College Student with ASD returns to his Middle School to Encourage!

Welcome Home Newspaper
June 2, 2015

RLopex-MS-on-Autismeturning to the most challenging of school-age years (Middle School) came easy for Samuel Allen as the 20-year-old recently spoke to an anxious group of parents at San Antonio’s Lopez Middle School where he attended some 8 years ago. The topics ranged from the effects of bullying to finding your ASD child’s talent/strengths.

The most candid question came at the end of the evening when Sam was asked whether the parent should reveal to their son that he was recently diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism to which Sam replied “Why would you not? How can your son fully understand himself without knowing how he is hardwired? Autism is a gift not a curse.”  The parents reaction was both tears and applause.

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Here is more about Aspergers101 from our inspiration, Samuel Allen.

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Don’t think of Autism as a weight…think of it as wings by which to fly!

Samuel Allen (Aspergers101.org)

Conversation with Tony Attwood and Eustacia Cutler

Are you ready for a treat? How about Eustcia Cutler (The amazing mother of Dr. Temple Grandin) interviewing Dr. Tony Attwood (premiere Psychologist specializing in Asperger Syndrome) discussing all things High-Functioning Autism and Aspergers! Though you will have just a couple of short steps to access the free interview…it’s well worth it as you receive over 2 hours of knowledge back and forth from these two leaders in the field of Autism today.

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Overview: Eustacia Cutler offers a series of webinars free to anyone wanting to gain knowledge on raising a child on the Autism Spectrum. She titles her interviews…Conversations with Eustacia Cutler and believe me, if there is anyone who know about successfully raising a child against all odds….it is Ms. Cutler. We share a link to the interview below as well as to her website here:  Temple Grandin Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund.

Eustacia’s Guest: Tony Attwood is well known for sharing his knowledge of Aspergers Syndrome. He has an Honors degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.

Listen to the conversation here:

Conversation with Tony Attwood and Eustacia Cutler

Dr. Temple Grandin: Discipline is Key

Dr. Temple Grandin on DISCIPLINE

“I cannot emphasize the importB9315403164Z.1_20141208230949_000_GLQ9BRDPJ.1-0ance of consistency.  When I was in elementary school, the penalty for having a tantrum was to have no TV for one night.  That was the rule and it was always enforced.  It is essential for the rules to be consistent at BOTH home and school. Parents and teachers must work together otherwise the child may manipulate the parent against the teacher and vice versa.  Kids need to learn that “No” means No and be rewarded when they do things right.  You also need to determine if a behavior problem is caused by pain or sensory over sensitivity.  Hidden painful medical problems must be ruled out.  Some common ones are – acid reflex (heartburn), constipation, yeast infections, toothaches, and earaches.  A child may fear going into a room where a smoke alarm had previously gone off, because it hurt his/hear ears.  After these biological causes of behavior problems are ruled out, then the behavioral motivation can be figured out.

The three main behavioral causes of tantrums and other problems behaviors are:

  • Get attention
  • Frustration because communication is difficult
  • Escape from a task

Each one of these motivators needs to be handled in a different way.  Often the best way to handle behaviors motivated for attention getting is to ignore it.  If a non-verbal child is frustrated because he/she cannot communicate, he/she should be given a means to communicate, such as a picture board or picture exchange.  There are many new apps available for I Pads and other tablets for communication.  If the child is trying to escape from a task, you need to make sure the task is not stupid.  An example of a stupid task would be making a brilliant 8-year-old do baby math drills.  He/she should be given the more advanced math book.

All children in the autism spectrum should be expected to do daily living tasks that they are capable of doing.  Some examples are making their bed, being on time for the school bus or helping with household chores.  When I was a child, I was expected to have good table manners and to say “please” and “thank you.”  When I made a mistake with table manners, mother did not say No. She told me the correct behavior.  For example if I ate mashed potatoes with my fingers, she said, “No, use your fork.”  She gave me the instruction, instead of just saying NO.”

-Dr. Temple Grandin

The above and other Q & A from Dr. Temple Grandin was provided by is posted at:  http://www.templegrandin.com/faq.html 

Housing Community for those with Disablities

disabilityscoop
March 3, 2015

It’s a concept gaining acceptance nationwide, providing a stimulating community setting for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are capable of living with some degree of independence. Housing Community for those with Disablities includes 132 apartments and a recreation center with pool and commercial kitchen.  “It’s been a long road; God has called me to do this,” Jack Kosik said recently at the 56-acre site that soon will be developed into a gated community for people with developmental disabilities. Already, as many as 227 parents and guardians have indicated interest in placing loved ones at Noah’s Landing, Kosik said. “We believe we’re starting a tsunami. If we do it right, this will be a national model.” No doubt!

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Teen’s Inspiring Video Shows How He Overcame Autism Odds

Article by: Jennifer O’Neill

When Michael Whary was diagnosed with Autism as a child, doctors told his parents he wouldn’t be able to drive a car or even ride a bike. “Well, they’re wrong,” now 16-year-old Michael declares — while two-wheeling, behind the wheel of a Hummer, and speed cruising around on an ATV— in an inspiring video he created as his community service project to become an Eagle Scout.

The 13-minute film, titled “Autism Awareness,” has scored nearly 2,500 views on YouTube since it was posted in December. It’s also been featured in local news coverage in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. What makes the high school sophomore’s film stand out, though, is that he addresses parents in the piece in an effort to “send them a message of hope,” he told WKYC.

 

Hollywood and Asperger’s

The Blog
January 10th 2015

“It is important to acknowledge the role of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome in the history of humankind.

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Remember that many famous scientists, writers, artists and innovators we admire today (such as Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Alfred Hitchcock, Bobby Fischer and others) had traits of Asperger’s.

The world would not be the same without them. I think we should focus on understanding and supporting these people rather than ostracizing and mocking them.” -Dr. Tali Shenfield.

That said, we’ve provided a link to an article by Alex Simon titled: Hollywood and Asperger’s listing some of the best films dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome.

President Obama signs ABLE Act

Disability Scoop
December 22, 2014

If you haven’t already heard…President Barack Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act a couple weeks ago paving the way for people with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts where they can amass more than $2,000 without losing government benefits. To be eligible, individuals must have a condition that occurred before age 26 and each person may only open one ABLE account. More in this article from Disability Scoop.

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