Posts Tagged ‘ Autism ’

Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on April 4, 2014. As Autism Awareness Month gets under way, it is an apt time to honor Louise Whitbeck Fraser, a pioneer in special education whose heart for children led to new initiatives and opportunities for individuals with special needs. In the winter of 1985,
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Autism insight: Sensory overload and social skills challenges

Jul 12th, 2013 | By
Autism insight: Sensory overload and social skills challenges

Tweet I couldn’t help but hear the conversation between two women sitting an arm’s length away. The more boisterous of the pair had spent the holiday weekend with extended family members, including her 8-year-old nephew with autism. He would not listen and would eat only pizza, she vented. I bit my tongue as I realized
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Autism and emergencies

May 3rd, 2013 | By
Autism and emergencies

Tweet Patrick was a 19-year-old who didn’t have a friend to call his own. While living with his parents, he enrolled in a local community college, where he met a couple of guys who wanted to hang out. When his parents learned their son was going out for the first time, they were hopeful —
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Grandparenting a child with autism

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
Grandparenting a child with autism

Tweet Several years ago, I wrote an essay that was published in an anthology of works by mothers of special needs children. “Dancing with Despair” recounted the first 14 years after my son’s autism diagnosis, during which life was overrun by doctor and therapy visits, special diets and behavioral programs. Sleepless nights followed stress-filled days.
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NEXT

Apr 24th, 2012 | By
NEXT

Tweet           A PROVOCATIVE PIECE..  As seen in the Huffington Post, April 2012 By Liane Kupferberg Carter Freelance Writer Huffington Post Blogger     I don’t know how to do this. There’s no book for taking the next step. No Fiske’s Guide to Colleges. No Barron’s. When our son Jonathan was preparing to
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Searching for the Magic Forest

Apr 20th, 2012 | By
Searching for the Magic Forest

Tweet As seen in the Huffington Post, April 18, 2012. Time can be our ally. It can also be our adversary. For months now I have been marking its passage with ever-growing dread.  By the end of May, our school district will have fulfilled its mandate to educate my son.  As its’ obligation is being
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Despair, awareness and acceptance — my journey with autism

Apr 20th, 2012 | By
Despair, awareness and acceptance — my journey with autism

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on  April 20, 2012. If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism, the saying goes. It’s hardly a one-size-fits-all disorder. That makes it tough to understand the one in 88 people who have the diagnosis today, as compared to one in
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The Brain – Making New Connections

Dec 12th, 2011 | By
The Brain – Making New Connections

Tweet On September 30, 2011, I wrote a column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press about Jimmy Reagan, a young adult with autism who is an emerging artist (http://bit.ly/ntyE0A).  In this guest blog post, his mother, Peg Schneeman Reagan, provides a fascinating update. Over the last six months, Jimmy’s art has been growing in ways
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Care for the caregivers

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
Care for the caregivers

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on December 9, 2011. We know them. We are them. The people who change parents’ Depends; sit with children through chemotherapy; answer the same question from a spouse over and over. Caregivers are the bone-tired folks who attend to others’ basic needs, often while balancing family
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New model: An upscale retreat for people with autism

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
New model: An upscale retreat for people with autism

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on October 28, 2011. Two decades ago, autism was a mysterious condition known to relatively few. These days, media reports about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) appear daily; it’s rare to find someone who doesn’t have a connection to the lifelong condition affecting between 1 million and
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