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There’s no good reason to push pink toys on girls

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Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Dolls are for girls and cars/trucks are for boys. These are just some of the social conventions that we have that Melissa Hines, a Professor of Psychology (specializing in child gender roles) at the University of Cambridge, wants to challenge. She claims that human development and […]

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10 Truths About Making Friends When You Have Autism

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People sometimes have a tendency to come to quick (and often misguided) conclusions about people with autism. And some of these assumptions can be really hurtful. The media itself plays an important role in the creation and elimination of these stereotypes, depending on how people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are presented to the general […]

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Studies show that pets are good social buffers for children with autism

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Time and again, highly-trained service dogs have proven to be a good companion for children with autism. But recent studies were published in 2012 where French researchers observed 260 homes with at least one child with ASD, and it showed that introducing pets in general can increase the child’s interactions with other family members because […]

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Lucy’s Amazing Friend

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I don’t read a lot of books about autism. This may shock some of you as I write about autism, and live and breathe it at home. The truth is I did read a lot of books about the subject when Justin was first diagnosed, then gradually turned to the internet for articles. It wasn’t […]

On Special Olympics, and Athletes are Athletes

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In 1976, I remember watching Nadia Comaneci’s floor routine in the Olympic games. I was transfixed and wanted to be a gymnast. My dad, a huge fan of hers, had called us into the family room to watch. “But watching sports on T.V. is boring,” I whined. Her strength, grace, and beauty changed my mind […]

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Boys and Their Toys: Should Little Boys Be Allowed To Play With Dolls?

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There’s always a visible line that separates the toys for girls and the toys for boys. Just like how we categorize clothes: Blue for boys, Pink for girls. Toys are one of the earliest signals of gender-discrimination. We may try to deny it, but that’s how things have always been for toys as far back […]

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The Autism Epidemic That Can No Longer Be Ignored

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The most difficult challenge for a person with autism is the part where he or she can barely communicate with the people around them, this is especially true for children. Michelle Gruba focuses on the prevailing cases of children with autism going missing. In most cases, these children are found dead or sometimes not found […]

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