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Autism Is a National Epidemic That Needs a National Plan

Mark Roithmayr | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Mark Roithmayr

With new CDC numbers now showing that 1 in 88 children in the United States is being diagnosed with autism -- nearly doubling the prevalence since the CDC began tracking these numbers -- autism can now officially be declared an epidemic in the United States.

Sensory Overload, Awareness and Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

My 10-year-old autistic daughter, Emma, woke up in the middle of the night crying. Her screams of pain, the result of intense pressure in her ears, were like the sounds of an animal under attack.

Bullying Study Shows Some Kids At High Risk For Abuse

Posted 03.28.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/27/2012 01:17 PM EDT on LiveScience Kids with autism spectrum disorders are three ti...

Autism 'Awareness'

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am profoundly grateful to each and every one of the autists who are speaking out and expressing their opinions on their blogs and through other forms of media. If we want autism awareness, these are the voices that need to be heard. It is up to us to listen.

Kids With Autism at a Synagogue on Purim? Not a Prayer, Right?

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 05.12.2012 | Parents
Amy Lennard Goehner

Families with kids aged 2 to 20-something were encouraged by the rabbis to walk around when they needed to, bring their snacks back to their seats, dance to the music or do none of the above if they didn't want to. What didn't I hear? The words "SSSHHHHH!" or "Sit down!"

Boy With Autism Allegedly Forced To Sit In Box During Class

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

Sage Rollins, a 10-year-old boy with autism at Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Wildomar, Calif., told his mother his teacher made him sit in a card...

Autism on Christmas Eve

Jenee Woodard | Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion
Jenee Woodard

I was thinking about another time when things didn't work out so well on Christmas. ... Another time that folks had to deal with their "normal" being ripped apart by the "normal" of someone else -- of God.

My Sister, Our Life With Her Autism

Erik Reitmeyer | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Erik Reitmeyer

Will I ever truly get to know my sister? The autism had always cast a moderate facade on her personality and I was afraid that would never change.

New Study Reveals Insight Into Minds Of Children With Autism

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.15.2011 | Parents

Eyes may be the key to the soul, but the act of opening and closing them -- and the rate at which children do it -- may provide clues to the mind. Acc...

What They Didn't Tell Me About My Child's Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Having a child with autism may cause you to feel things you never dreamed possible. You may know moments of joy and moments of despair you could not have imagined.

Following Ezra: Lessons on Raising a Child with Autism

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 12.13.2011 | Parents
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Following Ezra, by author Tom Fields-Meyer, is not just a book about raising a child with autism; it's a very well-written book about the trails and tribulations of being a parent, period.

WATCH As Bus Driver Kicks Autistic Student

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.07.2011 | Education

After a surveillance video in 2009 documented Virginia school bus driver Alice Davis Holland and special education aide Mary Alice Evans hitting, kic...

My 9-Year-Old Is More Than A Diagnosis

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 09.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

If I knew nothing about autism, having someone described to me as such might cause me to presume a great many things. Things I would be completely wrong in assuming.

Life With Autism: A Snapshot

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

How we managed to get through those middle-of-the-night-awakenings month after month is something I cannot fathom. The combination of screaming in pain and requests for help -- help I am unable to give -- is what breaks my heart.

Living With Autism: What I'd Say If I Had Dinner With President Obama

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I imagined what I would say to you, Mr. President, if I had the opportunity to have dinner with you. I would speak with you about the rising numbers of children diagnosed with autism.

Autistic Children and the Challenge of Birthday Parties

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Birthday parties, anticipated with great excitement by neurotypical children, are something parents of autistic children often dread.

Astoria Characters: The Single Supermom

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.03.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The top of the piano is crowded with framed photographs of a cute little boy with big beautiful eyes. The little boy isn't here. He's in the Hudson Valley, living in a boarding school for autistic children.

Mind Reading: How To Live Well On The Autistic Spectrum | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home

By Maia Szalavitz What happens when children with Asperger's grow up? Valerie Gaus, a clinical psychologist in private practice on Long Island, ...

Roots And Wings: Giving Autistic Children What They Need To Succeed in Adulthood

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

When Mickey was diagnosed 16 years ago, there was no road map to tell us what lay ahead. How do we build a full life for him after high school? Where will he live? And our ultimate dread: Who will love him when we are gone?

Autism and Sensory Issues

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ariane Zurcher

Many children with autism have what some specialists in the field call sensory integration issues. They can range from hypo to hyper and are often a mixture of the two.

Marriage and Autism (Part II)

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Early on my husband and I realized the importance of down time, because with an autistic child, there is so little of it.

Marriage and Autism (Part I)

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Ariane Zurcher

The divorce rate of parents with an autistic child is said to be over 80%.

My Daughter Emma, Autism, and Her iPad

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Ariane Zurcher

Up to this point I had wondered whether Emma could learn to read or write. The other night playing with Emma's iPad convinced me; reading and writing are achievable goals.

Kate Winslet Launches Autism Charity

The Press Association | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Kate Winslet has founded a charity to help people with autism after a conversation with her daughter made her realise the daily difficulties they face...

Autistic Adults Lose All Government Assistance At Age 21, Struggle To Map Out Future

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Tyler Bell graduated from high school it meant he was one step closer to being an independent -- a scary thought considering he's had to rely on ...