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Over 500 videos to help us all "thrive with autism!"
Meet author Robyn Steward
Everyday, more people on the spectrum are proving they can find success in life. The good news is, a lot of it comes down to attitude.
Many of these successes are looking to tell others of their methods for finding that success. These autism mentors can take many forms. Today’s guest is an author looking to help women on the spectrum lead safe lives.
Here to talk to us today about The Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum is author, Robyn Steward.
Help in locating wandering kids
If you’re the parent of a child on the spectrum, you’re probably already aware of the risk of wandering. Statistics show that ½ of our special kids at some point do stray long enough for concern. Well here’s some good news for getting them found!
Today’s guests have developed a simple wristband solution capable of delivering a name, address or other relevant message to anyone with a phone that can text message. It’s simple and secure, very fast, updatable and – most important - effective. The company is called Check Point wristbands and with me today are its cofounders, Bill Sharp and Wil Abreu.
Hear the interview here: http://www.autismhangout.com/news-r...s.asp?id=171
Introducing Possum Tails: Nolan Parks comic strip
Nolan, like his mom, is quite the artist. And like his mom, he also has a quirky sense of humor. Meet Spot the lungfish. He's one of many interesting characters in his recently launched comic blog, Possum Tails.
Nolan posts a new strip every Friday. Enjoy! (Oh, Nolan is my stepson with Asperger's).
Introducing Innervoice - An AAC app using Video Self Modeling to teach speech and behaviors.
You know, some people are just given an extra helping of compassion along with the ability to serve others in multiple ways. Today’s guest is a speech and language pathologist. She is also the host of Autism Today TV. She’s an expert on apps with a book on the subject - Apps for Autism, Jessica Kingsley Publisher. And she’s back today to discuss her newest AAC app, Innervoice. Autism Hangout, please welcome today’s guest, all-round wonderful human being, Lois Brady.
More on innervoice at: www.innervoiceapp.com
"Ask Dr. Tony" - 11/13 - Four parts of answers to your questions!
Yes it's true! Dr. Tony and I chatted for an hour last night across a very glitchy Skype. But we persevered and have four programs of answers to 14 questions for your review.
In Part 1, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:
- Transexuals and ASD
- Sexuality and ASD
- Expressing Anger as an Adult
In Part 2, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:
- Fear of Pregnancy Appearance
- The Need for a Diagnosis
- Asperger's and Geneology
- Meltdowns and Sensory Overload
In Part 3, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:
- Can Aspies Make Good Managers?
- Additions to your "Complete Aspie Guide"
- Helping One to Move On to the Next Level
- Successful Group Home Models
In Part 4, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:
- ASD and Foreign Languages
- Protecting Vulnerable Adults
- Depression and Asperger's
Thanks Dr. T!
"Lets Choose!" Engaging fun for home and school, teaching life skills and more!
We all know the times they are a changin’ and NOW is a terrific time to raise a child with ASD. Everyday there are more resources available that work with our kid’s abilities to successfully teach them basic social and life skills. If you’re a parent, caregiver of teacher of someone on the spectrum, assisting them in learning about choices and consequences has never been easier.
Here today to talk about “Let’s Choose” products, Autism Hangout please welcome Stacey Buck and Lisa Maylee.
For more information: www.lets-choose.com
A PBS interview with Dr. Temple Grandin and Anita Lesko from the Pensacola autism conference.
As busy as they were, Temple and Anita managed to fit in an interview with Jeff Weeks of local PBS affiliate WSRE. As you'll see, both are amazing autism advocates.
TWO New Donna Williams Educational Programs!
I'm always thrilled when Donna puts together something helpful. And here are two more entrees for our Educational Library. Here's what she says about...
"I have lived with significant ongoing health issues all my life. As a person with autism this meant I had a certain way of adjusting to these things. In this video I talk a bit about the experiences and strategies I've used to handle a wide range of medical treatments."
And here are her comments on...
"As a person diagnosed with autism and living with my own autism 'fruit salad', I also had my own introduction to social challenges when being on the autism spectrum. I've also been a professional autism consultant since 1996, was one of the founders of Autism Network International, one of the founders of Auties.org, have run a writer's group, a choir, a band (all involving those on the autism spectrum) and, together with my husband Chris, hosted walking groups, dinner clubs and other social activities for adults on the autism spectrum. Autism is a 'fruit salad' and so there are a multitude of reasons why someone with autism will struggle with pursuing, initiating or attending social opportunities. Yet every one of those reasons is addressable and social opportunities are essential to helping people with autism develop and enjoy their lives. In this video I explore the obstacles to socialising, tips for overcoming those obstacles and the how-to of advocating for, seeking out, or setting up face to face social opportunities for people on the autism spectrum regardless of level of disabilities or geographical isolation."
As with the rest of Donna's programs, she's only asking enough to help cover some of her costs . It's $5 for the Autism and medical interventions and $10 for Social Opportunities on the Autism Spectrum. Here's the link to the Education Library. Thank you, Donna!!
Ignorance isn't always bliss. In fact, ignorance often gets in the way of understanding. For instance, it's some times heard that people with Asperger's/HFA can't express emotion. Or, even more foolish, people on the spectrum can't fall in love. To both statements, today's guest has written an e-book on two Aspies and their approach to love. Two-time Pulitzer prize winner and New York Times reporter Amy Harmon writes this "fly on the wall" look at Aspie Love.
Jessica Kingsley to publish "Been There. Done That. Try This!"
Jessica Kingsley Publishing has offered to publish a book of Aspie Wisdom. "Been There. Done That. Try This!" is a compliation of insightful, helpful essays and stories submitted by "Aspie Mentors." ... older people with Asperger's/HFA that have gained their understanding from first-hand experience.
Based on reserach of the most stressful issues faced by someone with Asperger's.
Aspie Mentors Anita Lesko, Temple Grandin, Jennifer Cook O'Toole & John O'Toole, Rudy Simone, Bob Castleman, Paul Isaac, Jane Strauss, Debbie Denenburg and Dena Gassner have written their reactions to the Sandy Hook tragedy.
You can read them here.
Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project)
I just noticed this wonderful animation on Vimeo. It's for NT's to help them appreciate just how overwhelming everyday, common sensory stimulation can be.
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world."
"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
One of my favorite people.
Dr. Tony on "Aspie Mentors" and "Been there. Done that. Try this!"
Dr. Tony Attwood and Craig Evans discuss their forthcoming book with Anita Lesko: "Been there. Done that. Try this! An Aspinaut's Guide to Life on Planet Earth." The book compiles stories and insights from valuable "Aspie Mentor" experiences addressing the 17 most pressing and stressing issues facing younger Aspergians.
"We want to take this Aspie Mentor concept and really make a contribution. So younger people with Asperger's don't have to suffer some of the trials their older peers did." - Craig Evans
The research survey is online now. If you have Asperger's, please give us your input: www.surveymonkey.com/s/aspiequestions
"The advice from our book is not just for people formally diagnosed with Asperger's. There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of individuals now living with similar social challenges. These people are making their way in life but have always felt there is something a little different about them. I'm a perfect example of that. I was diagnosed in my 50's. But understanding more about my condition has freed me to be the unique individual I am!
Our goal in writing this book is to share wisdom and insights to help people live rich, full lives… and to be the best individuals they can be!" - Author Anita Lesko
New Vendors in the Autism Hangout "Farmer's Market!"
Listen to an Invitation to businesses offering autism-related products and services... and see who's already coming!
See ALL our vendors here.
While I was at the Autism Shop's Grand Opening, I ran into Rachel Arntson, a Speech and Learning Pathologist thats developed an incredible line of teaching tools!
In this video, Rachel demonstrates the how they work... and why they're so successful.
More at: www.expresstrain.org or order at www.autismshop.com
For a complete listing of all Autism Hangout Farmer's Market vendors, go here.
Autism Hangout founder Craig Evans talks about his recently released "Frailin' with Friends" CD. "This CD of happy music was assembled as a day-brightener for those living with the daily challenges of autism. I'm also using all the proceeds from sales to fund Autism Hangout."
Sample cuts from "Frailin' with Friends" can be heard at: www.autismhangout.com/directory/store.asp. Orders can be placed at the same URL.
* Autism Hangout is looking for writers and video producers of positive, helpful messages about autism. Contact Craig Evans.
Click here for a welcome message from Autism Hangout founder, Craig Evans.
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