Parenting

In a Different Key – Interview with John Donvan and Caren Zucker

By on July 20, 2016

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Interview with the Cast of Parenthood from NBC – Autism Talk TV 18

By on December 17, 2011

Alex got the exclusive at the Autism Walk in Los Angeles, CA. He interviews the cast of NBC's hit show Parenthood, starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, and Monica Potter. Parenthood's creator, Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), has a son with Asperger's / Autism.

Max Braverman is an autistic character in the show. Parenthood covers issues surrounding the parenting of someone on the autism spectrum. This includes things such...

Back-to-School Basics – Asperger Mom

By on September 14, 2011

Joanne Houldsworth is the parent columnist for WrongPlanet.net. She covers autism through the perspective of a mother of a young son with Aspergers Syndrome. She writes a weekly blog, entitled Aspergers: A Mom’s Eye View, where this article was originally posted.

OK, I’m a nerd….I’ll admit it. I’m one of those kids who loved school, adored books and even enjoyed a challenging homework assignment! (Can’t you just see that...

Autism Talk TV – Ep. 16 – Women, Fatherhood, and Executive Functioning. . .

By on August 31, 2011

Alex, Kirsten, and Jack are back together in Orlando, Florida for the Autism Society Conference. We had a blast at the conference and filmed a TON of AMAZING videos!

Kirsten talks with Dena Gassner about the special challenges that come with being a woman on the spectrum. Alex and Dr. Robert Naseef gave a talk about fatherhood at the ASA conference. They talk about the uniqueness of the relationship between a father and an individual on...

To Tell the Truth – Asperger Mom

By on March 1, 2011

Joanne Houldsworth is the parent columnist for WrongPlanet.net. She covers autism through the perspective of a mother of a young son with Aspergers Syndrome. She writes a weekly blog, entitled Aspergers: A Mom’s Eye View, where this article was originally posted.

“Greg, the doctor has discovered that your brain does not work the same as most people’s…” That is how the discussion with my 8-year-old started…

There is much...

Autism Talk TV Ep. 4: Peter Bell of Autism Speaks

By on July 4, 2010

For the fourth installment of Autism Talk TV, I sat down with Peter Bell, vice president of Autism Speaks. In our interview, Peter Bell discusses his role at Autism Speaks in addition to what it is like to raise an autistic son. Peter also speaks about the controversial issue of finding a cure for autism and what it means to him as a father. Peter was also recently a guest star on NBC's Parenthood, in which an autistic boy is one of the...

Shaping a son’s future

By on May 1, 2005

With dozens of elaborately decorated clay models of dragons, dinosaurs and cartoon characters displayed around the house, it seems as though Clinton Mesa is just a 17-year-old teenager with a great hobby. But, as his parents, Lou and Chris Mesa, found out, their son's knack for making strikingly descriptive models, was much more than a passion.

Though Clinton Mesa made it through his elementary school years without major problems, his...

Sons’ disabilities lead mom to new career

By on February 28, 2005

At 38, Dorothy Taylor wanted to start a family and, in 1992, she had two sons.

"They had some severe issues, and there were no positive answers for them," she said. "I had one psychologist tell me to institutionalize my child. Had I been some young mom, I would have given up and walked away without any hope."

One of Taylor's sons suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, and the other boy struggles with pervasive developmental...

Social skills in school

By on September 18, 2004

The site www.naspcenter.org has a factsheet page on social skills. I found their definition of the different types of social skills very interesting.

1. Survival skills (e.g., listening, following directions, ignoring distractions, using nice or brave talk, rewarding yourself)

2. Interpersonal skills (e.g., sharing, asking for permission, joining an activity, waiting your turn)

3. Problem-solving skills (e.g., asking for help, apologizing,...

Study: Brain is atypical in autistic boys

By on July 27, 2004

A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that two areas in the brain are larger in boys with autism than in boys who are developing normally.

The study, published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of Neuroscience, represents the most comprehensive examination yet of brain volume in children with autism.