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Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month April has been traditionally identified as Autism Awareness Month.  However, thanks to organizations like the Autism Society of America, this year, most of us have redefined the month to be Autism Acceptance Month. Today, most of us likely know someone impacted by autism. It might be a family member, school mate, neighbor, […]

myHana Autism: Moving past the pandemic

Celebrating life after the pandemic Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my staying near home and always wearing a mask due to the pandemic. Today, I am finally seeing the day when not only can I stop wearing my mask but I might be able to go to a Washington Nationals baseball game this […]

Weathering the New Norm

Adjusting to our new norm: Each morning, I wake up to see if I can make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. I am 67 and have heart related issues, but all I find when I try to book an appointment online is that appointments aren’t available.   While I wonder when appointments for a vaccine […]

Dear Parents, take care of yourselves.

Heading into a new year The other day, I read a Facebook post that said, “I am returning 2021 since I had a seven day grace period to return it without any questions asked.” I laughed when I read that, but it also got me thinking about how much daily stress people experience; and how […]

To the New Year

What a year it’s been If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for 2020 to be over. Needless to say, it has been quite a rollercoaster of a year. All jokes aside, 2020 has been a very challenging year for most of us. We’ve had to learn new ways of getting our work done […]

Addressing your child’s processing funnel

The processing funnel Oftentimes, as parents, our knee jerk reaction may be to address processing related “symptoms” instead of the root issue. When it comes to processing deficits, it can be important to take a step back and address sensory the issues your child is experiencing and learning to work through. Understanding sensory sensitivity: When […]

The Education Question

The current state of education My wife and I have been watching with great interest, the local, state, and national discussions regarding schools re-opening. We recognize the pros and cons of each decision. With that being said, I wonder if the discussion should center on whether or not schools should be open or if we […]

Helping your child tell their story

A story’s value Id like to start with a quote: All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only the negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that […]

Engaging in early intervention

Early Intervention For many parents, realizing that your child may receive an autism diagnosis can be difficult and or surprising, but it doesn’t have to be. Substantial efforts have been made to frame a roadmap for parents as they begin to navigate the possibility that their child may be Neurodiverse. What to look out for […]

Recent ASD Breakthrough

Announcing: Clarifi ASD Clarifi ASD, an emerging biotech firm, discovered that children with autism have a unique epigenetic signature; similar to those who are considered Neurotypical. This testing method works by analyzing the saliva of children who are suspected of having autism. What they’ve discovered: The average age of an autism diagnosis comes between the […]