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 [...]

Autism, Divorce and Putting Children First

Recently, a study was conducted by Brian Freedman of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, dispelling the popular notion that the divorce rate among autism families was near 80%. The study found that despite high stress among families facing autism, 64 percent of children with an autism spectrum [...]

Autism and Education: The Struggles Continue

Those of you who’ve read my previous articles already know that I was on a quest to make my son’s high school a safe, viable place for him to be. He has Asperger’s, an anxiety disorder and Crohn’s, so he is facing multiple challenges simultaneously. Last month, I posted an article about “Intricate Minds," a [...]

When Autism and Faith in God Collide

A few weeks ago, many in the autism community observed "Autism Sunday," also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger Syndrome. The annual event, which takes place during the second week of February, encourages people from all denominations across the globe to pray for those affected by autism spectrum disorders. The [...]

Autism and IEPs: When Knowledge is Power

It’s that time of year again when parents will meet with their school districts and write their Individualized Education Programs or IEPs. These are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and outline the individual educational needs for each child with special needs. My close friend, who has her Masters in Education once [...]

Dead Island Exhibits Dead Morals

It’s no secret that most children with autism are heavily drawn to video games. It provides an outlet for them, develops hand-eye coordination and satisfies their need for stimulatory behavior. I often follow upcoming game releases on behalf of my son, who is an avid Nintendo Wii fan. Today, I came across something very disturbing [...]

School Punishes Student for Exhibiting Autism Symptoms

The New York Daily News reports that Brandon Strong, a ten-year-old student with autism and ADHD, has been systematically punished at a New York charter school for exhibiting symptoms of his conditions. He has reportedly been detained during lunch and after school for behavior that includes talking to himself, failing to look teachers in the [...]

Flu Season Precautions for Children with Autism

Winter has been particularly harsh this year and in some areas, weather conditions have made the flu season difficult to contend with as Influenza cases are continuing to spread rapidly. The University of Wyoming reports widespread cases throughout the state and the school’s Student Health Services has been treating several patients per day with flu-like [...]

Hospital Preparedness Lacking for Children with Autism

Residents of the United States will be facing the peak of flu season (which runs from October through May) in the coming few weeks and it’s likely that a portion of children who get sick will require hospitalization during that time. Every child is anxious when they have to stay in the hospital, but for [...]

Autism and the Diet Connection

The University of Rochester Medical School recently published a report entitled, ¨Popular Autism Diet Does Not Demonstrate Behavioral Improvement." The small, tightly controlled study on the effects of a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet found that it made no appreciable difference in the behavior, sleeping, or digestive habits of twenty-two children aged two-and-a-half to five-years-old. Results [...]

 
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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
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