“Don’t think of autism as a weight…think of it as wings with which to fly!”
Samuel Allen, young man with Aspergers
Jennifer Allen had a successful career in broadcasting, production, and marketing. Shortly after learning about her oldest son’s Aspergers diagnosis, she left her career to become a full-time mother and advocate. At the time, there was very little information available to learn about autism and Aspergers. Today, she offers parenting advice and information about Aspergers syndrome the Aspergers 101 website.
Ms. Allen has worked tirelessly to compile high quality information for educators and parents.
The need for more information encouraged Jennifer to elicit a team of autism experts to provide weekly, original content to a website free to anyone seeking to live their best under the diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome… appropriately titled: Aspergers101.com.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
Jennifer and her husband’s process for finding out about their son’s Aspergers diagnosis
The challenge of dealing with parents who didn’t want their kids to be around Sam, the subsequent exclusion, and how Jennifer and her husband creatively problem solved that issue.
- The best way to cope with learning about an unfamiliar diagnosis
- Jennifer’s husband’s role in making Sam feel part of the family, and what fathers can learn from his example
- Why and how to celebrate your child’s specialized interests
How to manage the differences between autistic/Aspergers members and NT members of the family
Setting boundaries – the illustration of being the captain of the ship
Advice to parents who have just found out that their child has Aspergers/autism
Middle school and bullying
High school tips: independent living skills, transitioning to adulthood, developing job skills
Transition to adulthood – respecting different timing for milestones, the different options: transportation and driving, community college, other options –Marshall University, West Virginia, trade schools
- Jennifer’s favorite quote, from the Bible: “Romans 8:28, 31 – 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
Coping To Excelling Jennifer Allen produced this documentary to help educate, encourage, and empower families and educators. Temple Grandin, Tony Attwood, and Jennifer Allen’s son, Sam, are featured in this resource.
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