An Oscar-Nominated Film Inspires a New Approach to Autism

Dinosaurs, Star Wars, train schedules, Disney princesses, maps, LEGO—subjects such as these can become all-consuming passions for children on the autism spectrum. What therapists and educators often call “circumscribed” or “restricted” interests (or, more generously, “special” interests) make up a characteristic symptom of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The current edition of psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical…

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Like most parents of children with autism, I have been reading about the family in California who is being sued by several families in their neighborhood. The lawsuit contends that their child is a public nuisance because of his behaviors that his parents failed to fix. One of the plaintiffs in this case stated “This…

My Advice for Those with Autism: Don’t Be Afraid of Who You Are

This guest post is by David Powell, a young adult on the spectrum who attends Grand Valley State University. About six months ago now I wrote a previous blog called “Understand Me.” The purpose of my first writing was to provide closure to those who thought of speaking about their autism, but something was in there way…

Conditions Associated with Autism

There are a number of concerns that often accompany someone with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), otherwise known as autism. Sensory Problems When children’s perceptions are accurate, they can learn from what they see, feel, or hear. On the other hand, if sensory information is faulty, the child’s experiences of the world can be confusing. Many…