BBC Four, ‘Autism: Challenging Behaviour’ Documentary and Opinions

Reaction to “Autism: Challenging Behaviour” on BBC is strong and mixed. Airdate: Tuesday 5th November. The documentary focused upon the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis) and how it is used as an intervention for Autistic children. The programme information on the BBC website is as follows: ‘The film follows three-year-old Jack and four-year-old Jeremiah through […]

Autism and the Possibility of Romance

Difficulties that impede romance for a person on the autism spectrum may seem insurmountable, such as the ability to understand facial expressions, pick up on nonverbal cues, become comfortable with giving and receiving loving gestures. These relationship specialties are usually the very areas that an autistic person hasn’t developed intuitive knowledge in or perhaps experienced […]

Children with autism and managing Halloween treats

It is Halloween in two days and many children go trick-or-treating with the aim to collect as much candy as possible. This poses several risks for children on the autism spectrum and leads parents to wonder how they can offer their children a fun and healthy Halloween. Many children with autism follow limited diets. Some […]

Reproductive Technology Council approves application to determine sex of sperm for high risk families

Western Australia – The Reproductive Technology Council has approved an application for a family pre-disposed to autism, in a fertility clinic to select the sex in order to minimise the risk of autism. This controversial issue works under the premise that boys are four times more likely to develop autism and by ensuring the “X” […]

Clues to autism from new study of prenatal weight gain

Salt Lake City, USA  — New research from the University of Utah shows a link between weight gain before and during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Deborah A. Bilder, M.D., lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah says, “These findings suggest that weight gain during […]

Children born to mothers with Lupus twice as likely to be Autistic

NEWS IN BREIF – Children born to mothers with a diagnosis of Systemic lupus erythamatosus are almost twice as likely to have autism a recent study has found. The study will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting on Wednesday October 30, and may lead to added prenatal care for women suffering […]

Can the drug Ecstasy be of assistance in autism therapy?

Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz and Michael Shure from the The Young Turks discuss the potential use of Ecstasy in therapeutic uses with autism. Ana begins, “The California Review Panel has decided to allow scientist to do a study on MDMA and what it could potentially do to help those who are born with autism. So this […]

Mencap offers support to UK family members with learning disabilities like autism

  John and Andrew are twins with autism who live in the United Kingdom. They both also suffer from learning difficulties and mental health issues, which make their daily lives challenging. Their father took early retirement to help with their care. When he passed away from cancer, their mother was overwhelmed, until she contacted Mencap. […]

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 […]

Utah Clinic to offer resources for Autism

Utah, USA – Utah has the highest percentage of Autism diagnosis in America, and the University of Utah has just unveiled a new clinic that will offer tailored therapies for children and adults with a diagnosis. The ASD Clinic will centre on behavioural therapies and will work with parents and the community to enhance the […]