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 […]

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 […]

Zoo keeper camp held for children with autism in Minnesota – w/video

Duluth, Minn. — Children with autism in Minnesota were finally given a chance to experience a special zoo keeper camp, thanks to a joint effort between the Autism Society of Minnesota and the Lake Superior Zoo. The ‘Zoo Keeper Camp’ was tailored especially for children with autism spectrum disorder, in an effort to help them […]

‘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 […]