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Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

Technology is truly a beautiful thing. It gives voice, words and expression to an inner world that may otherwise lay dormant without the tools to access and express it.

Facing Off With Zak

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Good News
Anthony Romeo

The constraints of popular society, with its omni-present need to always say and do the right thing, didn't seem to apply. Zak was living a life that was authentic and honest to himself. When you treated Zak well, you were treated well in return. Love Zak, Zak will love you. That seemed too easy

Autism Conference in Washington Highlights Hope

Jim Luce | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Jim Luce

Having written about being wowed by youth leader Joey Lowenstein (HuffPo), a teen living with and conquering autism, and preparing to award him the 20...

Getting Job-Ready With Autism

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how old her child should be before she starts working on job readiness. My answer? Now. Right now.

Why I Finally Stopped Worrying About My Child's 'Interests'

Brenda Rothman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

We are told that autistic children get "locked" in their own world. The very metaphor trips us up. It leads us to think that our children are suffering and need us to pull them out of their world. This belief needs to change.

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

It does appear that there is growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. The exact associations, so far, elude our understanding.

How I Will Tell My Child About His Autism

Brenda Rothman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

I've been thinking a lot about how and when to tell my child about autism. I didn't want to make autism sound like a disease. I didn't want to project any fears or prejudices on him. I didn't want him to feel anxious about it. I didn't want to make him feel less than. I thought I would mess it up. I was scared.

Is There a Link Between Autism and Gender Dysphoria?

Kyle Simon | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Kyle Simon

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) occur at a higher rate in transgender people than in the general population. Moreover, female-to-male (FTM) transgender people have higher rates of autistic features than do male-to-female (MTF) transgender people or cisgender males and females.

How This Autism Mom Stays Married

Laura Shumaker | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

Yes, having a child with autism adds stress, in our case a *lot* of stress, but there is a secret to staying married, whether you have a child with autism or not, and it has worked for the Shumaker's. Here it is.

Puppy Power

Patrice E. Athanasidy | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Patrice E. Athanasidy

At 11, Peter still had a tremendous fear of animals. Live animals are unpredictable, have a definite scent, lick him without permission and in general test all of Peter's daily stresses that come with his autistic spectrum disorder.

Temple Grandin's Mother Hurls Autism Into Child Pornography

Brenda Rothman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

Temple Grandin's mother Eustacia Cutler has issued a disturbingly harmful judgment of autism and autistic men in her article in the Daily Beast. Her article deals a serious blow to the push for more educated, informed opinions about autism and autistic people.

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.

Something's Not Right With Our Boy

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.09.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I guess I've always known something was maybe amiss but honestly, I didn't want to know. There. I said it. I didn't want to know.

Dad Of 6-Year-Old With Asperger's: "There Was Not A Lot Of Guidance"

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Parents

It took Brian and his wife, Susanna, a lot of research and trial and error before they got their daughter, Arizona, help that really worked. Their 6-y...

The Sky Is Blue Every Day

Areva Martin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Areva Martin

As I mother, I desperately want to protect him. I want his struggles to go away. I don't want the world to view him as being different or abnormal. I want him to be just like every other child, but the reality is that his disorder is here to stay. The reality is we live in the world of autism.

What It Also Means to Raise an Autistic Child

Brenda Rothman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

For many years, we didn't travel or attend gatherings. It was too exhausting for Jack. He had to process new environments, decipher voices talking at the same time, recognize faces, absorb emotions and respond to unexpected sounds, lights and movements. It cost him too much energy.

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...

Discovering Perfection in Autistic Boy's Smile

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Marjoriet T. Matute

Autism has become incredibly common over the years and has answered many questions pertaining to childhood developmental issues. Studies have proven t...

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.

Not Why But How

Janet Grillo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Janet Grillo

HOW can we guarantee that today's 1 in 50 will have a secure tomorrow? By engaging larger society to join our kids, our families, and our cause. But HOW?

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.

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...

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!

10 Biggest Myths About Autism

The Stir | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
The Stir

This is the hurdle for parents of kids on the autism spectrum: breaking down the myths that follow their kids everywhere they go.

Primal Fear

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My husband, much to my dismay, announced last week that he hates the Caribbean. My idea of heaven is twelve days on a lounge bed in the scorching sun, an eight hundred-page Henry James novel and plastic goblet of pinot grigio at hand.