the key points to remember, which can help parents of any age child on the spectrum as... more

Anxiety Management Techniques

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“I think my parent is neurodiverse.”

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Many couples have no idea they are in a neurodiverse relationship, and sometimes the realization that one or both partners could be on the spectrum actually comes from their adult child. AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel discusses how an adult child may process this discovery and reflect on the neurodiverse parenting they experienced.... more

Aspergers and Self-Esteem

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AANE's Executive Director, Dania Jekel, talks about the important issue of Aspergers and self-esteem, and presents anonymous comments from a recent... more

My Brother Tom

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A short film written and directed by Kaz Gamble of AA Films. Nominated for "Best Documentary Short" at the 2009 Woods Hole Film... more

The Impact of Uncertainty

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This month, AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel responds to the heartbreaking time the nation is experiencing surrounding the horrendous murder of George Floyd and discusses strategies for the Asperger/autism community to cope with extraordinary uncertainty in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about AANE, visit... more

Dating and Relationships

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The arena of dating and finding someone special continues to be an issue for many people on the autism spectrum. Executive Director Dania Jekel discusses this topic and offers advice to those with Asperger/autism profiles who are considering whether or not a relationship is right for them. To learn more about AANE programs and services, visit:... more

La Educación y la Disciplina en los Niños con Autismo

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Puberty Basics for Parents of Girls with AS/ASD: Health, Hygiene, Self Esteem and Safety

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Rejecting the Diagnosis

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While many parents work diligently to help their child understand the Asperger/autism profile and provide various kinds of interventions and supports, many teens and young adults enter a phase where they reject their diagnosis. Executive Director Dania Jekel helps parents understand this situation and suggests constructive ways to... more

It’s Never Too Late

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Many adults discover they relate to the Asperger/autism profile or receive a diagnosis later in life. This can bring much-need clarity to a person's life, but can also contribute to a sense of regret on many levels. AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel discusses the impact of a later diagnosis on older adults as they process this new... more

June 2017 – Asperger Profiles and Exhaustion

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Dania Jekel, Executive Director of AANE, describes some reasons why individuals with Asperger profiles often experience exhaustion and the importance of recovery... more

Siblings of Asperger Adults Share Their Stories: A Panel Discussion

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Neurodiverse Relationships

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While any relationship can have its challenges, couples in a neurodiverse relationship (where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum) can face a unique set of issues. Dania Jekel, Executive Director of AANE, explores this difference and announces AANE's new training for therapists to better understand and serve these relationships.... more

Message to AANE community on services during time of coronavirus

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AANE Executive Director Dania Jekel assures the community of ongoing services during the coronavirus situation. For up to date information go to... more

Girl Talk: Thoughts on Being Female on the Autism Spectrum (with Liane Holliday Willey) HD

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Superstars and Autism

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Over the years, individuals with autism like David Byrne, Susan Boyle, and Greta Thunberg have become international celebrities. AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel takes a look at the positive & negative impact this has, both inside & outside of the autism community, and points to the most constructive elements to draw from these... more

Finding Housing for Persons with Disabilities

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Sleep Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome with Dr. Ted Kremer

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Therapeutic Treatments of Anxiety for Adults with Asperger Autism Profiles

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Aging with Asperger/Autism

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Sensitivity to Criticism: Advice for Parents

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For individuals on the spectrum, sensitivity may not just be sensory. Many experience hypersensitivity to criticism, which can have a profound effect on self-esteem and other aspects of life. AANE's Executive Director discusses this issue and gives important advice to parents. Learn more about AANE at... more

Repetitive Thoughts: Ways to Free Your Mind

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Dania Jekel, Executive Director of AANE, discusses the problem of obsessing over negative thoughts and presents ideas that may help release... more

Know Your Brand of Aspergers or Related Autism Spectrum Profile with Jamie Freed, MSW ,…

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This introductory presentation will provide a detailed overview of the traits associated with Asperger Syndrome or related Autism Spectrum profiles (PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, ASD, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Social Communication Disorder) in adults. Although people diagnosed with these conditions share some characteristics, each... more

LifeMAP: AANE Life Management Assistance Program

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For more information, call (617) 393-3824 or visit http://lifemap.aane.org AANE's Life Management Assistance Program (LifeMAP) provides practical assistance to individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and related conditions. LifeMAP provides intensive, highly individualized coaching by professionals with expertise in both AS and specific... more

Communication Challenges in Neurodiverse Partnerships

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Do you feel like your partner is "speaking a different language"? Does this communication impact important conversations you want to have with your partner? While communication is vital for all relationships, unique challenges can arise when there is neurodiversity between partners. Whether your goal is to maintain and strengthen your... more

Undue Influence: Cults and Predators with Steven Hassan

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Writing Measurable IEP Goals

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Young Adults on the Spectrum and Isolation

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Many young adults on the autism spectrum become isolated after completing their education as they move into adulthood, which can be disconcerting to all involved. Dania Jekel, AANE's Executive Director, takes a look at the causes of isolation and strategies to help. Visit aane.org to learn more about AANE's programs and... more

First Person Account: Dating Challenges with an Asperger Profile

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As an individual with an Asperger profile, AANE community member Sam Farmer reflects on some of the communication challenges he faced while he was dating and how he how he learned to become more... more

Asperger/Autism Disclosure Stories

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Adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome share their stories about disclosing their condition to prospective employers and other concerned parties. For the Asperger/Autism Network Disclosure conference on Saturday, March 14,... more

Understanding Executive Functioning in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Girls and Autism: What’s the Difference with Sarah Hendrickx HD

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Sarah Hendrickx

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 Sarah Hendrickx presents at the Asperger/Autism Network's conference, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles." March... more

Accentuate the Positive

07/06/2020
In our parent support groups and Community Connections conversations, AANE staff members are hearing a lot about families’ experiences during this COVID-19 stay-at-home period. As most parents are spending a lot more time than usual with their children, many are also getting to observe directly... more

The Kind of “Homeschooling” Plan My Son Really Needs

05/04/2020
April 2020 Like many moms of Aspie teens, I found that after the first couple of weeks of quarantine, my primary concern was coaxing my 15-year-old out of his bedroom, where he was all too happy to be holed up on his laptop. Without interacting at school and studying in the public library,... more

Webinar – Students on the Autism Spectrum: Going Online

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WHERE: Webinar (registration is required to receive link) HOSTS: Dr. Jane Brown COST: Free to attend (registration required) DESCRIPTION: Transition is difficult for everyone and for students on the spectrum who were adjusted to daily life at school, the current changes to an at home... more

Special Education Advocacy During COVID-19

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Families are under unprecedented stress as they grapple with the impacts of school closures. Many are worried about what will happen with their child’s education when school resumes. For children with Asperger profiles who depend on the routine and structured environment at school, these times... more

Press Release: AANE Awarded Foundation for MetroWest Grant for Parent Support

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Watertown, MA - January 30, 2020 - The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to fund two support groups and additional education for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum who question or know they have a non-traditional gender identity.   With this grant,... more

Undue Influence: Cults and Predators

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In this webinar, Steven will teach you about the basics of undue influence, and why individuals on the autism spectrum are uniquely susceptible to it. He will explain the difference between healthy and unhealthy influence. Undue influence is not just an issue for religious cults; it is used by... more

Tips for Accused Students After a Campus Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Proceeding

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**The following is the fifth in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or autism tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at colleges and universities nationwide.** This article is primarily intended for a student who has been found responsible for campus sexual misconduct... more

Tips if You are Accused of Campus Sexual Misconduct

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**The following is the third in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger's or autism with tips for navigating the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at colleges and universities nationwide.** If you are accused of campus sexual misconduct, you will most likely be referred to as "the... more

Tips on What to Do if You Believe You Have Been a Victim of Campus…

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**This article  is the second in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger's or autism with tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at our nation's colleges.**  The first article, Tips for Preventing A Violation of College Sexual Misconduct Policies, discussed best practices that... more

Tips for Preventing A Violation of College Sexual Misconduct Policies

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** The following is the first in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or autism with tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at our nation’s colleges. ** If you are presently a student at a college or university, it is likely that you have heard discussions about... more

Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time and Why it Matters

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First You Need A Vision: Transition Planning for Teens with Asperger Profiles

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Raising Your Child on the Autism Spectrum: Understanding and Managing Behavior

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Helping Educators and Parents Understand Generalization Strategies for Social Skills

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No Sibling Left Behind: Supporting Siblings of Children with Disabilities

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Raising Your Child on the Autism Spectrum: Introduction to Asperger Syndrome/Autism

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Understanding Your Grandchild: A Seminar for Grandparents of Children with Autism Asperger Profiles

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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"... more

The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know

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The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know Jul 21, 2014 by Nick Dubin and Isabelle Henault   A good resource for families and professionals interested in legal and criminal issues in regards to AS and... more

Hiding in Plain Sight: In Our Own Words

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Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles Share their Life Stories These twenty stories were sent to AANE in preparation for the March conference regarding women on the Autism Spectrum. Six of these stories were presented at the conference itself; the rest are now being shared for the very first... more

A Decade of Children Growing Up

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  Elisse Ghitelman and Jacob Jacob used to tell people he had been expelled from second grade. He could read by the time he finished kindergarten, but until fourth grade still routinely wrote his “Cs” backwards. “He’d look at the letters and know they were backwards, but it’s a... more

My Holiday Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Family, You may have noticed that I stopped sending out holiday cards several years back. Truthfully, I just couldn’t take the competition any longer. Even if my kids could sit still long enough for a family photograph, we would never look like the smiling, gleaming, Ken-and-Barbie-perfect families whose Polaroids come in the... more

Survival Strategies of a Family on the Aspergers Spectrum

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Susan Shanfield wrote and presented this talk at AANE’s Celebration of Community on March 7, 2004. Hi Everyone. What an amazing experience that we women and girls are gathered here together to celebrate our strengths and differences—and I think that we’re making history at the same time.... more

Coping with my Daughter’s Diagnosis

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I can’t pinpoint the exact moment that I realized that my eight-year old daughter had Asperger’s. It doesn’t seem all that long ago, when she was three, that I moved her from a family day care to a larger center, hoping that she would meet children her age and make friends. Though I anxiously... more

A Hopeful and Flexible Vision for the Future

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Recently, as I watched my son drive off on his way back to college, I couldn’t help but marvel at how far we have all come. When he was first diagnosed with PDD at age three (nobody was then referring to Asperger’s Syndrome), my son was busy skipping, swinging, and stemming while trying to manage the daily work of kindergarten. Loud noises... more

To Tell or Not to Tell

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I cannot count the number of times I have been asked (or heard others asked) whether or not parents should tell their child that he or she has Asperger Syndrome. I will give my opinion in a moment, but first I want to address how this is relative to empowering victims. Tim and Ted are children with Asperger Syndrome, both 14 years old. They... more

Banishing the Babysitting Blues

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Parenting children with AS can be a joyous, rewarding and eye-opening experience. It can also be challenging, and at times exhausting. We all need breaks in our parenting hours to rest, refuel, and regenerate ourselves. For most families, that means hiring a babysitter—but where do you find one,... more

A Neurotypical Family’s Journey into Aspieland

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Karen Lewis delivered this speech on May 15, 2005 at the annual AANE Gala. My goal this evening is to recognize and honor the parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome and to express thanks to AANE for being there to assist us all as we meet those special challenges of Asperger’s... more

Through a Sister’s Eyes

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As soon as we get into the car, he grabs my iPod and eagerly searches for his favorite song. “I Like to Move It” from the Madagascar soundtrack begins to thump through the speakers and Adam turns to me saying “I can’t resist the urge to dance to this song, the beat is just so good, you know... more

Sibling Corner: Normality in Reality

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Life for every person in the human world begins the same. Every mother and father have a child the same way; yet the outcome is always different. Siblings can be alike, and strangers could look faintly similar, but everyone in this world is different. Sometimes, kids are born with skills, like math or singing. And sometimes people are born with... more

So You Think it May be Asperger’s…Now What? Where to Find the Help You Need

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If you have just found out – or if you suspect – that you or someone in your care has Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), you may feel as bewildered as Alice in Wonderland, just after she fell down the rabbit hole! It’s a whole new reality now, and you are probably going to need a guide or two to... more

Good Connections: The AS Student’s Guide to the College Social Scene

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Dorms, parties, cute girls, hot guys, roommates, new friends—let’s face it, college life is, in large part, about the social scene. Finally, you’ll be able to come and go as you please. Your parents won’t be there reminding you to study, brush your teeth, eat your vegetables, etc. And you won’t have a curfew. Moreover, college is... more

Developing Self-Advocacy Skills: An Integral Aspect of Transition Planning

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Adolescence is an important time of growth in any young person’s life. It’s a vulnerable time, during which self-esteem can be exceedingly fragile. For teens with AS, HFA or PDD, the quality of support and education they receive during this formative period can make or break future success as an adult, be it on the job, in relationships, or in... more

Getting to Know You: Teens Using Self-Knowledge to “Get a Life”

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Frequently, despite highly developed cognitive skills, underdeveloped independent living and social/communication skills prevent AS teens and adults from getting the life they desire and deserve—but there are things you can do to improve the situation, and it all starts with getting to know... more

Education Bi-Monthly Hints

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When your child gets special education services in elementary school, there are so many details to remember that it can be overwhelming. You wonder: What should I do—and what will people at school do? Where do I start? There is no list of hints that fits everyone, but here are a few ideas to think about each school... more

Families and School Working Together to Support Children with Asperger Syndrome

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The role of the classroom teacher is of utmost importance in ensuring the success of the child with an Asperger Syndrome. The classroom teacher sets the tone of the class and is responsible for making sure all the needs of the children are being met. Like an orchestra conductor, the teacher is the one person that keeps things together and “in... more

Disclosure: Two Hands-On Examples

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Many parents know that disclosure—telling others about their child’s Asperger Syndrome—can help the child better understand and accept him or herself, and become a better self-advocate. It can also help others better accept and support the child (or teen or adult). However, many of us wonder: Where should I begin? What should I say—and... more

Social Skills and Behavior in Children with Asperger Syndrome: An Educational Perspective

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Children who experience social success are those who are able to accurately assess a situation, recognize what is expected and appropriate, and act in a way that “goes with the flow” of what is going on. Some children seem to be able to do this almost magically. As social dynamics shift subtly from one situation to the next, these children... more

Considering Homework: Should It Be Assigned or Not?

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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

Some Useful Educational Interventions for Students with Asperger Syndrome

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Based on what we hear from families, the majority of children with Asperger Syndrome can succeed in school provided they receive sufficient, appropriate support. However, it is important that not only the teachers, aides, and specialists working directly with the child, but also everyone in the school and special education hierarchies is willing... more

The Role of the Teacher’s Aide

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Most children with Asperger’s Syndrome are in public schools following an Individualized Education Plan. The IEP may specify that the child have an aide in the classroom. AANE asked aides, a parent and a child to explain, in their own words, what an aide does. Adjusting the AS Student to a Neurotypical Environment The writer is an aide at a... more

So It’s a Month Into School and…

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By October, the quiet honeymoon time of getting acquainted and slower academic demands is ending, and everything gets ratcheted up. By now, new and “quirky” behaviors may be seen as annoying, teachers start to feel that it’s time to get going making their academic deadlines, and our children show more signs of stress. Reviewing a new book,... more

Team Meeting Survival Tips

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Over the past eight years, I’ve had the occasion to participate in many school based team meetings for my two sons. Both of them have learning issues, both have been on IEPs and on 504 plans at different points in their education. I barely remember our first meeting, back when my now 8th grader was in preschool. I do remember walking into it... more

Using Music to Enhance Communication for the Child with Asperger Syndrome

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Sam is a 12-year old boy with Asperger Syndrome. He had recently been rejected from a private school specializing in Asperger Syndrome for being “too low functioning.” His mother, a professional musician, knew Sam had much musical talent but had yet to find anyone who could teach him how to read music. At our first meeting, she also expressed... more

A Parent’s Perspective on College

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Hello. I appreciate the opportunity to talk today and share some of my experience about the college transition process as well as some lessons learned along the way. I guess I should say here at the outset that I am not just an AANE employee but I am also a satisfied customer with a 20 year old son with AS. My son, Scott, is a junior at... more

Rethinking College

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Which colleges work well for kids with AS? How do I help my child transition successfully to college? These are the questions most parents ask as a child with AS nears high school graduation. As the mom of a recent high school graduate, I wanted to share my recently developed perspective on college with other parents as they consider what the... more

Requesting a Single Room for a College Student with Asperger Syndrome

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Please feel free to adapt the following sample letter to your son or daughter's individual situation and needs. Month ##, 2011 Office of Residential Life and Housing LIFE University 950 Main Street Collegetown MA 01610-1477 Re: Housing request for College Student College Student is a current patient with a diagnosis of Asperger... more

Tips for Success at College

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Why go to college? A high school student once told me that the reason he wanted to go to college was “You know, to learn stuff.” Like many students, this young man assumed that attending college is what one does after high school. Then (as the story typically continues), one either goes to medical, law, or business school, or one gets a job... more

Two Perspectives on College

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When a student with AS goes off to college, it can be a huge challenge for the parent as well. Below, one student and her mother share with us their differing experiences of her freshman year. Notes by Brianna Minks, College Student When I first went into college, I signed up for my school's disabled student services. My mother and I both... more

Asperger U! Tips for Aspie Success in College

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We are entering a new era! As the generation of children diagnosed in the late 1990’s comes of age, following the 1994 entry of Asperger’s Syndrome into the DSM-IV, more Aspies than ever are off to college. (“Aspie” is a name coined by adults with AS who are active in the Asperger Pride movement.) Of course we all know there has always... more

Choosing a Summer Camp

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Selecting a camp for a child is often a difficult task, but it becomes even more arduous when your child has Asperger Syndrome. There are so many items to explore, so many questions to ask— with no clear path through the wilderness! However, you may find this task easier if you consider the... more

Dogs Help Children Find Their Way

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North Star Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to place assistance dogs with children who face challenges. To date we have helped over forty families meet the social, emotional and educational goals of their children on the autism spectrum, through the use of well-bred, well-trained dogs. Our dogs play a different role than traditional... more

Puberty Basics for Parents of Girls with AS/ASD: Health, Hygiene, Self Esteem and Safety

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This webinar takes parents of girls through the common difficulties faced by girls with AS/ASD as they begin and move through puberty. These girls may be confused or upset by the changes taking places in their bodies. New hygiene routines can be made more difficult by sensory sensitivities. In... more

Sibling Rivalry: Keeping Things in Perspective

11/23/2016
My name is Chase, I’m 25, and I have Non-Verbal Learning Disorder. My brother is two years younger than I am, and does not have any diagnoses. Not only is he younger than I, he also developed faster than most people. He became a black belt, hung out with his numerous friends or created things... more

Wedding Cake Model for Home-School Communication

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Why is Parent/Educator Communication so Important? Most students with Asperger profiles have weak social communication skills. One result is that the student’s life is like a bicycle wheel with a weak hub. The adults need to hold hands around the rim to keep the wheel intact and functional. Stephanie’s Wedding Cake Model of... more

The Self-Discovery of One Aspie Woman

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I had always thought of myself as a sensitive and independent introvert who had found her way after an anxious and lonely childhood. When I hit 40 years old, something shifted – so many of my peers had reached the traditional milestones of marriage, children, home buying, etc., none of which I... more

Building a Better Summer or What to do With Your Child’s Summer Vacation

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Sleep Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome

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Sleep Problems in Children with Asperger Syndrome

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Studies find that approximately 73% of children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) experience sleep problems, and these problems tend to last longer in this group than they do for children without AS. For example, children with AS are more likely to be sluggish and disoriented after waking. Laboratory... more

Asperger/Autism Disclosure Stories

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Adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome share their stories about disclosing their condition to prospective employers and other concerned parties. For the Asperger/Autism Network Disclosure conference on Saturday, March 14,... more

Disclosure Conference 2015: Disclosure to Your Child Workshop

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Catherine Faherty talks about how to talk to disclose to your... 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

Christian Tsetsos

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Christian shares what school was like for him growing up with Asperger... more

The AANE Community

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The AANE community share their... more

AANE Life Management Assistance Program

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AANE Disclosure Conference 2015: Afternoon Keynote

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

Parallel Play Book Talk

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Tim Page, author of Parallel Play, discusses growing up with Asperger Syndrome and making his way in the... more

AANE Gala 2011 Fund-A-Need Speech

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Meg Chittenden talks about growing up with a brother with Asperger... more

AANE Gala 2011 Speech

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Shonda and Curt Schilling introduce Brenda Dater-who shares stories from the AANE... 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

Homework Help

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Do you or your child get frustrated over homework? Learn practical strategies to help at home and school from Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without... more

Transition in Action Series: Getting Transition Assessments & Using them for Goals and Services

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Learn about what types of transition assessments can help you build an effective transition... more

Understanding Asperger Syndrome for Grandparents

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Information and support to help you understand, enjoy and relate to your grandchild on the autism... more

AANE LifeMAP Coaches on Coaching

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AANE LifeMAP coaches talk about their coaching... more

Siblings of Asperger Adults Share Their Stories: A Panel Discussion

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Hear brothers and sisters of Asperger adults talk about growing up with their sibling on the autism... more

Perspectives on College Life: A Panel Discussion

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College students and recent college graduates with Asperger profiles share their experience with college life. They offer what helped them manage the transition to college and thrive in a new... 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

Holding on and Letting Go

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Practical strategies for helping you and your family with the transition to... 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

Appy Hour: Apps for Learning and Organization

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Find out about apps and strategies to help with learning and... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 4 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 (This... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 1 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles. Part 1 (This Video) Part 2 Part 3 Part... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 2 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles. Part 1 Part 2 (This Video) Part 3 Part... more

Aspertools: The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s ASD & Neurodiversity

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Harold Reitman, MD, author of Aspertools discusses what it means to be... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: An Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 3 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 (This Video) Part... 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

Playdate Basics

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Practical tips to help you manage playdates with your... more

Transitioning from High School to College or Employment

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Robin Lurie-Meyerkopf shares practical strategies for transitioning to... more

Sibling Rivalry Meets Neurodiversity

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For siblings of those with Asperger Syndrome or who are on the Autism spectrum, things can seem very unfair. This video looks at the sibling dynamic, the perspective of the neurotypical sibling and the ways parents can address the situation... more

Writing Measureable IEP Goals

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Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic,  breaks down how to write measurable IEP... more

Understanding Students with Asperger Syndrome and Related Profiles

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Ilia and Ryan Walsh share their perspectives on how to help students on the autism... more

Transition to High School

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The change from middle school to high school can be challenging, especially for those on the autism spectrum. Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, offers tips to manage the... 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

Understanding Executive Function Skills in Students with Asperger Syndrome

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Learn how executive functioning challenges may impact students on the autism spectrum and strategies that can... more

Social Thinking and Social Issues: Support for Middle and High School Students with AS

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Robin Lurie-Meyerkopf  shares effective strategies for helping middle and high school students with Asperger profiles build their social thinking... 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

Transition in Action Series: Inspiring Vision Statements, Measurable Goals and Dynamic Action Plans

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Experienced, powerhouse educational advocates Marilyn Weber and Jennie DunKley show you how to create individualized transition plans that will really help get your high school student ready for an independent adult life of education, work, self-care, and healthful... more

Using the Transition Planning Form to Make Your Teen’s High School Education Count

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Learn how the Transition Planning Form or TPF can be a powerful tool to guide the student and the educational team through the process of creating a dynamic, individualized action... more

Welcome to the Teen Years

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In this webinar, Erika Drezner helps parents distinguish between behaviors that are related to an Asperger profile, and typical teen behaviors. She gives information on how Asperger’s impacts the adolescent mind, and how to handle the demands of parenting this kind of... more

The Hidden Curriculum of Keeping A Job

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Learn about the hidden rules of the workplace and how you can manage when you are on the autism... more

Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and Related Profiles

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This video discusses the strengths and weaknesses of people who have Asperger Syndrome or related profiles as it relates to the work environment. It focuses on the challenges that those individuals face and the supports that can help them... more

Transition to Middle School: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

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This book, written by experienced college disability directors, is the authoritative guide to the subject. Dr. Lorraine Wolf and Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown lead AANE’s “Preparing for College” workshops, and Dr. Thierfeld Brown offers college consultations to individual teens and their... 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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