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 [...]

Awareness of High Functioning Autism Lacking in Schools

The seemingly endless reports of unethical and opportunistic individuals related to autism seem to be occurring on a regular basis and where there’s money to be made, there will always be those who are willing to take advantage of the misfortunes of others. I myself received a rude entry into the world of autism and [...]

Autism Advocates Tap Social Media Sites to Promote Awareness

With the meteoric rise of social media Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, many individuals and groups now have the opportunity to reach large numbers of people to promote awareness, advocacy and attention for their causes. Such is the case with autism, where a dramatic spike in prevalence over the last 10 years has [...]

Dogs Proven Therapeutic for Children with Autism

As the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show wraps up in New York City, it has been difficult not to reminisce the many, many hours spent with our son watching dog show reruns on Animal Planet over the years. His affinity for animals (dogs in particular), has always been very strong and may have been [...]

Transitioning to Adulthood Poses Challenges for those with Autism

A group from Washington University in St. Louis reports that upon finishing high school, many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are left without the proper supportive or health services that they previous had access to. According to the report, nearly 40 percent of youths with ASDs from among the more than 400 surveyed participants [...]

Snow Day Strategies for Children with Autism

Routines and schedules are the mantra for those with autism and their families. If fact, they are so important to a child on the spectrum, any change in their daily habits can cause much anxiety or stress. A big “change” that is currently affecting a lot of families is related to the relentless winter weather. [...]

Top iPad Apps for Children with Autism

For families of children with autism, we know all too well the challenge of communication between us and the child. Autism affects both receptive and expressive communication skills and can often leave everyone frustrated at the inability to convey a simple request. But Apple has unwittingly revolutionized the autism world with the technology of the [...]

Coping With Sensory Overload

If you have an a child with autism, you will invariably at some point hear the term, ¨Sensory Processing Disorder¨ (SPD).  ¨The Out of Sync Child¨ by Carol Kranowitz, is one of many greats books on the subject and comprehensively addresses this condition, which can many times be debilitating for both parents and children, disrupting [...]

Finding the Best States for Autism Services

Thanks in large part to the Autism Votes initiative, there has been a near domino-effect of states pushing for autism insurance reform. Missouri, California, Oregon and Virginia are the most recent states that have made headlines in the past few weeks related to this issue. In light of the current legislative efforts to have autism-related [...]

Sink or Swim: Avoiding an Autism-Related Drowning

The number one cause of death of individuals with autism involve incidents associated with wandering, which include exposure to the elements and drowning. Both occur frequently and a quick glance at the latest autism news headlines will reinforce these unfortunate statistics. Children with autism are typically drawn to water. Regardless of the tactile stage of [...]

 
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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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