8% Increase in Autism in California Public Schools


As National Autism Awareness Month 2014 continues, we are greeted with more news about an increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorders. This time, the increase is specific to California public schools. According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, year-over-year autism cases increased by 8% in the state. Statewide, the number of autistic students rose by 6,100, or 8 percent, to almost 79,000. The number of autistic students statewide has risen by between 5,000 and 7,000 most years for more {Read More}

A Cartoon Ava


Allow me to divert a little off-topic today, but I just have to share this cartoon drawing of Ava. I sent in a photo to one of the graphic artists on Fiverr.com and for only $5, she made this drawing. Ava loves it and so do I! I’m thinking about printing out a 5×7 and framing it for her room.

Time to #LIUB for World Autism Awareness Day

#LIUB for Autism Awareness

Do you have your blue on today? Alex and Ava do! It is World Autism Awareness Day and you can follow along on social media with the hashtag #LIUB.

Yael Center VML Workshop in Los Angeles


Israel’s Dr. Elad Vashdi is bringing his Verbal Motor Learning workshop to the United States on Sunday, March 23, 2014. According to the workshop flyer, “The VML (Verbal Motor Learning) method is used for treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). The VML method uses manual techniques and motor learning principles in order to teach the child how to pronounce consonants, vowels, syllables and words. It also gives solutions to pre-verbal stages such as: oral-motor control, oral sensory condition, and breath {Read More}

Does Autism Lead to Differences in Parenting Styles?


I just read an interesting article based on new autism research out of Belgium and the Netherlands – Does Autism Make Moms Parent Differently? “A new study suggests that moms of kids with autism address their children’s behavior differently than parents of kids without the developmental disorder. Researchers found that mothers with children on the spectrum were less likely to set rules or use discipline, but more frequently imposed so-called positive parenting, encouraging good behavior rather than focusing on the {Read More}

Understanding Autism – Conference in North Carolina

Windsor NC Autism Conference

I’ve just added another conference to my list of 2014 autism conferences – Understanding Autism…and Strategies That Help! Conference Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014 Conference Location: 652 US Hwy 13 N Windsor, NC Conference Venue: Bertie Middle Shool Conference Speaker: Leica Anzaldo, Training Manager for the Autism Society of North Carolina Details: Please register by January 15 by calling the number below or emailing the address below. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 sharp so be sure to register by {Read More}