Why Special Needs Moms Are Exhausted All The Time, But Will Never Ask For Help

Why special needs moms are so exhausted all the time, but they'll never tell you.








Source( Life Over C’s)

“You drink a lot of coffee.” Yep. I do. I hear that one little sentence all the time. The problem is most people don’t want to hear the explanation. Daily life with a special needs child is a series of rapid fire, interrogations that a parent can never answer correctly. In fact, special needs moms have been found to have similar levels of stress-hormones to combat soldiers. I’ve never been in combat, but I do know what PTSD from stress feels like. I know people don’t want to hear this. People are busy. People are tired. But most people are not this tired. Most people are not ‘5-cups-of-coffee-just-to-keep-their-eyes-propped-open’ tired. Special needs moms are exhausted all.the.time…..but will never ask for help. Click here for the rest of the story.

Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Similar But Different

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Source: (Very Well)
Author: Lisa Jo Rudy

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood to be a condition in which individuals have a strong desire for order and repetition, or an intense focus on details. As a result, many people believe that autistic behaviors and preferences are a sign of OCD.  But autistic behaviors such as rocking or flicking fingers — or a desire for a structured routine — are actually quite distinct from the very specific qualities of OCD. Click here to read the rest of the story

2017 Autism Conferences

Hi Everyone!

It that time again for the yearly upcoming autism conference listings. The conferences listed are specifically on the topic of autism spectrum disorder. The conferences vary from 1-day seminars to 3-day sessions and keynote speakers. Some of the conferences focus on parents and people with autism, while others are geared specifically for researchers and educators.


When you click on the highlighted links, you will find additional information on the costs, location, hotels and detailed information on each conference..


Date: January 13

Future Horizons

Autism One Day Conference
The River Center
136 E. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52801

Features Renown Dr. Temple Grandin who will give insights backed by research evidence and her own experience.

Date: January 18-20

Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

18th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Featured sessions on post-secondary initiatives, differentiating instruction in the inclusive classroom, sexuality education and managing challenging behaviors.

Date: January 21-22

Massachusetts General Hospital

Autism Spectrum Disorders Across The Life Span
The Westin Conley Place
10 Huntington Avenue

Conference offers a broad review of advances in ASD research, genetics, diagnostic tools and treatments.

Date: January 31- February 2

Association for Behavior Analysis International
11th Annual Autism Conference
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This conference will focus on behavioral assessment and intervention across the life span of autism.


Date: February 9-10

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism
305 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA 31401


Date: March 18

9th Annual Southern Main Autism Conference
Doubletree Hotel
363 Maine Mall Rd.
Portland, ME 04106

A one-day conference for parents and family members of children with autism, educators and service providers

Date: March 26-27

19th International Conference on Autism
NH Collection Madrid
Padre Damian 23 28036
Madrid, Spain

Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Autism. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Autism


Date: April 26-29

22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference
Doubletree Minneapolis

A 3-day conference for educators, parents, caregivers, mental health professionals, service providers and people on the spectrum.

Date: April 28

Center for Advancement of Behavior Analysis
CABA Autism Conference
Seal Beach
Old Ranch Company Club
3901 Lampson Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740

A conference on autism for behavior analysis, educators, psychologists, speech language pathologists and parents.


Date: May 3-4

Autism Conference and Expo of Georgia 2017
Loudermilk Conference Center
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The conference theme is, ‘Innovation to Action: Connecting the Pieces with Practical Strategies.’ This conference is intended for professionals, parents and self-advocates.

Date: May 10-13

International Society for Autism Research
Marriott Marquis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

An annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to exchange and disseminate new scientific progress among ASD scientists.


Date:July 12-15

49th Annual Autism Society National Conference

The Wisconsin Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Will include session, keynote addresses and social events for individuals, families, educators, caregivers and service providers on concrete strategies that allow people to interact with one another and the world on their terms.


Date:August 24-25

U.S. Autism and Asperger Association
12th Annual World Conference
Location: TBA (To Be Announced)

Conference open to anyone interested in learning more about autism, Asperger’s and related disorders including parents/families, caregivers, adults with ASD, employers, educators, professionals, agencies, and self-advocated.


Date:September 7-9

Asia Pacific Autism Conference, 2017
International Convention Centre
14 Darling Dr,
Sydney NSW 2009,

Toddlers with Autism Indifferent to Eye Contact, Study Says

Source: (Spectrum News)
Author: Sarah Deweedt

Toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, but don’t actively avoid meeting another person’s gaze, according to a new study1.

The findings support one side of a long-standing debate: Do children with autism tend not to look others in the eye because they are uninterested or because they find eye contact unpleasant?

“This question about why do we see reduced eye contact in autism has been around for a long time,” says study leader Warren Jones, director of research at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia. “It’s important for how we understand autism, and it’s important for how we treat autism.” T read the rest of the article, click link here.

How to Avoid Autism Scams

Source: (Very Well)
Author: Lisa Jo Rudy

Autism is a complicated and poorly understood disorder.  No one knows, for sure, what causes most cases of autism — and there is no established cure.  No one can tell you how well a particular child will respond to a particular therapy, or how far they’ll go in life.  With so much uncertainty, many people are desperate for “definite” information.  As a result, people living with autism are often the target of scams which offer just such certainty. For rest of article, click link here