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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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

Debunking the Theory of Mind

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Bring up the word autism and you'll hear a great many theories. Simon Baron-Cohen is doing damage with a theory that was based on just 20 autistic participants.

WATCH: Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman Opens Up About Son's Autism

Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

Shortly after his first birthday, Shawn Stockman says his son Micah suddenly began to change. The R&B singer who earned accolades and world-renown as ...

A Letter to You (Who Wrote 'I Wish I Didn't Have Aspergers')

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Speak out, and while many may not want to listen or may even try to silence you, do not let them. Do not remain silent. Add your voice to the chorus of others who are here with you, who are like you, who also have Aspergers.

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.

A Parent's Guide to Responding to a Child's Autism Diagnosis

Todd Drezner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Parents
Todd Drezner

What should you do if you're a parent who's concerned about your child, but would like a realistic guide to accepting your child's autism and helping him to thrive as an autistic person?

Autism: Death, Fear and Hope

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

There is a large and thriving community out there of both autists and parents of autists who are writing, blogging, commenting and reaching out to one another. The only requirement to join this community is a desire for connection.

The New Autism Numbers

Todd Drezner | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

It's worth looking beyond the headlines to understand how the CDC arrived at the new autism prevalence numbers, and what those numbers do -- and don't -- mean.

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

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Most of us have heard the old saying that April showers bring May flowers... but April is also the month designated as Autism Awareness Month.

Illegal Pete's To 'Smother Autism' All Month

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.03.2012 | Denver

April is Autism Awareness Month and Illegal Pete's is getting involved. The Colorado burrito restaurant has announced a new campaign called "Smother A...

Life With Autism: Finding Challenging Work

John Elder Robison | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
John Elder Robison

How does an autistic person establish himself or herself in a satisfying career? That's the challenge we all face, and the degree to which we succeed varies quite widely.

What Is Autism?

Posted 03.30.2012 | Healthy Living

Just this week, a report from the Centers for Disease Control showed that rates of autism have increased in the U.S. from one in 110 children to one i...

Startling New Study Reveals Spike In Number Of U.S. Kids Have Autism

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 03.29.2012 | Healthy Living

One in 88 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, representing a...

Bullying Study Shows Some Kids At High Risk For Abuse

Posted 03.28.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/27/2012 01:17 PM EDT on LiveScience Kids with autism spectrum disorders are three ti...

10 Signs Of Possible Autism-Related Delays In Babies

| Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents

Though autism is often not diagnosed until the age of three, some children begin to show signs of developmental delay before they turn a year old. Whi...

Children With Special Needs: A Revolutionary Approach Gives New Hope

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents
Anat Baniel

Are you a parent to a child with special needs? Have you been trying to help your child do something he or she can't do, or corrected them over and over again to end up with little or no progress?

Waging War

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Ariane Zurcher

Emma is my daughter, who happens to have autism. The autism piece is complicated. The beautiful little girl/daughter piece is not.

How Does Someone Outgrow Autism?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

In the Feb. 1 New York Times there is a telling op-ed by Benjamin Nugent, a successful writer and a "recovered" Asperger's patient. Mr. Nugent abruptly and spontaneously outgrew his disease right after college and has lived happily ever after.

DSM 5 Will Lower Autism Rates

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM 5 assertion of rate neutrality is, just on the face of it, completely impossible. A simple comparison of how DSM IV and DSM 5 criteria are written makes apparent that DSM 5 has to be much more restrictive.

Will New DSM-5 Criteria For Autism Spectrum Disorder Exclude Some People?

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living

By Ferris Jabr (Click here for the original article) People have been arguing about autism for a long time—about what causes it, how to treat it...

The Autism Controversy Revisited

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The possible DSM 5 return to a narrower definition has created an uproar and caused a sharp division of opinion among advocates.

Catherine Pearson

New Study Sheds Light On Why Autism Diagnosis Can Be So Difficult | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living

Medical diagnoses are rarely clear-cut, and that may be particularly true among children with autism. A new study finds that children with autism ...

Cara Santa Maria

Autism: A Year In Review | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education

A recent, welcome trend in scientific literature is one that celebrates the unique perspective, focus, and creativity seen in the autistic community, instead of fixating on deficits alone.

Hope: Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.11.2012 | Parents
Ariane Zurcher

There's hope, and then there's desperation. Often I am not sure which one is pushing me more.

What They Didn't Tell Me About My Child's Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Having a child with autism may cause you to feel things you never dreamed possible. You may know moments of joy and moments of despair you could not have imagined.