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If you have a child in San Francisco that attends public school then you're very aware of the lottery system for which school your child can get to attend. I've yet to hear about this happening in other cities, but it is a crazy system for San Francisco to have and we were lucky...WE BEAT THE SYSTEM!If you have a child in San Francisco that attends public school then you're very... more
John Muir Elementary School offers pre-School for special needs children. You’ve heard me talk about this before, they can be kids with autism, asperger’s syndrome, developmental disabilities, etc. The problem is that John Muir doesn’t have any form of play structure at the school. It is a barebones asphalt yard with a chain link fence around it. Kind of like something you would expect to see in industrial era Russian and not 21st century United States.John Muir Elementary School offers pre-School for special needs children. You’ve... more
Today I’m having yet another guest blogger and that is my wife Mama Fog who runs her own blog about what she has learned about autism to help her better understand how to deal with the system when it comes to our daughter. You can read more on her site Out of the Fog.Today I’m having yet another guest blogger and that is my wife Mama Fog who runs... more
Since it’s spring break and our daughter is too young to be running around half naked with drunken frat boys we have to find something to entertain her with. Now that we’re having real weather again in San Francisco we’ve been visiting some of the local playgrounds and have found a few surprises.Since it’s spring break and our daughter is too young to be running around half... more
As most of you are aware my daughter, Becca has been diagnosed with autism. While she is in a classroom for severely diagnosed children with special needs she has been coming along quite well with the ABA therapy she has been receiving. After reading many of the articles out there on autistic children using iPads to communicate and after seeing Rebecca’s reactions to my iPhone she definitely is a techie kid and she loves music.As most of you are aware my daughter, Becca has been diagnosed with autism. While she... more
Yesterday was my daughter’s fourth birthday and she had a fun party at her pre-school. My daughter was diagnosed with autism right around her second birthday and having to deal with autism in a child can be a struggle. I have to say that the City and County of San Francisco did it right this time.Yesterday was my daughter’s fourth birthday and she had a fun party at her... more
We are all well aware of Kanye West's frequent outbursts. A lot of people on current.com were not happy about this.
Funkymonkey931 called him an "an attention seeking ass." PajamaDan said "Kanye is a joke, an idiot, his music makes me puke and he killed hip-hop." And S_the_Wolf "he's just an attention whore. Somewhere he is laughing at all of the 'outrage'."
All of these responses were warranted if Kanye West was in his right mind, but new research suggests that Kanye might be suffering from mild autism. (I'm using the term 'research' liberally to mean, something I found on HolyTaco.com.)
Check out this Pod on Asperger's and decide if Kanye exhibits the same symptoms.
Tints of AutismWe are all well aware of Kanye West's frequent outbursts. A lot of people on... more
In the autism world, "Aspies" are sometimes seen as the elites, the ones who are socially awkward, yet academically gifted and who embrace their quirkiness.
Now, many Aspies, a nickname for people with Asperger's syndrome, are upset over a proposal they see as an attack on their identity. Under proposed changes to the most widely used diagnostic manual of mental illness, Asperger's syndrome would no longer be a separate diagnosis.
Instead, Asperger's and other forms of autism would be lumped together in a single "autism spectrum disorders" category. Some parents say they'd welcome the change, thinking it would eliminate confusion over autism's variations and perhaps lead to better educational services for affected kids.
But opponents — mostly older teens and adults with Asperger's — disagree.
Liane Holliday Willey, a Michigan author and self-described Aspie whose daughter also has Asperger's, fears Asperger's kids will be stigmatized by the autism label — or will go undiagnosed and get no services at all.
Grouping Aspies with people "who have language delays, need more self-care and have lower IQs, how in the world are we going to rise to what we can do?" Willey said.
Rebecca Rubinstein, 23, a graduate student from Massapequa, N.Y., says she "vehemently" opposes the proposal and will think of herself as someone with Asperger's no matter what.
Autism and Asperger's "mean such different things," she said.
Yes and no.
Both are classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. Autism has long been considered a disorder that can range from mild to severe. Asperger's symptoms can vary, but the condition is generally thought of as a mild form and since 1994 has had a separate category in psychiatrists' diagnostic manual. Both autism and Asperger's involve poor social skills, repetitive behavior or interests, and problems communicating. But unlike classic autism, Asperger's does not typically involve delays in mental development or speech.
The American Psychiatric Association's proposed revisions, announced Wednesday, involve autism and several other conditions. The suggested autism changes are based on research advances since 1994 showing little difference between mild autism and Asperger's. Evidence also suggests that doctors use the term loosely and disagree on what it means, according to psychiatrists urging the revisions.
A new autism spectrum category recognizes that "the symptoms of these disorders represent a continuum from mild to severe, rather than being distinct disorders," said Dr. Edwin Cook, a University of Illinois at Chicago autism researcher and member of the APA work group proposing the changes.
The proposed revisions are posted online at http://www.DSM5.org for public comment, which will influence whether they are adopted. Publication of the updated manual is planned for May 2013.
READ MORE AT LINKIn the autism world, "Aspies" are sometimes seen as the elites, the ones who... more
In September 2009, at the age of 24, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder that affects social skills, attention and motor skills. This video shares some of my thoughts and feelings about Asperger's. Soundtrack is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.In September 2009, at the age of 24, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, an... more