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Connie Howse


Connie Howse was recently interviewed by PBS for the documentary “A Wider World.” A tireless advocate for the autistic, she helped save the internationally-recognized center-based program for the autistic, Burger Center, from closure.  She has also spoken at conferences and before school boards on educational issues related to autism.  An accomplished performer and violinist with 23 years of teaching experience, she has successfully utilized music therapy with special needs students and lectured on the healing powers of music.  She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University, trained in Psychology and Music.  She and her husband of 35 years, Ken, and their four sons (one of which, Scott, has autism), reside in Livonia, Mich.


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Connie Howse was recently interviewed by PBS for the documentary “A Wider World.” A tireless advocate for the autistic, she helped save the internationally-recognized center-based program for the autistic, Burger Center, from closure.  She has also spoken at conferences and before school boards on educational issues related to autism.  An accomplished performer and violinist with...    Read More...

Scott Howse


Scott Howse, diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 1/2, has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments in spite of his disability.  He was the first-ever student-athlete with autism to be named Academic All-American at the Junior College Level for Schoolcraft College in Livonia in 2011.  His story was recently featured in the PBS documentary “A Wider World,” focused on individuals with disabilities, shown nationwide and featured in Autism Research Institute's newsletter.  He was also named "Most Valuable Runner" in 2008 on his community college cross-country team.


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Scott Howse, diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 1/2, has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments in spite of his disability.  He was the first-ever student-athlete with autism to be named Academic All-American at the Junior College Level for Schoolcraft College in Livonia in 2011.  His story was recently featured in the PBS...    Read More...

The Role of Vitamin D in Autism

A new study, in the April 15, 2015 issue of “Nutritional Neuroscience,” has concluded that “Supplementation of vitamin D3, a safe and cost-effective form of treatment, may significantly improve outcome in some children with ASD, especially in younger children.”  The vitamin D levels of 215 children with ASD and 285 neurotypical controls matched for age…    Read More…

DAVID VS. GOLIATH IN AN IEP (HINT: DAVID WON)

When Scott has a firm goal, he can be a bulldog, as you will soon learn….. “When I went to high school, I was late out of the starting gate. Because I didn’t talk until I was six years old, I didn’t start high school until I was sixteen. I was in a combination regular/special…    Read More…

Our Uninhibited Son

In many ways, a person with autism has an advantage over we “normal” people. We often don’t say things we should because we worry too much about the other persons reactions. As a result, we “overthink” life, and often do nothing!! The autistic person, in contrast, is not bound by social conventions. They blurt out…    Read More…

How to help your child with autism get a good night’s sleep

How to help your child with autism get a good night’s sleep

According to WebMD, significant sleep problems occur in 40 – 80% of children with autism spectrum disorder. If you are a parent reading this right now, you are probably a card-carrying member of the sleep-deprived-parents-of-an-autistic-child club. Guess what? I am a long-time member, too. I fulfilled my qualifications for a lifetime as a member of…    Read More…

A Creative way to help your child with autism learn to follow directions

A Creative way to help your child with autism learn to follow directions

As every parent, educator, and professional coping with an autistic child knows, one of the most frustrating aspects of the disorder is “How do you reach this child who seems to have absolutely no interest in me or the world?” There is no “one size fits all” answer. It’s different with every child, and unfortunately,…    Read More…