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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 [...]

Autism Advocates Seek Return of Snapple Drink

In 2010, actress and talk show host Holly Robinson Peete competed in Donald Trump’s hit reality show Celebrity Apprentice, where she placed second behind Poison lead singer Bret Michaels. As part of the season finale, Michaels and Peete were tasked to create and market a new drink flavor for Snapple. Peete, a mother of a [...]

Autism Group Offers Free Safety Kit to Caregivers

Wandering-related episodes involving those with autism is a serious issue and stories seem to come in on a weekly basis pertaining to the topic. Unfortunately, not all of them have happy endings. Many autism groups and organizations have been pushing to curb this epidemic, and some have emerged as leaders in advocacy for autism safety [...]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Children with Autism

With Christmas just a few weeks away, parents of children with autism may be in the familiar position of having difficulty in finding the right gift for their loved ones. In the current economic environment, this can be even more of a challenge for those who are on a tight budget. For those last-minute shoppers, [...]

Pica and Autism

Pica is an abnormal craving for non-edible substances. The word “pica” comes from the Latin word for magpie, a bird known for eating anything in its path. Children between the age of two and three, and/or people with developmental disabilities display pica behavior such as consuming dirt, hair, foam, paper, etc. Hospitalizations for pica incidents [...]

Apple Expanding Into Disability and Autism Markets

Apple’s invention of the iPad was a happy accident in unleashing a new wave of possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum. This device with its easy touch screen interface and ever expanding array of apps for increasing communication, is now in the toolbox of useful equipment for autism. An exciting development in this arena [...]

Interior Design for Children with Autism

A recent post by one of our authors demonstrating what it’s like to have autism inspired me to research the effect of color on children with autism, with the intention of offering suggestions for creating peaceful physical environments for them. Color is a major issue in the design of spaces for children with autism and [...]

iPad App Giveaway to Raise Awareness for Autism and Special Needs

Previously, I wrote an article guiding parents towards the best iPad apps for expressive language that I discovered during the course of doing some research. Today, while browsing my same source for that article, I discovered that on Saturday, June 11, 2011, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT, there will be an "App Party" at http://www.facebook.com/a4cwsn. [...]

Top iPad Apps for Autism and Expressive Language

By now, we’ve all heard that iPads can be very helpful to children with autism, allowing them to communicate desires and feelings in ways not otherwise possible. Gone is the keyboard and mouse as the child now has direct control over the entire interface. The devices are considered “cool” and don’t call unwanted attention to [...]

Summer Safety for Children with Autism

With summer rapidly approaching, it’s a good time for parents of children with autism to give extra thought to their safety.  According to statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism, with many of these incidents occurring during wandering-related episodes, so it is very important that parents and caregivers [...]

 
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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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