As November is the “Month of Giving” here in U.S. of A, I thought I would take a moment to thank the angels in my family’s life. The autism spectrum is an unpaved, bumpy road less traveled. Many times we’ve stalled out on our journey along it, either overheated or out of gas or with…

Dr. Dan Rossignol gave a presentation at last month’s Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) conference in Costa Mesa, CA, where he presented the latest findings for a system he created to rank various autism treatments, including nutritional supplements. I was quite impressed by the meticulous detail that has gone into his undertaking. The adjective ‘biomedical’…

An IEP is requires good educational programming.  Good IEPs set the standard for good education.  Each part of the IEP addresses an important part of educational planning.  The IEP team focuses on the unique educational needs of an individual student.  The goals reflect the child’s needs.  Designing well-formed goals is an important part of writing an…

Halloween is approaching, hooray! Time to pull out the cobwebs, gross looking skeletons and all things bloody, scoop handfuls of off-smelling slime from the cavities of large pumpkins, and spook up the front porch with scary plastic zombies that blare screechy sound effects every time you walk by. It’s time to prepare for the night when we schelp…

Dear Friends, On Monday night, October 12, the Westside Regional Center board of directors held a special meeting.  The meeting was attended by a quorum of the board and over 100 consumers, family members, service providers, and staff.  We witnessed the courage of self-advocates standing up for their civil rights and demanding that they be treated…

I was recently speaking to a fellow special needs mom struggling to get past a painful IEP who doubted she could forgive the enemies at her son’s school. But she had to, because he refused to transfer to another school and leave his hard-sought social network behind. This forgiveness is a battle for many of…

We were recently featured in the September 2015 issues of Parents Magazine. Parents magazine helps moms and dads understand the issues and challenges that are important to them. Parents magazine makes it a priority to answer their questions, address their concerns, advocate their causes, and celebrate the joys of parenthood. Each month, they harness the power of…

I found this old archive video from AutismLive the other day and even though it’s a few years old, there are some great nuggets in here that are pretty timeless! Evelyn Gould, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, spoke with the host, Shannon Penrod about what some of the steps that parents can keep in mind…

An avalanche of responses inundated the internet once Steven Silberman release his OpEd piece about Autism Speaks last week. Many wrote, tweeted and blogged in defense of a non-profit that many would say is single-handedly responsible for increasing autism awareness in the United States. In his article, Silberman critiqued the organization for a leadership that does not include…