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Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC) founder speaks at Cal U Autism Conference

Friday, April 03, 2009


Brenda Myles, founder of Autism Asperger Publishing Company and award winning author on autism, recently spoke at California University's 2nd Annual P.E.P Rally and Autism Conference. She spoke to an audience of parents, educators, and providers who are dealing with autism. The conference focused on teaching young ones with autism how to overcome the challenges of interpreting communication and understanding others. Myles spoke about the how autism hinders the ability to read non-verbal language and how those with autism think on a literal level. She also discussed the fact that children with autism need help with the "hidden curriculum" or unwritten rules of society that don’t come naturally. I appreciated Myles realistic encouragement to this community. She said, "Teaching children with autism spectrum disorders about all of the unwritten rules of society seems an overwhelming task. I like to use the one-a-day method. If education professionals would teach one thing a day to a child with autism, they would cover 180 items a year. Other students will also benefit from the reminders. If parents of children with autism spectrum disorders would teach one thing each day, they would cover 365 items each year. Remember to grab the teachable moments because there are excellent ways to make sure they understand the hidden curriculum. These kids see the world so differently. Academic standards are only one piece of the puzzle. We can't predict where anyone is going to be but we need to teach them ways to be successful in life. The potential is there." I am pleased that Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC) is publishing my new book Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome:  GOING OVER THE EDGE?. AAPC provides a variety of books, research, and conferences. Their mission to provide practical solutions to all things related to autism based off the latest research available.

Is love possible for those with Asperger Syndrome?

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Love is a natural desire for all human beings. This statement also rings true for those with Asperger Syndrome. They may struggle with showing and understanding emotions and even more so with showing love, but this does not mean that they don't long for it and desire it. Is it possible for someone with Asperger Syndrome to have a loving relationship? Dr. Tony Attwood, an authority on Asperger's Syndrome, recently wrote a fascinating article, OPPOSING VIEWS:  The Romantic Lives of Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome, which gives a very insightful look at AS relationships. Tony recommends that a child with Asperger's Syndrome be given proper guidance to develop relationship skills throughout the course of their life. Starting at a young age, the child’s parents need to focus on the necessity of developing healthy friendships which will also promote stronger self-esteem. Once they have reached adolescence, there’s an ongoing need to teach an accurate portrayal of attraction, dating, and sexuality. I also appreciated Tony’s thoughts on having a trusted friend or family member meet possible dates. They can give insight and perspective on whether that person will be a good choice before the dating process begins. Unfortunately, most adults with AS were not diagnosed as children since AS has only recently been widely recognized as a diagnosis. Many adults with AS have lived in ignorance and suffered the consequences. Yes, those with Asperger's Syndrome can love, but the quality of the relationship will be different. My new book, Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome:  GOING OVER THE EDGE?, highlights a realistic view of loving those with Asperger's Syndrome. At times these relationships can be full of heartache, but my passion is to teach ones how to do it better! I encourage you to continue to learn and educate yourself about AS. For more information, read my Frequently Asked Questions.

Siblings of Autistic Children Are Being Affected

Sunday, March 22, 2009


When a child is diagnosed with autism, most people automatically think of how the parents will be affected. But what about the siblings of children of autism? How severely are they impacted? Studies are now showing that these children will be affected in one way or another. One of the more obvious problems is that it will be more difficult for them to form a normal and healthy bond with their autistic sibling. It may also increase a tendency towards behavioral problems, depression and speech disabilities. Researchers recommend that siblings of autistic children can benefit from speech and language therapy. Obviously, every child is different and their reaction to a sibling with autism will be varied. The point is that it is important to be aware of the possibilities and to take the necessary steps to ensure that each and every child, regardless of disabilities, has the proper care and guidance they need. More research on this subject is available in the article OPINION: How Do Siblings Affect Autistic Kids? by Teresa J. Foden from the Interactive Autism Network. My new book, Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: GOING OVER THE EDGE, discusses the fact that a relationship with a loved one with Asperger Syndrome is difficult. I use stories to share some of the struggles I’ve personally observed in families between siblings, mates, parents and children. My hope is to help teach these loved ones how to have successful relationships and to take control of their lives. If you are interested in ordering your own copy of the book, please sign-up for my newsletter so I can contact as soon as the book becomes available. Continue to read my blog for more updates!


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