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IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - March 21, 2015
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law. March 12, 2015 – March 19, 2015 CRIMES: Theft occurring on... Read More...
IMAGE Oceanic Bridge Maintenance to Begin Tuesday, March 24
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Overnight closure 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. through April 30 RUMSON, NJ – Repair work to the structural steel and concrete deck on the Oceanic Bridge (S-31) over the Navesink River between Rumson and Middletown will be more evident to motorists,... Read More...
AAA Mid-Atlantic: Pump Shot – Gas Prices Sink a 2-Pointer
Saturday, 21 March 2015
The Week Prices at the pump continue to level off following a 40-day upswing that ended on March 8.  The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.43 Friday, down a penny on the week.  While 15 cents higher than month ago... Read More...
IMAGE Film: Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of Achievement Culture
Saturday, 21 March 2015
LINCROFT, NJ - Race to Nowhere calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. The filmmakers examine the stress placed on today's young students in terms of competitiveness and overscheduling. Named... Read More...
People's Choice Car Show at Poricy Park, May 2-3
Saturday, 21 March 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Poricy Park Conservancy will host it's first, People's Choice Car Show, on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The weekend promises to be fun for all ages and the whole family with additional events such... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...
IMAGE Review - McFarland USA
by David Prown
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
It is common knowledge that I'm a big fan of true sports movies regarding stories that are under the radar and rarely been told. So when I started... Read More...
IMAGE Musings from a Migraneur
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
I've suffered from migraines for so many years, by now I ought to understand how they work. I don't. In fact, though one might consider me the... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Exotic Marigold Hotel II
by David Prown
Saturday, 14 March 2015
It had all the themes I adore in films: things like ethnicity, a killer mature actress cast, warmth, fun interplay and a spice of youth. I heard lots... Read More...
IMAGE Golf Instructor Keeps Swinging at 78
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 14 March 2015
At the age of 78 and on the surface, at least, Ed Koepp seems to have gone through life effortlessly and has accomplished much. For example, he shot... 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).