Perspectives

Autism and Communication: An Interview with Sondra Williams

Communication is difficult for many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Even verbal individuals with Autism can struggle with communication. It is important to remember that there is more to communication than being able...

Dogs Who Teach Social Skills

I've met some pretty amazing dogs in my life and we have one in our family. His name is Huck and he is a full-size Labradoodle. But the dogs who participate in the K-9...

Redefining Success for A Special Needs Child

It took me many years to realize how successful my ADHD/Asperger's son really is. We measured Clark by the yardsticks we had been measured by. Did he make A's? Was he a good athlete?...

Resisting the Urge to Rewrite Your Child’s Future

Life can be tough for children with special needs.  As parents we often grieve for losses which were never an option. For example, an athletics-focused parent of a wheelchair-bound child may grieve the loss...

Managing Sensory Overload: An Insider’s Perspective

Sensory differences are often very common in individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as other special needs. Everyday events can be considered completely overstimulating. As a young adult with ASD, I get...

Anxiety is Truly a Family Affair

Although it was my daughter that was diagnosed with an anxiety issue at a very young age it has been the whole family that has been trying to understand and cope with the anxiety. ...