Monthly Archives: July 2013

Everything in Moderation

And I don’t care if it’s TV, DVDs or computer/video games, but kids with ASDs should not spend lots of time alone with these. No one should. We all need a balanced diet of time alone, time with others, physical exercise, brain stimulation, work and good ol’ R&R.
I don’t know that this study breaks any new ground.

Moms Panel at Autism/Asperger’s Conference in Pasadena – Sunday, Aug. 11

I’m looking forward to the upcoming 8th Annual Back-to-School Autism/Asperger’s Conference on Aug. 10 and 11, 2013 at the Pasadena Convention Center.


Debora L. Smith, Autism Resource Mom [ARM], will be on the Panel of Moms at the 8th Annual Back-to-School Autism/Asperger’s Conference in Pasadena on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.

On Sunday from 1:30 – 3 p.m., I am pleased to be included on the ‘Panel of Moms,’ sharing my personal journey. My fellow-moms are: Cindy Illes-Nelson, a teaching artist and parent of two adult special needs children, one with autism. Cindy will share how her passion for helping others has inspired her to use her skills and training as an artist, educator and behavior specialist to improve other’s lives.

WM Phillips will share her experiences of raising a teenage son with autism and his journey going through a school for special needs children to attending public school in a mainstream classroom.

Rhonda Woods, a special education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Rhonda will share her experiences of raising two boys with autism as a divorced parent, as well as her expertise in IEPs, LRE, and parental rights.

For more information about the conference, click here.

SAVE THE DATE:  August 10-11, 2013 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Various Voices of Asperger’s

I am so happy I stumbled across Stephen Borgman’s wonderful article in Psychology Today from back in 2011! He talks about some fabulous teachers he’s learned from. I kept nodding my head as I read, recognizing name after name, and when I got to John Elder Robison’s name I went nuts.

I recently finished reading “Look Me In the Eye” and yesterday I bought “Be Different.” I would so love to meet John. To have my son talk with him. To have John Elder Robison come and talk to the individuals and families in our Asperger’s support group. He’s truly inspirational.

Anyway, read Borgman’s article and check out the teachers he talks about. Each one has a unique voice and perspective on ASDs. These are the experts who have a lot to say.

A Hot Button

Take a look at ARM’s latest Tip of the Week

All you need is a needle, about 24" of thread, the button and something to cut with.

All you need is a needle, about 24″ of thread, the button and something to cut with.