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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dad's Photo Series Highlights The Many Faces Of Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.04.2016 | Parents

Welsh dad Glenn Gameson-Burrows has always enjoyed taking photos of his children, particularly his 2-year-old daughter Aneira, who has autism spectrum...

Why You Need to Swear the Night's Watch Oath Before Watching My Son With Autism

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Kelsey Timmerman

Griffin, 4, has autism and a deep curiosity to explore places where he shouldn't be -- all of our cabinets, no matter how high, the top of the refrigerator, the inside of a stranger's unlocked car, the tub of the dryer. You could say he's part spelunker or mountain goat. In autism lingo, he's an "eloper."

Why 'Autistic' and 'Autism' Are Not Dirty Words

Haley Moss | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Haley Moss

Autistic appears to be an insult in this world. While cringing at the past tense usage, I replied to my conversation partner, "I am autistic. I have autism." Present tense. I live in a world where normally, it is safer to hide it than to be criticized for how I see myself.

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked To Increased Autism In Kids

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

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Special Thanks From a Special Needs Mom

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I've been reading my friends' Facebook entries of all the things they are thankful for. And I've been reflec...

3 Common Myths About Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Lauren Rabin | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Rabin

If you are part of the autism world, you have probably heard about ABA, but it might not be what you are expecting. At Autism Family Center, we work...

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About -- Part 2

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

You are aware of autism. You just don't understand it. It's not something that directly impacts you, and so you don't really care about it all that much. And why should you?Unless you are the caregiver or educator of an individual with autism, caring is rather inconvenient.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

Autism isn't all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

Horses, Autism, and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't see a child with autism. They see a child. Autistic children know this, and it feels good to them. In order for anyone, autistic or otherwise, to grow, heal, and have positive relationships with others, they must first have a positive relationship with themselves.

Ed Asner, Shannon Penrod, Shannon Des Roches Rosa Respond to Autism Speaks Criticism

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Sara Gershfeld

As an active member in the autism community, with no formal affiliation or financial relationship with Autism Speaks, I think it is important for us to engage in these discussions openly and often, with respect and tolerance for both perspectives.

Autism: The Number 1 Thing You Can Do to Help Your Child

Andrea Libutti | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Andrea Libutti

All of the things we want for our child have a real chance of manifesting when we accept their behaviors rather than fear them. It's like the wall of tension we created gets toppled, and we actually create a bridge for our child to connect with us. And when that bridge is built, they are not only reachable, but they reach out to us.

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.