iCan Shine Teaches Biking to Children With Disabilities

Spring is in the air and with it, comes thoughts of summer. Parents know they have to plan well in advance to get their kids the best camps to meet their needs. A wonderful program that teaches kids with disabilities to ride a bicycle is iCan Shine. Formerly called Lose The Training Wheels, iCan Shine [...]

Scientific Community Shuns Sensory Integration Therapy for Autism

Researchers at the University of Texas, led by Professor Mark O’Reilly, have declared that Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) is scientifically ungrounded and should cease to be used by a majority of occupational therapists in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  Since many agencies are mandated to use only scientifically-proven methods, they advocate that Applied [...]

Theater of Possibility for Autism

Seattle theater artist and playwright, Lauren Marshall, has developed an amazing class for both neurotypical and special needs children. Entitled “Theater of Possibility," Lauren synthesizes what she has learned as a mother of two daughters on the autism spectrum with Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) and “Theatre of the Oppressed," a movement that employs theater as [...]

Neurofeedback for Autism

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback which employs electroencephalography (EEG) and functional neuroimaging processes to focus upon the central nervous system and the brain. By using monitoring devices attached through sensors on the scalp, neurofeedback detects, amplifies and records brain activity, pinpointing areas of the brain that are either hyperactive or disconnected. Neurofeedback training (NFT) [...]

Autism Science Breakthroughs and Personal Qualms

The Australian reports that researchers have identified two biologically different strains of autism, a breakthrough likened to the discovery of different forms of cancer in the 1960s. Researchers from the University of California Davis’s MIND Institute in Sacramento began the Autism Phenome Project, a longitudinal autism study undertaken in 2006. By studying the brain growth, [...]

Drum Therapy for Autism

When I recently took my fifteen-year-old son with Asperger’s to his weekly therapy session, I was thrilled when he was offered the chance to participate in drum therapy. Instantly, I recalled the days when he was a toddler throwing a spectacular meltdown, beating himself with his fists until I set a drum in front of [...]

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a form of therapy that involves breathing pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. While originally designed to treat “the bends” in divers, its applications have expanded to include carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, osteomyelitis (acute bone pain) and now, autism. HBOT enhances blood flow to the brain, reduces inflammation and oxidative [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

 
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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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  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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