March Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the March article links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of March on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

3 key lessons no one told about dyslexia (The Pavlovic Today)

7 key social skills to help children with autism cope with bullying (Upbility)

7 signs adult ADHD might be interfering with your performance at work (Techco)

7 tips for motivating kids on the autism spectrum (PopSugar)

11 signs of autism in girls (Very Well)

Helping Asperger’s teens transition to college (My Asperger’s Child)

Helping your ADHD child with homework (Healthy Place)

Is sensory processing disorder the same as sensory processing sensitivity? (The Highly Sensitive Person)

Organization and attention challenges related to sensory processing disorder (The O.T. Toolbox)

Parents: Don’t hide your children’s autism diagnoses from them (Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism)

Sensory processing disorder at home ideas (Kids Activities Blog)

Sleep strategies for kids with autism and sensory needs (And Next Comes L)

What an autistic shutdown is like for me (The Mighty)

What teachers should know about ADHD and ASD (Edutopia)

 

8 Reasons Why You Should Hire Someone With Asperger’s Syndrome

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Source: (Life Hack)

When you hear the word Asperger’s, what kind of person do you think of?

Asperger’s Syndrome (ASP) is a type of mild autism that affects an average of 1 in 88 children in the US. In popular media, there are certain stereotypes attributed to people with Asperger’s (just think of Sheldon Cooper from TV’s Big Bang Theory). Often, due to their unusual gifts and behavior, highly creative and gifted people are labeled with Asperger’s, especially if they are socially awkward.

Furthermore, there’s been a trend recently where “experts” diagnose famous people with Asperger’s posthumously. The list of “diagnosed” includes Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, George Washington, and many others. Obviously, such post-mortem diagnoses are nonsense. Diagnosing Asperger’s is a difficult process and such diagnosis can only be established by psychiatrists or psychologists. They typically use specialized psychoeducational assessments to diagnose Asperger’s syndrome. To read the rest of the story, Click Here

FILM REVIEW: THE ACCOUNTANT — Grady P Brown – Author

I saw The Accountant starring Ben Affleck today and I must say that it is one of the most relatable films I have seen in recent years. The reason for this is because Ben Affleck plays someone who has high-functioning autism. As someone who has lived with autism all his life and serves as an […]

via FILM REVIEW: THE ACCOUNTANT — Grady P Brown – Author

March Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the March article links and resources. These are articles that I  tweeted during the month of March on special needs and developmental disability topics. I tweet articles and links everyday.

  1. 4 ways parents of children with special needs can prepare for a natural disaster-Think Inclusive
  2. 5 special things you might not knowing about autism– Autism Parenting Magazine
  3. 5 things to consider when planning a sensory room– Friendship Circle
  4. 5 ways to support students with sensory processing disorder– Teach Thought
  5. 10 tips to help kids with autism cope with divorce– Modern Mom
  6. 15 things I’ve learned in 15 years as a special education teacher– Think Inclusive
  7. 16 people with autism describe why eye contact can be difficult– The Mighty
  8. Cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism and epilepsy may overlap in older children-Bel Marra Health
  9. Classroom strategies for teaching children with autism– ASD Teacher
  10. Disabilities in infants after heart surgery- American Academy of CPR and First Aid
  11. How 2016 is set to be a breakthrough year for actors with autism on stage and screen– Evening Standard
  12. How can we do better by our autistic girls?- Blog Her
  13. How to manage ADHD at work– Biz News
  14. I have autism, but I have autistic friends– The Mighty
  15. Many on the Spectrum have SPD. But what is it exactly?-Theautismsite.com
  16. More effective speech therapy approach for children with Down syndrome– Science News
  17. Reducing the stress in moms of children with autism– Mother Nature Network
  18. Shelter animals making a difference in the lives of children with autism– One Green Planet
  19. The characteristics of ADHD- True Hope
  20. Tips on parenting a child with Down syndrome– Parent Herald
  21. Tommy Hilfiger debuts adaptive clothing line- Disability Scoop
  22. Why autism spectrum disorders are under-diagnosed in women and girls – ABC Radio Nation (Australia)

Book Review: I Am Aspien Woman

 

I Am Aspien Woman: The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Adult Females on the Autism Spectrum.
Tania Marshall.
July, 2015.
150 Pages.
The number of articles written on Asperger’s syndrome and people living on the autism spectrum has mushroomed over the last few years. Most articles and research studies focused on the typical characteristics of males, that is, until now. New evidence shows that women diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome are quite different than their male counterparts. Females for instance are more likely able to imitate social skills and are better at masking certain traits and characteristics. As a result, many been misdiagnosed thus leading to years of depression, anxiety and psychiatric visits.
One author hoping to shed more light on the subject is Tania Marshall, a psychologist and author with extensive training and experience in neuro-developmental conditions including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Based on her professional practice experience, anecdotal evidence, and current research, Ms Marshall weaves a story of validation, self-discovery and self-awareness through a visually stunning book.
The book is full of personal stories and quotes directly from Aspien Women with added commentary from parents, former teachers and therapist. The book is divided into 3 sections. Part one describes the various characteristics and traits. Part two introduces the reader to “real-life Aspien women superhero mentors” including Dr. Temple Gradin. Each mentor describes their strengths and top tips.
The author successfully accomplishes her goal in introducing through this book, the characteristics, traits and gifts of adult females on the spectrum. Ms. Marshall’s book is an excellent book for anyone wanting to learn more about Asperger’s from the perspective of women on the spectrum. While the book on the surface seems to be intended as a form of self-discovery, I equally recommend this book to parents, educators and employers. I do believe this book is only the start of a conversation that is long over-due.

To learn more about I am Aspien Woman and Ms. Marshall’s additional resources and information, I have included the following Resources:

Amazon
Facebook Page
Tania Marshall’s Website
Aspian Girl Blog
Tania Marshall on Twitter

Autism Journal Resources

 This page list journals that focuses on Autism, Asperger’s and Spectrum Disorders. The journals are written for both professionals and parents.
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Autism– Published 8 times a year. Focuses on quality of life for individuals with autism
Autism Research– Covers Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Focuses on genetic, neurobiological and psychological mechanism.

 

Good Autism Practice– Focuses on promoting good practice with children and adults with autism.
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Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities– Provides practical, educational and treatment suggestions for teachers, trainers, and parents.