Siblings of Children with Autism Carry Special Burdens

When a child has autism, most of the family’s energy and resources go towards that child. Siblings carry their own special burdens as they experience all the hardships and stress attendant with autism, yet may feel they get less of their parents’ attention. More is expected of them than their sibling and they can experience [...]

Music Therapy Benefits Individuals with Autism

In my ongoing postings of alternative therapies to enhance the lives of children with autism, I would be remiss if I didn’t include music therapy. Everyone knows that music is a universal language and for children on the autism spectrum who have barriers to communication and social interaction, music is especially well-suited to their needs. [...]

Making Autism Awareness Month Count

On April 1 and 2, blue lights will be shining in cities all around the world to help promote autism awareness. In Seattle, The Children’s Museum will be open early exclusively to children with autism, who will be charged a reduced admission fee. People will walk, run, and attend banquets in honor of Autism Awareness [...]

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 [...]

Tsunamis, Wars and Nuclear Meltdowns: Dealing with Anxiety in a Child with Autism

A global financial crisis. Unrest in the Middle East. Earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. Nuclear radiation fallout. Bombings in Libya. A cursory glance at these recent headlines would give any neurotypical person reason for concern at our world’s current state of affairs. However, for those on the autism spectrum, these events can create unneeded anxiety [...]

Bidet Device Helps those with Autism

The majority of children with autism have at least one or more sensory issues, which may include sensitivity to light, sound or touch. A particularly common problem for a child on the spectrum is an aversion to toilet paper, which can often lead to stressful potty episodes for parents. Even the softest toilet paper products [...]

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 [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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