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Friday Link Share — July 15

The following links are articles, blog posts, and other Internet tidbits that I’ve found particularly interesting in the past week.

Don’t Laugh At Me: A powerful, painful, important blog post about autism, sensory meltdowns, and the fact that we have a long, long way to go before acceptance is the norm. This post does a great job of explaining the difference between a tantrum and a sensory meltdown, two things that can look fairly similar to an unfamiliar eye but are vastly different from one another. And once you’ve read that, check out…

So Then, What Should I Do?: The follow-up to “Don’t Laugh At Me,” with a great list of suggestions for how to respond if you see a parent trying to manage their child’s sensory meltdown in public. I found the advice in this post to be extremely practical and very useful.

What To Say To Parents of Children With Autism: Similar to the above link, this article discusses helpful (and not so helpful) things to say when you find out that someone’s child has autism. Not being a parent myself, I can’t speak for how “right” the article’s advice is, but it seemed pretty solid to me.

Wallgreens’ Program Puts the ‘Able’ in Disabled: Although I found the title of this article a bit off-putting, the content was excellent– Wallgreens has created a distribution center that they plan to staff where at least 33% of the employees have some form of cognitive or physical disability (and, as of the writing of the article, 42% of the currently hired employees have some form of disability). It’s great to see a big name company actively recruiting individuals with disabilities, focusing on these individuals’ strengths rather than only seeing the challenges they face. Keep it up, Wallgreens!

That’s all for this week. Have a link you’ve stumbled upon that you think is worth sharing? Leave it in the comments!

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Autism, Uncategorized

 

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Friday Link Share

The following links are articles, blog posts, and other Internet tidbits that I’ve found particularly interesting in the past week.

Antidepressant use in pregnancy may raise autism risk: A CNN article looking at a new study that found a possible link between SSRI usage during pregnancy and autism risk. The study was small and definitely needs to be followed up with a larger sample size to have more weight and validity, but it’s an interesting direction to explore. I’m concerned by the rabid way the media is latching on to this very preliminary study, though… there is nothing here that should be triggering any kind of “blame game.”

“Wombs of Doom” or “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Poisoning My Children with SSRIs”: One mother’s response to the over-the-top reaction people are having about the above study, and her personal choice to continue SSRI usage during pregnancy. An important read for keeping things in perspective.

Environment blamed for autism: Despite its sensational title, this article does a decent job at discussing the nature vs. nurture debate that has arisen due to conflicting study findings, and some of the concerns researchers have by the misinterpretation of findings.

For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents: A New York Times article about a Danish company, founded by a man whose son has Asperger’s Syndrome, that specifically trains and employs individuals with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism. You can read a follow-up article here.

A Coordinated Effort: One of my favorite autism moms and bloggers, Solodialogue, discusses her frustration at the lack of communication between the various specialists who work with her son. An important read for professionals, and some great ideas for parents in the comments.

That’s all for this week. Have a link you’ve stumbled upon that you think is worth sharing? Leave it in the comments!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Autism, Uncategorized

 

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