Helping a Person on the Autism Spectrum Manage Their Anxiety

by Karen Savlov “I cannot ‘come back’ and defend myself. I cannot respond to others. This is scary, beyond scary. It is terrifying. Sometimes the words seem to be accessible, but as I open my mouth they disappear. In the presence of another, I instantly forget what I was going to say. This happens over … Continue reading

How To Tell Your Child That He (or She) Has Asperger’s Syndrome

by Barbara Fowler Many parents struggle with the issue of telling their child the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. First of all, how do you explain it in terms that they will understand and secondly, how old should the child be? A three year old has a much different level of understanding than a six year … Continue reading

Techniques To Use When Helping a Person on the Autism Spectrum Manage Their Anger And Rage

by Karen Savlov In this article I will discuss how the parent/caregiver or therapist can work with the person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who is angry. It is important to remember that the child, teen or adult is angry for a good reason. Because the person with ASD has not had the benefit of … Continue reading

Making Sense of How an Individual on the Autism Spectrum Communicates

by Karen Savlov Getting one’s needs met and to exist happily in one’s family, community and beyond is dependent on the ability to communicate. As non-autistic individuals we can use ourselves to communicate our needs and express our feelings. The individual with autism depending on his functioning level, has anywhere from extremely limited (nonexistent in some) … Continue reading

Strategies for Learning and for Social and Emotional Well-Being for People on the Autism Spectrum

Strategies for Learning Ensure the person has some way of telling you what he or she wants or needs. In collaboration with family and speech-language pathologists, determine if augmentative or alternate communication supports need to be explored. Provide information in visual forms, including written words, pictures, symbols or photos. Investigate software packages for graphic symbols. … Continue reading

ASD Characteristics: List of Communication Deficits

All people with autism spectrum disorders experience language and communication difficulties, although there are considerable differences in language ability among individuals. Some individuals are nonverbal while others have extensive language with deficits in the social use of language. People with autism spectrum disorders may seem caught up in a private world in which communication is … Continue reading

Theory for the Cause of Autism: The Foetal Androgen Theory (Simon Baron-Cohen)

Developmental psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen discusses results from three lines of investigation that support the androgen theory of autism. Specifically, he will present evidence from his laboratory that one androgen, fetal testosterone, is a key factor underlying social development, and that dysregulation in the production of this hormone may play a role in autism. Series: “M.I.N.D. Institute Lecture … Continue reading

How to Help Your Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder Begin The School Day (and with the Transitions Throughout the Day)

by Julie Abrams The beginning of the school year, and the start of each school day, can create potentially stressful situations for you and your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Most children with ASD not only need routines, they require them in order to cope with an ever-changing environment. This article is designed to … Continue reading

Genetic Testing and an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Scientists and physicians know that an autism spectrum disorder can occur in families. Siblings of people on the autism spectrum are more likely to be autistic, and twins are extremely likely to share autistic traits. This means there is almost certainly a genetic component of an autism spectrum disorder. However, this does not mean that … Continue reading