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How did the measles vaccine controversy start and why won't it go away?

Posted by Robert Naseef Ph.D. , 20 February 2015 · 1,787 views

http://thinkingmomsr...2014/09/MMR.jpg Facts areFacts are stubborn things, but study after study and warning after warning doesn't kill the intense fear that many parents have about vaccinating their children. My son, Tariq, received the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) in 1981 around the same time that he lost his s...


Autism Awareness Isn't Enough

Posted by Robert Naseef Ph.D. , 29 April 2014 · 1,339 views
awareness, acceptance and 8 more...
Autism Awareness Isn't Enough Awareness is not enough. Every child on the autism spectrum has strengths and challenges and is a special part of the human family.  With awareness come responsibilities and possibilities. On Sunday, the "Guy Talk" panel at You can hear that conversation on YouTube.    

Self-advocate Dr. Stephen Shore  talked about what autism meant to him in gra...


"Love doesn't keep score. Siblings do."

Posted by Robert Naseef Ph.D. , 09 April 2014 · 1,145 views
siblings, autism, love, rivalry and 6 more...
400 people seemed to nod in agreement when Caroline McGraw used these words to describe some of her difficulties growing up with a younger brother who has autism. Few among us would deny this truth of family life-whether there is a disability or not. The scene was the...


Guy Talk: Getting Insurance Companies to Pay Up

Posted by Robert Naseef Ph.D. , 06 March 2014 · 927 views
autism, special needs and 3 more...
This Sunday, March 9, at 9:00 PM Eastern, Scott Leshin will be our featured contributor. Scott is the proud father of seven year old, Sam, who was born with cerebral palsy. After spending 3.5 months in various NICUs, Scott and his wife and came home with the insurmountable task of trying to coordinate care for their son. He sat in his kitchen with his lap...


Siblings Need Attention Too

Posted by Robert Naseef Ph.D. , 11 February 2014 · 1,013 views
siblings, parenting, jealousy and 2 more...
Siblings Need Attention Too I met a young woman recently who faked getting sick as a teenager. She explained to me it was the only way she could get to spend time one on one with her mother. She was growing up with a brother who has autism.    

She would take a thermomet    er and run it under hot water until the mercury showed a fever then show it to her mother. This way she got t...


Celebrate the Children

Posted by Robert Naseef Ph.D. , 05 February 2014 · 913 views

Celebrate the Children Learning to appreciate the little things is one of the profound lessons that that family members experience from children with special needs or autism. There may be grief and frustration over what a child cannot do, but learning to celebrate what a child can do brings a very special joy. (Photo from the Parents of Special Needs Facebook)

At a parent sup...