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Thursday, December 8, 2016 Link

This guest Q&A is with Suzie Carpenter, a professional speaker, health coach and the author of the new book On the Bright Side: A Mother’s Story of Love and Healing through Her Daughter’s Autism.

In 2001, Carpenter’s daughter Kelly was diagnosed with autism, celiac disease and over twenty food intolerances. Since

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Link

Every year, cold weather brings two big challenges for our teen, who has autism: the transition to heavier clothes and understanding the danger of cold weather. When he sees snow, he wants to run outside. Advice?


Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Link

I work in a department store during the holidays. Last year, I witnessed a dramatic meltdown of a child whose mom explained he had autism. What could I have done to help without making matters worse?


Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Link

Below is a post by Mary P. Miller, a retired professional fund raiser and mother of three children, including a 46-year-old son with autism about whom she has written a book “So Far So Great!” Mary is currently leading an effort to raise funds to build housing for autistic adults on Cape Cod. Visit Mary's website here.

“What’s wrong with that kid

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Link
On November 20, 2016 at South Park Mall in Charolotte, N.C. Erin and Daniel Deely captured a special moment between their son Brayden and Santa Claus. Brayden is on the autism spectrum and for kids and adults with autism, malls can be overwhelming places. 
For this reason, Autism Speaks partnered with the 
Friday, November 25, 2016 Link

“How can I help my child avoid meltdowns at the store? Everything is okay with him until he gets into the store.”

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by Lucia Murillo

Monday, November 21, 2016 Link

This guest post is by Jill Briesch, a tax accountant from Dallas, TX who has two sons with autism. She and her family are the DFW Node ambassador family for the Autism BrainNet Initiative.

In the shadowy moments before dawn, you giggle. I open my eyes and see you outfitted in your Darth Vader costume, bouncing up and down with excitement.  “Mom, it

Jill Briesch
Thursday, November 17, 2016 Link

The post below is by Audrey Todd, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Food for Good Thought. Inspired by her experience with her son, who has autism, Dr. Todd created a company that provides both supported employment and gluten-free foods to individuals with autism as well as consumer with dietary sensitivities. Food for Good Thought was the recipient of a $35,000 grant from Autism Speaks to support adults with autism in pursuing innovative employment opportunities.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Link

This guest post is by Dr. Lamar Hardwick, a husband, father, and pastor of a church located in Lagrange, GA. After decades of struggling with social anxiety, sensory processing issues, and other social disorder symptoms, Lamar finally received answers to his lifelong struggle when he was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age 36. Today he reaches thousands through his blogs and messages about being a husband, father, and community leader while living on the autism spectrum. You can read his original post here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Link

Ethan Cross is the international bestselling and award-winning thriller author of eight novels, including the soon-to-be-released series debut of Spectrum. Learn more about Ethan's novels.