The magic of Disney – dulled for disabled children

A policy change in allowing disabled children to go to the front of queues in Disney’s Orlando and California parks has sparked a huge media debate, and anger within disability rights campaigners. The change in policy, due on October 9,  means that children with disabilities cannot go to the front of the queue as in […]

Behavioral Therapy for Sleep Issues in Autism

As many bleary-eyed, exhausted parents will tell you, children with autism often have sleep issues. These can include difficulty falling asleep, night waking, short sleep duration, and early morning waking. Sleep difficulties affect the entire family, as parents and siblings are often awakened by the child’s nocturnal activities. Chronic lack of sleep affects many aspects […]

Daryl Hannah talks candidly about Autism struggles

The beautiful 52 year old American Actress Daryl Hannah has recently shared with the media her struggle with ASD which caused her to take a step back from acting and the Hollywood lifestyle. (Revised Oct 1, 2013) The star of many eighties movies like Splash, Blade Runner and Wall Street was diagnosed in the late […]

Yawning not contagious for children with autism

A Japanese study published by Autism Research and Treatment and explored in Scientific American this month looks closely at science of a simple yawn, and it’s contagion. Yawning is contagious, and can be caused by tiredness, stress, and watching other people yawning a phenomenon known as social yawning. Autistic children, however are immune to this contagion. […]

Ageing and Autism – the invisible generation

The National Society of Autism Scotland, UK  has recently voiced it’s concerns over an ageing demographic of people with Autism or ASD, who are slipping through the net in terms of care because they haven’t been diagnosed. This is a problem on a larger, worldwide scale. We regularly read that the diagnosis rate within children […]

How would you explain to a child that they have autism?

  How do you explain to your child that they are autistic? What is the ‘correct’ age and how should it be done? This is a subject that many parents have difficulty with, the knowing of ‘how’ and ‘when’ to tell your child. There are however resources and information available to help parents with these […]

Psychiatric Study into Autism causes Media to urge caution

A study conducted by the University of California’s MIND institute and published in Translational Psychiatry on September 22 has cased some outrage in the media. Autism diagnosis rates in the US are currently around one in 88 children. The study explores seven antibody proteins found in expectant mothers could be the soul cause of an […]

Google Ventures explores the life sciences with Autism blood test

We all know Google as a technology company which has pushed barriers in topical news, internet searches and developing interactive networks. But a new subsidy of the Google company, Google Ventures is exploring into the Life sciences by funding research into Autism detection blood tests. Diagnosis of Autism in younger children has increased an effectiveness […]

Autistic boy with an IQ of 168 forced to go to a Special Needs school

Christian Farrington is seven years old, and has an IQ of 168. But according to Cambridgeshire Council in Great Britain he requires a special education because of his Autism. Christian could read a book aloud when he was 18 months old, and has the intellect and ability of a child of 15, but has high […]

Autistic Teenagers learning to Drive can be a Reality – Part 2

There’s no feeling in the world like slipping behind the wheel of a car, and having some more control over your freedom. All parents have some fear about putting their child in control of a motor vehicle, especially if that child has a diagnosis of  Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It may be more complex to […]