October 2012

Ask About A.D.H.D., Asperger’s and Driving – NYTimes.com.

This is a Q&A about driving with ADHD or AS.


Rob has started driving again, and so far so good. He seems to have learned his lesson about following traffic rules, not speeding, etc. It was a difficult decision, but he was threatening to buy a motorcycle instead, and we REALLY didn’t want that.


This is the program we sent Rob to. The Arches program was wonderful.


Copper Hills Youth Center

5899 West Rivendell Drive

West Jordan, UT 84088

801-561-3377 800-776-7116

Website: http://www.copperhillsyouthcenter.com

Copper Hills Youth Center is a 126-bed private adolescent residential treatment center for teenagers 12 – 17 years of age. Programs and services offered include: boys residential treatment, girls residential treatment, day treatment and Arches – a program for individuals with Asperger syndrome.

via Autism Residential Programs | Utah Parent Center.


Review: Autism the focus of thoughtful ‘Falling’.

This sounds much like my household several years ago. What many insurance companies and state offices don’t realize is that residential treatment or residential schools may be necessary for some of these auties. The tragedy is that you often have to go through the criminal justice system to get any treatment, and treatment specifically geared to people on the spectrum is few and far between, and very expensive. But sending Rob to one in Utah for nine months turned him around and helped him get a handle on his violent acting out.

AFP: Nearly half of autistic kids wander from safety: study.

Rob did this frequently , and we had great difficulty keeping him safe. And he continued to be a runner until he hit puberty. He wandered off from school. He left a boy scout meeting and caused a huge fuss. When he was a toddler he would manage to escape from the house and bolt to the park across the street and chase pigeons. One night in a hotel when he was a preschooler he left the room in the middle of the night and wandered down to the lobby to see the goldfish pond. He went through a phase in early grade school where he left the house in the middle of the night to run around the block with the dog, because he couldn’t sleep. My husband and I had to start taking turns sleeping across his bedroom doorway to keep him inside. If we locked his bedroom door he climbed out the window. I had to keep an eagle eye on him in stores and in public places lest he decide to take off. As a parent, you develop a hyper-vigilance that never lets you relax, and for years we did not get a good night’s sleep.

Autistic child ballerina dances her way into viewers’ hearts with viral video – TODAY Entertainment.

This is amazing!!