June 2018

This page will be updated regularly with news and posts related to autism, autism services, and autism news/research. There is also summaries on autism-related trainings that SPARC offers to organizations to assistance with expanding autism awareness and acceptance.


Many of us in the field have been saying this for years, but it’s nice to see some research backing our idea that therapies have to be as individualized as our clients: Details of brain networks in autism

I had the honor of meeting the author of this article, John Elder Robison, about two years ago. This is a great read into the debate around what the definition of autism is: Is the Definition of Autism Too Broad?

Interesting piece from The New York Times looking into the “Brother’s Keeper” situation when it comes to autism and siblings: Reluctant Keepers of a Brother With Autism

What the Musical MI category looks like in autism and how exploring it can benefit those on the spectrum with an affinity to music: Music is a Powerful Tool for People with Autism


SPARC Classes: Contact us at for more information!

These classes vary with the audience, but the main goal is to introduce autism to those new to its world. Whether you have a recently diagnosed family member, or are being introduced to clients on the spectrum, this interactive and multi-styled training can show you what autism is, what it is like, and the various therapeutic approaches used to make lives change for the better. Both trainings are regularly updated with new information or research findings, and can be tailored to the age level.

Autism: The Experience

This class focuses on introducing participants to the world of autism. What it is, its highlighted symptoms, and video experiences of those on the spectrum are included in this training. The goal is to promote neurodiversity, and to build the empathy of those who may not understand the condition, but want to learn. Presentation handouts (with references for further learning) and a Q&A with the presenter round out this training, which can range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the needs of the audience. This training in particular can be tailored for children and teenagers to help introduce them to autistic peers’ experiences and build empathy.

Autism 101

Slightly different from The Experience, this training highlights the various therapeutic approaches to autism and current research on the subject. The goal of this training is to gain both empathy and professional knowledge of autism. This training also includes an interactive exercise to experience the sensory distractions for an autistic person in a classroom (of any age). Presentation handouts with references and a Q&A with the presenter are including in this training. The training usually lasts about an hour, but can be adjusted with the needs of the group. This training works best with about 10-15 participants.

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