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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Link

My daughter is 16, on the spectrum and non-verbal. Sometimes she starts pulling her own hair out. Often it’s when she’s angry or upset. Sometime it’s out of nowhere. I’ve tried a bandana, hand fidgets. Currently she has a completely bald spot, despite getting a very short haircut. Her teachers says to ignore it, since it’s for attention. But if I ignore her, she will pull out more hair and bring it to me for a reaction. I need some suggestions.

Friday, June 23, 2017 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Kim is also the author of a blog about her two children with autism, at

It seems impossible, but somehow you’ve crossed everything off your

Thursday, June 15, 2017 Link

Kerry Magro is an award-winning international motivational speaker and best-selling author who’s on the autism spectrum. A version of his blog originally appeared on here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 Link

Happy Father's Day from Autism Speaks! We would like to thank all the dads in the autism community for being an integral part of the "village" it takes to raise a child on the autism spectrum. Words cannot describe the lasting impact your love and support has on your child's future. 



Father's Day
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Link

This guest blog post is by Chris Clinch, a small business owner in Toronto, Ontario. His only child has autism.

I remember the day like it was yesterday, Saturday April 19th, 2014. The Child Psychologist who had finished assessing our 1 year 10-month old son informed my wife and I that our son had autism spectrum disorder. I had known for some time before his assessment this would be the result, as Tyler was completely non-communicative at the time, but it still didn’t take away the feeling of being punched in the gut when his Child Psychologist said those

Monday, June 5, 2017 Link

This poem was submitted by Candace Thompson. It was written by her 11-year-old son Jadon, who is on the autism spectrum. Jadon wrote the poem so that his classmates and teacher can "understand what it's like to have autism and how noises hurt his ears."

In a world where your ears never get a break from noise
I wish I could cry out for the noise to go far, far, far away 

Monday, June 5, 2017 Link

My grandson [who has autism] has to have his coat on when going outside even when it's hot, and he won't wear shorts. What can we do?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Link
This guest blog post is by 24-year-old Nicholas Courgi of Fayetteville, NY. Nicholas recently spoke at an Autism Caregivers Brunch where he discussed obstacles he had to overcome associated with his autism. Watch his speech below. 
I was diagnosed with high-functioning
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Link

This guest blog post is by Melissa Koole, who is a model from the Netherlands, living and working full time in NYC. Her blog is part of an ongoing series on our site called "In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum," which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism. Interested in contributing your story to our blog series? Email us at

Growing up with Asperger’s

It feels strange for me to talk about how it was like growing up having Asperger

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Link

Laura Townsend Kane is a medical librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  The youngest of her three sons has autism. Read more from Laura on her blog, Perfectly Peter, here.

My husband has a special talent for talking to strangers.  Correction: he has a talent for encouraging strangers to talk to him