Tag: Aspergers

Autism 101: The Basics

Since April is autism awareness month, we wanted to do our part in bringing awareness.  Here are some basic facts about autism you may not already know.   A Brief History of Autism Swiss psychiatrist Eugene Bleuler first used the term autism in 1911 to describe a subset of his patients, who he believed to have schizophrenia.  It means ‘isolated self’ and derives from the Greek word ‘autos’ (self).  In the 1940s, psychiatrists began to use the term to describe children...

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Overcomers: Parenting a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome

Amber had never heard of Asperger’s when she realized something wasn’t quite right with her then three-year-old son, Taye.  Their pediatrician repeatedly told her not to worry; but as a mother, Amber knew better. She spent the next three years scanning the Internet, trying to figure out why her son was so different from other children. When she heard someone mention Asperger’s on a TV show, she immediately went to the computer and searched for the symptoms. What she read made the pieces fit,...

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