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Autism Spectrum

A Letter To To The Doctor Who Diagnosed My Daughter

Shanell Mouland | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

How many people were crushed inside that room? How many times did a parent stare at the barren threads of this offensively antiquated carpet to avoid crying in front of you? How many succeeded?

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Temple Grandin On How To Thrive With Autism

HuffingtonPost.com | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.29.2014 | Science

At the age of three, Temple Grandin could barely get out a full sentence and doctors diagnosed her with autism, advising her parents that she shou...

Stop Using My Children To Scare Parents Out Of Vaccinating

Jen Forsyth | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Jen Forsyth

As an autism parent, it offends me that my children's condition is being used to scare people away from life-saving medical treatments.

Why This Is One Of My Favorite Photos Ever

Shanell Mouland | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

If you had asked me what Kate's greatest sensory discomfort was, I would have said it was related to her hair. Until today, she did not let us brush her hair and a proper haircut was out of the question. Then something changed.

Autism Without Fear: Don't Kid Yourself -- or Rob Your Kid: Sports Matter (Part 2)

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Michael John Carley

I have learned the ways of others (who don't have autism spectrum diagnoses) perhaps, but this does not change where I come from. One learning fluent French doesn't turn you into a French native.

Moving Forward

Joanne De Simone | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Joanne De Simone

Another young boy sped toward us on his bike. I made comparisons, knowing I was breaking another rule. Don't compare your child to anyone else. I couldn't help it. The sight of him seemed to reaffirm the success of our experiment. We were having a normal day in the park.

WATCH: A Jaw-dropping Performance From A Blind Musical Genius With Autism

Adam Ockelford | Posted 12.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Adam Ockelford

2013-10-18-pavacinipull.jpgDerek's capacity to reason and to use language is in the bottom 0.05 percent of the population. Yet his capacity to process musical sound is in the top 99.99 percent: actually, the best I've ever encountered, even among advanced performers.

What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

One of the questions I am most commonly asked as a psychiatrist specializing in child psychiatry is, "What causes autism?" My answer often leaves the questioner feeling a little bit shortchanged, especially with the current surge of new reports linking yet another "risk factor" to autism.

Why I Want to Be My Autistic Daughter

Denise Henry | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

My daughter, Nina, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS in 2011. While her vocabulary is quite large, her ability to answer questions about her behavior is limited.

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.

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.

What I Focus On As The Mother Of A Child With Autism

Babble.com | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

I know autism is called a spectrum. But most days it feels more like a see-saw and we're constantly trying to find balance to stay right in the middle.

A Conversation Between Mother Seal and Baby Seal

Dafna Maor | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

It wasn't about control of me over him, or him over me. It was something that we both had to get used to; Tal's mom is a person who does things that do not always relate to Tal.

Guess What's on a Child's Mind

Dafna Maor | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

When children are very young, they have a hard time seeing a different point of view than their own. Most young children seem like that for the first years of their lives. It takes a long time for them to realize their view of the world is different than others.'

The Actions of One Should Not Make Society Fear Autism

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

Autism may be one word, but it is not one way of acting. I would hate to see a child with autism seeing him or herself through the eyes of a news reporter who is making it seem as if autistic children are more prone to violence.

What Does Hanukkah Mean to my Autistic Son?

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

This year, "eight days" has personal resonance. During the ordeal of hurricane Sandy six weeks ago, we lost power for eight days. It was inky black beyond the fire's glow. I finally understood, on a visceral level, why for millennia, people stared down darkness with celebrations of light.

Making the Ride a Little Smoother

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

In my present work with middle school-aged students on the spectrum, we prepare students days in advance for even the slightest alterations in their schedules. Everything from a class trip, to a planned teacher absence, to a haircut is discussed, practiced and given a social story.

Financial Planning For the Future of Your Special Children

Dafna Maor | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

This is a lesson for any person, any parent, but especially for parents with special children: Take good care of your health, not just the physical one, but the financial one.

It's Time for a National Autism Strategy

Bob Wright | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Wright

Five years ago, many people reading this would have known autism only from what they read in the newspaper or saw on television. Today, they are the parents or relatives of affected children. Autism has changed their lives, and it continues to change the lives of millions of Americans. We must face up to the crisis.

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.

So, You Think Your Child Is Normal?

Dafna Maor | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

What I would really like to tell you about is not my son's progress, but of the lessons I've learned from his experience.

Judged

Michael McWatters | Posted 01.05.2013 | Parents
Michael McWatters

We pack it in before we even get our food or coffee and carry a still-screaming (and hitting/kicking) preschooler back home. Once home, however, there's our little guy again. Bright-eyed, all smiles. And there we are, bedraggled and a little heartbroken... and feeling very judged.

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.

Ending Fear Over the New Autism Diagnosis

Catherine Lord, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Catherine Lord, Ph.D.

In the DSM-5, we propose a new way of looking at these disorders, merging them into a single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. We believe this will create more accurate diagnoses and improved access to services. It should also improve research into ASD.

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."