Autism

Many children with autism take multiple drugs

Children with autism often have an array of challenging symptoms — irritability, anxiety, sadness, aggression and inattention — and thefew behavioral therapies that may improve these symptoms are time-intensive, expensive and sometimes inaccessible.It’s no surprise then, that many doctors and families turn to medications to alleviate symptoms — for example, antidepressants to relieve sadness,...

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...

Heartbreaking Picture of an 18-year-old girl with autism celebrating her birthday alone: ‘Hallee’s friends never arrived. Not a single one’: Term Life

Hallee Sorenson invited classmates to her party but no one turned up The autistic girl was left ‘crying into her cake’ on her 18th birthday Her cousin posted a picture on Facebook of Hallee sitting alone at her party The post has been shared more than 120,000 times in less than 48 hours ...

11 People With Autism Explain What Stimming Feels Like

Stimming, or self-stimulatory behaviors, are behaviors people with autism may exhibit to counteract an overwhelming sensory environment or alleviate the high levels of internal anxiety, according to Temple Grandin’s post in Autism Digest. Some examples of stimming are rocking, spinning, pacing, repeating words or flapping of arms or hands. Autistic people aren’t the only ones who...

9 Things I Wish I’d Known During Our Autism Diagnosis Process-Health Insurance

I remember back to the time that I first told my Hail’s pediatrician we would like to have our boy tested for autism. We’d noticed a lot of odd behavior — he would line everything up when he played, he had sensitivity issues and would gag on foods, would yank on his hair until...

6 people share the hardest part of autism

In response, countless members of our community shared their perspectives on what they believe to be the hardest parts about autism. We wanted to share their stories with you, along with resources for our community. This is what they had to say… A parent writes, Did you know? Autism Speaks has compiled a page of tools and resources specifically for those...

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...

Missouri Town Builds a Unique Community for People With Autism

Communities across the nation are stepping up to make life more livable for people with autism and their loved ones. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of the first autism-friendly cities in America, first responders and more than 100 local businesses are specially trained to understand the needs of people on the spectrum. Surfside Beach, South...

4 Things you may not know about autism and diets

How much do you know about autism and diets? Advertisement Researchers continue to investigate the cause of autism and search for treatment options. However, there are still aspects of this condition that remain unsolved and continue to create dilemmas. There are studies based on genetic databases that hope to uncover some of the mysteries of autism....

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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