Girls and autism and aspergers

So tonight I have an article to post that talks not only on the differences in boys and girls with autism but also with aspergers. It’s entitled “What are the Signs of Autism in Girls-Is Asperger’s in Girls Overlooked?” and comes from Autism Parenting Magazine.

With asperger’s now falling under the category of autism in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-V manual, it’s an intriguing article to say the least.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

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The Mighty

So one website that I visit and share articles from frequently is called the The Mighty and it’s also one that I’ve been meaning for a while now to submit an article to but now that they have a new way to share with others, I might finally find time to do just that.

Anyway, for anyone who has taken this journey, one of the best ways to find support is by sharing with others who have been on that same journey. Tonight’s article, entitled “Inside the Mighty: Two New Ways to Help Each Other” by Mike Porath, talks about  in great detail. So check it out. I plan too, just not tonight. It’s way past my bed time.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Golfing

So tonight I don’t really have an article, just an experience. Back in June, my son participated in a golf class with a local group called TASK . A really good group that my son enjoys very much.

Tonight he started another golf class with the group St. Louis Arc . The only difference between the two is that the second class is held on an actual golf course, where they play a few holes each week and then in the middle of August, they play an actual tournament which consist of nine holes.

Anyway, it was good to see my son get some actual exercise with other adults. I also can’t wait for the tournament.  After talking with some of the parents, I can’t wait to play myself.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Girls

I remember this story like it was yesterday. One of the first articles I posted on girls and autism a few of years ago, really hit home with a young lady in England that has a sister with autism. So ever since she commented on my post, every time now I find an article on girls and autism, I post it.

Just like the article I wrote about in yesterday’s post entitled First and foremost, they are our children and even though I have a son with autism, the article I’m posting tonight hits close to home. It’s entitled “What I Want You to Know about My Daughter with Autism” by Brooke Wilson over at Yahoo! via The Mighty. So many times I’ve felt, and still feel the same way, even though he’s nineteen now.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

First and foremost, they are our children

So today’s article, entitled “This Dad Made His Own Report Card to Cheer Up Daughter with Autism Upset about Bad Grades” by Melissa Buttigieg over at Yahoo!, reminded me of that yet again.

That despite the fact that my son is now a young adult at age nineteen and actually has his first job interview tomorrow, he will always be that child he was when he was first diagnosed with epilepsy (and later autism) at the age of one.  What a great dad!

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

Communication

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years from my son is that we all have special abilities. For this article tonight, this article about a young lady on a plane, should give us all pause to go the extra mile to communicate with others.

It seems this woman took the time to simply have a conversation with a gentleman who was deaf and blind. I think what really hits home for me is how going to my son’s monthly meet-ups has made me realize I think I do the same thing.

I use to think that what I should be doing at these meet-ups is trying to step back and let my son have some social time. Well, I’ve also learned by simply having a conversation with some of the other individuals who come to his meet-up, I’m allowing them to have some social time as well.

Anyway, before I forget, the article is entitled “Teen on Alaska Airlines Flight Helps Blind and Deaf Passenger, Traveling Alone, Goes Viral” over at Yahoo! Hopefully one day, we will all take the opportunity to learn what it feels like to help others with special abilities. It’s definitely worth the time.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

 

Life insurance

So tonight is another one of those nights where I’ve been unable to come up with an article. What I’ve decided to do instead is write what steps I need to help him transition into the next step of his life, now that he is 19 years old and officially out of high school.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking around (with no success I might add) on information about my life insurance at work and since I finally found something, I decided to go with this topic first.

What I’ll do for the next couple of days is come up with any questions I might have about it regarding my son, like if I died tomorrow, how do I make sure it goes to where he needs it?

Then next week I’ll write about what I’ve learned and make a list of what I need to do to get it all set up. Tomorrow I’ll start with reading what I’ve found and we’ll take it from there. So wish me luck.

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

 

 

 

Driving with autism

So as I struggle with taking my son to get a psychological test as to whether he can drive, I came across this article that talks about a study in which states that those with autism are just as good as drivers as those without.

The article is entitled “Study: Drives with Autism Just as Good as Other Motorist” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop. So I guess I really do need to set up an appointment for him.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

My dad and autism

So as hard as I looked tonight, I couldn’t find an article to post but, suddenly I realized maybe I do. As I sit here, I’ve been listening to a song by Tom Russell entitled The Kid from Spavinaw and that’s when it struck me I do have something to write about.

The song, which is about Mickey Mantle and his relationship with his father, at least that’s my take on it. Anyway, tomorrow is the 24th anniversary of my dad  death. There have been many times where I wished he was here.

Many of those were simply to meet my kids, his grand kids. There have also been many times where I wished he was around to give me parenting advice. Maybe I would have gotten to where I am now a lot sooner. Anyway, thanks dad. I miss you and happy fathers day.

Love-

     

Autism Librarian