Secession Might Be an Option After All
My 13-year-old son with Asperger's acquired a new obsessive interest: micronations. Perhaps establishing his own small country was an attempt to impose order on a too-big world. But how much of a threat to him (and us) was isolationism?read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - February 12, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lucy Berrington Tags: Autism Child Development Parenting Politics anxiety asperger asperger syndrome aspie bronze coins brother anthony conch republic Independence independent nations lundy island majesty queen male slaves matriarchy micronati Source Type: news

When Secession is an Option, After All
My 13-year-old son with Asperger's acquired a new obsessive interest: micronations. Perhaps establishing his own small country was an attempt to impose order on a too-big world. But how much of a threat to him (and us) was isolationism?read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - February 12, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lucy Berrington Tags: Autism Child Development Parenting Politics anxiety asperger asperger syndrome aspie bronze coins brother anthony conch republic Independence independent nations lundy island majesty queen male slaves matriarchy micronati Source Type: news

Sensory Sensitivity and Problem Behavior
In many circles, there's a strong bias toward eliminating problem behaviors. Is there a problem with this approach? read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - February 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lynne Soraya Tags: Anxiety Autism Child Development Parenting asperger coping skills distress first grade funny way gauge hard time hot dogs last question laundry basket meltdown neurology pain primitive technology proud father public c Source Type: news

After Newtown, Listening to Those Who Aren't Speaking
What speaks the loudest may be the quiet.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - February 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Amy Przeworski, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Child Development Education Parenting affliction anxiety disorder asperger s syndrome bedroom wall classmates clinical social worker consistent inability conspiracy theories generalized anxiety gun control hairstylist Source Type: news

Pardon Gary McKinnon and recruit more hackers, US government urged
John Arquilla, who coined the term 'cyberwarfare,' says pardon would help other hackers become government cyber warriorsA leading military thinker has urged President Barack Obama to pardon the British computer hacker Gary McKinnon as part of a wider bid to recruit "master hackers" to US Cyber Command.John Arquilla, a professor of defence analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School, said forgiving McKinnon – who faced extradition for hacking into Pentagon and Nasa systems – could encourage other hackers to become government cyber warriors."If the notion of trying to attract master hackers to our...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 5, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Rory Carroll Tags: United States Nasa guardian.co.uk Gary McKinnon Cybercrime Technology Editorial Obama administration Theresa May World news Source Type: news

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova – review
Can Sherlock Holmes help us to become better thinkers?Self-help manuals have always been keen to stress that we can make more of the mental resources available to us (the famous, and wildly incorrect suggestion that we only use 10% of our brains derives from a claim in a self-help book). Maria Konnikova's hope is that by the end of her book, you will improve your more habitual thought processes by automatically asking yourself "what would Sherlock Holmes do and think in this situation?". Holmes is for her an ideal exemplar of both mindful thinking and of expertly trained insight. A tiresome person might poin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 28, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Sophie Scott Tags: Psychology Culture Health, mind and body Reviews Books The Observer Arthur Conan Doyle Science and nature Source Type: news

Psychiatric Patients Wait in ERs for Days and Weeks as Inpatient Beds Are Scaled Back
One day in October, Rena Dubin got a call saying her 15-year-old daughter, Mia, who has Asperger’s syndrome and an anxiety disorder, had a panic attack so severe it caused her to run from her school building in Reisterstown, Md., and toward a busy road. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality/Equality)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality/Equality - January 22, 2013 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

Is it possible for children to 'grow out' of autism?
Conclusion This interesting study is part of a larger ongoing study looking in detail at individuals with an early history of autism who no longer meet criteria for a diagnosis. It raises several, as yet, unanswered questions. As the authors point out: The individuals in the OO group had above average IQ scores. It is possible that this enabled some to "compensate" for (or mask) some of their deficiencies. The study does not tell us how many children with ASD might achieve an optimal outcome. We do not know which intervention, if any, can produce the highest rate of OO. (Intervention data from the OO gro...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Some With Autism Diagnosis Can Recover, Study Finds
A new study suggests that some people who have received an autism diagnosis are able to improve significantly and not qualify for the diagnosis later in life. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By BENEDICT CAREY Tags: Research Autism Asperger's Syndrome Source Type: news

Creating Natural Supports For Those With Autism
Most of us have naturally been creating different circles of supports, since birth. If a person has difficulties in initiating and establishing social relationships and in communicating with others, it is likely that their circles of supports are small and that they need expanding.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Chantal Sicile-Kira Tags: Autism Parenting Relationships Social Life autism. asperger ' s Syndrome challenges cir circles circles of supports communicating with others creating networks disability friends friendship friendships judith snow Judit Source Type: news

6 Lessons Learned Transitioning to High School
My son and I came up with a list of “lessons learned” to date, regarding high school and autism. All autistic kids are different; so our experience doesn’t match everyone else’s. That being said, here are some areas to think about with regards to transitioning to high school: read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 14, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kymberly Grosso Tags: Autism Child Development Education Parenting advocacy skills advocate aspergers autistic kids autistic son children with autism spectrum disorders course selection disaster high school higher education imagination many things Source Type: news

'Idol' fave: I was a walking target
James Durbin became an "American Idol" fan favorite despite his struggles with Tourette syndrome and Asperger's syndrome. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'American Idol' favorite overcomes Tourette's, Asperger's
James Durbin became an "American Idol" fan favorite despite his struggles with Tourette syndrome and Asperger's syndrome. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Barack Obama and the 'empathy deficit'
The US president claims the 'empathy deficit' is a more pressing problem than the federal deficit, but empathy may be merely a product of changing scientific fashionsIn 2011, researchers at the University of Chicago conducted a simple experiment to ascertain whether a rat would release another rat from a cage without being given a reward. The answer was yes. After several sessions, the rats learned intentionally and quickly to open the restrainer and release the caged rats. The rats also repeated the behaviour even when they were denied the reward of reunion. Even more astonishing, when the rats were presented with two cag...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 4, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Mark Honigsbaum Tags: Psychology Philosophy Barack Obama World news Social history US politics Society Neuroscience Features The Observer Source Type: news

Do All That You Can to Be a Worthy Partner...Within Reason
Adapting to suit your relationship is not about changing who you are. It's about learning new behaviors that will enable growth. Your quirks and idiosyncrasies—your essential qualities of character—don’t vanish when you learn something new. Learning how to be a better partner will help to ensure that you’ll always have someone with whom you can share these qualities.read more (Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center)
Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center - January 3, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: David Finch Tags: Autism Relationships Self-Help affection affectionate manner asperger awkward silence behav behavior best practices change coldness demolition doozie first years goals happy marriage how to be a better husband kristen Source Type: news