New Autism communication study urges actions to speak louder than words

25 pc  of people diagnosed with Autism or an ASD are non-verbal. 25 years ago, that figure stood at over 50 pc. Ongoing research and communication between pediatrics, educators and parents are showing significant results in aiding those diagnosed with Autism, to find forms in which to communicate. But researchers from the centre of Research […]

Autism Research: August 31st 2013 Week in Review

Audio-visual cue understanding problems diminish in autism adolescence An extremely hopeful new result was published by Dr. John Foxe and his team from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study by the team showed that children on the ASD with high-functioning autism seem to overcome their social communication dysfunction. At a […]

Autism and Loneliness

One of the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorder is a lack of social reciprocity. People with autism have difficulty reading and using social cues appropriately. Human beings are social animals, and a disorder that impairs one’s ability to create and maintain satisfying relationships is a deficit that affects many aspects of life, both personally […]

Model Me Kids Curriculum Effectively Teaches Social Skills Through Video Modeling

It’s an ancient teaching method for students copy the style of their masters in developing their own skill, whether it’s drawing, sculpting, or writing literature. Even the role of parenting is essentially a modeling approach for children to learn social skills, values, and common sense. This model of teaching has not waned in effectiveness: two […]

Mother’s fight against California school who are discriminating against her Diabetic and Autistic son

David Swanson is 21, a non-verbal Autistic, and to further complicate the situation, a Type I Diabetic. When David turned up to school in Sutter County California, both he and his specialised private nurse were turned away by school officials, which has started a crusade by his mother, Heather Ball Houston, against Sutter County Superintendent […]

Autistic children better at maths according to new study

A small-scale study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry suggests that children with High Functioning ASDs,  are more proficient than their peers at Mathematics. Research conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, looked at the brain scans of 36 children between the ages of 7 and 12 whilst they were sitting a series […]

Revolutionary gene therapy could reverse symptoms of Retts Syndrome

Research into Retts Syndrome, one of the most debilitating of the Autism Spectrum Disorders, has proved to reverse the symptoms in a recent study conducted on mice. Rett Syndrome strikes little girls almost exclusively, with first symptoms usually appearing before the age of 18 months.  These children lose speech, motor control and functional hand use, […]

‘Me’ time for parents with Autistic children. Impossible?

Having a child diagnosed with Autism, must be one of the most stressful challenges facing any family. Most parents struggle with the void of communication, emotional responses and unexplainable behaviour, tantrums, frustration and behavioural difficulties a child with Autism cannot help but exhibit. How important is taking a time-out? Doing something for yourself once in […]

Drug induced labour could be linked to an Autism diagnosis

New research published by the  JAMA Pediatric network Journal has suggested a link between drug induced labours and Autism. One in 88 children in the US is currently diagnosed as having an ASD. The study aimed to look at any external factor that could contribute towards the startling rise in the past two decades of Autism […]

Autism and Asperger’s brains wired differently, EEG records support recent changes in DSM- 5

A new study by Frank Duffy and colleagues, conducted at the Boston’s Children’s hospital, has revealed differences in the functioning of brains of children with Asperger’s syndrome and autism. The team studied electroencephalography (EEG) patterns of 400 children with autism, 26 children with Asperger’s syndrome and 550 typical peers. The findings showed weaker connections in […]