Dear Members, Families, Friends, and Fellow Spectrumites,
I am so excited to be writing this letter to you today as the new Executive Director of GRASP. As the facilitator of the Hudson Valley support group chapter, I have had the privilege of working closely with Michael John, the Board, and the members of this wonderful organization. I have been a witness to and a participant in the great work that we do to spread the word of our mission: which is to improve…Continue
Added by Lisa DeSherlia on December 4, 2012 at 5:56pm — No Comments
I am thrilled that GRASP has been invited to the Thursday, November 29, hearings but I read in the uploaded letter to the Director that he is permitted only five minutes to speak. That does not allow much to be said. And I understand that another big voice in the autism community, Ari Ne'mann, is also invited to speak at the hearings. I also understand that the topics that are supposed to be discussed at this…Continue
...well those practicing within the realm of conventional medicine anyway. What's worse, western culture is so brainwashed by the billions of dollars spent each year to keep you enslaved to it. So who spends this money? -it's anyone and everyone who has some financial stake in your unhealthy decisions...
Added by Michelle on November 25, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments
My partner calls me the Pied Piper because the pets follow me around everywhere. I realize it's because I understand them a little better, and could that possibly be because most mammals (especially cats) are basically autistic in nature? Or is it that I just understand them because I analyze them more?
If you think about it, most mammals don't associate in large groups; rather, humans are the only ones that do, and only for the last 10,000 years or so. Is autism somehow a…Continue
One of the more common challenges (at least according to the experts) for a child with Asperger Syndrome is developing an understanding of the subtleties of communication. I can't speak for other children, but Haydn definitely has trouble with basic conversation skills. He always asked questions and made little speeches (mostly about fans and lights), but actual conversation is a real challenge.
His initial diagnosis included "Semantic-Pragmatic Language Impairment," which of course…Continue
Added by Ryan on September 11, 2012 at 8:33pm — No Comments
"Stimming" (in quotes for the last time in this story) is fairly common to the autism spectrum. There are a hundred different definitions in a hundred different books and they all are probably correct. I don't believe a simple definition can sum up everything that stimming is, or what it does, for people on the autism spectrum. For example, here is a dictionary definition:
Stimming is a…
Added by Ryan on July 15, 2012 at 8:35pm — No Comments
On behalf of the fact that I recognize that once out of high school, young people with ASDs lose their entitements to support services and on behalf of many in the "lost generation," whether diagnosed later in life or undiagnosed, I have created a petition at the Change.org website:…Continue
Added by Lisa DeSherlia on May 20, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Rebroadcast from Haydn's World, where we subscribe to the philosophy:
"The autism spectrum is entirely too serious to take seriously."
It's Thursday night and it's time to take a little trip out to the mall to buy some warmer clothes for Haydn. We walk into The Children's Place and Haydn immediately needs to use the potty. Amanda (Mommy) starts looking for clothes while we go check out the bathroom. He goes into the stall alone, comes…Continue
Added by Ryan on December 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Re-broadcasted from "Haydn's World"
Where we subscribe to the philosophy: 'The autism spectrum is entirely too serious to be taken seriously.'
Welcome to Haydn's World...
My son is way too cute to be my kid.
My wife says she sees me in him, but I only see Daddy when he is about to get into trouble. He gives me a…
Added by Ryan on December 12, 2011 at 9:46pm — No Comments
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