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AADigest: July/August 2014

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AADigest: July/August 2014

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Amelia and Valerie are not only sisters but best friends. As they would say, BFFs! Amelia is 11 years old and has high functioning autism. She has a big heart and loves everyone unconditionally. She has a heart for God! Her favorite sports are riding horses and karate. She also likes beading, art and loves the Smurfs! Valerie is 6 years old and is sensitive to everyone’s needs. She loves helping her sister. She also likes riding horses and gymnastics. Art and math are her favorite subjects. She is quite the artist and has an eye for fashion–she’s a “fashionista”!


16 | The Way I See It – Teaching Turn Taking and the Ability to Wait
Temple Grandin, PhD

18 | Planning to Be Social – Rx for Teasing
Jed Baker, PhD

20 | Insider: An Aspie’s Tips for Teens – Decisions, Decisions…
Jennifer Cook O’Toole

29 | The Power of the Arts – The Exceptional Mind of Noah Schneider
Joanne Lara, MA, and Keri Bower

30 | Applied Behavior Analysis – Response to Intervention
James Ball, EdD, BCBA-D

32 | Teacher to Teacher – Independence Days
Margaret Oliver, MEd

40 | Perspective – Autism Mad Libs: How to Fill In the Blanks
Ellen Notbohm, B

42 | Autism Around the World – Malaysia
Tina T. X. Neik, MS, and Noel Chia Kok Hwee, EdD

44 | Inspire – Melting Down
Brenda Tan, MA


22 | Overcoming Depression
There are a range of strategies to reduce the depth and duration of a depression, and these can be adapted for the characteristics, life experiences, and circumstances of someone who has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Tony Attwood, PhD

26 | Fluff and Stuff: Breaking the Code of Test Scores
Ultimately, the purpose of all school meetings is to understand what is presented. Unless you ask questions to help test scores make sense to you, they can be no more than fluff.
Vaughn K. Lauer, PhD

34 | Navigating Communication in the Workplace
How do you successfully navigate the world of work when you have a condition defined, in part, by differences in communication? This article helps you find common ground when it comes to communication to build wonderful working relationships!
Lynne Soraya

38 | Vocational Programs for Young Adults with ASD
Vocational programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) offer similar services but have distinctive styles of delivery. Food for Good Thought and Max’s Positive Vibe Café are two excellent examples.
Brigid Rankowski

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