Autism Today in Australia

According to the Australian bureaux of statistics, there were approximately 125,000 people affected by ASD, or autism spectrum disorder in Australia in the year 2009. To define this figure, this can be broken down to one in 160 for 6-12 year aged children. The point must be made however, that this figure is speculative, given […]

Autism in the United Kingdom a Growing Issue

In the United Kingdom it is estimated that nearly 1 out of 100 children today suffers from autism. While the statistics appear lower than in the United States, it still means approximately 100,000 children today living with autism in the U.K. In addition, half a million family members face the direct effect of the condition. […]

Autism Research Review: December, 2012

Emotional transition necessary in autism, research reveals On the 3rd of this month, a research team lead by Mikle South from Brigham Young University revealed that children with autism struggle with the baggage of old fears that they cannot let go. The rigid old fears are linked with the repetitive motions and aversion to change […]

Balm for Autism, can something so simple really work? OPINION

It’s been around a week since I first read an article about a new balm that claims to calm down the symptoms of autism and ASD. It’s been dubbed a miracle cure by some, a magic therapy which calms and even reverses the symptoms and even dispels some of the neurological sensitivities ASD bring with […]

Anorexia and Autism symptom similarity may lead to treatment revolution says top Psychologist

A scientific study conducted by Cambridge University Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen has found distinct similarities between symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa sufferers and those diagnosed with Autism. The study published earlier this week in the BioMed Central  Journal Molecular Autism, looked at traits in 66 young women ages between 12 and 18, who had not been diagnosed […]

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, […]

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 […]

Families Use Medical Marijuana to Treat Autism

Raising a child with autism is a challenge. There is a wide range of symptoms, and no two children with the disorder are exactly the same. Mainstream medicine offers few solutions, and treatments that work for one child may do nothing for another. Many parents are forced to look for new, unproven treatment options hoping […]

Herbal Remedies Display Potential in the Treatment of Autism

Recent research shows promise for the use of herbal remedies to treat autism. A recent study conducted in Japan examined the effects of yokukansan on the behavior of children with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), which is one of the autism spectrum disorders. In this study, 20 children and teenagers aged 6 to 17 with diagnoses […]

Study Finds Minorities Less Likely to Receive Autism Services

A study published in the June 17th issue of Pediatrics found that minority children with autism were 38% to 68% less likely than Caucasian children to see specialists for treatment of co-morbidity issues common with the disorder. The study tracked over 3,600 children with autism, and found that minority children were substantially  less likely than […]