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1 in 68 with 1:5 girl-boy

Published on March 27, 2014 By Melody

Another CDC post to add to your mix… forgive me…

CDC release

CDC Surveillance Summary

I want to state two things before I get into what I’m actually posting about.

  1. This is not an epidemic. (Statement can also be read as “Vaccines don’t cause autism.”)
  2. Yes, the data is from 2010, but that doesn’t make it outdated. Please remember that 2010 had to end. Individual sites had to compile their data. Those sites then had to send to the CDC. The CDC had to compile that data. Then CDC had to go through records. Then they had to come up with a way to present the information.

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The False Dichotomy – “High” and “Mid-to-Low” Functioning

Published on February 4, 2014 By Melody

I get to be reminded of this quite often. This false dichotomy between those with “high functioning autism” and those with “mid to low functioning autism.” Why? Because Daniel, to those who split things down those lines, is considered “mid to low functioning,” and to those who split things down those lines consider Stephen to be “high functioning.” I’ve been accused of having nothing but “high functioning” kids because of my expectations and the way I frame their skill sets.

But when you meet them, you can see the types of supports my children need. I don’t even go through a lot of those supports here because I respect them enough to not be so cruel and share their most intimate struggles with the world.… Read more.

An Open Letter to Educators

Published on January 21, 2014 By Melody

Educators,

I know for the most part, most of you went into this profession to educate the next generation of students. You wanted to help them succeed and lead future generations. You work for less than you deserve and are expected to spend more of your personal time and energy and sometimes money to reach the goal of giving students the tools they need to lead productive lives as adults.

But I’m here to tell you, many of you are failing some of your students. You are failing to live up to your end of the bargain with parents and your students.… Read more.

Event Planning for Autistics

Published on November 14, 2013 By Melody

One of my new favorite pages on Facebook is Parenting Autistic Children with Love & Acceptance. There’s a lot of great information, but also, you get to ask questions and respond to questions. Since parenting autistic children is a passion for me, I have been getting into answering a lot now that I’m no longer working. It’s pretty awesome to be able to help parents, especially those early in their journey.

Today a question was posed about how autistic parents of autistic kids handle the socialization aspect of parenting. I have to admit, when my kids were toddlers, I was pretty terrible at it.… Read more.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Published on September 18, 2013 By Melody

I have been recently following a few different conversations online about raising autistic kids. There has been something that I keep saying no matter what the situation is, that’s being talked about. There is a need for an autistic child to have their own safe space. In our household, we have taken that a step further. Each person has to have their own safe space. I know that in our autistic household (for those who haven’t read this site before, I am also autistic as are both our kids.) this is more a necessity than most households, but I think it stands firm for ANY household, even if there are no kids/people with disabilities.… Read more.