Autism in April

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN This April, I’m still going to drag out my autism awareness sign and plop it in my yard… I’ll try not to be as callous and put my best foot forward in the hopes of some good information sharing on our usual media channels, but I’m going to put my foot down on one thing. April is here. Another Autism Awareness Month has arrived. I don’t know why, but […]

Challenges And Resources For Military Families Touched By Autism

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D Jen Gerberding felt that the military lifestyle was better understood when surrounded by other military families; that being separated due to the military is common for training, deployments, or certain jobs, and not viewed as a hindrance to the family. One of the main challenges that you might first think of when hearing the diagnosis of autism is of rigidity, inflexibility, and consistent structure. However, a military family encounters unique situations […]

Looking Behind And Beyond The Screen

BY DR STEPHEN B. CORBIN Albert Einstein observed that if one does the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result, it is the definition of insanity. That seems like a man on the street type of observation that makes a lot of sense. There is a corollary to that observation, equally as true, but rarely stated – if you fail to take an action that could change or fix something, right […]

Birthday Parties and Kids with Autism

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY I love my birthday. Although I’m rapidly approaching 50 (how did that happen?) I continue to stretch it out for an entire month each year, enjoy being celebrated and eating lots of chocolate cake (a staple for me not only on my actual day.) When I was pregnant with both of my sons, I was so thrilled they’d each have their “own month” in our family, couldn’t wait to shower them […]

The Importance Of Early Sibling Support Group Involvement

BY CHRISTY HAWKINS Growing up with a brother that was prone to out of the blue temper tantrums limited family vacations. The evening hours after he returned from school after another day of angst with his peers and all that stimuli would always pose some challenges. Not to mention my brother’s difficulty with the classroom expectations and the frustration of his teachers. He was so smart, so capable. So why could he not produce the […]

Life with My Brother Sammy

BY PAIGE TALHELM My brother has every right to be in church, the store, or a restaurant • So I do feel bad, not for myself, but for Sammy • He is just being himself • Is he hurt by people’s reactions? • What is he thinking? • These questions fill my mind and drive me crazy every day • My brother, Sammy, is six years younger than me. He is 17 years old with […]

Concerns About Autism

As the country’s leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to protecting the health of all Americans–including infants, children, and adolescents. CDC shares with parents and many others great concern about the number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We are committed to understanding what causes autism, how it can be prevented, and how it can be recognized and treated as early as possible. Estimates released in […]

Vaccines DO NOT Cause Autism

– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Recent estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network found that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD in communities across the United States. CDC is committed to providing essential data on […]

Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation

BY JESS BLOCK NERREN, MA Creating authentic autism awareness, acceptance and action in every corner of a Southern California Community. Boyd Houser isn’t just any adorable six-year-old kid who loves to write with chalk, build snowmen and give hugs to his family. He is a little guy who will grow up in a world where inclusion isn’t just a word but also a way of life. Boyd inspired his dad, Larry Houser, to found the […]

Seven Tips To Help Parents This Autism Awareness Month

By Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC ( and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide to Reclaiming Your Life has declared Saturday, April 11 as a day for family members and friends to support the parents of children with autism. Apply these simple tips to make a difference in the lives of special needs parents: • Give a well-deserved break.Managing all aspects of a child’s daily living, including personal needs, school activities, therapy […]