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Autism Spectrum Disorder

One Mom's Message on World Autism Awareness Day

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

So here's the deal. I don't know if there's really anything I can say that hasn't been said. The only thing I can tell you from my heart is this: I'm a mom who on a daily basis (sometimes hourly) worries about her son. He's four now and in my mind, I think, "Well, we've got a few years before others start to make fun of him."

Coding Allows Learning Disabled Students to Shine

Vidcode | Posted 04.01.2016 | Education

Learning to code is become increasingly prevalent in school curriculum's. From after-school clubs to dedicated class periods, coding and computer scie...

This Mom Is Changing The Conversation About Autism In Communities Of Color

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents

Camille Proctor began noticing changes in her son, Ari, around his second birthday. His communication skills regressed and he grew fascinated with the...

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

When we create conditions that help the child's brain perceive differences better, the brain gets new information with which the child can then make sense of herself, of her experiences, and of the world around her. When you do this, you are connecting with your child. She begins to get out of her fog and can begin to connect more with you.

Ten Things Not to Say to an Autism Mom...Really

Jasmine Cardinal | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Jasmine Cardinal

I have been itching to write this for at least a couple of years now. When I decided to take the plunge and actually start blogging, this was one of the first things that came to my head. So without further ado....

The Woman Who Mistook Herself for a Sociopath

Rachel Waters | Posted 03.16.2016 | Women
Rachel Waters

I entered Harlem Middle School in Fall 1994 with a mouthful of braces, an overflowing training bra and a lingering attachment to Velcro shoes. I had n...

Dad Finds Out He Has Autism After His Daughter's Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents

When a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the news can offer greater clarity and resources. For Australian parents Chris and Jessica Of...

Words - the other side of autism

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

The alarm goes off by my bed at 5:45 a.m. I don't have to get up quite that early to get ready for work. But I do so I can have an hour of quiet to ...

18 Tips for Preparing for an IEP Meeting

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

The form sent home should say who will be attending. Call if you want to know for sure. You really need to know who will be there so you can be ready for possible confrontations or situations that might arise. Knowing that the special education director for the school district is coming really changes how you prepare.

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

Women who take antidepressants during the late stages of pregnancy have an 87 percent increased risk of giving birth to a child who will be diagnosed ...

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 10.08.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 08.20.2016 | 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 08.19.2016 | 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 07.22.2016 | 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 roc...

How YouTube Made Me a Better Parent

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 06.08.2016 | 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 05.20.2016 | 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.