If there is a picture that can tell a thousand words, it is this one.
The average observer would think that the above photo is just a beautiful picture of three siblings that captures a funny…moment. While that may be true, the actual story is much more profound and spans several years. My 12-year-old, Joey, never seemed to like family photo shoots. In fact, some of his very worst behavior (and meltdowns) happened during our sessions with photographers. I never understood it, and it frustrated my husband and me to… >> Read More
There's a new documentary about Asperger's that just came out--and everyone needs to see it. The movie is the brain child of comedians Jack Hanke, New Michael Ingemi, Ethan Finlan, and Noah…Britton, who are part of the “Asperger's Are Us” comedy troupe. What makes their group so unique is that it's comprised entirely of men on the autism spectrum. The “Aspergers Are Us" group first garnered attention in 2011 and are now the subject of a new documentary, also titled “Aspergers Are Us,” which was released on iTunes this… >> Read More
I didn’t grow up in a very religious home. That being said, my parents gave me the option to go to Hebrew School and have a bat mitzvah. Obviously, as a kid, my friends were shocked that I had a…choice and told me not to do it. I opted out. It wasn’t until I became an adult that my spirituality kicked in. My faith was truly tested when my oldest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. He has sensory issues along with a high level of anxiety. His meltdowns… >> Read More
Last week, my husband and I met with public school administrators to discuss an appropriate kindergarten placement for my son. I was asked the question I dread the most: “What is his…diagnosis?” It was Christmas week in 2013 when a psychiatrist diagnosed my then 3-year-old son as “probably” having Asperger’s Syndrome. Since the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel (DSM-V)--the tool clinicians use to diagnose developmental disorders--no longer recognizes Asperger’s, we were told he might be on the autism spectrum. When my husband and… >> Read More
Asperger’s Syndrome. Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified. Call it what you will, but it all adds up to Autism, and my 6-year-old son, Ivan, has it. Before I understood…Ivan’s behavior, it horrified me. His chubby little 3-year-old face would contort while he wailed, as huge teardrops fell down his cheeks and nose. Then there was the noise that accompanied his meltdowns. Guttural, unbearably loud--like a fire truck siren--and just as alarming. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t make it better. I simply… >> Read More