Archives for December, 2010

Asperger

Hypnosis and ASD


With the end of the year comes the end of my blogging for PsychCentral. When I was asked to participate in this endeavor, I committed to blogging for only a few months as a trial period. That time has come to an end.

Although the door has been left open for me to return at a later date should circumstances change, I want to say thank you to John Grohol and the PsychCentral staff...
Continue Reading

Asperger

Receiving Gifts Graciously

Mark opens the present and says with disappointment, “Oh, I already have that.” Mary sees the new DVD she’s received and says, “I hate that movie” or John has a reaction of apathy when given a __________ (fill in the blank).

These and other ‘less appropriate’ reactions are not uncommon when kids on the spectrum receive gifts.

Pre-teaching and practice is the best intervention here. BEFORE your family and friends arrive...
Continue Reading

Asperger

Are You Feeling Lucky?

I imagine if you’re searching for information about autism, ‘lucky’ is probably not the word you’d use to describe your feelings at the moment. For those new to autism spectrum disorders though, I wonder if you realize how lucky you are to begin your search for information at a time when resources are growing exponentially?

I just read about another resource that will soon be available – the first Global Autism Center in Israel....
Continue Reading
Comment

Asperger

Sensory Issues Are Like Building A House


A metaphor often used to describe sensory processing issues is the foundation of a house. I don't know where I first heard this metaphor, so my apologies for not giving credit where it might be due.

As in building a house, one must first have a firm foundation on which to build a house before proceeding with the framing. The framing must be secure before adding the walls and roof. ...
Continue Reading

Asperger

Rubber Bands, Trains and Legos

Years ago I was giving a presentation and talked about how I used toy trains in therapy to address a number of therapeutic goals with children on the autism spectrum. I talked about how valuable the trains were in developing social skills, vocabulary, spatial concepts, number concepts, flexibility, and a number of other core skills.

About a month...
Continue Reading

Asperger

More Groundbreaking Research for Diagnosing Autism

Given the current plethora of information about two recent studies for diagnosing autism, it seemed only relevant to mention them in this blog. Titles like “Instant Test for Autism,” “First Biological Test for Autism” and “Brain Scans Detect Autism” are all over the Internet and news reports.

The newest test is called the Lange-Lainhart test after the lead researchers Nicholas Lange and Janet Lainhart. Nicholas Lange is an...
Continue Reading

Asperger

An Episode of CSI May Teach A Lesson

I was watching an old episode of the show CSI-Las Vegas, when Dr. Gil Grissom was still in charge and Warrick Brown was still a cast member. But, I digress for those of you who don’t know this show or care about the cast. The show is about a group of investigators and forensic scientists who investigate crimes in the Las Vegas area.

So what does this have to...
Continue Reading
Comment