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Article: Displaying Confidence in Your Special Needs Child

Today I am posting over at Special-ism

Displaying Confidence in your Special Needs Child
http://special-ism.com/displaying-confidence-in-your-special-needs-child/

It's an article about learning to let go and stopping yourself from reducing your child's hurdles simply because you, don't feel that they will be able to compete.  Sometimes you have to trust your children and let them fail ... or succeed.

Article: An Interview on SpeechBuddy

Just drawing your attention to an interview I posted on Speech Buddies;

An Interview with Gavin Bollard
http://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/interview/an-interview-with-gavin-bollard/


Speech Buddies is the web site of Articulate Technologies. They are focused on Speech Therapy and help children, parents, schools, speech therapists, health care providers, and pediatricians. They even have free custom lesson plans available.

Calling Mitsubishi out on funding Neurodiversity

Warning: This post is likely to be upsetting or even offensive to some readers.  I apologize for this.  I hope that by writing frankly, I can stir up some feelings on this issue and perhaps even help some people to understand why this issue is important. It's a difficult line to walk, stirring up feeling without offending. Hopefully I won't cause too many issues.

There's an article out by the canary party which seeks to highlight issues in Mitsubishi's funding of a charity.  It's well worth a read.


See: Mitsubishi Funds Group that Opposes Preventing or Curing Autism
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b62698a50aececa2aded9f56b&id=14c79a482a&e=7835a237fe

It's a perfect example of what is wrong with so many of the autism campaigns out there.

First of all, the canary party complains that the charity being funded "opposes all efforts to cure or prevent autism, denies an increase in autism prevalence and now seeks to promote this form of “activism” among c…

Drawing the Line on Media Access for your Child with Asperger's Syndrome: Part 4 Developing a Plan

In my last few posts, I've looked at the positive and negative effects of media and device access for children with Asperger's syndrome.  It's clear that while our children certainly benefit more from the media than their neurotypical peers, excessive access is still quite harmful.


In this post, I want to look at some techniques for limiting media access and overcoming the negatives in a sustainable way.

A word on Sustainability
No technique is worth using unless it is sustainable. If your partner isn't going to stick to the rules and routine, then it simply won't work. Similarly, if you think that you can only stick to a new routine for a few weeks, then it's no good. In that case, you should choose a different routine - one that is sustainable.

The Use of Rules and Routines
Children with Asperger's syndrome handle rules extremely well. That's not to say that they will obey them without reinforcement but simply that clearly stated (and written) rules have…