Press Release – Initiative to Improve Treatment Services for Children with Autism Receives $10 Million Grant

UCLA-led research network to focus on offering better care in under-served communities Newswise — A UCLA-led initiative to provide better treatment for children with autism in under-served areas has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The program aims to bring evidence-based research practices to communities throughout the […]

Opinion – Should every child with autism be screened?

This week I read a really interesting article in the New York Times by Aaron E. Carroll who is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. The article asked the question; ‘should every child should be screened for autism?‘ It did so by asking the following questions: 1 Is the condition prevalent […]

Child with autism told he can start going to school after funding dispute was resolved

Edmonton, Canada — A child with autism who was caught in a crossfire between two school districts and his mother over funding for his schooling has been told he can now start going to school. Simon Wray is set to start seventh grade this year, but the predicament he suddenly found himself in almost prevented […]

Michigan State University’s Early Learning Institute raises bar for autism education

East Lansing, Mich. — The Child Development Laboratories at the Michigan State University came up with the Early Learning Institute in hopes of bridging the gap between therapy and education for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What separates the institute from conventional autism centers, is the fact that while most children with ASD only […]

Boy with autism memorizes entire Quran

Gaza, Palestine – A ten year old Gazan boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder has reportedly memorized the entire Holy Quran. According to Nedve Abdulal, an educator at the private rehabilitation school that Khalid Abu Musa attends, the youngster learned and memorized the holy book by hearing it read to him repeatedly. Abu Musa is on […]

Lawyers accuse boy with autism of instigating fight after he was beaten in a school bus

Orlando, Fla. — Lawyers representing the Seminole County School Board accused a young teenage boy with autism of instigating a fight during an incident on a school bus where he was beaten while he was restrained in a harness that he wore to keep him safe. The lawyers also accused his mother of failing to […]

‘Digital Puppeteer’: making learning fun for children with autism

Carson City, Nev. — In what can be called a breakthrough in teaching children with autism, live animator expert Gary Jesch came up with something that will catch the attention of both typically developing children as well as children on the spectrum— a ‘digital puppeteer’. Getting children with autism to listen during their learning sessions […]

Play Place for children with autism soon to open

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — A mother in Michigan tried to look for a place where her child— who has autism— can play freely without being judge by others. She didn’t find any. So she made one herself. According to Shell Jones whose son was diagnosed with autism at age two and a half years, she […]

Love of music helps young girl with autism to defy doctors

Albany, Ind. — Ten-year-old Kassidy Royal was diagnosed with autism at age two. The doctors who attended to her told her parents, Dena and Rick, that she was low-functioning and that their best option would be to keep her in a group home. But they didn’t listen. Her mother, Dena, said: “It’s extremely hard; you […]

Fathers who play active role parenting their child with autism can help reduce maternal depression

Like many others I read with great interest the recent study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, Father Involvement and Maternal Depressive Symptoms in Families of Children with Disabilities or Delays. The research conducted by the University of Illinois, found that fathers who play an active role in their child’s upbringing, can help promote […]