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Autism: The Enigma That Amazingly Saved 14 Million Lives

Autism: The Enigma That Amazingly Saved 14 Million Lives

Alan Turing: The man who cracked the ‘unbreakable’ German Enigma Code in World War II.  A gay man convicted of homosexuality in the dark days when it was a crime, but posthumously pardoned by Her Majesty the Queen in 2013. Until recently, that was about the sum of my knowledge of this brilliant man, but […]

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What Are You Going To Do When Something Big Happens? Coping with the Diagnosis and Beyond

What Are You Going To Do When Something Big Happens? Coping with the Diagnosis and Beyond

In November 2013, I attended a parent-teacher conference for my three-year old son, and I left with an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness (I guess it is fitting, considering Thanksgiving was two weeks away).  One of the teachers made a comment to me about acceptance and that I am one of the few parents who are […]

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Giving a Voice to Special Needs Kids Who Cannot Speak

Over the past 17 years, our program, Kid Pan Alley, worked with more than 40,000 children writing songs in schools throughout the country.  Those kids have written more than 2,700 songs, some of which were recorded by top entertainers such as Delbert McClinton, Sissy Spacek, Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Suzy Bogguss and more.  One was […]

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Skateboarding Boy with Autism Uncovers the Ride of a Lifetime

Skateboarding Boy with Autism

A child with autism is sometimes hard to please. There is only so much a child can do in the backyard, and even planned activities, such as an afternoon at the movies, can end in disaster. Organized sports can offer a little excitement if your kid is able to follow along and process the concept […]

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The Important Difference Between Conversation and Communication with Autism

The Important Difference Between Conversation and Communication with Autism

  It is amazing to watch the interaction between these two young, fun-loving adults.  Both are geniuses in their own way.  One is an artist. The other, a computer whiz.  And they both share a fantastic camaraderie.  They have a special connection and enjoy spending time with each other. They’re both blessed with a sense […]

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Man with Autism Inspires Others With his Unique Bottles of Hope

Man with Autism Inspires Others With his Unique Bottles of Hope

We want to introduce you to Matthew de la Tour, a 33-year-old man who has overcome many obstacles in his life. Non verbal as a child with many social anxieties, Matthew is now considered high functioning.  Determined to thrive and grow, Matthew spends his time creating his own, special artwork to express himself. Growing up […]

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How to Use PECS to Give Your Child with Autism the Voice He/She Needs

“Use your words.” How often have we heard parents around the world use this phrase, or at least something like it?  And what do parents mean exactly when they say this to their children?  I remember not quite understanding the meaning of these words when I was in the pre-parenting phase of my life.  You […]

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Understanding My Children with Autism in a New Way

As a parent of two children with autism, I have a decade and a half of intense experience with autism. What I did not know until recently was that my experience goes much further than that. Our story is pretty typical of many families with autism. Our son seemed to be developing relatively normal. He […]

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