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New Study Emphasizes Environmental Factors in Cause of Autism

A new study is finally shifting the official discussion of the cause of autism from mainly heredity to a combination of genetic and environmental influences.  Researchers examined 192 pairs of identical and fraternal twins whose cases were drawn from California databases. At least one twin in each pair had classic autism and in many cases, [...]

Stranger Replaces Stolen Autism Therapy Dog

The recent trends in autism news have been dispiriting, to say the least. The persecution of parents with autism, a community rejecting a group home for young adults with autism, the harrowing encounters between individuals with autism and police and rampant wandering cases leave me needing a break from the doom-and-gloom. A story out of [...]

Florida Mom Jailed for Truancy of Son with Autism

Tampa, Florida brings us an appalling case of a single mother jailed because her child with autism missed too much school. Non-verbal and prone to disrupting class, the son attended half-days at his elementary school. His mother would often sit in the hall during that time waiting to have to take him home after his [...]

Radio Program Facilitates Autism Communication

A collaboration between the Temple Grandin School and the University of Colorado’s Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department is using radio interviews as a way of teaching better communication skills to individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). “The Perspectives” program capitalizes on the fact that learning to interview helps AS students become interested in what other [...]

Queens Community Opposed to Group Home for Autism

A truly disheartening story has emerged from Queens, New York where Bellerose residents are saying “not in my backyard” to an Astoria nonprofit’s plan to set up a group home for young adults with autism in their neighborhood. Apparently, another group home exists in the community, so the neighborhood contends that the proposal constitutes oversaturation. [...]

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Autism

Among the tried and true therapies available for autism is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). In recent years, cognitive therapies developed in the 1950′s and 60′s evolved into cognitive behavior therapy as it is known today. CBT is based on the premise that how we think, feel and act all affect each other.  Autism luminary Dr. [...]

Anti-Psychotics for Autism Set to Flood the Market

In my ongoing research of autism treatments, I have been delighted to find that some of the most effective means of addressing autism involve reconnecting with the natural world, the physical body and the creative self. Heartening results have been reported from a vast array of activities including yoga, gardening, dance, horseback riding and art [...]

The State vs Autism Families

A series of disturbing news stories paints a grim picture of the State’s intervention in the families of individuals with autism. Perhaps the most harrowing case emerged from The Detroit Free Press, who recently published a six-part investigation into the Wendrow family, who have a teen daughter with severe autism and a son with Asperger’s [...]

The Battle for Autism Service Dogs in Schools

At a time when the heartbreak of wandering is ever present in the news, the battle for having autism service dogs in school rages on. Service dogs are known to calm anxious children, disrupt their tantrums, aid in making transitions and keep them safe from traffic and the hazards of wandering. Yet despite the existence [...]

Autism and Hoarding

For individuals with autism, the world of interpersonal relationships can be strange and harrowing. Uncomfortable on teams, the camaraderie of sports often eludes them. A simple thing such as recess at school is fraught with peril. Because it’s difficult for them to find solace in the company of others, children on the autism spectrum often [...]

 
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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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