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Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Leveraging Special Interests to Help Children with Autism:  An Autistic Person* Shares Her Experiences

Having a special interest in something is a major part of the repetitive behavior that comes with autism. In fact, researcher Tony Attwood (2003) found that special interests seem “to be a dominant characteristic, occurring in over 90% of children and adults with Asperger’s syndrome.” Your child, client, or student with autism may have an intense interest in one particular subject. While hearing someone you love go on and on about his or her favorite subject may get tiring, special interests are important. A 2007 study done by Winter-Messiers (2007) reflected that special interests should be treated seriously because they may be beneficial in building up skills that would be hard to obtain otherwise.

Updated on 1/23/17 8:16 PM

Updated by Catlaina Vrana on 1/23/17 8:16 PM

First Person Autism

Book Review: “Why Johnny Doesn’t Flap”

This is a book review of “Why Johnny doesn’t Flap,” a book about an autistic boy’s neurotypical (meaning without neurological disabilities) friend, Johnny. I will give a brief description of the book’s story, illustrations and message.

Updated on 1/17/17 8:41 AM

Updated by Catlaina Vrana on 1/17/17 8:41 AM

First Person Autism

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism and the Holidays: Advice from the Front Lines

Navigating the holidays with autism

The time has come for families and friends to get together and celebrate. This particular time of the year means many things: inviting extended family over, wrapping presents, pie, singing, joy, worshipping, and making cookies! However, holidays also mean a messed up routine, sensory chaos, and unwritten social rules.

Updated on 11/29/16 8:53 AM

Updated by Catlaina Vrana on 11/29/16 8:53 AM

First Person Autism

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

How To Make Life Easier for a Person Who Uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

As an autistic person, I am very familiar with AAC. I use it, and I am around others who use it too. Because it is AAC awareness month, I thought this was a good opportunity to write about it.

Updated on 10/24/16 5:28 PM

Updated by Catlaina Vrana on 10/24/16 5:28 PM

About Autism

First Person Autism

Autism Explained

An Autistic Woman Explains Common Autism Characteristics and Misconceptions

Basics- What is autism?

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder. It is a condition that affects every part of a person’s life. Autism is diagnosed by looking at the three ‘pillars’ of autism:

  • Repetitive behavior
  • Language
  • Communication

So, let’s take a closer look at these things. (If you would like to learn more the National Autistic Society has some great information)

Updated on 10/9/16 2:30 PM

Updated by Catlaina Vrana on 10/9/16 2:30 PM

About Autism

First Person Autism

Author Catlaina Vrana On Her New Book “Ella Autie”

Hi! My name is Catlaina, and I am the author of "Ella Autie". "Ella Autie" was a book made for my senior project. Here is a quick summary:

Updated on 10/8/16 2:53 PM

Updated by Catlaina Vrana on 10/8/16 2:53 PM

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