Conduct Disorder vs. Autism: Identifying the Differences

A persistent and pervasive problem within school systems is the conflating of conduct disorder with autism. Research has shown that while individuals with conduct disorder have problems with social interaction and the perceptions of others, their problems are considered to arise from abnormal social learning, rather than the intrinsic developmental difficulties of Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) [...]

Helping Children with Autism Find their Passion

Lately, I’ve been addressing the many hard and scary aspects of autism, in particular, safety issues at school and in the community.  I now feel the need to shift my attention.  It’s easy to see the world of autism through a glass darkly when there’s so much work to be done to ensure our children [...]

The Ingenious Mind of John E. Robison

Last week, the Science Channel (a division of Discovery) aired an episode of "Ingenious Minds" and took a closer look at the life and mind of John E. Robison. The show gave a fascinating glimpse into Robison’s trials and triumphs growing up with both Savant Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome. At the age of 16, Robison [...]

James Durbin Voted into the Top 13 on American Idol

In a tense moment Thursday evening on live television, James Durbin was placed on stage in front of millions of viewers, pitted against his Hollywood roommate, Stefano Langone, for a spot in American Idol’s "Top 13." Host Ryan Seacrest eventually delivered the news to Durbin, that he earned a position in the elite group that [...]

Pokemon Creator Draws Creativity from Autism

Whenever I feel nostalgic about my sons’ early years, Pokemon is always a large part of those memories. I can still see my one son, a vision of yellow, dressed as Pikachu for Halloween, or the excitement in his and his brother’s eyes when they each dug a pack of Pokemon cards from the toe [...]

James Durbin Cruises to the Top 24 on American Idol

On Thursday evening, American Idol viewers watched as judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler eliminated and advanced contestants, ultimately comprising the show’s coveted "top 24" spots. Included in that group was James Durbin, who along with his fellow contestants, will now be performing on live television beginning next week. In his final solo [...]

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 [...]

Neurodiversity vs Disorder: The Other Great Divide of Autism

With all of the attention the autism-vaccine debate has received, often overlooked is another source of infighting within the autism community that involves neurodiversity vs. disorder. Neurodiversity is a movement commonly seen among those with high functioning autism and adheres to the notion that people with autism experience the world differently, not pathologically. As such, [...]

James Durbin Advances to Vegas on American Idol

Last night, viewers didn’t get to see much of James Durbin, other than a quick glimpse of him emotionally celebrating in Room One, where he, along with a few dozen other American Idol contestants, learned they would be advancing to the next round, which will take place in Las Vegas.  Durbin’s performance was not aired, [...]

Craig Nicholls of The Vines Copes with Autism

In the Spring of 2004, an Australian group known as The Vines quickly became one of the hottest bands in the world, topping charts and mentioned in the same breath as bands such as Nirvana. Lead singer/songwriter Craig Nicholls was well-known for his unpredictable behavior and marijuana smoking, as well as his unhealthy burger-only diet. Rude [...]

 
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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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