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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

Asperger/Autism Spectrum Fact Sheet

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About Asperger/Autism Spectrum: It is neurological and affects the way information is processed in the brain. It is often an invisible difference. Many people appear very competent, but have difficulties in areas of communication and social interaction. It has a genetic and hereditary... more

Executive Functioning Explained

09/09/2021
Recent years have witnessed an intensified interest in the neuropsychological construct of “executive function.” In short, executive functioning is a multidimensional concept referring to higher-order brain functions necessary for individuals to execute, or perform, tasks. Examples of these... 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: Helping Our Students and Ourselves

05/04/2021
Our Students Everyone can agree this last year has been difficult in so many ways. If you are an educator, the stress has been especially significant. When speaking with educators, many say that much of their time these days is spent on helping students manage the wide array of emotions they are... more

(Neuro)diverse Employment Approaches Serve Everyone

03/04/2021
If you’re an employer in 2021, you’re probably thinking a lot about diversity. You likely know why diversity matters in itself. You may also know that there’s a business case for it. Diversity, particularly diversity of thought, helps an organization solve problems in novel ways and... 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

Professional Development: Learning from First-Person Perspectives

01/06/2021
Making the decision to enter into the healthcare, mental health or education field is often sparked by a personal experience. Whether your own experience, or the experience of a loved one, healthcare professionals, educators, and mental health providers can often cite one or many personal reasons... more

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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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

La Educación y la Disciplina en los Niños con Autismo

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AANE LifeMAP Coaches on Coaching

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AANE LifeMAP coaches talk about why and how they coach their Aspergers clients. For Mental Health and Health Care... 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

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

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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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

Undue Influence: Cults and Predators with Steven Hassan

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Finding the Square Hole for the Square Peg: Autism and Employment HD

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Understanding Executive Functioning in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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

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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

Neurology Matters in Couples Therapy

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January 11, 2019 Working with neurodiverse couples is more complicated than neurotypical couples. In order to help the couple work as a unified team, the therapist first has to help the partners understand each other’s neurological differences. The therapist has to understand each partner’s... 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

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

Asperger’s Syndrome and Humor

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As a doctoral student in psychology thinking about my doctoral project, I wondered if part of the social difficulty experienced by individuals with AS could be attributed to problems navigating the complex language of humor. This idea stemmed from my internship at the Children’s Evaluation Center... 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... 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

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

Not Another Role Play!

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Getting a teen to join a social/pragmatic skills group is challenging, although it should be the next step after becoming aware of and accepting social difficulties. Many teens who struggle with social pragmatics have already spent a lifetime of feeling different. This is especially true of the bright adolescents who are very aware of others and... 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

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

Creative Writing Classes for Teens & Young Adults with AS

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I am a professional writer who has taught neurotypical teenagers, college students, and adult writers. I first taught fictionwriting at Emerson College, beginning in 1993; for the past five years I have been teaching college students at Tufts University. I am also the author of The Longman Guide to Fiction Writing for Beginners, available through... more

Sleep Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome

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Artist Collaborative

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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

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

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

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

Appy Hour: Apps for Learning and Organization

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

Transitioning from High School to College or Employment

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities

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Finding the right residential situation for an adult child doesn't have to be overwhelming. The authors share decades of experience counseling families on housing options to help parents prepare themselves and their children for a new living arrangement. Discover the universal considerations most... more

Legal Planning For Special Families in Massachusetts: A Family Guide to SSI, Guardianship and Estate…

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Attorney and parent Barbara Jackins' new book is a must have resource for parents of children with special needs and the professionals and advocates who assist them. In an easy-to-read, conversational style, Jackins, the lead author of Special Needs Trust Administration Manual: A Guide for... 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

Middle School – The Stuff Nobody Tells You About: A Teenage Girl with ASD Shares…

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The transition to middle school is daunting to most, but for students with autism spectrum disorders, it can be a veritable mine field of hidden curriculum rules, social misunderstanding, cliques, etc. And that's even before cracking open a book! Based on her own experiences, Haley Moss, a teenager... more

Life, Animated

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This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The... more

Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child With Asperger’s (ASD): Create a Personalized Guide to…

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AANE parent Cornelia Pelzer Elwood has partnered with psychologist and long-time AANE board member Dr. Scott McLeod of MGH Aspire to write this comprehensive guide for parents. The book includes access to templates that parents can use to create a detailed picture of a child and the strategies that... 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

How to Be a Para Pro: A Comprehensive Training Manual for Paraprofessionals

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Paraprofessional classroom aides are critical to the comfort and success of many students with Asperger profiles.This book is an invaluable guide for such paraprofessionals, full of practical, concrete suggestions. 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

Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical’s Secrets

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The workplace can be a difficult environment for people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and this often impedes their ability to make use of particular skills and sustain meaningful and fulfilling employment. This is the definitive guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with... more

The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger Syndrome: Find the Right…

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Finding a job is a confusing and anxiety-provoking process for many individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. This practical “how-to” guide describes exactly what it takes to get hired in the neurotypical workplace. Every aspect of finding employment is covered, from defining strengths and... more

Developing Talents and Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

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The authors take an in-depth look at entrepreneurship. Using real-life examples, they point out that many of the unique characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum that lend themselves well to entrepreneurial ventures. The book explores many unnoticed aspects of Vocational Rehabilitation... more

Asperger’s on the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism and…

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Up to 85% of the Asperger's population are without full-time employment, though many have above-average intelligence. Rudy Simone, an adult with Asperger's Syndrome and an accomplished author, consultant, and musician, created this insightful resource to help employers, educators, and therapists... 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

Easy-To Implement Interventions for Children With Asperger Profiles

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“Hello, Mrs. Thompson, this is Ms. O’Conner, Jacob’s teacher. I’m calling today because there was another incident in class. Jacob is struggling with listening to directions. We were at morning meeting and, as always, he was jumping up and down and calling out. Another student asked him to sit and be quiet because he couldn’t hear. Jacob... more

Familiarity = Safety: Transition for the Asperger Profile Student

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Spring has sprung. It’s that time of year. Usually transition planning begins now in most school systems. However, it’s actually a little late. By the time you get this newsletter you will already be behind the eight ball as far as transition planning goes!! (Try understanding that if you have AS!!) So you better get busy! There are many steps... more

Asperger Profiles: Employment

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Graduating from high school and transitioning to the world of work is an extremely important and exciting milestone. However, for many young adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS), employment can present some unique challenges. Despite the vastly increasing numbers of individuals being diagnosed with AS, adult services for this population are... 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

Getting to Know Your Student Template

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  Use the following template to share information with your child or student’s new team and teacher. Change categories or language to fit your student. Thank you for sharing your expertise!   Download... 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 Students with Asperger Profiles Avoid Writing Pitfalls

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Written language tasks can be difficult for many students with AS because they involve many different skills and abilities that are often areas of weakness for students with AS. Keys a writer needs to unlock writing tasks include: Motor control and production. (For some students, dictation, speech recognition software, tape recording,... 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... 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 Help Your Students Track Their Assignments and Turn in Homework

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We know that there are many components that need to be addressed in order for kids with ASD  to be able to understand, complete, and turn in their homework. One strategy that has been used successfully is a homework template to keep track of assignments. Many schools provide an assignment book where the assignments are written down with a due... 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

Don’t Forget to Invite the Student! Including Students with Asperger Profiles in Meetings

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According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, “to write an effective IEP for a child with a disability, parents, teachers, other school staff—and often the child— must come together at a meeting to look closely at the child’s unique needs.” As noted in Bonnie Glickman’s article, students are legally... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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

Change in My Day Card

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Many students with Asperger profiles get distressed when anything changes in their day. Alerting them in writing that a change is anticipated can help them adjust. You can help reassure them that everything will still be OK and help them understand what they will be doing instead of their regular schedule. Try using this model or one of your own.... 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,... more

Helping Your Child Learn How to Be Calm

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