Autism Comes to Hollywood: A Helpful or Hurtful Trend?

The NJ Record and Time Magazine have both published articles in the last few days addressing the latest trend of characters with autism appearing in film and/or television. We’ve touched on this topic in the past and have received mixed feedback from readers on the helpfulness (or lack thereof) of this growing trend. There are [...]

Radio Program Facilitates Autism Communication

A collaboration between the Temple Grandin School and the University of Colorado’s Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department is using radio interviews as a way of teaching better communication skills to individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). “The Perspectives” program capitalizes on the fact that learning to interview helps AS students become interested in what other [...]

Art Therapy for Autism

Individuals with autism have innate visual prowess, as I discussed in a previous article. Given that children with autism are so visually oriented, it makes perfect sense to engage them in art activities, be it formally with an art therapist, casually in other classes or at home.  Because children on the autism spectrum struggle with [...]

James Durbin Running Away with American Idol Competition

In what may have been the best performance of the season from any American Idol contestant, James Durbin performed "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," from Carole King and once again stood head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition. Durbin clearly outshined the other 5 remaining Idol contestants, prompting Judge Randy Jackson to proclaim, "This [...]

Successful Careers and Marriages Likely for Many with Autism

The Autism Society of Minnesota recently hosted an "Autism and Employment" conference in which managers from 3M, Cargill and Best Buy took to the stage in praise of their employees with autism, counting them "among their very best."   With a looming shortage of workers due to the retirement of baby boomers, more companies are [...]

John E. Robison: An Emerging Voice of Autism

John Robison admits to being a problem child. Often sad, lonely and unable to make friends, he was shuffled from school to school and therapist to therapist, all while his Asperger’s Syndrome went undiagnosed. An electronics savant who saw wiring in patterns of color, Robison dropped out of high school and started working with rock [...]

American Idol Frontrunner Has Tourette Syndrome, Autism

Each year, American Idol produces a handful of contestants who give memorable performances during the audition rounds, immediately making them odds-on favorites to win. Last night, millions of American Idol viewers were introduced to just such a contestant in James Durbin. Durbin is a 21-year-old Santa Cruz, California resident and unemployed father who has faced [...]

Temple Grandin: Changing the Face of Autism

Temple Grandin was thrust into the national spotlight nearly one year ago year after the release of HBO’s critically acclaimed movie, Temple Grandin. She then became a near-household name last month after Claire Danes, who portrayed her in the film, took home a Golden Globe award for her performance. However, few are aware that prior [...]

Claire Danes Wins Deserving Award for Role in Temple Grandin

Amid the insults and mean-spirited humor from host Ricky Gervais, there were some bright spots during last night’s 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony.  One of which included actress Claire Danes taking home an award for her portrayal of Temple Grandin in the made-for-HBO movie with the same name.  Danes’ award was for best performance [...]

 
 
 

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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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