Dealing with Aggression in ASD

By Holly Bortfeld Aggression is not uncommon in autism spectrum disorders where it’s usually a reflection of pain or lack of communication. First things first. Make sure it’s truly autism and not an emotional disorder such as ODD, Conduct Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or undiagnosed anger and conduct issues. These issues are rare, […]

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome By Holly Bortfeld The new DSM-V proposes to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome but when reading the new diagnostic criteria, you may realize you/your child no longer fits the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder and may, or may not, meet the criteria for a new diagnosis called Social Communication Disorder […]

Jeffrey’s Story – Part I

Summer 2000 By Jeff’s big sister: the amazing Lauren The tiny, blond, blue-eyed boy was covered in love as thick as his favorite blanket from the day he was born. Everyone adored him and, in truth, he adored everyone back. People would walk into a room and smile when they saw the small boy and […]

TACA Marriage & Family Counseling Groups

Couples who have children with autism face serious and ongoing challenges maintaining healthy relationships with their partners and family members. Challenges of time, finances, education and raising a child on the spectrum can be exhausting for couples, placing increasing amounts of stress on each parent and their marriage.We will meet weekly to discuss how to […]

Grandparents of Children with Autism: Top Ten Suggestions

Change Your Relationship Expectations & Provide Unconditional Love For This Child Eye Contact Might Not Happen—Don’t Expect It Hugs and Kisses Can Cause Sensory Overload for Some Children Many Children Are On A Restrictive Diet, Adhere By It—Food Does Not Equal Love Behaviors Can Be Erratic, Ignore Bad Behaviors & Praise Good Put Away Breakables […]

Does the “Window” Ever Close?

April 2008 By Becky Estepp, TACA Media Manager and  Moira Giammatteo, Family Scholarship Manager Parents ask us all the time about the “Window.” You know, that window of opportunity you have to help pull your child out of the world of autism and into our world. Many are worried that the window is either closing […]