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These Photos Show How The World Might Look To A Person With Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.24.2015 | Science

Individuals with autism see the world through very different eyes than those who don't have it, which impacts how they interact with their environmen...

Here's How A Dog Can Help Stop An Aspergers Meltdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

"It's like a computer. There's too much input, there's not enough output, you lose control and you crash." That's what it feels like to have a melt...

An Autism Service Dog Answers Your Questions, Part Two

Shanell Mouland | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I know with my soft fur and ears like velvet, it can be excruciating to look and not touch. I hope you can be strong, because along with this handsome physique of mine, I have a set of skills that set me apart from other dogs.

To the Mom Whose Autistic Daughter Was Kicked Off Plane

Julie M Green | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Julie M Green

You don't know me, but I've been thinking about you ever since I read about your family's experience on that United flight. I wish I had been sitting in the aisle across from you when you tried to explain to the crew about Juliette -- about how she needed to eat something hot because when she's hungry, she gets distressed.

How Poetry Can Change The Way Children With Autism Learn

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.14.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

One Mom's Plan To Make Getting Dressed Easier For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday, mom Lauren Thierry said that something as "seemingly mundane" as getting dressed in the morning can be...

Who Who Cares What 'They' Say

Randi Evans | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

As I'm sitting in the front row on the bleachers, I can hear your whispers to your spouse, friends and other parents. I hear what you say.

Dear Teacher

Shanell Mouland | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Do you know how many doctors' appointments and autism therapy sessions she has sat through, watching everyone in the room fawn and flitter around her sister, Kate?

She Isn't Ignoring You; She Has Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Your words will scatter when they enter her brain, and that brain will resist her commands to organize them. Her brain will "wiggle," as she puts it, to the point where she must jump and spin to ease the discomfort.

Deputies Save Boy's Birthday Party After None Of His Friends Show Up

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.20.2015 | Good News

"To serve (birthday cake) and protect" is not the motto for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office in Florida. But after their heroic rescue of a birthda...

Teen With Autism Who Has A Passion For Vacuums Gets Ultimate Birthday Surprise: A Kirby

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.27.2015 | Good News

This teen's birthday surprise led to tears of joy. Dylan Johnson, who has autism, has had an appreciation for vacuum cleaners since he was 2 years...

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...

Pets May Help Improve Social Skills Of Children With Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science

Having a family pet can be beneficial for child development in a number of ways, including keeping kids active and promoting empathy, self-esteem and ...

7-Year-Old Girl With Autism Turned Away By Mall Santa Because Of Her Service Dog

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents

Clarification: A stock photograph used previously to illustrate this story depicted a Santa Claus who was in no way associated with this incident. We ...

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.

5 Things Social Media Has Taught Me About Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

If there is something important happening; if there is something worth seeing or reading or hearing out there, some kind soul or a thousand of them will make sure we see it by sharing it on social media.

Authentically Autistic -- Like Mother, Like Son

Kelly Bron Johnson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Kelly Bron Johnson

He is free to be himself the way I wasn't until my 30s, and if it weren't for him, I may never have been given the gift of diagnosis. Allowing him to be himself -- free, proud, and authentically autistic -- is the best gift I can give him in return.

He Wants To Show People 'Hey, A Kid With Autism Is Making It In Football'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen

At 6-foot-6 and weighing 270 pounds, Josh Bailey definitely has the build of a football team captain. But in the earlier years of his life, the Michig...

Homeless Camp Helps Missing Boy With Autism Find His Family

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.09.2014 | Good News

A lost 6-year-old boy found refuge in a homeless encampment and guardian angels in some of its residents. Sergio Zepeda, who has autism, was found...

In Our House, We Stim

Michelle Sutton | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Michelle Sutton

My oldest autistic child is almost 16. My youngest autistic child is 7. I have four other kids aged between 19 years and 18 months old. I've been pare...

Autism Parents Build Virtual Birdhouse for Others

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.28.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

Dani Gillman was a single mom in Metro Detroit with an autistic daughter, Brodie, who ran a popular blog detailing her daughter's challenges and successes as a way to help other parents of autistic children.

Raising A Child With Autism Comes With Extremely High Price Tag

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) - When Linda Mercier's son Sam was around two years old, she knew something wasn't right. ...

My Sprinter

Lisbeth Darsh | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisbeth Darsh

I decided long ago not to mind his need for speed. Something about the movement itself feels good to him, so I let him go. I once asked him why he sprints everywhere and he simply said, "I just like to be quick."

Autism, Stigma and Murder

Michelle Sutton | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime
Michelle Sutton

April. Autism Awareness Month. And another murder. Sixteen-year-old autistic boy Robert Robinson was murdered by his mother, who then killed herself. ...