When Children with Autism Wander from School 

The heartbreaking ending to the case of Avonte Oquendo, a non-verbal 14 year old with autism who walked out of his Long Island high school on October 4th, never to return, shines a harsh light on the safety of special needs children while at public schools. Security cameras captured him darting out a door towards [...]

Quiet Santa Visits with Autism Spectrum Children

There’s holiday cheer afoot this year as 140 malls across the country are providing “Quiet Santa” time for children with autism spectrum disorders. Trained by the California-based non-profit, AbilityPath.org, the malls open their doors before the shopping day starts to avoid crowds, the agony of waiting and the many other sensory pitfalls of public spaces. [...]

Assistance for those on the Cusp of Adulthood

Autism strikes a family’s heart, soul and wallet.  Estimates by The Autism Society puts a lifetime of care for an autistic child at $3.2 million.  Autism parents know firsthand the brutal toll to the family coffers of therapies that can run $40,000 to $50,00 per year.  Families tangle with insurance companies, invariably ending up with [...]

Seattle Area Hospital in Hot Water Over Autism Ads

Seattle Children’s Hospital was forced to pull its new ads from King County buses after complaints about its call to eradicate autism. The cherubic face of a young boy gazed out from the side of a bus which read, “Let’s wipe out cancer, diabetes and autism in his lifetime.”  The juxtaposition of autism with tragic [...]

Children With Autism Detect Motion Twice as Fast

Recent studies at Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester reveal a startling discovery about autism.  In testing a common theory about autism that overwhelming sensory stimulation inhibits other brain functions, researchers decided to study how kids with autism process moving images.  They found that children with autism detect simple movement twice as quickly as [...]

Turkish Sociologist Declares Children With Autism Born Atheists

Recently, Turkish sociologist Fehmi Kaya declared in numerous Turkish media outlets that children with autism are “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.” He elaborated by saying, “That is why they don’t know how to pray, how to believe in God. It is necessary to create awareness [or religion] [...]

Respite Care Vital to Autism Families

During Autism Awareness Month and the other eleven months of the year, I am aware of the toll that autism takes on families.  A key to alleviating this stress is respite care.  The value of respite care is now being substantiated by researchers from Brigham Young University and Wasatch Mental Health who have conducted a [...]

iCan Shine Teaches Biking to Children With Disabilities

Spring is in the air and with it, comes thoughts of summer. Parents know they have to plan well in advance to get their kids the best camps to meet their needs. A wonderful program that teaches kids with disabilities to ride a bicycle is iCan Shine. Formerly called Lose The Training Wheels, iCan Shine [...]

Autism-Related Depression in Mothers and Children

A pair of articles about autism and depression have captured my attention recently. The first involves a study published in JAMA Psychiatry in which researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health examined medical records from 50,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II and found that those who experienced the most physical, emotional [...]

Video Game Recreates the World of Autism

Vancouver-based video game designer Taylan Kadayifcioglu, who goes more accessibly by Taylan Kay, has created "Auti-Sim," a video game that demonstrates what it is like living with hypersensitivity common to autism.  The essence of the game is this:  As the user walks around a playground, other children laugh and play on the equipment. However, anytime the [...]

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Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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