In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association stopped using the clinical term Asperger’s syndrome, grouping the condition with other forms of autism under the term ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder.’
As awareness of Asperger's syndrome has risen within popular consciousness and culture, it has faded from clinical use.
Only 16% of adults with autism are in full-time work.
Dyslexia affects up to 10% of the population, but until recently it was thought to be a pseudo-medical diagnosis used by parents to explain their children’s poor performance in reading.
An exaggerated immune response during pregnancy, known as ‘maternal immune activation’, could be detrimental to the fetus.
Certain mechanisms that occur as a result of an immune response during an illness in pregnancy could impact a child's brain development. And more studies are showing a relationship between the two.
‘Biomusic’ technology collects autonomic nervous system signals, such as heart rate, through a wearable sensor and maps them to sound.
Imagine a collaboratively-designed smartphone app that could provide cues to an autistic individual -- about the emotional state of people they are communicating with.
For many parents, sorting the “normal” quirkiness of childhood behaviour from the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be anxiety provoking.
Early intervention is key to treating autism, but how is a family to know which quirky childhood behaviours might be symptoms? An educational psychologist explains.
Burke sought to use Asperger’s syndrome as as explanation for why he harassed and bullied staff on Burke’s Backyard.
Don Burke: the statements you made are false, and they have an impact far beyond your own circumstance.
Approximately 87,000 children in Canada are affected by autism. A new web platform promises to help their families access much-needed research knowledge.
Families supporting children with autism urgently need better access to the latest research about evidence-based treatments. A new health design project from Emily Carr University is helping.
New research suggests many autistic people feel they have to hide their true selves.
The art installation Snoösphere is designed to awaken the senses and ease anxiety.
Artworks in The Big Anxiety festival in Sydney shine a light on life from an autistic point of view, emphasising sensory experience.
Wildlife presenter Chris Packham was diagnosed with Asperger’s in his 40s.
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New research reveals how autistic people use their strengths and interests to manage their condition.
Cow’s milk … blamed for autism.
We need to stop playing the blame game.
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.