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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Jun 10, 2014 | No Comments

Lifetime costs for just one person on the spectrum could run into the millions. We need to put as many kids on the path to becoming tax payers with jobs. That means we have to educate employers too. #autism http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20140609/autisms-costs-can-run-into-millions-for-one-person Lost wages, residential care and special education are just some of the driving factors, study […]

Google | Autism Speaks

Jun 10, 2014 | No Comments

If you haven’t heard. Google is taking active steps to change the way people look at #autism. Way to go Google. http://www.autismspeaks.org/site-wide/google Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and […]

Is their Life after the diagnosis 10 Tips for Parents New to Autism

Jan 17, 2014 | One Comment
Is their Life after the diagnosis 10 Tips for Parents New to Autism

The unspoken question of Parents new to autism – Is their Life after the diagnosis of autism? What would you do if you heard the words, “Your child has autism?” What would go through your mind if you heard those words? Would you freak out? We felt this shock when we first learned of our […]

Red Bird Shaun of the Dead

Oct 26, 2013 | No Comments
Red Bird Shaun of the Dead

Some of you know that Kennedy Athena has been learning to make movies. She saw the trailer for Shaun of the Dead on Youtube (still trying to figure out how) and decided to make her own version with her Angry Birds dolls. I taught her some basics on iMovie the rest she learned on her […]

Disney’s new Autism Assistance Card FAILS

Oct 21, 2013 | 36 Comments
Disney’s new Autism Assistance Card FAILS

By Andrew Areffi, Melissa Areffi, and Heather Swarner Disney’s new autism assistance card fails to address the real problem – FRAUD. The newly developed Disability Assistance Service (DAS) is meant to be a one-size fits all solution to address the complaints from non-disabled patrons that somebody with a hangnail or no problem at all could walk […]

AUTISM VOLUNTEERS WORKING MOTHERS

Sep 14, 2013 | One Comment
AUTISM VOLUNTEERS WORKING MOTHERS

Lately, I have heard about schools and “volunteering.”  We have all been there.  Private schools, public schools, charter schools, special schools.  It really doesn’t matter, does it?  It’s like the Sopranos of the PTA.  As a parent of 3 kids with autism, balancing work and family is interesting, to say the least.  Ask any parent […]