Autism Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Paula Lumbard, Jenna's Aunt

    Paula Lumbard, Jenna’s Aunt

    As one of six children, I credit my parents with always supporting each one of our individual skills, talents and interests. Two people who came from hardscrabble backgrounds, through example, taught me how to nurture and pursue my desires.

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  • Linda Lumbard, Jenna's mother

    Linda Lumbard, Jenna’s mother

    Learning that your child has any kind of disability is difficult.  It takes time to absorb the information that you receive from your specialists and to move forward the best that you can.  I have tried to educate myself about autism by attending seminars and reading any information that becomes available. 

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  • Jenna Lumbard, Author, "Worried Wendy Goes to School"

    Jenna Lumbard, Author, “Worried Wendy Goes to School”

    Salman Rushdie once wrote, “Books choose their authors, the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.” In my case, I must agree with this whole heartedly. I don’t sit down and decide what to write.

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  • Our Family Today

    Our Family Today

    Part Five of a Five-Post Series about one woman’s experiences with her son who has autism. For the past four days I’ve shared my stories and tips for helping your child with autism start a path to recovery. Now cut back to our little family 10 months after the initial diagnosis.

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  • Living with Autism Lessons to Learn Part II

    Living with Autism Lessons to Learn Part II

    Part Four of a Five-Post Series about one woman’s experiences with her son who has autism. The steps to treat a child with autism are stressful and overwhelming… what to do, what not to do, who to talk to, where to go….

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  • Living with Autism Lessons to Learn Part I

    Living with Autism Lessons to Learn Part I

    Part Three of a Five-Post Series about one woman’s experiences with her son who has autism. One of the major problems with autism – and there are many for parents – is that there is no guidebook. There is no tour guide. There is no manual. There is not one doctor. There is not one […]

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  • Another Tragedy Before Tommy’s Diagnosis of Autism

    Another Tragedy Before Tommy’s Diagnosis of Autism

    Part Two of a Five-Post Series about one woman’s experiences with her son who has autism. Tommy had been going through evaluations with the school district that prompted me in the days preceding the party at the duck pond to get a developmental psychologist’s opinion. A few weeks later Tommy was diagnosed with autism, and […]

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  • Even Before a Diagnosis, a Mother Knows

    Even Before a Diagnosis, a Mother Knows

    Part One of a Five-Post Series about one woman’s experiences with her son who has autism. I will forever remember the day…

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  • World Autism Day

    World Autism Day

    The General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously voted to set aside April 2 every year, starting in 2008, as World Autism Awareness Day. The day is to be marked around the globe with education regarding what we know about how to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); with events and media […]

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  • Autism Detection: Look and See

    Autism Detection: Look and See

    All children should be screened for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at the 18-month and 24-month well child visit, according to November 2007 guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which replaces the original 2001 policy. Implementing this would mark a big change.

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