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Why The Number Of Kids With Autism Is About To Decline

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/22/2014 06:09 PM EST on LiveScience The number of U.S. children estimated to have autism cou...

Researchers Find Reason Kids With Autism Might Have Trouble Communicating

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 01/15/2014 11:26 AM EST on LiveScience The world for children with autism may resemble watching ...

The Moment I Realized I Had To Teach My Son To Swear

Emma Nicholson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Emma Nicholson

We've been cursing like sailors in our household for about a year now. It's a little strange because I have watched my tongue ever since my kids were babies but it is necessary for Ben to practice in a safe environment.

How The 'Love Hormone' Could Help Kids With Autism

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 12/02/2013 04:58 PM EST on LiveScience For children with autism, a dose of oxytocin — the so-c...

Groups Raise Awareness About Danger Facing Kids With Autism

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents

-- The 3-year-old girl wandered away from her grandmother's home in Wareham, Mass., in mid-April. A frantic search began almost immediately, and with...

But What About Alex?

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

As we rally around, trying to distance or identify with the parent, Alex and those like him are all but forgotten. His life is seen as an example of what some must endure. But what about Alex? What about what Alex had to endure?

LOOK: This Is What Autism Looks Like

Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents

The latest statistics collected from parents show that 1 in 50 children has a diagnosed autism spectrum disorder. But while the condition is common, i...

How Children With And Without Autism Copy Actions Differently

Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 04/08/2013 12:27 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily When imitating the behavior of an a...

8 Things I Wish Your Kids Knew About Autism | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents

When you talk to your kids about autism, please take that extra step and mention not just how people with autism are different from people without it -- talk about how they're the same, too. To get you started, here are 10 things I wish everyone's kids knew about autism:

How Labels Fail Our Kids

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When people figure that Max has autism because he looks or acts a certain way, or when people think that kids with autism are like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, they presume to know what our children are like -- which does our kids a major disservice.

Autism, Meet Adolescence... Kaboom! One Momma's Perspective, Fears and Solutions

Holly Robinson Peete | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Holly Robinson Peete

Socially, the stakes change when high school begins. For a 15-year-old with autism, it can be like being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon looking up. A massive climb.

Helping Autism With High Tech

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Sara Gershfeld

It is often stated that the latest and greatest consumer electronics have quickly eroded our social skills. While that may be true, these devices can have the opposite effect on children with autism by providing new ways to effectively teach social skills.

Autism Is Not a Parenting Fail

Brenda Rothman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

I was trying so hard. And everywhere I turned, I heard that I was doing it wrong. What if, instead, you had been told this: You've done nothing wrong. You didn't cause this. You were given an instruction manual for a Ford and your child is a Ferrari. So, congratulations!

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part II

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

This is part two of an interview with Paula Durbin-Westby, an (at times) non-speaking autistic adult who made a YouTube video as an example of what happens when she tries to speak during periods when she cannot.

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part I

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

"I think the phrase 'non-speaking at times' captures my experience and also that of others who do have speech capabilities but can't always access them. Just because one can speak at times does not mean speech is a reliable form of communication for that person."

Autism Sucks and Then We Die

Kim Stagliano | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Kim Stagliano

We have to petition a judge to take away Mia's rights as an adult so that we can make her medical, legal and financial decisions because thanks to her autism, she is not able to make safe choices for herself.

Yoga May Help Benefit Kids With Autism

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy found yoga helped improve school performance and sustained attention in children with autism.

Dad's Facebook Post About Target Cashier Goes Mega-Viral

Jim Walter | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Jim Walter

There's nothing particularly heroic, epic or even (in my head) touching or heartwarming in what I wrote. That was on purpose. I wasn't trying to be emotional, I was just trying to give them credit where credit was due.

Do Child Prodigies Owe Their Talents to Autism?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents

Written by Katy Waldman for Slate A new, in-depth study of eight super-talented children, published in the journal Intelligence, suggests that auti...

'The French Have A Very Idiosyncratic View Of Autism'

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 05.18.2012 | Parents

LONDON -- In most developed countries, children with autism are usually sent to school where they get special education classes. But in France, they a...

How Improv Comedy Prepared Me For Motherhood

LaughSpin | Posted 06.10.2012 | Parents

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that a good improviser isn't prepared for. And I should know: I've been thrown a few curves in my life.

Starting School, With Autism

Laura Shumaker | Posted 06.03.2012 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

On Matthew's first day of school, I combed his hair and took a picture of him for the scrapbook, hoping that someday I could say, "This picture was taken on your first day of kindergarten, just months before we cured you of autism!"

10 Things You Should Do After Your Child Is Diagnosed with Autism

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

In spite of all the advice, it took me years to figure out what I really needed to know. So here, for parents of the recently diagnosed, I offer a short list of what I wish I had known then.

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!"

"People Like What?" Defending Teens With Autism | Posted 01.02.2012 | Parents

Two days a week, the boys from Heritage High School in Loudoun County come to my store. On Tuesdays, they drop off their teachers' drycleaning, and t...