Neighborhood Prevails Against Home for Young Men with Autism

In a sorry sequel to our previous story about a New York borough opposed to having a group home for young men with autism in their neighborhood, the non-profit seeking to establish the home has given up and plans to seek a new location. The involved agency, Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) issued [...]

When a Child with Autism Grieves

The grief of a child with autism, be it for a cherished pet, a grandparent or other close family member is very hard for a parent to experience. While most children openly cry and seek comfort for their loss, a child with autism will likely become more isolated than ever as they seek methods to [...]

Gardening for those with Autism and Special Needs

In our modern society filled with stress, getting “back to the garden” is a good idea for everyone. According to a 2010 report released by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), teaching gardening to special needs children and young people is especially conducive to their development. Gardening is practical and process-orientated, suiting the visual and learning-through-doing [...]

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 [...]

Morgan’s Wonderland: A Theme Park for Special Needs Children

Last week, one of our authors posted an article about some sensory challenges her child experienced while on a trip at Disney World. With these types of issues common for special needs guests at theme parks, San Antonio-based philanthropist Gordon Hartman recently opened “Morgan’s Wonderland,” a 25-acre amusement park designed for special needs children, while [...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Children with Autism

In light of my most recent post about zoos and children with autism, it was only fitting that our family decided to pack our bags and head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Having never been to this specific park, we were both anxious and curious as to [...]

Autism Changes the Role of Grandparents

A groundbreaking survey from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) paints a picture of grandparents assuming a larger role in the lives of their grandchildren with autism. They are often the first to suspect that a child may have autism and once diagnosed, they have their own struggles in coming to terms with it. Some are [...]

Church Inclusion Increases for Autism Families

Many autism families would like to be able to attend church, but have given up on that possibility due to the obvious stress and strain of their child having to sit still for an hour (or more) or properly behave in a children’s ministry. Missing not only the worship aspect, but the support of a [...]

Travel Help for Autism Families

Summer is upon us and we all long for a vacation, but any autism family who’s attempted to fly knows what an ordeal it can be. Increasingly, airports are providing special trial runs for autism families to put them at ease prior to undertaking a journey. Logan Airport in Boston recently offered training to dozens [...]

Fathers Hard Hit by Autism

A groundbreaking University of Wisconsin-Madison study reveals some hard truths about the toll autism takes on fathers. According to the researchers: * More than 30 percent of fathers of grown children with autism experience symptoms of depression so severe that they warrant clinical attention. * Fathers of adolescents and young adults with autism experience high [...]

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