My Answer to the Question ‘What Does Autism Feel Like?’

One of the questions I’m most often asked by parents of people living with autism (and one of the questions I’m honestly most afraid to answer) is “What does autism feel like?” My fear comes from two places. Lori. The first is that I never want anyone to take my personalexperience of living life on the spectrum as being the universal experience of living …

Struggling to Potty Train? This Method Works Well for Many People with Autism

Asa and Priscilla Maass have tried various ways to potty train their daughter, Abbie. Abbie has autism and is completely non-verbal. She communicates with her family and caregivers using an iPad app and a modified form of sign language. She’s a beautiful and intelligent girl, but sometimes she struggles with verbal comprehension and learning certain tasks, like potty training—a task …

We Could Watch This Temple Grandin Animation All Day

Temple Grandin gave an oral history at Colorado State University in 2008, and only recently has the audio for her lecture surfaced online. PBS’ “Blank on Blank” web show is running a special series, “The Experimenters,” and they decided to use audio of Grandin’s speech set to an animated video. In the clip, Grandin explains how having an autistic brain is much like …

Ways You Can Be A Good Friend to Children with Autism

11 Ways You Can Help Be a Good Friend to Children on the Autism Spectrum Being A Good Friend Includes Acceptance All people want to feel included and have friendships. For children with autism, Asperger’s or “on the autism spectrum”… sometimes it is more difficult to make friends. Here are some ideas to help you begin, build and keep a friendship with …