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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Advocating for Independence Days

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

You don't have to be a grown-up to advocate. You have to care about something and, most importantly, you have to act on it. So teach your children well. Get them involved in whatever issue is central to your life.

Someone I'm With Has Autism

Carrie Cariello | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It could promote tolerance and acceptance. It could make the world love autism. Most of all, it could save my son from the embarrassment of an announcement.

Desiderata of Families Living With Autism

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Gather your child in your arms, or take them by the hand, and walk willfully in this world. If you capture a judgmental glance, cast by a careless citizen, do your part to ensure that judgment yields to compassion and understanding. Do this for yourself, your kith, and your kin.

An Individual With Autism's Only Friend: Siri

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

As part of a partnership between Pacific Child and Family Associates, JetBlue, Autism Speaks and TSA, I attended the Blue Horizons for Autism -- an au...

Surfers Impact Thousands With Autism

Lisa Masters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Last year, I attended a "Surfers for Autism" event at Ponce Inlet, Florida with my son. We did not register in time but went anyway so that my son could have a fun day at the beach with his friends. The event was huge.

Raising A Child With Autism Comes With Extremely High Price Tag

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) - When Linda Mercier's son Sam was around two years old, she knew something wasn't right. ...

Empathy Depletion: An Environmental Hazard

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Harold A. McDougall

It seems more and more clear that sustainable development requires that we look closely not only at how we treat the environment hut at how we treat each other.

Catherine Pearson

Study Reveals The Astounding Cost Of Raising A Child With An Autism Spectrum Disorder

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents

A new study has found that the cost of supporting a person with an autism spectrum disorder throughout his or her lifetime can soar as high as $2.4 mi...

Conversing With 'Leading Man' Tracy Thresher

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette are the stars of Wretches and Jabberers, the documentary film by Oscar award-winning and two-time Academy award-n...

Improv(ing) on the Autism Spectrum

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jen Olenizcak

Over the course of two weeks, six students on the autism spectrum and their families took a one-hour improv class. The results were incredible. While there were many individual successes, the areas of empathy, eye contact and imaginative play saw notable improvements through the whole group.

An Inside Look at Autism: Carter's White Box of Thoughts and Feelings

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Timmerman

Autism awareness month is over. It was a month where we asked "Do you know what autism is?" Now I want to ask a different question: "Do you know one person with autism?" Now, you know Carter.

Listening to Autism: From Awareness to Communion

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Contopulos

I have grown weary of the word "awareness." It connotes a kind of distant observation; a somewhat disengaged knowledge of rather than communion or relationship with.

My Family's Adventures With Autism

Denise Henry | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

My family's adventures with autism are far from over. I know there are going to be many more situations that will be frustrating and confusing. I'm looking forward to these adventures with some anxiety and trepidation, but also with a lot of hope and excitement.

Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.

One Out of 68 Kids Is on the Autistic Spectrum, and Who Will Educate the Educators?

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

In a just and truly diverse classroom community, every child belongs. To reach this goal, teachers need to have up-to-date training, or retraining, in child development for both typical and atypical children.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.02.2014 | 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.

April Is Autism Awareness Month -- Light It Up Blue!

Lisa Masters | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Autism Awareness month is here again. Puzzle pieces will be scattered everywhere to remind us of an unknown future for those whose world is somewhat different than most, and on April 2, the world will turn a lighter shade of blue.

1 in 68

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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.

The Best Things You Can Do When Your Grandchild Has Autism

Carrie Cariello | Posted 05.29.2014 | Fifty
Carrie Cariello

I'm always struck at the number of grandparents who turn up at my readings. During the discussion afterwards, they usually ask similar questions; 'I have a granddaughter with autism. What should I do when she flaps her hands?' or, 'Why do the tags on his sweater bother him so much?'

Catherine Pearson

Autism Rate Has Increased -- 1 In 68 Kids Now Identified With The Disorder

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Parents

One in 68 children in the United States have now been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

The Real Autism 'Epidemic'

William Stillman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
William Stillman

If the word epidemic is apt in describing an unaccountable experience that affects us in a widespread manner, it best applies to those adolescents and adults over the age of 21 who have "aged out."

How Do I Tell My Son Everything About His Autism?

Carrie Cariello | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It was a Sunday morning in late September -- the day after my birthday. I was fuzzily turning pancakes on the griddle while Jack perched at the counter flicking the top to the syrup open and closed and open and closed. Out of nowhere, he asked, "Why was I born with autism?"

Advocating for Your College Student With Autism

Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Emma Nicholson

Transitioning to a self-advocating adult takes time for any child. To expect students with autism to miraculously and suddenly be able to do this without extra support will guarantee the failure of many.

A Father's Perspective: Making A Difference For Our Son

Julian Hung | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

Julian Hung’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2 ½. His son has since had three years of applied behavior analysis (AB...

The Year I Finally Realized I'm Not Alone

Courtney Alison | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Alison

The Internet can be a funny place. People can be ruthless behind an anonymous screen. They can also be incredibly generous and kind.