Autism Acceptance – Accept Me, Not A Label

Autism is not something to be feared, nor is it solely defined by medical jargon or categories. It needs to be accepted as the way an individual thinks, feels, and expresses themselves; nothing more, nothing less.

Spring Awakening

By Scott Lentine This poem appeared originally on Scott’s blog and is reproduced with his permission. Flowers blossoming, snow melting It is time of the year of new beginnings To forget our winter woes And transition into spring clothes Getting ready for daylights savings and Easter March Madness and baseball as TV features More birthday…

Basic Reciprocal Conversation Skills: Listening (Part 1 of 5)

After all these years of observations, I’ve finally boiled having a reciprocal conversation down to five major things that need improvement.

What it is really like to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as an adult

It meant I finally found what I had been searching for, for more than 30 years. It meant closure of something looming over me. It meant satisfaction in me and my life in general. It was a relief to put a name to my idiosyncrasies and it gave me understanding and wisdom.

My San Diego Trip

During the last week, I went with my brother Brian and his girlfriend Amanda to visit San Diego. There, we met with our cousin Chris, who is a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton and lives in nearby Carlsbad. We got to see various attractions in the city, such as The San Diego Zoo, Potato Chip Rock in the mountains of Poway, the beaches of Coronado, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla, and other sites.

My 27th Birthday Celebrations

Once we turned on the lights, I was greeted with thunderous applauses of “Surprise!!” by friends and even my cousin Matt. I then proceeded to greet all the guests and have snacks and a cake, as I patiently waited for the presents.

My Summer Aspirations

By Scott Lentine Reaching out, making connections Looking for friends and new directions Exploring new places and meeting people Moving forward and looking for life’s next sequel Beautiful beach weather with waves crashing on the shore Allows me to connect with nature My senses feel alive to the core And I relate to life’s basic…

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a research-based health care profession that uses music to help clients reach their therapeutic goals. Ok, that sounds interesting, but what exactly does that mean? Let’s take a closer look.

Grief and Bereavement

In this interview, Brian A. Wong provides some additional information about bereavement and offers advice to family members and individuals with ASD.

How I Lost the Burden of Shame

My diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome brought me the gift of self-knowledge and set me free from the feeling of despair and shame that had held me in its grip. For the first time since childhood, I regained a sense of self-pride.