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Autism Awareness Month

Autism and Anxiety: Common Companions

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.

Insight Into Autism: The Latest Brain Research

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Autism is a very difficult diagnosis, because it affects areas of the brain governing social interactions and relationships, the very foundation of family and community life. But those with the diagnosis need not feel hopeless or believe isolation is their only future.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

More Autism: Run Faster, Do More

Areva Martin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

In trying to find the best in health care and education for Marty, I have met hundreds of African-American boys and girls like him -- kids who are misunderstood, marginalized and written off as unproductive and incapable of learning. These disparities are nothing new.

18 Things I've Learned Now That My Son With Autism Is Turning 18

Hannah Brown | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Hannah Brown

Once your child is diagnosed with autism, you find out who your real friends are, and who the staunchest allies in your family are.

34 Things Autism Is -- And 34 Things Autism Is Not

Posted 04.03.2014 | Parents

One in 68 children is now identified with an autism spectrum disorder. However, the diagnosis means something different to each person and family affe...

Autism Speaks Founders: 'Medical Associations Don't Really Have A Handle On It... Families Are Left To Struggle'

HuffPost Live | Alison Zaslav | Posted 04.01.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Autism Awareness Month is here and Bob and Suzanne Wright, the founders of the leading advocacy organization Autism Speaks, joined HuffPost to discuss...

Autism Awareness Must Extend Beyond High School

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

The amount of funding available to young adults with autism drops dramatically once they age out of the system, and parents are often left struggling to find a place where their child can continue to work towards finding a job.

Autism in April, Is Awareness Enough?

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Sara Gershfeld

It's important to remember that families need support long after April has come and gone. Here are some ideas that I hope everyone affected by autism keeps in mind as these 30 days fly by:

Catherine Pearson

The Promising Tools That Could Change How We Diagnose Autism

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents

As anyone who has struggled to get clear answers for their child knows, there is no single medical test to detect autism. And because autism spectrum ...

1 in 68

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Mary McLaughlin

1 in 68 does not mean that autism is an enemy that needs to be conquered. 1 in 68 means that we need educational systems that truly meet the needs of a population that learns differently.

If I Could Turn Back Time: The Top Regrets of Parents With Children Who Have Autism

Roy Dittmann | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Roy Dittmann

In the 21st century, many parents are slowing down, questioning what they've been told, and discovering that preparing themselves for having a baby can save them from a lifetime of regrets.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - April Is Autism Awareness Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder but is also the most underfunded? This April marks Autism Awareness Month, an entire month devoted to raising awareness about this disease.

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...

LOOK: 10 Families Living With Autism

Posted 04.05.2013 | Parents

Just days before the start of National Autism Awareness Month, a new parental survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed...

What Does It Mean to Raise a Child With Autism

Priyanka Kher | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Priyanka Kher

It means spending sleepless night worrying whether your child will ever be able to say a three-word sentence independently. It means wondering whether he or she will ever experience things like friendship, love and companionship in their lives.

8 Things I Wish Your Kids Knew About Autism

Babble.com | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

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:

What My Daughter's Diagnosis Has Meant For Her Twin

Denise Henry | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

I try to capture these moments in a picture or on video because sometimes I'm not sure how often these moments will occur in the coming years. I want them to hold on tight to each other and lean on each other throughout their lives, as siblings should do for each other.

10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn't Know a Year Ago

Geraldine Dawson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Geraldine Dawson

Just two decades ago, autism was a mysterious and somewhat obscure disorder, commonly associated with the movie Rain Man and savantism. It affected an estimated 1 in 5,000 children. How times have changed.

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.

Matt Ferner

Illegal Pete's 'Smothers Autism' For The Joshua School

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.02.2013 | Denver

April is Autism Awareness Month and for the second year in a row Illegal Pete's is launching their "Smother Autism" campaign to help raise funding for...

Why Wouldn't You Want to Hire a Man Like Mr. Band?

Cari Shane | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Cari Shane

I had the great pleasure last month of meeting a young man with Asperger's. I have saved this piece until now because it's National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and next month is Autism Awareness Month.

Autism and the Hypothetical Child

Todd Drezner | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

Given how many autistic people there are in the world, it's odd how much of the conversation about autism revolves around children who don't exist.

Super Soul Sunday: 'Autism: The Musical'

Tricia Regan | Posted 06.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Tricia Regan

Autism: The Musical isn't even really about autism -- at its core. At its core it is principally about love, and how love empowers all of us to become more than we are.

Military Parents With Special Needs Children: Who Sacrifices More?

Anne Woods | Posted 06.13.2012 | Impact
Anne Woods

"This is the best place for you to live. There is an amazing center here that works with autistic kids." Encouraging words. No one could have known t...