Recent ASD Breakthrough

Clarifi ASD, an emerging biotech firm and team of researchers out of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Penn State College of Medicine, discovered that children with autism have a unique epigenetic signature compared to those who are considered Neurotypical. This testing method works by analyzing the saliva of children who are suspected of having ASD. […]

All the Good in This World

In light of this pandemic, financial woes and other struggles, 2 thoughts come to mind:  1) Self-care needs to be a priority. and  2) There is still a lot of good in this world. Self-care is about doing something you love, something to help you decompress from the stress of work and life.  Next time […]

Challenges and Understanding

This past Friday, I learned that a good friend of mine tested positive for the Corona Virus and was put in the hospital. Yesterday, I learned he is not doing well, and his prognosis is not looking good… As I worried about my friend, I also worried about how the horrors of Covid-19 are impacting […]

Caring as a Family

When I was younger, my family cared for a boy with severe non-verbal autism. He was a sweet boy. I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up with a brother like him. It wasn’t always easy though. Caring for him was no solo effort on my parents’ part, it was a family effort and […]

Conversations with a Friend

I recall having a conversation with a friend of mine about how he felt when or if we discussed his autism. For some reason, this was the first time we had such an open conversation about his diagnosis. My friend let me know about some personal experiences he had when discussing his autism, as well […]

Hope For An Independent Future

Parents, how would you respond If your son or daughter surprised you with this question, “I know this sounds really dark, but do you think I have a future?” Personally, I was caught off guard by this question. At the same time, I was curious what my friend meant by it when he asked me. […]

Communication, Communication, Communication

With COVID-19 continuing to be an issue, schools are under constant pressure to reassess whether students will return to meet face to face in the fall. Regardless, there are things that parents and caregivers can be doing while our children are at home with us. The Journal of Behavior Analysis in Practice 1 recently released […]

What To Do After An Autism Diagnosis

When your child receives a diagnosis of autism, you will feel a wide range of emotions. I understand. Both of my own sons were diagnosed with autism within a year of each other. In my heart, I always knew something was a bit off with my boys’ development, but the official diagnosis brought both relief, […]

What To Do After An Autism Diagnosis

When your child receives a diagnosis of autism, you will feel a wide range of emotions. I understand. Both of my own sons were diagnosed with autism within a year of each other. In my heart, I always knew something was a bit off with my boys’ development, but the official diagnosis brought both relief, […]