‘Benidorm, Spain’ drawn in 1979 by Richard Wawro.
Saturday, April 2, is World Autism Day. Many individuals with extraordinary ability have been found to have autism. Researchers have now found that many child prodigies have an autistic relative.
Navigating work and stress can be hard for anyone, but especially so if you have ASD.
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The outlook can be bleak for people with ASD who have difficulty navigating the stressful work world. A trial project in Connecticut sought to find a new way to help them become truly independent.
Can I measure you?
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The way children are assessed for special educational needs is still a postcode lottery.
The revelation that autism didn’t have one cause helped researchers change their thinking.
One of the great and enduring mysteries of autism is what causes the brain to develop so differently.
Symptoms that can signify autism can also mean other things.
A recent survey of paediatricians found they often lacked enough information to accurately diagnose an Autism Spectrum Disorder in children.
Parents often don’t realise their child has a right to be enrolled and to receive an equal standard of education in a private school.
Parents need to be pushier and demand private school places for their children.
Diet modification is one of the most prominent alternative autism therapies.
In some cases, clinicians recommend special diets; in others, they're instigated by parents eager to find anything that may help their child.
Tying funding to disability categories is putting pressure on schools and parents.
By tying funding to disability categories, schools and parents are being put under pressure to seek a diagnosis for their child in order to get funding support.
“Autism explosion”, declared The Australian’s headline on January 15. “Schools failing”. Journalist Rick Morton’s piece led with an alleged: … crisis in schools that education systems are unable or willing…
Mindfulness has been found to improve negative behaviours from intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.
A recent review of studies has shown that mindfulness meditation helps people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder reduce their mental and physical problems.
The effects observed in the study are still small and inconsistent.
A synthetic version of the hormone oxytocin has been shown to improve social responsiveness among some children with autism.
Is normal behavior being pathologized?
Autism has gone from a rare disorder to one that affects one in 68 children in a few decades.
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views.
Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
Writing out a cure?
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In the age of the human genome, it's tempting to think genetic research could solve every disease and disorder.
What are you looking at?
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Technologies that predict the possibility of a neurological disorder have the weight of affecting conceptions of not just “what” these children have but “who” these children will become.
Research found children with autism understand social cues when prompted, but they usually choose not to interact.
People with autism spectrum disorder don't get the same benefits from socialising with other people. So why force them to with methods that aren't true to life anyway?
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism.
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Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
The transition between school and further education can be difficult for young people with learning difficulties.
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New partnerships between schools and colleges have helped more children with autism continue in further education.
Early interventions can help children with autism build social and communication skills.
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Autism is usually diagnosed between the ages of two and five. But studies show therapies delivered earlier in childhood could help children at risk of developing autism.
Words are important.
The decision about whether to say a 'person with autism' or an 'autistic person' is never clear cut.