Autism first began to be routinely diagnosed in children in the 70s. It is only now that we are beginning to understand how the condition changes with age.
New research shows macaques can show autism-like behaviour.
Students with autism often need to take a break from the demands of the classroom.
Teachers' lack of confidence in supporting students with autism calls for a better understanding of the disorder and how it may affect learning.
Auditory processing disorder is most common among primary school children.
The term APD describes several disorders that result in a breakdown in the listening process. It is most common in primary school, affecting more than 5% of children.
Our sense of self is grounded in our memories, but recalling these details is harder for people with autism.
Men and women experience autism differently, which shows something revealing about where autistic characteristics may come from.
There are a number of reasons some children struggle to walk with a flat foot.
Some toddlers are unable to walk with their whole foot on the ground. This should be checked out by a health professional.
Unfortunately, there’s no ‘one size fits all.’
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There's no 'one size fits all' approach. But a lot of little things – from colors to appliance noise – can make a big difference.
Deficiencies in a critical nutrient can lead to an abnormally wired brain. Illustration of a network of nerve cells in the.
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A gene mutation that causes problems for neural stem cells – the building blocks of the brain – could be corrected by adding carnitine.
‘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.