Cover Story
Good Research or Bad Research?: Understanding the Basics of Research
By Janet Kern, Ph.D., R.N., Susan Owens, M.S. & Laura Ruede, M.L.S.
The good news: more and more research is being done on autism. The bad news: research studies are often difficult to read and interpret. Not all research is designed well and conclusions can often be misleading. Learn the basic elements of sound research and how to read research studies with a critical eye.

In the Spotlight
Avoiding Due Process: The Top 10 Things Every Parent Needs to Know
By Reed Martin, J.D.
Reed is a noted special education attorney and an accomplished author on IDEA, Section 504 and related special education legislation. He shares the top 10 issues that parents need to know and understand when advocating for services for their child with autism…issues that will ultimately affect their success or failure if Due Process becomes necessary.

Autism, Autoimmunity and Immunotherapy:A Commentary
By Dr. Vijendra K. Singh
Is autism an autoimmune disorder? A growing cadre of professionals are looking at immune system dysfunction as a possible causal factor in autism. Dr. Singh discusses his belief that up to 80% of the cases of autism result from an abnormal immune reaction, stemming from a complex interaction between the immune system and the nervous system.

An Autistic Elf: Elven and Autistic Identity, and
by Amanda Baggs
"I have thought of myself as an elf for a long time. To me, it has been a symbol of my love for forests and for climbing trees . . . It has been a symbol of having different kinds of emotions and thoughts, that do not
fit into human language…"

Featured Books
What Does It Mean To Me?
By Catherine Faherty
Each of us, whether we have autism or not, has our own inner timetable prompting us toward greater self-knowledge. For some it begins in childhood. For many it begins in adolescence. Here’s a workbook and parents’ guide that helps you support your young person with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in his or her journey toward self-understanding.

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The Mystery of a Special Kid
By Josie Santomauro
A great little booklet for kids and classmates that explains Asperger’s Syndrome in an easy-to-understand fashion.

How to Be A Para Pro
By Diane Twachtman-Cullen
As a paraprofessional, your responsibility to the student you serve requires a blend of art and science. In her newest book, Diane Twachtman-Cullen presents a roll-up your sleeves, dig in your heels comprehensive training manual for paraprofessionals.

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Autism Around the World
Gent, Belgium: I’m Special: A Method to Introduce Children,
Adolescents and Young Adults to their Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Peter Vermeulen
Even with their Theory of Mind deficits, higher-functioning hildren and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder are aware
that they are different. They may not attend the same school as their siblings. They are not so frequently invited to birthday parties. These individuals know that they don’t fit in, but they don’t always understand why.

London, England: A Typical Hour

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: Shame & Despair

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 – November Issue

We’re Celebrating!
It’s our First Anniversary Issue

The Autism Epidemic: Real or Imagined?

The International Autism Summit

High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: Same or Different?

Autism. Vaccines. The Controversy

Diagnosing Jefferson: Evidence of a Condition that Guided His Belief, Behavior, and Personal Associations
By Norm Ledgin
Did Thomas Jefferson have Asperger’s Syndrome? Ledgin assembles clues that support the diagnosis. An intriguing look at one of America’s founding fathers. Plus: personal insights from the author you won’t read anywhere else.

Children with Autism: A Parents’ Guide
Edited by Michael D. Powers, Psy.D.
Completely revised and updated, this second edition provides parents with comprehensive coverage of the differences among diagnoses, daily and family life, development, early intervention, educational programs, legal rights, and advocacy.

Asperger’s Huh? A Child’s Perspective
By Rosina G. Schnurr, Ph.D.
A wonderfully simple and insightful view into the world of a child with Asperger’s Disorder.