Autism

New Version of an Old Drug Could Treat Autism (and Addiction Too)

One night in 2006, Kathy Roberts rushed her autistic daughter, Jenny, to the hospital. Nothing had been able to stop the young woman, then in her mid-20s, from vomiting. Jenny had recently suffered several major seizures and her entire gastrointestinal system was going haywire.To try to calm Jenny’s GI tract, doctors at Massachusetts General...

Hope Still Races Ahead Of Evidence In Magnet Treatment For Autism

The story is a familiar one: the saga of a loving parent’s quest to save a child. This time it’s about the mother of a boy with autism. The mother scours the medical literature in search of any kind of treatment, however far-fetched and experimental. She finds one that seems promising, something involving magnetic...

Signs Your Child Could Have Autism

The CDC says that one in 88 children has autism. Could your child be one of them? With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that one in every 88 children has autism—up from one in 156 in 2002—you might be wondering how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the developmental disorder. While...

27 Memes That Nail What It’s Like to Be an ‘Autism Parent’

When parents of kids with autism aren’t running from therapy to therapy, advocating for their child’s rights or doing everything they can to keep their young one happy and healthy, they’re apparently collecting some of the Internet’s best memes. *Sign up for our Autism Newsletter* Since many parents of children with autism know a sense of humor can be key to accepting...

Man With Autism Writes What He Wishes He’d Said to Childhood Teachers

This man with autism is finally able to say all that he couldn’t when he was a kid.Bryan runs a Facebook page called Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness: Bryan’s Advocacy that he uses to be an advocate for people with Asperger’s. Through his page, he shares his experiences as a man on the spectrum. On Friday, he penned...

Fears and Phobias in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)-Term Life

Fears and Phobias in ASD Anxiety Disorders are a frequent co-occurring (comorbid) problem for children and youth with ASD. Although prevalence rates vary from 11% to 84%, most studies indicate that approximately one-half of children with ASD meet criteria for at least one anxiety disorder. Of all types of anxiety disorders, specific phobia is the most...

Government Will Require Handling Autism To Be a Part of Teacher’s Core Training

Celebrity Kim Raver reads about autism to children. Many autism advocates are happy with the new core training for teachers that includes handling students with autism. (Photo : Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Teachers will now be trained how to support their students diagnosed with autism. This is the fruit of the efforts made by campaigning for...

10 Years of Progress: What We’ve Learned About Autism

Last year marked 10 years of progress since Autism Speaks first opened its doors in 2005.  In 2016, we continue to strive to enhance autism services in every community and get the groundbreaking ABLE Act, now the law of the land, implemented in all 50 states. Our dedicated field teams will be the ones heading...

My son with autism started texting and it’s brilliant – Term Life

My 13-year-old son Tate has autism. He also has 3 brothers and 3 sisters and an iPad with a texting app. Tate loves to text.Often we can hear clearly in the texts things he could not communicate orally. When conversing orally with Tate, there are delays while he processes and tries to catch up....

9 Things You Should Know About Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month, a time dedicated to understanding autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects 1 in 68 children in America. Here are nine things you should know to help raise awareness and prepare you to minister to those with ASD. 1. Autism is the common term used to refer to Autism...

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