My first professional blog attempt


Welcome All!

The objective of this blog is to advocate, educate and inform my readers by providing an 'insiders view' to the screening, assessment and interventions for adults with Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Timely articles and postings will include topics such as screening, evaluation, self-manangement techniques, specific differences, evidence-based interventions (EBI), Alternative Behavioural Analyses (ABA) and much more.

As a trained counsellor, I was recently diagnosed AS and so this blog also dares to share part of my own journey through assessment & adjustment -- and eventually seeing the issue "with new eyes"; and other salient issues that might affect those struggling to come to grips with their diagnosis (especially those diagnosed later in life, like I was).

Created as a practical and useful resource, this blog will attempt to offer its visitors essential information -- hopefully useful for informing other counsellors & mental health professionals, advocates, barristers, Special Ed instructors, and, most of all, for those NT adults with "Spectrumite" partners.






Monday, 26 December 2011

AUTISM THROUGH THE LIFESPAN

STEPHEN SHORE, ROBERT NASEEF and SUZANNE BUCHANAN team up to discuss some of the most vexing challenges facing people with autism and their familes throughout the lifespan.

The following podcast features excepts on a fascinating discussion of how people on the autism spectrum can lead fulfilling and productive lives to their greatest potential.

http://www.whyy.org/podcast/voices20070430.mp3

BEYOND UNDERSTANDING

WITTENSTEIN, PHILOSOPHY, THE BRAIN & AUTISM

A thinking man's opinion of why autisitic tendencies like "Theory of the Mind" might be relevant in today's world...


http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/beyond-understanding/?scp=53&sq=&st=nyt

NEW STUDY IMPLLCATES ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS IN AUTISM

In the new study, the largest of its kind among twins, researchers looked at 192 pairs of identical and fraternal twins whose cases were drawn from California databases. A second article found an elevated risk of autism in children whose mothers took a popular type of antidepressant during the year before delivery.  But the authors reassured women taking these drugs — so-called S.S.R.I.’s like Prozacc, Zoloftt, Celexaa and Lexapro — that the risk was still quite low: 2.1 percent in children whose mothers used them in the year before delivery, and 2.3 percent in the first trimester of pregnancy -- implicating en utero environs as well a genetics may both contribute to ASD.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/health/research/05autism.html?scp=22&sq=&st=nyt#

Sunday, 25 December 2011

What’s the Future for Adults With Autism? (Part 1)

Love on the Spectrum: Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students living in Greenfield, Mass., discuss how autism affects their lives and relationship... watch the video, it's quite revealing!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/26/us/navigating-love-and-autism.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

How common is autism?

Researchers in South Korea estimate that 1 in 38 children there has autism, but diagnosing the condition is fraught with difficulty

Does this newer Yale University study accurately reflect the prevalence of ASD children in S Korea?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2011/jun/07/how-common-autism-diagnosis
Dr. Kristen Neff speaks about "Self Compassion" with Polly Tommey.  She describes it as a form of "active self soothing".

As a counsellor, I've often referred to Dr. D. Schnarch's therapy with couples, called "self soothing" or self-containment.


Listen to Dr. Neff's POV -- does it resonate with you as to how we self loathe (self condemn) and show more compassion to others than we do ourselves?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAC5ZXBT0Gw
POLLY TOMMEY strikes me as the most creative and proactive philibuster for the autism support movement in the UK.  Her recent short narrative explaininng the aims and objectives of 'The Autism Trust'  brought tears to my eyes...

It did so for several reasons: (a) the poignant way in which she portrayed their most proud initiatives, and (b) the sadness I felt because my family doesn't live in the UK --- with 'champions' like her in our corner!

Have a listen....

http://www.theautismtrust.com/
If you're interested, check out this newest URL I just discovered recently, which hosts numerous personal interviews with 'Spectrumites' on various germane issues:

http://www.autismmediachannel.com/autismmediachannelselection.php?categoryselect=6
The Los Angeles Times produced a series of articles called “Discovering Autism”.

The series is in four parts and represents was researched for years. The articles are:

Autism boom: an epidemic of disease or of discovery?
Autism rates have increased twentyfold in a generation, stirring parents’ deepest fears and prompting a search for answers. But what if the upsurge is not what it appears to be?

Warrior parents fare best in securing autism services
Public spending on children with autism in California varies greatly by race and class. A major reason: Not all families have the means to battle for coveted assistance.

Families cling to hope of autism ‘recovery’
An autism treatment called applied behavior analysis, or ABA, has wide support and has grown into a profitable business. It has its limits, though, and there are gaps in the science.

Autism hidden in plain sight
As more children are diagnosed with autism, researchers are trying to find unrecognized cases of the disorder in adults. The search for the missing millions is just beginning.

CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF and tell me what YOU think of the POV in the series....

http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2011/12/los-angeles-times-discovering-autism/"LosAngelesTimes:DiscoveringAutism