Embracing the Label of Autism

With the autism rate now "officially" at 1 in 110 (the unofficial rate is much higher), many find it surprising that so many around us are affected. Autism is a "spectrum disorder," meaning there are varying degrees and severity to the condition, with a number of cases going undetected. Awareness and screening have greatly improved [...]

The Autism Medication Maze

Parents of children with autism will invariably face difficult decisions regarding their children’s best course of treatment. Among the most agonizing of these, is the decision to use prescription drugs to treat their condition. Against the backdrop of spiraling cases of autism, anti-psychotic medications, once reserved for schizophrenia and other major mental illnesses, are being [...]

When it Comes to Autism, All States are Not Created Equal

Despite the recent proposals by various states to pass or introduce autism insurance reform, the reality is that most states in the country are still extremely deficient when it comes to providing autism-related funding and services. The lawmakers have realized the error of their ways and are now grandstanding before the media (and everybody else) [...]

Why Autism and Why Me?

Over five years ago, when we first received our son’s autism diagnosis, one of the first questions I remember asking myself was, "Why me?" "Was I being punished for something I had previously done?" and "What did we do to be dealt such a painful lot?" It’s reasonable to assume that most parents have posed [...]

Why Parents Should Publicize a Child’s Autism

I have been somewhat criticized for making myself and my child a "walking billboard" for autism. I have listened to and given much thought on this matter, keeping my child’s privacy in mind.  However, my most recent research into the difficulties presented for emergency workers, thanks largely to a number of authors who have written [...]

Autism and Academics: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Any parent with a school-aged child knows that both classroom issues and homework can often be overwhelming for students. And no one knows that better than the parents of a child with autism. Not only do autistic students have an academic curriculum, but they have a social curriculum which is every bit as demanding and [...]

Autism Training Essential for School Bus Drivers

Earlier this month, we wrote about an upsetting incident involving the arrest of a girl with special needs on a school bus.  The officer in the incident, Deputy Mark Perrin, was fired as a result of his actions: One of the pressing questions that has yet to be asked in that case is, "Where was [...]

West Coast States Begin 2011 with Insurance Legislation

Every parent of a child with autism knows the financial and emotional burdens of the disorder, the long waiting lists for services, the exorbitant costs of services, all the while the clock ticks on vital early intervention.  Historically, lack of insurance coverage for autism has left many in dire straits. Fortunately, progress is being made [...]

Therapist Charged With Sexually Assaulting Autistic Child

A disturbing case that will get the blood boiling has emerged from South Carolina today, which involves a male therapist who has allegedly sexually assaulted an autistic child under the age of 11. Details are sketchy at this point, but a couple things we do know.  The alleged assailant is 27-year-old Bradford Smith of Sumter, [...]

Using Television as a Teaching Tool

One of the first guilt trips given to parents of newly diagnosed autistic children is the "too much television" bullet. Let’s get the timeline correct. Your child had autism before he started watching TV and it is no more responsible then vaccines, which just dropped out of first place. Kids like to watch television. Use [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * 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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