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'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective' Exclusive Interview

'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective' Exclusive Interview

'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Read on for the full transcript.

Dreams Delayed

Dreams Delayed

When your child has autism or other developmental delays, he won’t conform to a typical schedule of milestones—and hopes you had envisioned for him may come true later than you imagined. Here are six pieces of advice, from parents who’ve been there, on adjusting to a child’s limitations.

5 Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Autism

5 Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Autism

For children with autism, Halloween can be a very scary time. Debora Harris, president of the ELIJA Foundation and director of the ELIJA School on Long Island, offers her top five tips on how parents can make Halloween more fun and less frightening for a child on the autism spectrum.

Books by Samantha McLeod Offer Insights of a Special Sibling

Books by Samantha McLeod Offer Insights of a Special Sibling

Samantha McLeod's trilogy of children's books document her experience growing up with, and learning to accept and love, a brother who has autism.

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid

An autistic teen hopes to increase acceptance and understanding of those with autism through his book, "How to Talk to an Autistic Kid," which explains autism and its symptoms in easy-to-understand terms.

Etnies Shoe Line Benefits Autism Speaks

Etnies Shoe Line Benefits Autism Speaks

Etnies, maker of action shoes and apparel, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, to create co-branded kids' RVM and Fader footwear that support Autism Speaks' mission.

Starabella Series Celebrates Children's Learning Differences

Starabella Series Celebrates Children's Learning Differences

The award-winning Starabella trilogy, about a little girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music, was inspired by author Sharon Fialco's own daughter, who has autism.

Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents

Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents

A new Individualized Education Programs (IEP) guide helps parents of children with special needs understand the legal rights of students with disabilities and offers advice on how to get special education services and form an IEP for your child.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?

We asked Michelle Colletti, an occupational therapist who practices in the NYC area, to give her insight on a question that often arises for parents of kids with autism: If my child is self-absorbed and often engages in self-stimulation, how can I get him to make more eye contact and "stimm" less?

NYC Autism Speaks Gala Raises More than $66,000

NYC Autism Speaks Gala Raises More than $66,000

Autism Speaks' third annual Autism Speaks to Young Professionals summer gala, held in NYC, raised more than $66,000 for autism research and advocacy. The funds will help raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism.

Simon Says: Overcoming Autism Through Play

Simon Says: Overcoming Autism Through Play

Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman discusses how her autistic son has gained social confidence through playing games like 'Simon Says'. Goltsman also writes of her hopes for her son's acceptance among his friends despite his social challenges.

How Kids with Special Needs can Build Healthy Friendships

How Kids with Special Needs can Build Healthy Friendships

It can be difficult for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to make friends as quickly and easily as their peers. Check out the following tips for making friends as a special needs kid and what families can do to encourage them.

How To Monitor Change in Your Special Needs Child's Diagnosis

How To Monitor Change in Your Special Needs Child's Diagnosis

Though your special needs child may have been diagnosed in early childhood, it's possible that after some treatment and therapy, their initial diagnosis may change over time. Check out the following tips for monitoring your child's progress, and ensuring that they get an accurate medical assessment.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?

We asked Melanie Pearl, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist based in Stamford, CT, how to explain a special needs diagnosis to the affected child, and, specifically, her advice on how to tell a child with Aspberger's Syndrome that he has been diagnosed with Aspberger's.

Danny's Wish Distributes 30 iPads to Autistic Children

Danny's Wish Distributes 30 iPads to Autistic Children

The iPad for Austism campaign is an ongoing fundraiser created by Danny's Wish as a way to provide iPads to needy kids who may otherwise be unable to afford one. Recently, Danny's Wish, a Long Island-based special needs organization, distributed 30 iPads to autistic children in 19 different states.

Televised Series Exploring Critical Issues Presents 'Autism and Asperger's Syndrome' This May

Televised Series Exploring Critical Issues Presents 'Autism and Asperger's Syndrome' This May

"Exploring Critical Issues," the award-winning broadcast series conceived and hosted by Adelphi University President Dr. Robert A. Scott, examines the research and policies affecting those with autism and Asperger's syndrome in a one-hour broadcast airing this May in the New York area.

Drive4Rebecca Completes Cross-Country Advocacy Tour

Drive4Rebecca Completes Cross-Country Advocacy Tour

On April 16, Jon Singer and his daughter Rebecca, along with friends and family, set out on a 3,500-mile cross-country trek from New York to California to raise money and awareness for special needs advocacy.

How to Help Children with Special Needs Engage in Imaginary Play

How to Help Children with Special Needs Engage in Imaginary Play

Learn why pretend play is important to development and how you can help it come more naturally to your child with special needs.

The Importance of Pretend Play for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

The Importance of Pretend Play for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

Imaginative play may be elusive for the youngest autistic children, but it has an important place in your child's life.

Nanuet Counselor Expands Services to Children on the Autism Spectrum

Nanuet Counselor Expands Services to Children on the Autism Spectrum

Susan Cortilet, LMHC, of Nanuet, NY, has expanded her counseling services to children and teens with autism spectrum disorders.

How to Recognize a Social Language Deficit in Children and Help Them Overcome It

How to Recognize a Social Language Deficit in Children and Help Them Overcome It

Children with social and pragmatic deficits often have difficulty making friends and generally succeeding in social situations. Find out how to recognize a deficit in social language skills and how targeted help can be effective for your child.

Learning Disabilities Chart: Diagnoses and Symptoms

Learning Disabilities Chart: Diagnoses and Symptoms

Consult this chart for common learning disability diagnoses, symptoms, and examples.

Learning Disabilities: Know Your Child's Rights

Learning Disabilities: Know Your Child's Rights

A learning disability diagnosis can usher in a challenging time for your family. But understanding the law and what your child is entitled to can spell success for the future.

How to Maintain Your Marriage While Caring for a Child with Special Needs

How to Maintain Your Marriage While Caring for a Child with Special Needs

One mom opens up about how she keeps her relationship with her husband healthy and stable while caring for an autistic child.

Warning Signs of Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Warning Signs of Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Information for parents on the early signs and characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder, plus advice on how and why you should act early.




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