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Kevin Chevel Honored by The Arc of Monmouth County
Friday, 01 August 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Kevin Chevel, of Middletown Township, is being honored by The Arc of Monmouth County. Mr. Chevel has worked at the Middletown Public... Read More...
Free World-Class Chamber Music Concert at Monmouth U
Friday, 01 August 2014
West Long Branch, NJ -  Monmouth University is pleased to announce that the Simon String Quartet and colleagues will again present free... Read More...
Come Enjoy The Taste of Atlantic Highlands 2014
Friday, 01 August 2014
Atlantic Highlands, NJ - Get ready to enjoy the Third Annual Taste of Atlantic Highlands, September 14th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Taste gives... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth Reform Temple Welcomes Rabbi Marc Kline to Lead its Congregation
Friday, 01 August 2014
PHOTO: (left to right) is Monmouth Reform Temple’s new Rabbi Marc Kline (center) with his wife Lori Bernard and the MRT President Jay... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - August 1, 2014
Friday, 01 August 2014
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven... Read More...

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IMAGE And Another Thing!
by Anne Mikolay
Friday, 01 August 2014
Despite the fact that I am “The Armchair Critic”, I usually keep my criticisms to myself; however, every once in a while I have such a bad day I... Read More...
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by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 01 August 2014
In the beginning of July, I was blessed to attend the annual meeting of the Baptist World Alliance in Izmir, Turkey.  The Baptist World Alliance... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - August 1, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 01 August 2014
Jenny McCarthy's son calls 911 because she is texting while driving.What does she do?Toss his phone out the window: http://bit.ly/1o8KTMS Denver... Read More...
IMAGE Not the Kind of Anchovy You Put on Pizza
by Joe Reynolds
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
If someone were to ask you the question what’s the most abundant and frequently found fish in Lower New York Bay, including Raritan Bay and Sandy... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Lucy
by David Prown
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I saw the new movie, "Lucy" the other day starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and this movie is going to do well in the box office. Not... Read More...

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danvance_120Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen, editor-in-chief of Autism Spectrum Quarterly, began working with children with autism 25 years ago, "back when autism was a rare disorder," said Twachtman-Cullen in a telephone interview. "It involved about two (children) in 10,000 then." Now autism affects one in 110.

A National Institutes of Health website defines Asperger's syndrome (AS) as a mild form of autism and notes people with AS have three core symptoms: obsessive or repetitive routines, poor communication skills, and physical clumsiness. People with AS often are called "geeks" or "nerds."

Twachtman-Cullen described two boys, in particular, with Asperger's syndrome: one she worked with beginning in fourth grade; the other, from first grade on.

She said, "They both had problems socially and didn't have friends. That didn't matter to them at first, but as they approached adolescence, it did. For example, with the boy I began working with in first grade, at first he could care less if he had friends. When he got into seventh grade, however, it did matter. There are exceptions, but this has been my experience with children with Asperger's. At some point, most want friendships but don't know how to go about making them. That's one distinguishing characteristic between them and children with straight autism."

She said people with AS also have many positive traits, including good language ability and intelligence. Often their intense interests form the basis for a satisfying hobby or vocation.

One tool professionals use to diagnose AS is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Its next edition (probably released in 2013) will probably eliminate the AS diagnosis and simply lump it in with autism. Many people, including this columnist, object to this proposed revision, in part because it could stigmatize a group of people already having social adjustment difficulties. In addition, Twachtman-Cullen believed the revision could result in fewer public school services for children with AS. She supported revising rather than tossing out the diagnosis.

People with AS often call themselves "Aspies." Twachtman-Cullen quoted the senior editor of Autism Spectrum Quarterly, Liane Holliday Willey, who has AS: "Asperger's syndrome is more than a clinical label to many of us; it is the glue that 'created' a community of individuals who have finally found their true essence and place in the world."

Said Twachtman-Cullen, "A lot of people with Asperger's feel as she does."

Contact: danieljvance.com [Palmer Bus Service and Blue Valley Sod make this column possible.]

Daniel J. Vance is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).