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Living With Autism

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.

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2015 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

No one tells you that church and sensory issues are like oil and water. They don't mention it in occupational therapy, or when you get the diagnosis, or even in the books that talk about what to expect. Yet every mom I know that has a unique little one like mine, has experienced it.

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 ...

Meet the Gutsy Dad That Started a Car Wash to Help His Son Find Purpose

NationSwell | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Most car washes are filled with less-than-enthusiastic workers. But in Parkland, Fla., there's a place to clean your car where the employees -- 80 percent of whom are along the autism spectrum -- are extremely excited about their daily responsibilities.

An Open Letter to my Perfectly Imperfect Son

Meredith Masony | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

You are not your autism. You are my son. I love every piece of you. I cannot fix you because you are not broken.

20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Sometimes, doctors know exactly what we need. Sometimes they don't. Either way, only go to a doctor who sees you as a valuable partner in your child's health and progress.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

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.

Kids With Autism Describe Their Sensory Experiences

Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living

By Jesse Singal Follow @jessesingal It can be hard for any parent or caretaker of a child to understand what that child's inner world feels lik...

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.

Groundhog Day and Its Evil Twin

Kate Welch | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

As cloying and exhausting as it can be to submit to a rigid routine, it is horribly chaotic when that routine is disrupted.

Just Ask Me

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Maybe I can tell you what you need to know. Or maybe I can't. Either way, I'm an expert in my own awareness. And I know autism. Oh, how I know autism. Just ask me.

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism

Alex Ellis | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Alex Ellis

Being autistic, like being left handed, says very little about who we arewe still often have an instinctive wariness about difference -- especially when we are in groups and when we are still developing our own identity. Our own insecurities can limit us.

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.

Our Life With Autism (A Photo Essay)

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

There are some universal experiences we as parents share -- whether our children have autism or not -- and then there are things that even the most empathetic person cannot understand without having a child with autism. Sometimes it's an amazing journey. Sometimes it's painfully challenging.

Dad Of Kid With Autism Develops App So People With Disorder Can Find, Rate Accommodating Places

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

A Pennsylvania father whose son has autism is creating an app that will help people with the disorder and their families. Topher Wurts is developi...

But She Can Talk?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

She talks pretty much non-stop. Sometimes, it drives me crazy and I feel immediately guilty for thinking that, because some of you have yet to hear the sound of your child's voice -- some of you might never hear that sound.

5 New Year's Resolutions for an Autism Mom

Julie M Green | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

I do the best I can, sure. But some days, my best falls short of good enough. My son is a tremendous kid. He deserves an equally tremendous -- at least most of the time -- mom. So in that spirit of self-improvement and self-awareness, I resolve to the following.

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 ...

Retired Cop Teaches Autism Safety To First Responders Across The Country

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 12.16.2014 | Crime

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A retired police officer from Michigan has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effe...

Reaching the Unique Minds of Children on the Autism Spectrum

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Simply stated, we must discover what makes each child "tick." How can I, Dr. "Stickman," and other doctors, therapists, teachers and parents, awaken the senses and open the unique minds of children, such as the talented Iris Grace and other children with ASD, to allow us to reach them?

The Heartbreak And Joys Of Having A Child With Autism, In 6-Second Videos

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents

Just before his second birthday, Kimberly Maschi’s son, Jase, was diagnosed with autism. In that moment, as the doctor delivered the news, Maschi sa...

5 Life Lessons From Moms Who've Been There, Done Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

We're always told to look to our elders for advice. We're supposed to take it firsthand from those who've "been there, done that." But when you have a child with autism, it often feels like you're making your way through an endless dark tunnel with no Yoda to guide you.

4 Tips for Preparing Your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebrations

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is imperative.