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) [...]

Treatment of Special Needs Guests at Disney World Unparalleled

Last month, we reported about an incident that occurred at Disney’s Hollywood Studios involving some bullies and a child with autism.  The incident itself was unfortunate, but Disney’s poor handling of the situation afterwards created a lot of anger on message forums and blogs (including our own), with some parents threatening that they would not [...]

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 [...]

Tsunamis, Wars and Nuclear Meltdowns: Dealing with Anxiety in a Child with Autism

A global financial crisis. Unrest in the Middle East. Earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. Nuclear radiation fallout. Bombings in Libya. A cursory glance at these recent headlines would give any neurotypical person reason for concern at our world’s current state of affairs. However, for those on the autism spectrum, these events can create unneeded anxiety [...]

Bullying Victim Casey Heynes Exacts Revenge, Gets Suspended

The Internet and blogosphere have been buzzing all week about a bullying incident that occurred on Monday in Sydney, Australia. Sixteen-year-old Casey Heynes was the target of repeat bullying by numerous students at Chifley College, Dunheved Campus at North St Mary’s and can be seen in a video once again being tormented by a fellow [...]

Autism, Divorce and Putting Children First

Recently, a study was conducted by Brian Freedman of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, dispelling the popular notion that the divorce rate among autism families was near 80%. The study found that despite high stress among families facing autism, 64 percent of children with an autism spectrum [...]

Snapple Discontinues Autism Awareness Drink

Last year, Holly Robinson Peete appeared on the hit reality show, Celebrity Apprentice, where she competed against 13 other contestants in hopes of benefiting the charity founded by her and her husband. Peete eventually placed second in the competition, losing to Poison front man and "Rock of Love" star Bret Michaels.  As part of their [...]

Fighting the Wrong Autism Battles Can Prove Costly

The US Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week protecting vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits highlights an even larger problem for many children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Well-intended parents are out campaigning and spending precious time, money and resources, all while home therapies needed to treat their child’s autism are being neglected. However meaningful [...]

Autism-Vaccine Debate Reaches Toxic Levels

In Sunday’s Doonesbury comic strip, even famed cartoonist Garry Trudeau decided to weigh in on the autism-vaccine debate, taking swipes at Jenny McCarthy in the process. McCarthy, who has become the de facto face of the anti-vaccination movement, has taken a beating in recent months, particularly when charges of fraud surfaced from a 1998 study [...]

Dead Island Exhibits Dead Morals

It’s no secret that most children with autism are heavily drawn to video games. It provides an outlet for them, develops hand-eye coordination and satisfies their need for stimulatory behavior. I often follow upcoming game releases on behalf of my son, who is an avid Nintendo Wii fan. Today, I came across something very disturbing [...]

 
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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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