Jo Worgan

About Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

Epidemic of Knowledge – Film documentary by Olley Edwards explores reality of autism diagnosis for females

Epidemic of Knowledge is a short documentary film that follows the journey of mother, Olley Edward’s, 32, as she embarks upon her own autism journey of self-discovery. Along the way she also explores how autism presents itself in females. Olley is a passionate campaigner and advocate for females on the autism spectrum and is an […]

Autism Research: November 28, 2014 Week in Review

Is a missing gene the link to autism?Researchers at the University of Leeds had previously discovered that people with autism are lacking in the gene neurexin-II and had studied mice with the same condition that showed a lack of social skills. Now Dr Steven Clapcote, who published the study in  Translational Psychiatry told: “In other […]

Autism Research: November 14, 2014 Week in Review

Researchers use facial recognition study for individuals with autism Individuals on the autistic spectrum often have difficulties with recognizing and interpreting facial expressions, a new study, Impaired Perception of Facial Motion in Autism Spectrum Disorder, has found. Researchers at Brunel University looked into how 14 individuals with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), recognized facial […]

JusticeforLB Campaign launch proposed Private Members Bill

We first reported on the tragic death of Connor Sparrowhawk back in Match this year, you can read our report here. Mr Sparrowhawk, 18 who had autism and epilepsy, drowned in the bath while staying in an NHS mental health treatment unit in Oxford. He was left unsupervised and had an epileptic seizure and drowned. […]

Andrew Wakefield unable to sue in Texas for deformation

Texas – On Friday September 19, a state appeals court in Texas ruled that Andrew Wakefield, who lost his medical license in 2010 after his research on autism was discredited, is unable to sue the British publication, the British Medical Journal, for deformation in Texas. The articles concerned raised questions concerning the accuracy of the […]

Anna Kennedy OBE – Opens West of Scotland Autism and Asperger Centre

Dunbarton , Glasgow – The West of Scotland Autism and Asperger Centre was officially opened on Friday August 8 by Anna Kennedy OBE. An article in the Clydebank Post told of how the support group, the Vale of Leven Autism and Aspergers Forum (VOLAAF), that is run by parents for parents of children with autism […]

Music for Autism – a safe place for children to enjoy music and feel free

Music for Autism – is a nonprofit organisation that uses song and dance to give autistic children and their parents a place to enjoy music and feel free. Dr. Robert Accordino who specializes in child psychiatry and Founder of “Music for Autism” in the United States said: “What you hear time and time again by […]

Environmental Changes to Genes in Children With Autism

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York – New research appears to confirm that environmental influences on genes may play a role in the development of autism. Scientists believe that this may help explain why older pregnant women are at greater risk for having a baby with autism, Health Day reports. Scientists […]

Researchers study Mohawk mice with genetic mutation linked to autism.

NYU Langone Medical Center – Researchers have been studying mice with a genetic mutation linked to autism. They found that the mice began to sport Mohawks that resulted from their “over-grooming” behavior. The behavior of the mice resembles repetitive motions displayed by some people with autism, and researchers say their experiments reveal a link between […]

Leading healthcare facility in Cleveland working on new autism related research

Cleveland, Ohio – A healthcare facility is working on new autism-related research. Doctors and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are working to develop a new urine test that could detect autism before the age of two. Dr. Charis Eng from the Genomic Medicine Institute said that the test is still in the early stages. Researchers […]