Facial Recognition Breakthrough for those with Autism

Continuing our exploration of color and autism, Scottish optometrist Ian Jordan has developed the very first treatment for face blindness. Face blindness, also known as prosopagnosia, impairs the ability of people to recognize faces and facial expressions. Common in autism, it feeds into the difficulties of reading facial expressions and social cues. Experts believe the [...]

New Resources to Help Keep Children with Autism Safe

The National Autism Association is making headlines for advocating the implementation of a diagnostic code on behalf of minors with special needs that have a history of wandering. A serious risk among children with autism is death associated with wandering, including accidental drowning and exposure. A special diagnostic code would increase awareness among physicians about [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Autism Advocates Tap Social Media Sites to Promote Awareness

With the meteoric rise of social media Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, many individuals and groups now have the opportunity to reach large numbers of people to promote awareness, advocacy and attention for their causes. Such is the case with autism, where a dramatic spike in prevalence over the last 10 years has [...]

Shock Treatment for Children with Autism?

According to the Washington Post,  Electroconvulsive Therapy Machines (ECT) will soon be required to undergo the same rigorous testing as other medical equipment currently on the market.  A 1974 law mandating the close scrutiny of new medical devices allowed ECT to be grandfathered in and escape scrutiny.  Now, this momentous decision will have far-reaching consequences [...]

VTech V.Smile a Great Resource for Children with Autism

It was this past August on my son’s fourth birthday when I hooked up his VTech V.Smile game for the first time. In the pattern of how I have been teaching him new things, his older brother and I took turns playing while he eagerly watched on. After finally getting his chance, his first experience [...]

Top iPad Apps for Children with Autism

For families of children with autism, we know all too well the challenge of communication between us and the child. Autism affects both receptive and expressive communication skills and can often leave everyone frustrated at the inability to convey a simple request. But Apple has unwittingly revolutionized the autism world with the technology of the [...]

Video Games Used to Enhance Skills of Those with Autism

An eleven-year-old autistic boy in Edgewood, Washington with a keen interest for X-Box games, was recently labeled a ¨Cheater¨ by Microsoft for allegedly tampering with his account to boost his gaming scores.  This comes from a boy who didn’t play basketball because he believed taking the ball was stealing, so seeing the word ¨Cheater¨ beside [...]

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 [...]

 
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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
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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