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Here are the top ten articles for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Book Review - All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome is written by Kathy Hoopmann. This book review includes a summary of photos and topics covered in the book and my recommendation.
2. Autism Awareness and Acceptance
Autism awareness and acceptance are part of our April vocabulary. This month is dedicated to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), yet the meaning of awareness and acceptance is as diverse as the autism spectrum itself.
3. Executive Function and Teenage Will
The battle between executive functioning and the teenage will has begun. Understanding the need for increased independence, while struggling with the knowledge that executive functioning deficits do not necessarily align with that need are a personal challenge.
4. Without Passion, Pride, or Prejudice
There is an increasing number of large companies employing adults on the autism spectrum. Specific traits such as hyperfocus, acute attention to detail, and the lack of extreme concern about blame or accolades make many people with Autism Spectrum Disorders ideal employees in many industries.
5. Hypervigilance and the Autism Parent
Hypervigilance is a reality for parents of children on the autism spectrum. Understanding what it means can be both terrifying and validating.
6. Book Review - Making Sense of Sex
Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger’s Syndrome is written by Sarah Attwood and illustrated by Jonathon Powell. This book review includes a summary of topics covered in the book and my critique and recommendation.
7. Autism and the Magic Within
How can finding the 'magic' within a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder help with career planning? There are aspects of autism that may help identify potential careers. A 'hyperfocus' in computer games may lead to a career in software design, for example.
8. Explaining Asperger's Syndrome to Children
Explaining labels and diagnoses to a child with Asperger's can be frightening and frustrating. Each family's experience is unique, but there are resources available to help families who want to discuss Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders with their children.
9. Picture Schedule Samples
Here are examples from my collection of picture schedules utilized for my nonverbal son.
10. Consider the Nintendo Wii for Kids with Autism
Read the experience of one family who has achieved success with the Nintendo Wii and their 7 year old son on the autism spectrum.
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