Autism has become a default consideration for any child who struggles socially, behaviourally, or with sensory stimuli.
There are several problems with the recently released guidelines for diagnosing autism. But the fundamental issue is that we're striving for diagnosis first, and help later.
Mia and baby.
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Mia: Daughters of Fortune is a powerful new play that puts this issue under the spotlight.
Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative.
Numerous measures are in place to help young disabled children thrive, but the transition beyond school can be a difficult one. Here are some tips for families to help their children prepare for life beyond.
Sam Best went to Africa for six months, in order to be exposed to prolonged instability.
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James Best took his son Sam, who has autism, on a six-month journey to Africa. The lessons learnt may encourage a slightly riskier approach to parenting and education for some children with autism.
Most important for now is that we look after pregnant women experiencing depression.
A new paper published today has reported a small increase in the number of children born with autism from mothers who were using antidepressant medication while pregnant.
Autism manifests in different ways. The signs are often less visible in women than in men, leading many to be underdiagnosed.
Modern diets are changing the compositions of our gut microbiota, and with that, our personalities.
For most of the twentieth century, we were at war with microbes, leading to substantial changes in our body's ecosystem. This has changed our diets, disease profile, moods and even personalities.
Young autistic people struggle to access mental health services in the UK.
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A new survey of young autistic people highlights the difficulties they face in accessing mental health services.
Nicky Reilly driven away from court in 2008 where he was charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism.
People suffering from autism could be far more vulnerable to falling under the spell of terror organisations on the look-out for new recruits.
Pauline Hanson has made claims about the negative impacts of having children with autism in mainstream classrooms.
Evidence shows that the senator's comments on the burden of children with disability are misleading.
Developers need to consider how a person with autism could react to their technology.
There are plenty of apps that people with autism can use for learning, play and communication. Not all are designed with autism in mind, so what can we learn from any online user feedback?
Out-of-body experiences are also more common among those with autism.
Brain chemicals could explain some of these experiences, but so could bullying and social isolation.
More than a third of GPs have had no training on autism.
Improving the lives of people with autism through technology has benefits for us all and encourages society to take a more inclusive view of disability
A noisy environment can be hell for a person with autism. On the plus side, they are more likely to have perfect pitch than a non-autistic person.
People with autism sometimes struggle to tell stories, but there are ways parents can help.
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People tell each other stories every day about the things they've seen and done. For many children with autism, this kind of personal narrative doesn't come easily. Here's how parents can help.
Julia (with the orange hair) and her friends from Sesame Street.
The introduction of a new Muppet on Sesame Street represents an encouraging cultural shift in the portrayal of characters with autism. But there is still a way to go.
Early intervention for children with autism just got earlier.
Tests and exams can be difficult for autistic children.
Why a common sense approach is needed when it comes to autism and primary school tests.
New research underscores the importance of positive touch in infancy.