Shân Ellis

About Shân Ellis

Shân Ellis, is a qualified journalist with five years experience of writing features, blogging and working on a regional newspaper. Prior to working as a journalist, she was a ghost writer for top publishers and was closely involved in the editing and development of book series. Shân has a degree in the sciences, and 5 A levels. She lives in the UK and is the mother of an autistic child.

Researchers find that Autism presents in children from first weeks of life

An American study has found that infants and babies affected with Autism are less likely to hold eye contact and be aware that a person is communicating to them. The research conducted by Emery School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia and published in Nature journal looked at the deficit in eye contact of infants aged […]

Temple Grandin puts weight behind campaign addressing current trends in autism awareness

Temple Grandin has long been an autism advocate, being amongst the first to write about her experiences with autism and producing a plethora of books on the subject. The 66 year old professor at Colorado State University is to add her voice to a campaign to raise awareness of trends in autism awareness after saying […]

Normalising autistic behaviour – US techniques adopted in the UK

It’s a controversial early intervention technique that has been used in the USA for a few years now, but parents in the UK are lining up to enroll their children in schools that are implementing normalisation therapy on children with autism. Applied Behavioural Analysis or ABA is better known as a behaviour modification technique, that […]

Golfing mad New York town sets to improve autistic children’s motor and social skills

The town of Islip in New York has teamed up with an occupational therapist to improve autistic children’s motor and social skills by teaching them to play golf. John Lorenzo, of Sayville has a nine year old son on the programme. He praised the programme which allowed his son to hit his first ball last […]

Social skills in autistics boosted after magnetic brain wave treatment

Results of the first clinical trial using magnetic wave stimulation autistic people, show an encouraging boost in the development of social interactive skills after treatment. The study conducted by the Monash University in Melbourne Australia involved boosting brain waves in the frontal cortex using rTMS, or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Strong magnetic pulses were passed […]

Holkham Hall, Norfolk, UK a fantastic day out for kids with autism – Review

I’m always on the look out for a new and exciting place to take the children especially at half term. No school doesn’t mean that I want them to run wild. I want them to learn something of the history and nature of the area in which we are living. I had my reservations about […]

New research claims use of acetaminophen / paracetamol correlates with Autism and ADHD diagnosis rise

Correlation with common over the counter acetaminophen and the rise of autism Revolutionary new research published in the Journal of Evolutionary Medicine claims to have found a correlation in the rise of Autism and ADHD and asthma diagnosis with use of  acetaminophen, the main  component of painkiller Paracetamol in genetically or metabolically susceptible children, and the use […]

A theatrical early intervention scheme for autism

Theatre, and theatre studies may prove invaluable to children and young adults when enhancing their communication and social inhibition issues. A study released October 22 in the Journal of Autism Research has indicated that children with autism and ASDs respond exceedingly well to theatre in particular musical theatre as part of their early intervention and […]

Brain scans used to aid autism diagnosis

New research has been published which suggests that brain scans may be commonly used in the future to aid with autism diagnosis. Experts argue that the earlier the diagnosis, the better chance of using socialisation and integration techniques in early intervention therapies. The study, published in the journal of Frontiers and development of human neuroscience […]

Two thirds of American children with autism on medication

Two thirds of children  diagnosed with autism io the USA are medicated with one or more drug. According to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics on October 14, a survey of over 60,000 autistic or ASD children claims that 64pc of them are on one or more psychotopic drug. The study states to […]