Cover Story
Making Make-Believe: Enhancing Communications & Social Skills though Integrated Play

by Pamela J. Wolfberg, Ph.D.
Unraveling the myriad problems children with autism experience in play may be one of the most significant challenges facing theorists, practitioners, and family members. It is within the culture of play that children gain a host of skills, including what it takes to be socially competent.

In the Spotlight
The Letter I Wrote Too Late
by Jerry Newport
Writing from the heart, Jerry tells his parents, who passed away years ago, about his life, what it’s like to have Asperger’s, and how much they really meant to him. Keep a box of tissues handy for this one.

Unpacking Your Bags: Sleep Strategies for Individuals with Autism – Part 2
by Max Wiznitzer, M.D.
The segment you’ve been waiting for! Dr. Max discusses specific strategies you can use to alleviate your child’s sleep problems, including when to consider medication as an intervention strategy.

Let’s Create Beautiful Music Together! Using Music-Centered Therapy to Help Individuals with Autism by Antoinette Lubrano
At the core of music therapy is the belief that within each individual there is a ‘music child’ – an inborn sensitivity to music, which can be activated for personal growth and development. Music bypasses the limitations imposed by autism, and provides a basis for an active working relationship.

Featured Books
Pervasive Development Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help
by Mitzi Waltz
This book is the "PDD Bible" for parents or newly diagnosed adults. It provides comprehensive information on every relevant aspect of PDD, in a clear, easy-to understand manner. If autism is part of your life, this book is a must-have.

Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Development Disorder
by Karyn Seroussi
A compelling true account of one mother’s successful struggle to rescue her autistic son from a hopeless condition. An unusual mix of emotion, clinical research and useful intervention strategies.


Views from our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs Edited by Donald Meyer
In the US, there are over four million people who have developmental disabilities. Most of these people have brothers and sisters. This book is for them. Also includes information on Sibshops – fun events created just for siblings.

Autism Around the World
Rome, Italy
Himalayan Glory for First Autistic Climber.

United Kingdom Ros is a 31 year-old woman who was diagnosed as severely autistic when she was just one year old. She talks candidly about how autism has affected her life.

In Every Issue
Upfront –
Managing Editor, Veronica Palmer on Autism

Ask the Experts – noted professionals from various disciplines answer your questions about behavior, medications, social skills, sensory processing and more. Every now and then, we’ll have them debate a controversial topic so you learn all sides of a new issue. This Month: Self Limiting Eaters

Conference Calendar – Find out about all of the upcoming conferences.

NetNews – What’s new and best on the Internet for autism information.

Find It – Find out more information about articles, reviews, and stories.

Coming Attractions – Check out what’s coming up in the next issue.