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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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.

Social Entrepreneurship in Davos

Thorkil Sonne | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Thorkil Sonne

I have experienced openness among large corporations, serious challenges in communities and brilliant business models, global networks and technology solutions which in the right combination can solve many of the most pressing global challenges.

Groundhog Day

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Sometimes days spent with children on the autistic spectrum begin to feel like "groundhog day" as we parents are forced to adhere, because of our children's need for sameness, to carefully-crafted schedules and routines.

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.

Music Therapy for Individuals With Autism

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Literature reports that most individuals with autism spectrum disorder respond positively to music. The frequency with which people with ASD show a heightened interest and response to music makes it an excellent therapeutic tool for working with them.

WATCH: My Mother Misdiagnosed Me With Asperger’s

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living

The number of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses has grown to an average of one in 110 children today, a number that has sharply increased since...

Field Trial Results Guide DSM Recommendations

David J. Kupfer, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David J. Kupfer, M.D.

Two years ago, the American Psychiatric Association announced the start of field trials of proposed diagnostic criteria for the future DSM-5. And now, as the first comprehensive analyses of that effort are published, what's clear is just how well the field trials did their job.

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.

WATCH: Father Of Autistic Boy's Shocking School Revelation

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.02.2012 | Health and Fitness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. An...

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.

Christina Wilkie

Young Adults With Autism Strive For Better Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business

A few weeks ago, Matthew Koenig, 24, was doing data entry for below minimum wage at a supervised employment center for people with disabilities in St....

Surfing Heals: Autism Group Takes Kids Riding The Waves

Keith Brown | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents
Keith Brown

Two more runs and it's time to come in. My boy gets a trophy, which sits on his dresser as I write this. "I can't believe I was surfing today,'' my son said. "It was awesome!''

Catherine Pearson

Evidence For Treating Autism In Teens Is Weak: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.29.2012 | Parents

A new government report confirms what many parents of teens with autism have long suspected: There is little scientific evidence backing up the curren...

'No One Saw A Thing': Discovering The Truth About Our Son

good men project | Posted 07.23.2012 | Parents

Written by Jeffrey Wallace for The Good Men Project There’s always one kid in the neighborhood everybody loves to torment; in Windsor Heights it ...

Leveraging the Power of Social Networking, Game Mechanics and Personalization for Autism Support

Grant Verstandig | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Grant Verstandig

For autism caregivers, today's digital health platforms can offer the personalized tools, resources, and support they need to live healthier lives and, in turn, better care for those who depend on them