What my son’s diagnosis was like

What my son’s diagnosis was like

Scott was my first – a happy baby, social to a fault, and loved to babble.  He was so happily vocal that we were kicked out of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. when he was only five months old.  Not because he was a criminal, but because he was so focused on entertaining…    Read More…

How music therapy can calm your child

How music therapy can calm your child

As a long-time musician, private music instructor, and individual trained in music and psychology, I admit I am biased in my opinion on the effectiveness of music therapy in the treatment of autism. Adding to my bias is the fact that our son, Scott, sang before he could talk, and much of his progress occurred…    Read More…

Does my child have autism? This autism symptoms checklist comes in handy.

Does my child have autism?  This autism symptoms checklist comes in handy.

Wondering whether or not your son or daughter has autism? The following autism symptoms checklist (courtesy of Native Remedies) should help. While not every characteristic will be seen in each individual, when 50% or more are observed on a consistent basis, it is worth consulting a medical professional: Social Difficulties: Lack of eye contact, facial…    Read More…

How to help a child with autism that has anxiety

How to help a child with autism that has anxiety

A common problem for almost everyone with autism disorder, young or old, is anxiety. Because of the sensory, speech and social deficits in the autistic population, tasks that would be perceived as simple by others are a source of great frustration and anxiety to those with autism. Because of this fact, it is vital to…    Read More…

The day our son, Scott, broke through society’s limits

The day our son, Scott, broke through society’s limits

It was a beautiful day at Ford Field, a large park in our hometown of Livonia, Michigan. A small group of parents and middle school athletes gathered on a sunny October day for a cross country meet. It was a relaxed atmosphere, as parents gathered to meet with their friends. Other parents admired pets, and…    Read More…