On the Cover
Nicholas Burch, age five, discovers that holidays are a fun time of year! He lives with his mom, sister Allison and dog Princeton in Lady Lake, Florida. Nicholas loves the outdoors, especially swimming and jumping on his trampoline.

Traversing Autism: The Origins of the HANDLE Approach to Autism
By Judith Bluestone
Humans function as complex interactive systems housed in one body, each part continually affecting every other part. When we view autism from its neurodevelopmental basis, growth, progress and change CAN occur. [Read an excerpt of this article].

FAMILY – Make Way For a New Definition
By Anne Patterson
Let’s face facts; when a child is diagnosed with autism, ‘normal family life’ goes out the window. For some parents, this causes enormous stress. Learn how to let go of old ideas and create new dreams.

Children’s Museum Reaches Out
By Sandra Trusewych
Read how one Illinois children’s museum uses visual tools to make kids with autism feel more at home.

The Ambassador Club: Or How An Un-cool Middle Age Woman Teaches Teenagers to Fit In
By Pat Rakovic MA CCC/SLP
How do you teach social skills in a context that is attractive and acceptable to a teenager? Create a club and make a movie!

Advice for Adult Aspies
by Lawrence M.Rubin
25 ways of making Aspie-ness work for you!

Autism Around the World – Australia
Transitioning into a New World
By Maureen Bennie
Transitioning from the perfect preschool into the not-so-perfect public education system can be difficult. One mother describes her journey.

Autistic Thinking – Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees
By Peter Vermeulen
The core of autism is not to be found on the outside, in behavior, but on the inside, in understanding how people with autism think.

A Picture’s Worth – PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism

By Andy Bondy, Ph.D.& Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP
A step-by-step guide to developing effective communication strategies with children with autism.


Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence – Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World
By Teresa Bolick, Ph.D.
Explore the challenges faced by AS teens,learn helpful tools,strategies and solutions to help your AS teen achieve social success.

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GF/CF: Plain and Simple
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This Month: Cleaning Out the Pantry

Straight Talk About Language & Communication
by Diane Twachtman-Cullen
This Month:
Connecting the Language-Learning "Dots" for Students with ASD

Horse Sense – Wisdom Shared by Autistics Already Willing the Race of Life
by Mary Newport
This Month: To Tell or Not to Tell

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: Visual Processing

Special Education Law
Find the latest information about special education programs around the country and the laws that effect them.
by Reed Martin, J.D.
This Month: Has Your Child ever been Evaluated for what Really Counts?

Conference Calendar
Find out about all of the upcoming conferences sponsored by Future Horizons.

Research Update
Check out what’s new in Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD research.
This Month: Selectivity with Food and Iron Deficiency

Autism: The Way I See It
Insight and advice from someone who knows what it’s like to have Autism
by Temple Grandin
This Month: Insights into Autistic Social Problems

Into the Light: Our Journey through Early Intervention
By Jacqueline McCracken-Houck
This Month: A Ray of Hope Emerges

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Coming Attractions – January/February 2003

Teaching People with Autism to Recognize & Understand Emotions
An effective new program is getting RESULTS!
Karoly Horvath’s research on Gastroenterological factors in Autism
Navigating Everyday Life
Solid Advice about Everyday Issues

Tips on Choosing a Day Program

Two parent stories about the wonderful ways kids with ASD enrich our lives
Are you ready to Wiggle?
Australian group helps kids with Autism
A Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities terminology

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Straight Talk on Language & Communication
Autism the Way I see It by Temple Grandin
Into the Light: Our Journey through Early Intervention
Horse Sense: Wisdom Shared by Autistics Already Winning the Race of Life
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GF/CF: Plain & Simple

Research Update

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