Misconceptions of Autism: Tech Savants

Misconceptions of Autism: Tech Savants

(Editor’s note: As always, the illustrations in Julie’s blog posts are created by her!)   As autism becomes part of a worldwide dialog, society learns more every day about what it means to be on the autism spectrum. This is, of course, a good thing. ...
Laughing at Random Moments

Laughing at Random Moments

One day while working on a new graphics project for Brain Power, I started giggling under my breath. I tried to stop myself as the tears of laughter formed in my eyes, but I knew any second I would betray myself and my coworkers would favor me with a perplexed look....
Autistic Perception of Common Gestures

Autistic Perception of Common Gestures

Imagine the following scenario: It’s the end of the first week at your child’s new school. You receive a phone call from your child’s teacher, who has some “concerns.” She comments that your child does not make eye contact. She also comments that when she pats your...
Unlocking the Door into Autism

Unlocking the Door into Autism

I remember the exact moment I became fascinated by autism. I was 18, working at a summer camp for people with disabilities. Halfway into the summer was Camp Festival…”Camp Chaos” would have been a more fitting name. Fifteen kids with autism, Down syndrome and various...
10 Good Movies to Watch for Autistic Children in 2020

10 Good Movies to Watch for Autistic Children in 2020

You’re stuck inside your home because of the social distancing protocol implemented in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The entire family wants to escape into a great movie. But if you have a child on the autism spectrum, they might be very picky about the...
Finding Brain Power

Finding Brain Power

  (Editor’s note: Our animator, Julie Esris, wrote this post shortly after she was hired by Brain Power in 2017. All drawings in this post below were created by her! She continues to create amazing artwork and animations for us.)   All I can say is,...