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Aspie Interactions with the Police

Over the last few weeks, I've read several blogs where aspies have described their interactions with the law. In every case, the incidents were blown out of proportion by the tactics of the police and the social difficulties experienced by the aspie. I too have had difficulties with the police (and other aspects of the law). Misunderstandings My first major police incident was as a teen being pulled over for speeding. At the time, I had an old car which took forever to warm up and I really knew very little about cars. The car was misbehaving and I thought that maybe it needed to warm up (in actual fact, it was overheating due to a burst water filter). I tried going fast to warm it up - and that was when the police turned up behind me. I told the police that there was something wrong with the car and they just laughed and said "yeah, what? the brakes?". Luckily I knew to just keep quiet otherwise I'm sure they'd have tried to take things further. Following the W

HUGE Giveaway in honor of Autism Awareness Month!

It's autism awareness month and there's a huge giveaway of books, DVDs and b-Calm worth over $1100. The giveaway is hosted by S-O-S Research, so head on over there! It's part of the Fifth Edition of Best of the Best and it's not strictly limited to autism but covers a wide variety of special needs including; ADHD, Autism & Aspergers, General Disabilities, Sensory Processing and Bipolar disorder. There are books on parenting, babies, discipline, sensory training, IEPs and social skills. Whatever your need, there's a book for you. That link again, in case you're reading a printed version of this;

Book Review and Giveaway: "How do I teach this kid to Read?" by Kimberly A. Henry, M.S.

This is a " Best of the Best " post - Giveaway details are at the end of the post. The full title of this book is; How do I Teach this Kid to Read? Grade Levels K-3 Teaching Literacy Skills to Young Children with Autism, from Phonics to Fluency by Kimberly A. Henry, M.S. How do I teach this kid to read is a great text book aimed at very young readers on the spectrum. Unlike most books of its kind, this book comes with a companion CD. The book has amazingly simple organisation with each chapter introducing a new teaching concept and outlining; What it is Why it works Materials Needed Ideas for Use As well as parents, this book is also a great resource for teachers and would-be teachers in special needs as it explains a lot of great techniques and most of the ideas in this book could be stretched beyond reading and into other areas of a child's education or social life. Most of the materials needed sections refer to resources which are already on the supplied CD (which cont

Bullying: The Bully's Side of the Story

This is the final post in the bullying series. So far in this series, we've concentrated on the victims of bullying and quite rightly too. If you or your child is the victim of bullying, then it's obvious that you'll need to look after your own needs first. It's also very probable that you'll find yourself a bit short on mercy for the person who is making your life (or your child's life) a living hell. It's (usually) not your job. Having a Plan for Bullies The fact is though that bullies don't come from nowhere. They're often children raised in difficult circumstances and are often the victims of bullying themselves, perhaps by an older sibling or a parent. I've read many posts which suggest jail terms or all manner of other sanctions for bullies but I disagree with these. I don't think that they're addressing the real problems simply by punishing the bully. If the bully is school aged - and particularly if the bullying is occuring at sc