There is a special opportunity coming for parents and professionals in Cincinnati this June. The conference will be about the life span of relationships and sexuality issues for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, from early childhood to adulthood. We will be discussing individuals who have severe needs, and there will be self-advocates discussing dating, risks… Continue reading You Should Attend This, No Matter Who You Are: The Spectrum of Healthy Relationships and Sexuality in Autism Conference, Cincinnati, June 24-26
(Happy Mother’s Day to those who are celebrating today, and I am sending hugs to those who are grieving on this day that draws out so many emotions.) I listened to a fascinating discussion of the pros and cons of a four day school week this week on NPR. The hosts interviewed a representative… Continue reading A Four Day School Week? Perspective from Dr. Nancy
The transition out of high school to whatever comes next is scary for parents of typical kids, but absolutely terrifying if your son or daughter has a disability. Even if high school has not been ideal (and most parents I know would call that a huge understatement), our fear of the unknown for our… Continue reading Surviving “Transition” Out of High School
Women in autism are a hugely ignored, misunderstood and often unidentified population. One in four individuals diagnosed with autism is female, but we know that this population is hugely under-diagnosed. Research suggests that the average age of diagnosis right now for boys around the world is eight years old, but for girls, the average age… Continue reading A Good Read: Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism
How many aging parents do you know who are still caring for their adult children because of intellectual or social challenges? I know many adults who have high functioning autism, are quirky, or are bipolar, who struggle to keep a job or to be successful socially in our complex world. Sometimes these folks continue to… Continue reading Who Will Care For Our Aging Children When We Die?
I attended the OCALICON conference in Columbus, Ohio this winter. Just when I was tired and losing my excitement at a huge, overstimulating conference, along comes a session that had me bouncing in my seat. I have spent years trying to help families and teachers frustrated with the limited food repertoire of students with… Continue reading Help for Picky Eaters who have Autism
As the world struggles with religious, race and cultural differences and biases, I thought it would be helpful to think through how cultural differences impact teaching and care-giving. Here are a few examples I have seen over the years. A teacher reports a family for abuse because the little girl has burns on… Continue reading Cultural Differences and Disabilities