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10 Inspiring and Informative Blogs of 2013

We've posted some helpful and inspiring blogs this year from the Autism Speaks staff, parents and advocates on the spectrum. This list of blog posts is based on popularity.

10. GI Distress and Autism: Q&A with Pediatric Gastroenterologist Tim Buie

In response to a high-profile report linking gastrointestinal distress and behavioral issues in autism, we invited the highly respected pediatric gastroenterologist Timothy Buie to answer parent questions.

9. Videogames and Autism: Dad Passes Down Love of Gaming to Son

Stuart Duncan was diagnosed with Aspergers as an adult and he has a son on the spectrum as well--both are avid gamers. We talked to Stuart about the impact videogames have had on his life and how it feels to see his young son adopt his love of gaming.

8. A Grandmotherly Clue in One Family’s Autism Mystery

Guest post by Jill Escher, founder of the Escher Fund for Autism about discovering the connection between her mother’s medication history and her own children with autism.

7. "The Talk"

This post is by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty about the time her son asked, “When I was a little boy did I have autism?” McCafferty is mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Kim also writes a blog about her sons at

6. Encouraging Picky Eaters with Autism to Try New Foods

This “Got Questions?” post asks, My grandson is turning five and eats only a handful of foods. What can we do to get him to try new foods? The answer comes from Emily Kuschner, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a center within Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

5. Things I Let My Son Do That Most Parents Of Typical Kids Don't

This blog post was originally posted on Autism-Daddy. "So my son has severe classic non-verbal autism. And because of that my parenting style is probably totally different than if I had a neurotypical kid. (but who knows cuz I don't)."

4. Horseback Riding as Autism Therapy

This "Got Questions" post asks, I’d like to know more about equine therapy. Can horseback riding really help people with autism? The answer comes from guest blogger Alicia Kershaw, founder and executive director of GallopNYC, a therapeutic horseback riding organization based in Brooklyn.

3. Writing a Social Story: A Poem About my Son Chase

This guest post is from Jessica Bensom, one of our walk volunteers for Philadelphia's Walk Now for Autism Speaks. "Now that he is school aged, the other children are old enough to see that he is different but not old enough to understand why."

2. 25 Things About Growing Up With Autism - The Sibling Redux

This blog post is by Autism Speaks' Ali Dyer. Her older brother Jeff has autism. "Growing up with a sibling on the spectrum is anything but typical - but isn't every growing up experience unique? Each of us looks at life through a different lense; mine just happens to be with an autism filter."

1. 25 random things about motherhood, autism-style: An Update

This post is by Laura Shumaker, writer and autism advocate. Her adult son Matthew has autism. You can read the first three chapters of her book 'A Regular Guy: Growing Up with Autism' here.

Which blog post is your favorite? Did we leave one out? Tell us in the comments.

The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.