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Planning a family vacation with Autism – 10 tips for success

By on November 2, 2018

image for traveling with autism photo-1530521954074-e64f6810b32d Going on vacation is is supposed to be relaxing but it can often turn out to be the opposite for those on the spectrum if we don’t plan it right. And for parents of autistics, that stress can spread to the whole family. When I was a kid, my parents made a lot of efforts […]

How to Deal with Classrooms and Autism

By on March 31, 2013

Maja Toudal is a student with Asperger's I met in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here are her tips for succeeding in your classroom.

I realize that not every part of this will be applicable in every country. We have different educational systems, and this is tailored to mine. This is meant as an inspiration to what you can do to make the student-teacher relationship go well from the beginning.

When I begin a new semester there’s a...

An Autism Anthropologist in Need of Help: Special Education and Autism

By on January 24, 2012

Jerry Webster is our newest columnist. Jerry will be serving as WP's official Special Education expert. Here's his first article:

I remember well the first time I heard the title of Oliver’s Sack’s book, An Anthropologist on Mars (1995.) I had seen the movie Awakening and read a couple stories from The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. I remember hearing that it was how a woman with autism described her experience in the...

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...

Two students suspended for hair styles pull out of school – Denton Record Chroni

By on September 21, 2005

Google News reports:
Two students suspended for hair styles pull out of school
Denton Record Chronicle (subscription), TX - Sep 2, 2005
... Aug. 22. Skyler Burns is autistic and suffers from Asperger's Disorder, a type of pervasive developmental disorder, she said. The ...

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Parents claim teacher restrained kid – Boston Herald

By on September 17, 2005

Google News reports:
Parents claim teacher restrained kid
Boston Herald, United States - Sep 14, 2005
... But Barry Grushkin said he was never told restraints were being used on his daughter, Anaya ? who has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism ? until he ...

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Teacher abuse worries parents of autistic kids in N.C.

By on November 28, 2004

The New Observer carries this AP report::

Parents commit an act of faith every day when they send their children to school, trusting that teachers and administrators will take proper care of their offspring.

That's especially true for parents of autistic children, some of whom can't speak for themselves when trouble arises. And a couple of recent cases alleging abuse by teachers are especially troubling for that reason. The Charlotte...

East Lansing, Ingham schools sued over autistic student’s care

By on October 26, 2004

Detroit Free Press Reports:

A woman says in a lawsuit that an agency working for the East Lansing School District repeatedly left her 21-year-old autistic son alone in a locked car rather than caring for him.

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,...

Back to school – homework

By on September 2, 2004

Home work - love it or hate it, if you are going back to school or college soon you will most likely be getting lots of it. Heres a good site for help with basic topics, www.factmonster.com . They have a user friendly site for looking up facts and figures, with a daily spelling bee too. It also has games and quizzes. One important point with homework is planning it, so that its not left to the last minute and panic sets in!