April 2013


“Challenging behaviors toolkit” from Autism Speaks

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Placentas may indicate risk of autism

This is an exciting study that may indicate that the placenta can show signs that predict higher autism risk in newborns!  If this research pans out, it will be a complete game changer for autism!  

Here are some links I found that explain a little bit about how the placenta can shows signs that help with diagnosis:

Presidential Proclamation — World Autism Awareness Day, 2013 | The White House.

Dear readers,

My recent posts have been mainly reposting other articles. I have not been posting updates about Rob for a reason. He is now old enough (age 22) to care about his privacy, and he does not, to my knowledge, know about this blog. I started it years ago mainly to vent, in hope that our experiences would result in greater good if I could share what I’ve experienced and learned.  While I have been careful to use pseudonyms and to try to mask identities, if someone knows Rob well enough he might recognize him from what I write. And Rob is now very insistent that we not disclose that he is autistic, except to a few close friends. And that is his right. 

I have been afraid to show him this blog, truthfully. Afraid that he will feel betrayed that I have been blogging about him “behind his back” as it were. Afraid that he might ask me to stop blogging, and to take the blog down. I have derived satisfaction from knowing that I have helped you, my readers, through sharing my experiences and through sharing information. Hopefully he will see it that way as well. If he does not, then I will probably convert some of the more informational blog posts (the ones about discipline that are the most read and commented upon) into a webpage, and take the rest down.

This may not happen immediately; I am afraid to rock the boat with him while he is doing so well in school, so I will probably wait until the end of the semester to show him the blog. In the meantime, I will continue to repost interesting articles and useful links and research studies that I find, as I have been doing. I will let you know how it goes when I do tell him. So this blog will not disappear one day willy-nilly; you will have warning. I hope that he will see the good the blog does and encourage me to continue, and perhaps even post to it himself sometimes. But while he seems finally to have accepted that he has autism, he does not like to discuss it. If you would like to comment about what the blog has meant to you, please do. I will certainly show him the comments I have received through the years, and the reach the blog has developed. 

The good news is, we are at a place where Rob is starting to take some responsibility for his own future, and that includes managing his privacy. I respect that and am happy for it. And my words to you, my readers, are to take heart and persevere. Your child will grow, and progress, and mature. 

Geraldine Dawson: 10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago.

There are some very informative links in this article. I can’t stress enough the importance of early intervention, the earlier the better. If you suspect your child or another child you know might have autism, don’t “wait and see”–bad advice many pediatricians offer. Get an assessment now!