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Leanne Strong

Leanne Strong was born in Rochester, NY.  At the age of 2 1/2, she was diagnosed with a language disorder, but after further testing, it was determined that she was on the milder end of the autism spectrum (PDD-NOS).  At the age of 15 (almost 16), she was re-diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome (milder Autism Spectrum Disorder).  Leanne hopes that this article will help parents and professionals better understand why their child (or the child they work with) who is on the autism spectrum is always pointing out when he or she feels that something is not fair and hopefully help them figure out different ways to explain fairness. 

Top Advice on Surviving the Tween and Teen Years With Autism

Top Advice on Surviving the Tween and Teen Years With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/surviving-tween-and-teen-years/

Hi, my name is Leanne. I’m from Upstate New York and have Asperger’s syndrome. As we all know, the tween and teen years are rough for most people. However, for people on the autism spectrum, this time in life can be especially hard, and can bring on some unique challenges. People with autism go through […]

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Top 8 Things You Should Never Say To a Person With Autism

Top 8 Things You Should Never Say To a Person With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/things-not-to-say-with-autism/

My name is Leanne, I’m 24 years old, and have a very mild form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. Here are some things you should not say to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): 1. You don’t care about anybody but yourself Let me explain. Even though it may seem like people on the autism […]

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Super Social Stories to Use in the New School Year

Super Social Stories to Use in the New School Year https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-stories-for-autism/

My name is Leanne — I’m 23 years old and I have Asperger’s syndrome.  I have heard that social stories help lot of kids (and maybe even adults) on the autism spectrum to be better able to handle transitions, upcoming events, and activities that most children (and adults) are able to handle easily.  I remember during one […]

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A Unique Perspective: Autism, Concrete Thinking, and Flexibility

A Unique Perspective: Autism, Concrete Thinking, and Flexibility

Hi, my name is Leanne Strong, I’m 24 years old, and I have a very mild form of autism known as Asperger’s syndrome. Many people on the autism spectrum have a very concrete way of thinking. Many of us have difficulty understanding when someone is joking or being serious, or when certain “rules” don’t need […]

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Why It’s Important to Teach the True Definition of Fairness 

Why It's Important to Teach the True Definition of Fairness On the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teaching-fairness-equality

My name is Leanne Strong, I’m 23 years old, and I have Asperger’s syndrome (milder autism, little to no difficulty with speech or cognitive skills).  As you may know, a lot of people who have autism understand things in a very rigid and concrete manner, and our understanding of fairness is no exception to this.  […]

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