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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.

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.

Still So Misunderstood
While understanding and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has come a long way, there is still a lot of work to be done in educating people about those living with ASD.

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.

Fair, But Not Equal, Parenting
Raising children is not easy. For years, our family focused on trying to make everything equal in order to keep the peace. Our attempts failed. When we refocused our efforts on being fair, rather than equal, we found what worked best for each member of the family.

Starting a Social Group
When your community does not have a service you need, it is sometimes possible to create the resource yourself. Setting up a social group for kids on the autism spectrum takes some patience and creativity, but with support from others in the community, you can lead your vision into reality.

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.

Structure, Schedule and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Creating structure and schedules for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are important. Clear understanding of structure, routine, and schedule are essential to limiting anxiety and frustration and have benefits both at home and at school.

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.

Executive Functioning and Autism
Children on the autism spectrum often struggle with executive functioning. Parents play a valuable role in identifying and helping children manage and improve weak executive functioning skills. Steps can be taken at home and school to improve the skills necessary to manage tasks and projects.

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