Getting a Child with Autism to Try New Things

My son is a strange mixture when I comes to trying new things. What happens with children with autism? In general, children with autism stick to the things that they like and the things that comfort them. This is, of course, true for all children, but especially for children with autism. This often leads to […]

More on Autistic Empathy

Sometimes my child doesn’t succeed at understanding the feelings of others, than there are those times when I believe he’s beginning to get it. A recent incident involved a bunch of teenagers and a Smash Bros. game. What happened? One of the teens can’t play this popular Smash Bros game because this teen gets over […]

A Birthday and Autism

My son just turned fourteen. Now, he’s a fourteen-year-old boy—which means he’s into his devices. He’s not very athletic, however he swims three times a week on a VIP swim team. He has played soccer, but I think his interest is waning. He also plays baseball and that he loves. He’s getting better every year. […]

Explaining Schedules to My Son with Autism

Back to the conversation of my son and his best friend… My son has a schedule inside his head. He knows when he has some things scheduled, like school and Teen Club, and even sporting activities. But, he also has—in his own head—expected times when he can do fun things like go to his friend’s […]

Autism and the Future of Education in the United States

Rant alert. Last week, the new government confirmed, by a historic tie-breaking vice presidential vote, the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Educators, teachers unions, parents, and especially the special needs community were fearful of this woman’s confirmation. Now, it has happened. In my opinion, this is yet another low for a new […]

The Autism Affirmation

This is what I call the Autism Affirmation: My son will state something, like “You’ll pick me up at five o’clock and then we’ll go to get a burger.” This will happen right after I’ve informed him of a plan…This sample plan is that I’m picking him up and a certain time and we’ll go […]

Autism and Gauging Time

I found this topic to be very interesting. In my case, my son is often so absorbed by his activities, that specific time (as in deadlines—ones like we have to go to school now) often alludes him. He has trouble gauging, and remembering time. He gets too distracted, most of the time. In the past, […]

Autism and High School

Well, here it is, I can’t believe this is happening, but today I helped my son apply for high school. What did we do? In our local area, our high school is very respectable. It carries high honors from academics to athletics, and is has a very good reputation. However, it is a very large […]

Back to School for a Teenager with Autism

My 8th grader loves his vacations. The longer the better. He also loves his weekends. Any studying that has to occur on a weekend is met with lots of protests. How do I get my son back into the school swing of things? One thing I do is occasionally mention to my son that school […]

The Autism Affirmation

This is what I call the Autism Affirmation: My son will state something, like “You’ll pick me up at five o’clock and then we’ll go to get a burger.” This will happen right after I’ve informed him of a plan…This sample plan is that I’m picking him up and a certain time and we’ll go […]