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Autism Asperger's Digest Magazine, September/October 2008 issue
Nobody Survives Alone: The Gift of Interdependence

By Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW, LCSW

How can I ask anyone for help? What could I possibly give in return?” In my work both as a psychotherapist and national speaker, I hear this sentiment expressed too often by parents of children with ASD. Many adhere to the unfortunate belief that in reaching out to others for support, one must be able to give an “equal” amount in return. Perhaps they have never fully understood the gift bestowed on others just by making a request for assistance.
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Autism Asperger's Digest MagazineAutism Asperger's Digest Magazine, January/February 2007 issue
A New Addition to the "Family": Hiring In-Home Support for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
By Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW, LCSW

Before advertising your job opening, you need to create a comprehensive job description. In part, a job description defines specific duties that meet the unique needs of your child or young adult. But a good job description also reflects the philosophy and personality of your family and the individual who will best fit within it.
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Disability Solutions ArticleDisability Solutions: A Resource for Families and Others Interested in Down Syndrome and Developmental Disabilites, Volume 7, Issue 1, Spring, 2006.
In-Home Support as “Life Support for the Soul”
By Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW, LCSW

It is 8:10 on a school day morning. Your husband leaves early for work. Three kids must be out the door by 8:30 and you also need to leave for work by 8:45. For the past 45 minutes, your 13 year old daughter has taken sole ownership of the only bathroom in the house. Your 10 year old son frantically searches for his school project while he insists that you help him find it. And if that is not enough, your 7-year-old daughter who has a developmental delay, sits on the floor of the kitchen having a major meltdown because there is no more of her everyday cereal left.
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Rain Kids Newsletter
"Very Special Parent Club"
published by John Henley, Portland, Oregon

Article 1 (8/96) | Article 2 (4/97)  |  Article 3 (4/98)  |  Article 4 (5/99)
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AAPC NewsletterAAPC Newsletter, Winter 2006 (pp. 2-4)
Navigating the Emotional Journey:
My Heart is Breaking
By Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW, LCSW

Today, my heart is breaking. Yesterday I attended the funeral of William, a 14-year old boy who lost his life, two weeks after the start of his freshman year. This was a quirky, brilliant, sensitive, caring, funny, in-your-face kind of kid, who loved to sail and play golf, and dreamed of being a pilot. William had many interests and kept his family hopping with grand new schemes. During the service his dad shared that had it not been for his son’s intense prodding, they would never have bought that old used Bayliner boat. Boating became a regular and joyous family event.
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AAPC NewsletterAAPC Newsletter, Fall 2006 (pp. 6-7)
Navigating the Emotional Journey:
Walking a Tightrope: Parenting Older Adolescents with ASD
By Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW, LCSW

Parenting an older adolescent with ASD sometimes feels like walking a tightrope extending through thick clouds to unseen horizons. Parents must find a workable balance between being appropriately protective of that older adolescent, while also letting go to promote as much independence as possible. All of this occurs without the benefit of a roadmap to, or the fast-forward capability to foresee, your child’s future. But there are definite skills to aid us on our parenting journey: proactive planning; accepting what we can’t control; listening to our kids; and believing in possibilities.
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Appeared in AAPC Newsletter: AAPC Community of Support for Parents, Professionals and People on the Spectrum, Fall 2006 Issue

AAPC NewsletterAAPC Newsletter, Spring 2006 (pp. 6-7)
Navigating the Emotional Journey:
Asking for help

By Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW, LCSW

For many years, people have showered me with compliments about my strength in facing personal challenges. In truth, I often feel overwhelmed and isolated. Something happened recently to help me realize that opening the door to ask others for help may be the most effective coping strategy I can develop.
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Appeared in AAPC Newsletter: AAPC Community of Support for Parents, Professionals and People on the Spectrum , Spring 2006 Issue

The Autism PerspectiveThe Autism Perspective, Winter 2006, Vol 2 Issue 1
A "Stranger" Among Us How to Find Quality In-Home Providers to Support Your Child with ASD
By Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW, LCSW

“The phone rang. I was unearthing the contents of a box amid a formidable wall of moving boxes, yet to be opened. Having just moved from out of state, we knew few people locally. I wondered who could possibly be calling. I answered the phone, expecting a “wrong number.” To my dismay, it was the family day care provider where I had left my two-year old son, Jordan, less than an hour before. She insisted I come pick him up immediately, as he had been crying inconsolably for the past forty-five minutes.
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Exceptional Parent Magazine, June 1997
Time for Us
Facing the Future Together
By Lisa Lieberman, LCSW and Deborah Seldner

Raising children can challenge any relationship. How do you find time together, just the two of you? Couples parenting a child with a disability may seem at even greater risk. As a counseling professional and an "exceptional spouse" in my own right, I find that most such couples have stronger - not shakier - commitments to one another simply because they must intentionally create time together and "make it work." (Download this article - .PDF format 90 Kb)

Talking With KidsNew Hope for Parkinson’s Program

Living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) presents challenges; being a parent with the disease raises another set of issues. Approximately 10 percent of the 1.5 million people with Parkinson’s are below the age of 40. Many of them are in the midst of raising their families. Talking to your children — or even grandchildren — about PD is an emotionally charged, but necessary, task. Patients and professionals agree that understanding is the key to acceptance and moving forward as a family. (Download this article - .PDF format 183 Kb)


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