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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Scientists Show Immune System for Some With Autism Triggered by Gluten and Casein

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

My previous blog post describes the mechanism of action of gluten and how lessons learned from a failed cholera vaccine are tremendously helping those...

A Shocking Lack of Support for Early Autism Screening

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

In the "balance of benefits and harms" that the task force's draft statement speaks of, a well-documented benefit should carry more weight and be given extra consideration over "harms" of inconvenience. That is where common sense comes in.

How's a Failed Cholera Vaccine Helping Millions of Children With Autism?

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 08.04.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

Let's start from the beginning. Ever wonder how this whole recent gluten thing started? Cholera and a rock star, of course... well, a scientific ...

How YouTube Made Me a Better Parent

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

I first started using YouTube with Evan a few years ago to help him prepare for a visit to a drive-through Christmas light festival. He has a lot of anxiety over going someplace new and not knowing what to expect. We watched a few amateur videos other people took of the light festival so that when it was time for us to go he knew exactly what to expect.

We Have a Choice About Autism

Andrea Libutti | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Andrea Libutti

Over the years, I have discovered that my child lives in a much different world than my own. His senses are unimaginably heightened. He experiences sounds and color and light in ways that we cannot even fathom. He sees and hears beauty in the world that I may never see myself.

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives

Alanna Collen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Alanna Collen

We now have an opportunity to shift the focus from simply diagnosing and treating ill health to understanding, curing and preventing it. Caring for our microbes gives us a chance to conquer this new wave of illness, and live healthier, happier lives.

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

What Were You Doing When You Were In Middle School?

Allie Smith | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Allie Smith

Mrs. Corcoran told me that at least three of the peers want to be special education teachers, another four have expressed interest in occupational, speech or physical therapy. And another student wants to be pediatric neurologist, focusing on autism.

Bullying and the Defenseless Victim

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Lou Melgarejo

While the numbers are startling, they should not be very surprising. Bullies prey on those that are not capable of defending themselves, so no matter how much I prepare my neuro-typical son and daughter to stand up to bullies, the fact is that they are not going to be their target. My oldest daughter however, will. She is autistic and may not be able to apply this "bootstrap mentality" suggested by the meme.

Joseph Erbentraut

Teens With Autism Stretch, Grow And Laugh In Improv Classes At Second City

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact

Some of America's funniest people have honed their craft at The Second City in Chicago. But it's not just professionals who can bloom with a little im...

Jerry's Gift: The Art and Passion of a Circus Super Fan

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The arts cast a peculiar spell. Relationships are forged and avenues are explored that likely would have never been considered. For some time, Jerry was simply a character, a fun-loving fan of The Greatest Show On Earth whose presence and kindness was much appreciated.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

Stop Looking at My Daughter

Jeramy Hope | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Jeramy Hope

My whole existence is to ensure my family's success. At times, that will mean that my princess makes too much noise in public. More often than not, I will get it wrong and make matters worse -- sorry, I'm new to this. We are trying to give our princess the best possible life -- and I wouldn't change this for the world.

What 'The Dress' Teaches Us About Autism

Mary Hickey | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

In this brief Internet phenomenon, we have all learned something about the frustration of not being able see as others do. We have learned that we have a need for our opinion to be heard and for others to believe us.

The Curious Incident of Putin's 'Asperger's Syndrome'

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Eliot Borenstein

What do a measles outbreak in Disneyland and Washington's panic over Russia's leadership have in common? Both of them are red scares that should have died out by the 1960s. And, as of today, they have one more thing in common: junk science about autism.

New Research Sheds Light On Brain Patterns Of Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.22.2015 | Science

Even with mounting scientific research and hundreds of clinical studies, the autistic brain remains something of a mystery. Some research has sugg...

The Day I Stopped Trying To 'Cure' My Son With Autism

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

The doctor was brisk without being bristly, matter of fact in the most consolatory ways. He said lots of things that day that left Dominic's father and I with a mixture of understanding and fear. It was the first time someone spoke harshly, honestly to us about our son's condition, a condition that was just starting to infiltrate every corridor of the media and overwhelm our functioning.

Reaching the Unique Minds of Children on the Autism Spectrum

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Simply stated, we must discover what makes each child "tick." How can I, Dr. "Stickman," and other doctors, therapists, teachers and parents, awaken the senses and open the unique minds of children, such as the talented Iris Grace and other children with ASD, to allow us to reach them?

Hope For A Full Life For Those With Autism

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Susan McCorkindale

"Can you name a white drink?" Together, Stu and I, along with the assistant sitting with us, whispered the word "milk" at the exact moment Casey shouted, "Wine!" and then added, as the evaluator cracked up, "My mom loves white wine!"

An Uptick in Stats Means Greater Demand for Special Needs Education

Cari Shane | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Cari Shane

There are more than 6 million children in the U.S. with disabilities, from physical to developmental, and the numbers keep growing. The epidemic is leaving parents overwhelmed while the area's educational systems work overtime to meet demand.

Children of Color and Autism: Too Little, Too Late

Areva Martin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As the incidence rate of autism continues to grow, institutions and scientists are missing an incredible opportunity to study a unique and distinct demographic of the autism community: children of color. Not only does this complicate any mission of advancing the science of autism overall, but it perpetuates health disparities for African-American children with autism.

4 Tips for Preparing Your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebrations

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is imperative.

This Thanksgiving, Give Back to the Angels on the Labyrinthine Streets of Autism

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Providing care and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families is a deed that should be recognized.

Your Child With Autism and the Ghosts, Goblins & Witches Among Him

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Here are some tips for preparing a child in the spectrum for participation in the festivities of Halloween.

Learning New Skills Through Applied Behavior Analysis

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

For a child with autism spectrum disorder, developing a new skill can manifest a significant level of stress, uncertainties and disinterest, resulting...