Facebook Proves Helpful for Teens with Autism

Facebook has become the cyberspace version of another era’s malt shop – the place where teens hang out after school and socialize. But lately, there’s been a great deal of media attention about its dangers.  In addition to those concerns, there are other pitfalls as well, including teens without many friends feeling depressed, suffering from [...]

Autism, Allergies and Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Return from the Brink

April 1st ushers in Autism Awareness Month and there is an excellent conference that kicks off in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to start the month. “When the Belly is the Beast: How Intestinal Health Impacts Brain and Behavior,” is a symposium dedicated to exploring nutritional and biomedical approaches to treating autism. In addition to speakers on gastrointestinal [...]

Conduct Disorder vs. Autism: Identifying the Differences

A persistent and pervasive problem within school systems is the conflating of conduct disorder with autism. Research has shown that while individuals with conduct disorder have problems with social interaction and the perceptions of others, their problems are considered to arise from abnormal social learning, rather than the intrinsic developmental difficulties of Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) [...]

Helping Children with Autism Find their Passion

Lately, I’ve been addressing the many hard and scary aspects of autism, in particular, safety issues at school and in the community.  I now feel the need to shift my attention.  It’s easy to see the world of autism through a glass darkly when there’s so much work to be done to ensure our children [...]

Bullying of Special Needs Students Remains Problematic

The topic of bullying has been front-and-center this past month, including an anti-bullying conference held last week with President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama. The conference addressed the administration’s anti-bullying campaign and plans to hold school districts accountable if they don’t adequately protect bullied students. Then a video went viral this week [...]

New Resources to Help Keep Children with Autism Safe

The National Autism Association is making headlines for advocating the implementation of a diagnostic code on behalf of minors with special needs that have a history of wandering. A serious risk among children with autism is death associated with wandering, including accidental drowning and exposure. A special diagnostic code would increase awareness among physicians about [...]

Law Enforcement Woes Associated with Autism Continue

A recent Virginia case in which an teenager with Asperger’s was sentenced by jury to ten-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting a police officer is a horrible tragedy for all concerned.  News accounts reported that the teen went to the library, but finding it closed, sat down outside on the grass. It was pointed out [...]

Massage Therapy Beneficial for Children with Autism

Parents of children with autism are always seeking ways to enhance the quality of life for their children and massage therapy is becoming an increasingly popular way of doing so.  One would think that a child with autism, who is commonly averse to touch, would find massage therapy intolerable. However, a massage therapist who works [...]

Khan Academy Turns YouTube into Virtual Learning Tool

Sal Khan was a hedge fund manager tutoring his cousins through distance learning. He started making them instructional videos to reinforce their learning when he couldn’t be there in person and after a few lessons, his cousins told him that they liked him better on video. After absorbing the shocking statement, he realized it was [...]

Earthing Offers Potential Health Benefits

Since time immemorial, man has been connected to the earth. Working in fields or gardening, walking barefoot on beaches, or sleeping under the stars are all activities that link us to the natural, electrical energy of the earth’s surface. But modern man, in his concrete world filled with monitors and machines, has become more estranged [...]

 
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  • * 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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