As the parents of three children with autism we wrote the how-to book we kept looking for but could never find. The first thing you need to know about us is that we’re just like you. Before this started we had no idea what the functions of behavior were. Like you we read all the books. None of the books answered the burning questions that kept us up at night. Learn from our mistakes and our triumphs. Now repeat after us: it is not my fault that my child has autism. Good. Now Let’s get to work. Welcome to our site.
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Autism increase due to paperwork?

Dec 5, 2014 | No Comments

Many speculated that the diagnosis rates for autism would increase when DSM 5 came out. It would be safe to assume that a large portion of the 60% the author refers to would be attributed to a simple change in the paperwork. One of the biggest changes was that Aspergers was folded into the autism spectrum. […]

Could special screenings lead to segregation?

Dec 3, 2014 | No Comments
Could special screenings lead to segregation?

Could special screenings lead to segregation?  It’s not heard to imagine someone saying the words, “separate but equal.”  Imagine if you will other paying customers complaining at the disruption of a child who has a stimming behavior of tapping his foot or humming or both?  Do paying customers have the right to complain?  After all […]

Autism on the rise in Beirut and Mount Lebanon

Dec 3, 2014 | No Comments

Autism on the rise around the world BEIRUT: New research reveals that the rate of autism in Beirut and Mount Lebanon has risen to one in 67, according to specialists who attended the second conference held by the OpenMinds Association and AUBMC Special Kids Clinic. The conference, held at the American University of Beirut Medical […]

Meet The Parents of 3 kids on the autism spectrum

Nov 18, 2014 | No Comments
Meet The Parents of 3 kids on the autism spectrum

Melissa and Andy will be speaking at the Parent’s Place along with Dr. Temple Grandin. Melissa & Andy will share personal stories about life with three children on the autism spectrum. Topics include what to do after the autism diagnosis, knowing your end game with autism and the importance of keeping your relationship strong.  Hosted […]

Kennedy Areffi meets David Hasselhoff star of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical

Sep 20, 2014 | No Comments
Kennedy Areffi meets David Hasselhoff star of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical

Kennedy Areffi got to meet David Hasselhoff yesterday on the set of his new movie, Killing Hasselhoff. Recently (and quite coincidentally) Kennedy discovered David’s performance of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde on Youtube.com.  When David heard that Kennedy didn’t know anything about a talking car (Knight Rider) or […]

Universal Studios Hollywood and autism – 10 tips for success

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments
Universal Studios Hollywood and autism – 10 tips for success

Universal Studios Hollywood and autism – is that possible you ask? Yes it is.  I don’t know about your school system but ours has cut summer so short it nearly seemed like we didn’t get one at all.   This holiday season we’re trying to plan things on smaller scales, since a two-week vacation isn’t something […]