Adolescents with ASD’s may infer the meaning of complex emotions

A study looking at the electromagnetic brain waves of adolescents has found that those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders show atypical brain wave activity whilst processing complex emotions. The study published in JAMA online network journals explains that those diagnosed with ASD’s tend to infer the meaning of complex emotions rather than understand or empathise with […]

Autism linked to salt in the nerves at birth

Scientists at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research have found a tentative link between salt levels in neurons during birth and autism. The full article which appeared in The Independent on January 11, cites the research conducted by Dr Yehzeckel Ben-Ami and his team. They looked at the relationship between the love […]

Paralysed Dog Brings Comfort to Autistic Children

 Tampa, Florida – Sandy Lewers 55, adopts paralysed dog from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Sandy told ABC News reporter Ben Gittleson that she had no intention of buying a dog when she went to the shelter but that when she saw Willie the dachshund her heart melted. Willie was discovered by a staff member from […]

Sandra Bloe from Hastings, East Sussex, Founder of ASD Bright Ideas

‘ASD Bright Ideas – we understand autism… because we are a family with a child on the autistic spectrum we understand the challenges and rewards that you face on a daily basis.’ Sandra Bloe from Hastings, East Sussex UK has 2 daughters, her youngest daughter Tanya, 17, is on the autistic spectrum and has a […]

Study says autism may be masked by ADHD in some children

Boston — A study conducted by researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital shows that an early diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) might be causing clinicians to overlook autism in young children. In a research recently published online, the researchers scanned data from the National Survey of Children’s Health involving 1,500 children who were […]

Blogging mother, Temporary Tourist, shares her experiences of Disney’s Guest Assistance rule change

We’ve had mixed responses on Disney’s decision to change the Guest Assistance Card system. We reported Autism Hippie’s experiences on October 11. Disney implemented a change in their guest assistance cards for children and adults with special needs on October 9 after reports that people were flagrantly abusing the old system. Cards called Disability Access […]

Using antidepressants Does not increase autism risk

New research published in the Journal of Clinical epidemiology has proved there is little or no correlation from taking SSRI anti depressant medications during pregnancy and having a child with autism. Previous research has shown that the risk can be up to five times greater when a mother is prescribed anti depressants during gestation. Research […]

The Fylde Hillbillies release their ‘Christmas Time’ charity single to raise money for Hillside Specialist School

‘The Fylde Hillbillies are a musical band of brothers and sisters bound by locally performing throughout the Fylde and Wyre. Put together by Dawn and Tony Mitchell especially for a recording of Tony Mitchell’s charity song Christmas Time 2013 in aid of raising money for a mini bus for Hillside Autistic School. Each doing their […]

Scientists isolate cell type in brain most affected by autism gene mutations

Leading cell biologists in UC San Francisco have identified a specific cell type in a particular part of the brain at a cruicial time in brain development can be a factor in autism development. The research published in the Cell journal on November 21 marks a significant turning point in autism research, especially that of […]

New York boy thrilled as autism service dog returns home safely

A five year old boy with autism is overjoyed as his autism service dog returned home today, he was last seen on Friday November 6. Echo, a black Labrador specifically trained to stop Mark Fontana, who was diagnosed at three is non verbal, from wandering bolted after being let out without her service vest. The […]