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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autism and Crime

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autism and Crime

There’s a lot of news about autism and crime these days and I think it’s worth some open discussion because the reasons are varied but the blame seems to be quite singular. 

I don’t believe that the amount of crime among individuals on the autism spectrum is any higher than the crime rate for the general population. In fact, many of the attributes of autism such as a preference for isolation, should contribute to it

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Mansplaining and other Conversation Breakers

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Mansplaining and other Conversation Breakers

Of all of the bad things that men do to women, Mansplaining is the one that terrifies me the most on a personal level. This is because I believe that I’m essentially a good person and I’m in control of myself. I know that I can easily avoid most mistakes but mansplaining is different.  It’s not so simple to avoid and it is something that sneaks up on me. Sometimes I don’t realise that

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Teaching Teens with Autism about Budgeting

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Teaching Teens with Autism about Budgeting

Money is the key to freedom and it’s essential that all teens know how to work within the confines of a budget before they reach an age where adult intervention becomes difficult. Don’t forget, as new payment methods emerge, physical cash is disappearing and this makes it more difficult for teens to understand how quickly they can go through their funds, or even worse, rack up debt.

For many teens, simply having a good grasp of

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autistic Burnout – Causes and Prevention

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autistic Burnout – Causes and Prevention

In some of my other posts, I’ve talked about meltdowns, which are when people on the autism spectrum lose control. I’ve also talked about the quieter form of meltdown; the “shutdown” where an individual is unable to connect with the outside world. 

Meltdowns and shutdowns are transitory things, they happen and they pass. They’re also usually quite short, lasting at most, for a few hours.

When a person with autism experiences a condition similar to a

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- When should parents stop pushing their children with Asperger's syndrome?

Blog:Life with Aspergers- When should parents stop pushing their children with Asperger's syndrome?

If you’re the parent of a young adult with Asperger’s syndrome you’ll be very familiar with the need to keep educating and pushing your child. You’ll probably be an expert at it and you’ll most certainly be very tired of all the work involved. 

The question is; should you continue to push your young adults past their twenties or should you back off and allow them to find their own way forward?

We Never Stop Pushing  Regardless

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- A Mother's Day Poem

Blog:Life with Aspergers- A Mother's Day Poem

My Parents; Bill and Doris holding meat Hornsby Heights, NSW 1969 Today is Mother’s Day in Australia and apart from presents and food, one of the traditions I have is to put a bit of effort into the card that I give my mother. Often they’re hand-made but even when they’re not, they usually have a poem inside. They’re always intended to be funny because my mother has the best laugh in the world. 

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Adjusting Society to Meet the Needs of People with Autism

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Adjusting Society to Meet the Needs of People with Autism

As we wind down April, the month of “light it up blue”, “autism awareness” and “autism acceptance”, I wanted to ponder the other side of the equation. At the beginning of the month, I talked about how those of us on the spectrum needed to represent ourselves. Now I want to look at what we really need from people who aren’t on the spectrum. 

As usual, the best way to answer that question is to pick

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autism Representation and the Road Ahead

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Autism Representation and the Road Ahead

Over the years, April has been associated with the “Light it up Blue” campaign launched by the group “Autism Speaks”. The campaign originally advocated awareness and then acceptance.  

It’s something that I’ve posted about more than once before on this blog.  

In recent years, the campaign has changed from something that people with autism were wary of to a cause that is actually opposed by the majority of them.Autism Doesn’t “Speak” There are many reasons for

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Dealing with Food Wrapper Mess kids on the Autism Spectrum

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Dealing with Food Wrapper Mess kids on the Autism Spectrum

You’ve been hounding your kid for a week to clean up his room and you finally go in because you need to pick up his washing or he’ll have nothing to wear to school next week.You’re shocked to find a little pile of candy wrappers, often crawling with ants. The carpet is a mess and the bin is only an arm’s length away. 

Yes, you’ve got a food wrapper mess kid.

I’m not sure if this

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Getting Speech Flowing in Non-Verbal Children

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Getting Speech Flowing in Non-Verbal Children

One of the many interesting things about people on the autism spectrum is that the abilities of most people seem to be wildly underestimated. It’s hard to come up with a simple reason why this is the case but the results can have catastrophic effects on their lives and families. One of the most problematic areas of autism is communication. It’s often assumed that kids who don’t reach their speech milestones by ages 4-5 will

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Book Review: Uniquely Normal: Tapping The Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism by Robert J. Bernstein

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Book Review: Uniquely Normal: Tapping The Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism by Robert J. Bernstein

Uniquely Normal: Tapping The Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism by Robert J. Bernstein Uniquely Normal is a very impressive book which looks at a number of cases over Robert Bernstein’s career ranging from children as young as two to adults aged sixty-five. It’s quite a different book to the usual “parent’s guides” that cover the subject because this is more a collection of abbreviated case studies.

Robert’s techniques for treating conditions associated with autism are

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Avoiding Sensory Pitfalls at Christmas and other End of Year Gatherings

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Avoiding Sensory Pitfalls at Christmas and other End of Year Gatherings

I love Christmas. I love all the flashing lights, the familiar Christmas carols and the decorations. I didn’t really enjoy visiting relatives when I was little but now I really love the opportunity to catch up with people I haven’t seen for a long time. Unfortunately, my view isn’t the most common view among people with Asperger’s syndrome and many people find Christmas to be a special kind of torture. 

In this post, I’ll be addressing

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- The Asperger's Special Interest's Impact on Making and Keeping Friends

Blog:Life with Aspergers- The Asperger's Special Interest's Impact on Making and Keeping Friends

When I was younger, I didn’t really “make friends”. They made me. Come to think of it. Nothing has really changed. It’s not that I’m an unfriendly person, it’s just that I can never figure out the boundaries between friends and acquaintances. To me, people are just people and I generally respond to them how they respond to me. 

I don’t think that I’d have any friends, only acquaintances, if people didn’t persist in making friends

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- It takes two, two sides to every story (Relationships and Aspergers)

Blog:Life with Aspergers- It takes two, two sides to every story (Relationships and Aspergers)

It seems strange to say it but I’d never heard of Katy Perry until she hit the headlines for dressing “inappropriately” on Sesame Street back in 2010. Even then it was at least a couple of years before I listened to her music properly. Apart from her music, which I now love, I’ve also got another reason to really like her as an artist. She’s always defending those who are different and in 2012, she did

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Do People with Asperger's syndrome feel pain?

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Do People with Asperger's syndrome feel pain?

In movies and television shows, characters with Asperger’s syndrome are often portrayed as feeling very little emotionally or physically. It’s also quite common people to suggest that a character who shows little emotion or sensitivity to have “Asperger’s-like” traits.  In Star Trek, there are characters like Spock, Data, Seven Of Nine and the Doctor who, while not “Asperger’s” as such are often referred to as “Asperger-like” in their behaviour.   In the big bang theory, Sheldon

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Life Rules: Behavioural Phrases to Live By

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Life Rules: Behavioural Phrases to Live By

Kids with Asperger’s work best with rules and lists to follow. This applies in more or less every aspect of their lives. It’s major part of their development and as a parent, it’s up to you to help your kids to learn how to make rules and lists for themselves. 

I’ve spoken about lists before, particularly in an article over at Special-Ism and of course, I’ve talked about rules here on LWA before.

Today I want to talk

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Star Wars Identities — and how Children with Asperger's are more than meets the Eye.

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Star Wars Identities — and how Children with Asperger's are more than meets the Eye.

A few weeks ago, my boys and I visited a Star Wars exhibition in the millennium dome, London. It was called Star Wars Identities and it was very interactive and thought provoking — and it made me think about Aspergers Syndrome. 

Essentially the exhibit followed the similar but wildly divergent paths taken by the characters of Luke and Anakin Skywalker while giving us “nerds” a chance to look at memorabilia. 

There were a bunch

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Book Review: Meet ME Where I'm At by Cindy Best and Joyce Shor Johnson

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Book Review: Meet ME Where I'm At by Cindy Best and Joyce Shor Johnson

Meet ME Where I’m At  by Cindy Best and Joyce Shor Johnson Published by Future Horizons

Meet me where I’m at is a very unusual book. It’s half picture book and half workbook and I don’t mean, the first few pages are one and the rest are the other.  This book seamlessly blends both at the same time.

The general idea of this book is to get children with special needs to let others around them

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