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One Woman Creates A Way For ASD Kids To Connect

special playdate

By Jane Reddig, Special Playdate founder

Every parent with a child who has special needs knows the challenges of trying to schedule play dates with other children. And it’s a double-edged sword, to be certain. For while the need to practice social interaction and to develop friendships for the child is high, the anxiety level (particularly for the parent) is often higher still. Parents need the comfort of knowing that their child will not be teased by his or her “play date” and that the other parent will also understand their child’s unique behaviors. What is needed is a way for parents with children on the spectrum to be able to find and schedule safe, rewarding social encounters. 

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Science Fair: Vasopressin


An occasional column about science news pertaining to autism

Compiled by Robert B. Waltz

Welcome to Science Fair, a blog post in which I'll be trying to gather some of the latest scientific news about autism. I'll give you links to the stories, plus I'll try to put it in context. We'll try to have news for you every week.

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Book Review: NeuroTribes

neurotribesBook Review: NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman with a Foreword by Oliver Sacks

Review by Robert Waltz, AuSM member

When history repeats itself, the second time is usually even less fun than the first time. Which makes it especially enjoyable to find someone willing to give history a new look.

The historian who does that is Steve Silberman, and the book is "Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity."

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Dealing with Anxiety: 10 Tips

anxietyAutism often comes with a side helping of anxiety. Some studies show that up to 40% of all children with autism will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. While it’s great to see a therapist to help with serious anxiety, sometimes you need strategies that will work right away. Here are our 10 tips for dealing with anxiety. 

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