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If you know a parent of a child on the autistic spectrum, a teacher who works with children on the spectrum, or someone who is on the spectrum himself, please, please share this blog with that person. If you think you don’t know anyone whose life has been touched by autism, you should probably think again. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in every 88 children and one in every 54 boys has autism, and the incidence seems to be continuing to rise, so if you really don’t know someone who has been affected by this disease, the chances are you will.
The good news is that as the disease has become more prevalent, more resources have become available to provide information and support to those families, teachers and individuals who had previously struggled with the challenges of life on the spectrum pretty much alone. However, as they search for answers, families often have to sort through conflicting information and downright quackery. It can be difficult to find a reliable source of information for the best research, reputable products and treatments. Fortunately, there is one resource that I can recommend wholeheartedly, Autism Asperger’s Digest
I first received this magazine because a parent of one of our former students became the Managing Editor. I was thrilled to know that there was such a magazine available, but until I opened my first issue I had no idea how amazingly impressive it would be (no offense, Kim). My first clue was on the page listing columnists and contributing writers. They are a veritable Who’s Who of leading experts on autism. Temple Grandin, the most well-known high-functioning person with autism in the world – and the very face of autism for many people – was on both lists! Other names listed were authors of books I have in my own collection, and top experts in the field. I was impressed before I read even one article! Once I did, I read it from cover to cover, and found something of value on every page. To give you a small sampling of what you might find, recent issues had articles on “The Path to Fitting In”, “Early Diagnosis of Girls with AS” and “Video Games- Friend or Foe?” Every issue is packed with great information.
I encourage you to go to their website: www.AutismDigest.com and see it for yourself. Then buy a subscription, for yourself or someone else who could benefit from this valuable resource. Please be sure to “Like” them on facebook too!