Hand Flapping, Aspergers, and the Autism Spectrum

A mom described taking her son to the see the Avengers. She glanced over halfway through and was amazed not to see him flapping his hands, kicking his feet, or arching his back. She described her emotions. My son does that [hand flapping] because he has autism/aspergers. At first during the movie I never noted […]

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TWAP004: 7 Tips For Building Self-Confidence

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson When you are young and traits that are part of who you are receive negative reactions from people- especially from parents and teachers- it can very quickly erode your sense of confidence and […]

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TWAP003: Anthony Ianni on Autism, Bullying, and Overcoming the Odds

This podcast episode is brought to you by the Thrive with Aspergers community.  Visit the Thrive with Aspergers community to interact with other fine people in the Aspergers autism community. In this episode, I talk with anti-bully advocate, Anthony Ianni.  Here are some Anthony Ianni facts: Diagnosed at the age of 4 with Pervasive Developmental Disorder […]

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Is “High Functioning Autism” Useful, or Not?

No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy. Lyman Beecher. If the quote above is true, then we have room for advancing our understanding of the term, “high functioning autism“, given the amount of controversy the term generates! I ran across this article about a month ago, called “What’s the Difference […]

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TWAP 001: Introducing the Thrive With Aspergers Podcast

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~ Plato “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” ~ Alan Cohen I’ve been blogging almost five years. Recently a reader asked me, “When are you going to start a podcast for Aspergers/Autism people?” Little did he know […]