Brain Stimulation Holds Promise in Autism Treatment

Autism Daily Newscast first reported on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) back in November of 2013. We wrote about the 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 […]

Help Your Child with Autism Build Stronger Bonds through Eye Contact

“LOOK AT ME” – No one likes to be forced to do anything, especially kids. As a parent, you know it’s difficult for your child with autism to make eye contact, which sometimes leads you to say:  “Look at me.”  As parents, caretakers, and teachers, we sometimes find ourselves demanding that our kids give eye […]

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Applied Behavioural Analysis – First hand accounts

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), one of the first things mentioned when your child receives a diagnosis of Autism. The paediatrician may recommend it and you are sure to read glowing reports about it. The ultimate goal of ABA? To make your child indistinguishable from their peers. To stop all self stimulating behaviour and enforce eye […]

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Insurance coverage for ABA therapy not uniform in the US

Insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism is still not consistent throughout the United States, even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The new law puts in place a variety of provisions that improve coverage for health care services related to autism, including eliminating pre-existing condition clauses, covering […]

Children in Yorkshire, UK waiting too long for therapy

Yorkshire UK –  Children referred to paediatricians in North Yorkshire are being made to wait in excess of NHS guideline waiting times in parts of North Yorkshire. 245 children are currently listed for assessment 180 of which have exceeded the three month waiting period. NHS in North Yorkshire told BBC News  that good progress was […]

ABA In-home therapy provision models vary in the U.S.

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA therapy as it is more widely known, has significantly grown in popularity in the United States as a leading intervention for children with autism. Based on the research of Dr. Ivar Lovaas, ABA therapy for children with autism was initiated in the mid 1990s and has grown to include multiple […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aquatic Therapy Improves Quality of Life for Children with Autism – Part 2

Aquatic therapy provides an environment uniquely suited to the special needs of children on the autism spectrum. To recap the first article, water has the right amount of hydrostatic pressure that makes an autistic child feel safe and supported, at the same time that it stimulates their sensory system without overwhelming the child. An aquatic […]

Aquatic Therapy Enhances Quality of Life for Children with Autism

With the broad spectrum of special needs associated with autism, it is good that the spectrum is also receptive to a wide range of intervention methods. Children diagnosed with autism enter life with serious challenges. Learning can be difficult. Communication can be difficult. Showing and receiving affection can be difficult. Performing daily tasks such as […]