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you explain the diagnosis?
by Tony Attwood, Ph.D.
author of the bestselling book, Asperger Syndrome,
has written this essay which applies to AS or High Functioning
Autism. It covers the whys, when, and hows of explaining
the diagnosis with emphasis on the strengths of the
individual. Dr. Attwood is a member of AHA's Advisory Board.
by Valerie Gaus, Ph.D., author of Cognitive
Behavior Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome. With the recent growth in awareness of autism spectrum
disorders, there are increasing numbers of adults with
Asperger syndrome (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA)
seeking diagnosis and help for their problems in daily
living. Psychotherapists who work to meet the needs
of this expanding patient population may find guidance
in the literature on cognitive-behavior therapy. As
outlined in this article, there is evidence that these
approaches can be useful in helping these adults find
relief from their daily stress while also capitalizing
on their strengths. Dr. Gaus is a member of AHA's Advisory Board.
Does A Student With Asperger Syndrome Need In A School
by Lynda Geller, Ph.D. Least restrictive
placement is an educational term that means that we
want to provide students with the proper level of support
for success without placing them in unnecessarily restrictive
environments. Dr. Geller is a member of AHA's Advisory
Board, and Director of Spectrum Services, a cooperative
of independent practices and organizations which have
located together for the benefit and convenience of
clients. See www.spectrumservicesnyc.com.
College Coaching: What It Is and How It Works
by Grace Barrett-Snyder, college student, as well as writer and artistic design contributor for AHA. This article was published in AHA’s print publication, On The Spectrum, Fall 2013 issue. It is a first-hand account from a college student with ASD on the benefits of college coaching.
How Do I Explain My Decision To Use Science-Based Treatments For Autism When Friends And Relatives Insist I Try Something
by David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Pamela F. Colosimo, Ph.D. of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. This article is an essential read for all; families, professionals - seasoned and new to the field, and all interested in the spectrum.
the mother of a 9 year old with Asperger Syndrome. It
was originally printed by Aspen of New Jersey and then
used in the booklet given out at Common Connections
which AHA cosponsored. These tips for helping your child
make friends are well thought out and very helpful.
Talking To A Family Member About Your Concerns About Their Child
by Peggy Halliday,
M.Ed., BCBA (Virginia Institute of Autism) and David
Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Association for Science in
This article answers a grandparent’s question: I
am concerned that my grandson may have signs of autism,
but I am uncomfortable bringing this up with my son
and daughter-in-law. Do you have any suggestions about
how best to approach them?
How Extended Family Can Enhance the Lives of Kids on the Autism Spectrum
by Dan Coulter, the dad of a young man with
Asperger Syndrome and the owner of Coulter video along
with his wife Julie.
The word "family" can evoke powerful memories and emotions. Thinking of family recalls the Robert Frost line, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." When grandparents are involved, the line could often be changed to, "…they can’t wait to take you in."
Practice: Melding Art with Science
Thank you to Diane Twachman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and
Autism Spectrum Quarterly (www.ASQuarterly.com)
for the use of this excellent article on research methods
which explains why decisions must be based on sound
Beyond Guilt or Innocence
by Dennis Debbaudt, investigator, journalist. and freelance reporter with experience writing for
the Detroit News. After his son was diagnosed with an
autism spectrum disorder, he became interested in the
problems faced by people on the spectrum in the legal
system (especially because of perceptual problems),
and on improving the awareness among law enforcement
officers of the issues that arise. He has written several
books and created DVDs on this topic, and in conjunction with police
departments has developed teaching curriculums.
by Tim Page. This article from the August 20, 2007 New Yorker has the same name as the book, published in August 2009, by Tim Page. Tim Page was music critic for the magazine. The article and book talk about his childhood and late diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome.
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