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Lancer Media Podcast: Michael Clark-Borenstein helps teens cope with mental illness

by Emily Rice and Kiefer Ely November 29, 2022

In this podcast, Editors Emily Rice and Kiefer Ely talk to Michael Clark-Borenstein about his mental health counseling practice. His practice, Bright View Counseling, is located in Charlotte, North...

Coco is an at least 10 year old weighted stuffed animal owned by Alexis Simmerman. When placed on a persons lap, they help calm them down and create a motor input for the more hyper of body.

Occupational Therapy: more than just “fun and games”

by Alexis Simmerman, Editor April 14, 2022

Occupational therapy isn’t very well understood. Most think that it’s meant for people with disabilities, that it's the same as physical therapy, and not much more. Not many people know about what...

Though the puzzle piece may seem like a harmless symbol to some, for the autistic community, the symbol is a degrading and demoralizing representation that has many ableist undertones.

Do not label me as a puzzle piece!

by Alexis Simmerman, Editor April 6, 2022

Mental illnesses have a long and frankly terrifying history revolving around how they are seen and treated. While it might seem common for us now, treatment for conditions only started to be considered...

Author Alexis Simmerman, demonstrates that masks make it hard to decipher emotions from one another, much like how autism and ADHD does.

An atypical opinion: I’ll keep my mask, thank you.

by Alexis Simmerman, Editor March 17, 2022

The past two years have been difficult for most people as Covid basically made the world spiral out of control. It’s made it harder for people to actively socialize with others with social distancing,...

There are a number of autistic characters, such as Julia (Sesame Street), Entrapta (She-ra), Sherlock Holmes, Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory), Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor), Symmetra (Overwatch), Astrid Farnsworth (Fringe), and Max Jerry Horovitz (Mary and Max)

A distorted media mirror: We need better autism role models in television, film

by Alexis Simmerman, Reporter April 21, 2021

What do we love about Sherlock Holmes?  He is a quirky, brilliant, violin-playing, perceptive detective. Yet for all of his skills, he doesn’t give members of the autism spectrum much of a well-rounded,...

Atypical, a heartfelt comedy of a teenager Sam who is on the autism spectrum.

NETFLIX Review: Autism is far from “Atypical”

by Leila Gibril, Reporter March 25, 2021

Autism is one of the most misunderstood conditions that people like to think they do understand. People always have an opinion, but most of the time, they have it all wrong, they're just, Typical. It’s...

Alexis Simmerman has a number of stress toys and objects, including a pair of earmuffs, a ball of magnetic studs, two rubix cubes (one pyramid shaped) a necklace, a goo toy, a fuzzy ball, and a broken watch.

#spreadtheword “Inclusion” not so effective for this atypical student

by Alexis Simmerman, Reporter March 22, 2021

FCPS has been highlighting inclusion, culminating recently in #speadtheword Inclusion awareness day on March 3. This includes a pledge to show that we as a school are inclusive and united. Specifically,...

Graphic shows areas of the brain affected by autism.

Teen Communication: How to be better at talking to autistic students

by Sianna King, Reporter January 21, 2016

It can be difficult for teens to talk to adults and even to students they don’t know.  Autistic students experience this difficulty in a magnified way because their specific disability directly affects communication....

Outbreak of measles not likely in Maryland

Outbreak of measles not likely in Maryland

by Jackson Kinsey, Reporter February 17, 2015

A recent outbreak of the measles in California has instilled fear in people all over the United States. This outbreak has caused concern and debate about the necessity for vaccination. While some parents...

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