Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

The best advice I can give is to recommend that you make sure you understand how any particular treatment is meant to work. If a treatment doesn’t make sense, sounds like a fad diet or sounds too good to be true, ask for clarification and evidence of it's effectiveness and don’t be afraid to do some research on it yourself. Don't sign up to or pay for anything until you have looked into it further.

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Shame and the Unwanted Identity by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

"…I do not exist without autism, neither do my boys. The way my brain thinks is who I am and autism is the way my brain thinks…."

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On Middle School Follies and Mean Girls: Portia and Cassius Speak Out

I will admit, that I am quite fond of Emelie. Her book has inspired both me and Cassius. So it is possible that I am not the best person to respond to this post, but reading the post brought up all my feelings of helplessness and frustration that I experienced over the past school year with Cassius: watching him be bullied, and not be protected by the school that was supposed to protect him. Reading that another child was experiencing something similar just absolutely breaks my heart. This is our letter to Emelie.

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Autism and Sensitivity, By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

After writing my last post on autism stigma and Autism Speaks and commenting on the posts of others on the same topic, I began to feel anxious, depressed, faint and nauseous. These are feelings that I am accustomed to having before, during and after many social interactions in person and online, whenever they extend past pleasantries and into the murky territory of feelings…

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Commencing Operation SuperMoon

Just a friendly reminder from your friends here at http://www.MyPuzzlingPiece.Com that this weekend we will celebrating* a “SuperMoon.” Yup. It’s baaaaaaaaack. Sure, laugh at me. Call me a lunatic (which […]

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New Autism Speaks Masterpost (Updated 6/20/14)

I’ve been receiving quite a bit of people who have noticed, and are confused by, my very obvious disdain for the organization Autism Speaks. I highly recommend to everyone (to […]

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Tom Insel – NIMH – Are Children Overmedicated ?

Originally posted on asdresearchinitiative:
Director’s Blog: Are Children Overmedicated? http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2014/are-children-overmedicated.shtml A recent symposium at the Carter Center featured a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that…

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A Bully’s Story: An Open Letter to the Middle Schoolers that Called my Autistic Son a “Faggot” (Full Article)

A Bully’s Story: An Open Letter to the Middle Schoolers that Called my Autistic Son a ‘Faggot’ Dear Middle Schoolers who have bullied Cassius throughout the past school year; I […]

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