Occupational Therapy using Sensory Integration can improve daily life for Autistic Children

Researchers led by Neuroscientist Roseann Schaaf, have found that the use of Occupation Therapy together with Sensory Integration (OT-SI) can provide better outcomes for children on the autistic spectrum than ordinary standard care. OT-SI therapy for Autism is based on the child’s difficulties interpreting sensory information and how these difficulties impact on everyday life and […]

Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary provide Donkey Assisted Therapy for Children with Additional Needs

The Donkey Sanctuary is the world’s largest donkey and mule sanctuary and has 10 farms situated in the UK and Ireland. Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE founded The Donkey Sanctuary in 1973. To date over 15,000 donkeys have passed through the Donkey Sanctuary’s gates in the UK and Ireland. There are 10 farms. The charity’s mission […]

Manchester Airport Autism Awareness Strategy

Preparing children with ASD for flying Manchester Airport first launched its Autism Awareness initiative back in 2009 to help support autistic children and their families when using the airport. The initiative has now been refreshed and includes a booklet and video which explains to children on the autistic spectrum what happens when they go to […]

Autistic Teenagers learning to Drive can be a Reality – Part 2

There’s no feeling in the world like slipping behind the wheel of a car, and having some more control over your freedom. All parents have some fear about putting their child in control of a motor vehicle, especially if that child has a diagnosis of  Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It may be more complex to […]

Autistic boy with an IQ of 168 forced to go to a Special Needs school

Christian Farrington is seven years old, and has an IQ of 168. But according to Cambridgeshire Council in Great Britain he requires a special education because of his Autism. Christian could read a book aloud when he was 18 months old, and has the intellect and ability of a child of 15, but has high […]

Revolutionary blood test which could detect Autism in young children

Groundbreaking research by at the Autism Centre of Excellence in San Diego University,  has discovered that a simple blood test in children from 12 months to four years old, could detect Autism. The announcement made by Professor Eric Courchesne on August 7, at Asia-Pacific Autism Conference in Adelaide, Australia, could revolutionise the way Autism is detected […]

How Do Children with Autism Play?

Experts agree that play is a vital part of a child’s development. Play during early childhood helps children to develop gross and fine motor skills, and can help them to learn basic academic concepts. Play is also integral in helping children to learn social skills, such as empathy, cooperation, and collaboration. How is play affected […]

Autistic children more likely to be bullied as they grow older, research shows

Research conducted by the University of Manchester has shown that Autistic children are more likely to be bullied by their peers as they grow older. This research completely contradicts what was previously thought, that older Autistic children are more accepted by their peers, as they develop empathy, sympathy and a more adult outlook on life […]

Yoga Provides Relaxation Benefits to Children with Autism

Yoga as a complimentary treatment for autism is growing in popularity. A new book by South Florida yoga teacher Louise Goldberg provides techniques for teaching yoga poses to children with special needs. Titled “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs”, published by W.W. Norton and company, this book offers ways to present poses […]

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 […]