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From “Vaccine Roulette” to “VAXXED”: The Importance of Documentaries

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April 19, 2016 The documentary VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe debuted at the Angelika Film Center in New York City on April 1 following a firestorm of controversy after it was pulled from the lineup of the Tribeca Film Festival. The … Continue reading

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Julia, the Autistic Muppet, and Inclusion

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The hot news blowing up my Facebook feed this week: Sesame Street is introducing a new character, Julia, who has autism. For a minute I wondered if it was April already as I was bombarded with the “historic announcement” that … Continue reading

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From GoTalk to iPad and Dynavox: October is AAC Awareness Month

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October is AAC awareness month. The acronym AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website “. . . includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, … Continue reading

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Book Review : Outsmarting Autism

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When a new book comes out on the subject of treating autism, I am always interested in seeing the newest recommendations as research, therapies and protocols are always changing. Like many parents, I belong to online Facebook groups on a … Continue reading

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My Child Is Not Recovered

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From February to May,  my twins were in a severe behavior treatment program, M-F, six hours per day at our local autism center. It was very hard for me to withdraw them from school for 12 weeks, but ultimately I chose to … Continue reading

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Beyond the Classroom: Re-THINK Special-Needs Inclusion

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On a recent camp application I was asked a question along the lines of “What is your definition of inclusion?” I always try to be thoughtful and thorough and replied that I believe that inclusion is not just bringing children … Continue reading

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Special Needs Parent Salary Calculator

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For the past few years in May, around Mother’s Day, salary.com has released a report proclaiming the estimated monetary value of all of the jobs a stay-at-home mom is responsible for. It is a high amount, especially when you calculate … Continue reading

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The Business of Infotainment

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The next time you see a post regarding the vaccine issue, take note of the language being used. Is it straightforward, non-manipulative or objective? Most likely it isn’t. “Anti-vaxxer,” the top term used to gain your attention has a connotation … Continue reading

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False Balance

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As a reader, have you ever wondered “Why is the reporting on vaccines and the vaccine-autism connection so one sided?” There is an answer that bloggers, the NIH and many media sources will provide. False balance. Because according to every mainstream … Continue reading

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Stand Up and Refuse To Be Counted (Part 1)

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During the month of April, if you have a child with autism you can choose to celebrate and promote awareness. Or, as many fellow parents have decided, you can make it a month of autism action. This is what I … Continue reading

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