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Posted by Patricia Harkins in Uncategorized

I keep coming across information that makes me think “I should put that on my blog”.  So here are several things I’ve come across recently:

The Asperger Association of New England is a great site with lots of information.  Find it at


Here are 2 articles about the long term negative consequences about corporal punishment (i.e., spanking):

Writing is the bane of may Aspies’ academic life.  This site is a GREAT resource for teaching writing:

Jessica Kingsley Publishers has an incredible number of great books about just about anything you would want to know about autism and Asperger Syndrome.  Their web site is:

I especially like Kathy Hoopmann’s books – All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD.  She has several other books that are short, sweet and easy to understand by lay people.

There was a great study out of Canada showing the benefits of a good Floortime/DIR program on kids with autism.  It shows improvement in brain function on brain scans in kids treated for a year in this program.  The CBC did a piece on it, which can be viewed at:

Finally, although this relates to ADHD, many people with ASDs also have ADHD.  This article shows how using medication leads to better learning:

I hope people enjoy the information.  Continue to enjoy summer!

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  • What about bunnies??

    ASD, ADHD, and a few other bugaboos to go with them and IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) was a winner for us. When my son was chosen and involved with a library program for young writers, the professional writers that mentored the program asked what techniques were used to teach N to write. Every mentor said that they wish that schools used this approach. Although it was noted that he struggled, IEW enhanced his natural skills and strengths in creative modes of writing, and provided predictable variations in structure with rich use of adverbial phrases and strong verbs. I still believe, at college level, it is what keeps N’s head above water with required writing that is interesting and appreciated by his professors.

    Some very worthwhile money spent was adult (non-educational, more geared to rehab strategy) Speech and Language at age 17-18. The ASD issues with understanding intent had crept into higher level learning — in reading, writing, and listening. Kids with high verbal IQ’s just don’t seem to get that kind of help because, well, it doesn’t fit the SPED paradigm in many states and provinces. I was amazed at how quickly the college grades went from 2.8 to 3.6+ –poof. Magic. :) Okay, so I know it’s not magic, but it felt that way.

    • Patricia Harkins says:

      I agree. Our son had OT at 17 to work on filling in forms with little boxes. He had a year of speech therapy to work on narrative skills. Also, acting is great for nonverbal communication.