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Major Loophole in NJ Microbeads Ban Legislation
Friday, 21 November 2014
5 Gyres, NY/NJ Baykeeper, and Clean Ocean Action support alternative Keyport, N.J. - New Jersey Bill S2178 would phase out plastic microbeads in personal care products such as toothpastes and exfoliating face washes, beginning January... Read More...
Time to Prepare for 2014 Winter Weather
Friday, 21 November 2014
Communication is key during a storm FREEHOLD, NJ – With record breaking snow in New YorkState this week and a forecast of cold weather continuing, we are reminded that we must be prepared for winter weather. “Now is the time for us to prepare... Read More...
Jersey Give-Back Guide Returns to Simplify Year-end Giving to NJ Nonprofits
Friday, 21 November 2014
Monmouth County Arts Council Among Listed Non-Profits MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Year-end giving in New Jersey just got easier with the debut of this year’s Jersey Give Back Guide, an online giving tool designed to showcase and support some of the... Read More...
Keyport-Aberdeen Bridge (MA-14) Project to be Topic of Meetings
Friday, 21 November 2014
Two information sessions scheduled in December KEYPORT, NJ – The public information meeting about the planned replacement of County Bridge MA-14 over Matawan Creek located between Keyport and Aberdeen, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday,... Read More...
IMAGE Roadwork Advisory for Middletown
Friday, 21 November 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  Middletown Township has issued the following roadwork advisory: All roadwork is subject to immediate change without notice. Call the Traffic Bureau at 732-615-2045 with questions. Newman Springs Road (Route 520) Construction... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Review - Interstellar
by David Prown
Friday, 21 November 2014
I was definitely not jonesing to see "Interstellar" as I'm not really a big special effects guy however I've always liked space movies. My son saw it... Read More...
IMAGE Take It From Snoopy
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Recently, I cleaned out a trunk full of ancient artifacts from my high school days and came across a little book titled “Happiness is a warm... Read More...
IMAGE Happy Birthday to a Group Very Special to Atlantic Highlands
by Jack Archibald
Thursday, 20 November 2014
This column typically avoids mentioning birthdays, as each of us is special and our birthday is something to be celebrated.  But a recent... Read More...
IMAGE Wigged Out at the White House?
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Has Barack Hussein Obama finally flipped out? One could reasonably conclude that after hearing the president’s remarks following an epic electoral... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - November 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Sunday, 16 November 2014
I have nothing funny or witty to say about this, "Brookdale Community College floats plan for 210 layoffs" : http://on.app.com/1GVIO49 PSA: If your... 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).