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Autism Hero Highlights

Posted by: Marita on: December 10, 2011

There are so many fabulous blog posts about Autism and Aspergers that I discover each week I thought it was time to showcase them.

I’m posting on Saturdays so I can link up with the wonderful #SpecialSaturday on Twitter.

1. Twelve Tips for Helping Those Living with Autism Have a Happy Holiday Season

“While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families of people on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Our hope is that by following these few helpful tips, families may lessen the stress of the holiday season and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”

This time of year is so stressful and each year I find another tip / idea that helps us cope a little better.

You can find Autisable on Twitter and Facebook.

2. Autism Advocacy and Points of View

“I can’t tell anyone else what to think but I can post helpful (not judgmental) comments. I can offer support and alternatives and I can try to promote a positive view via my blog. It’s the best I can do. I can offer change but I can’t force it. “

A thought provoking post from Gavin about how we can accept that others have different points of view and questioning the need to try and change differing points of view. Honestly Gavin’s blog is just brilliant, you should set some time aside to read all his posts.

You can find Gavin from Life With Aspergers on Twitter.


3. Do more children have autism now than before?

Research into Autism Spectrum Disorders is at an exciting stage, where we can examine how genes and the environment combine to cause this condition.

If the next 20 years of research is half as fruitful as the previous 20, it’s a good bet that we will get to the bottom of the supposed “autism epidemic”.

Thank you to one of the Mum’s at school for pointing this brilliant article out to me. It is refreshing to see the fact based approach in this article rather than the usual hysteria found elsewhere. I personally get frustrated that so much research time and money was wasted due to Andrew Wakefield and his vaccine fraud – it could have been put to far better use either finding the real cause of autism or even better helping those on the autism spectrum – children and adults (yes adults autism is for life, not something you can cure) – either through advocacy work or research into ways that came help them in their day to day lives.

You can find The Conversation on Twitter and Facebook.


4. The Obsessive Joy Of Autism

“One of the things about autism is that a lot of things can make you terribly unhappy while barely affecting others. A lot of things are harder.
But some things? Some things are so much easier. Sometimes being autistic means that you get to be incredibly happy. And then you get to flap. You get to perseverate. You get to have just about the coolest obsessions. (Mine are: sudoku and Glee. I am not ashamed.)”

There are just no words to express how much I love this post, I read it just after watching Heidi and Annie open their advent presents and the joy the author writes about was all there with Heidi jumping and flapping and throwing herself into my arms, she was so excited and happy about the little toy gorilla she had received. Soft toys that have just the right sensory texture make Heidi happy.

You can find Shift Journal of Alternatives: Neurodiversity and social change on Twitter

5. A cup of cold coffee….a short story.

“She may never find out exactly why her son was upset but she’s learned that she will find out if she needs to know. She lives in the moment because it’s all she can manage right now.”

I read this post with tears in my eyes, it could be written about our lives, our morning routine.

You can find Fi from Wonderfully Wired Mum on Twitter and Facebook.


Have you written an Autism post this week? Feel free to link up and share your post here.




2 Responses to "Autism Hero Highlights"

Hi Marita, again a wonderful list of posts! I especially loved the one explaining about the obsessive joy of autism – that, in particular spoke to me this week.

I have linked up a post from earlier in the week about looking after our carers – not an easy job but we need to look after ourselves properly in order to look after our kids.

Ain’t that the truth. I’m working hard to take more time out to care for me. Is a struggle though.

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