New Autism Social Learning Software A Success

New Autism Social Learning Software A Success

The Language Express, a developer of social learning software for children on the autism spectrum, received its first round of seed funding from a private investment firm. The company’s initial product, The Social Express™, is a 16-lesson autism app that’s receiving enthusiastic reviews from parents, therapists, educators, and bloggers. Continue reading

Divorce and Autism

Divorce and Autism

A study presented in 2010 by Dr. Brian Freedman of the Kennedy Krieger Institute found there was no increase in divorce rates for parents who have a child with autism. According to their research, “64% of children with autism lived with married or adoptive parents compared to a rate of 65% for children with no autism diagnosis”. Continue reading

Dietary Changes To Alleviate Asperger’s Symptoms

Dietary changes can help children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome according to Craig Kendall, author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. Gluten and casein free diets help overcome Asperger’s syndrome symptoms improving behavior in children. Continue reading

Tool Launched to For Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism

Skills has released a tool for positive behavior support planning that allows professionals and families of children with autism to create a comprehensive, online behavior intervention plan (BIP) for challenging behaviors. Continue reading

Boy with Autism Bullied by Teachers

Stuart Chaifetz plays with his son Akian Photo: Mel Evans / AP

Stuart Chaifetz plays with his son Akian

Stuart Chaifetz put a wire on his 10 year-old son with autism, Aikan and recorded staff in his elementary school in Cherry Hill calling the child “a bastard,” talking about vomiting that morning due to a hangover, and apparently teasing the child to the point where he had a “half-hour meltdown.”  Continue reading

New Autism Treatment Delivery Method: Robot Boy

New Autism Treatment Delivery Method: Robot Boy - Hear Our Voices

Technology is a key area of development for autism treatment. Entrepreneurs at Arlington-based Hanson Robokind aren’t just writing software; they’ve created a new platform to deliver computer based lessons: His name is ‘Zeno’, a 27-inch life like talking robot and it set to be a game-changer in the world of treatment for mid and higher functioning children with autism. Continue reading

City Hall Rally to Save Autism Funding 2012

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

On Tuesday, April 24, New York City Council Member Mark S. Weprin invited Council Members, service providers, and families of children with autism to a rally on the steps of City Hall, in an effort to urge the New York City Council to continue funding for its citywide autism initiative. Continue reading

Screening Questionnaire for Parents Concerned about Autism

For Autism Awareness Month, Healthism.com has posted 3 online check-ups based on research from the University of Cambridge (Autism Research Center) it features symptom screenings, and both a childhood and teen symptoms test. Continue reading

Dining with Autism

Dining with Autism

Going out to eat at a restaurant can be difficult for any family and for a family with a child who has autism, dinner out can include rude stares and harsh comments.

Children diagnosed with autism often exhibit challenging behaviors, some of which can considered disruptive to those around them. Repetitive language and behaviors are classic signs of the disorder and can range in intensity. Continue reading

Responding to a Child’s Autism Diagnosis

Listen to adults with autism. It may be hard to imagine your child with autism as an adult who could offer advice about autism to others, and many parents dismiss adults with autism for that reason. But adults with autism were once children and they went through many of the same things that your child will go through. Reading their writing or meeting them in person will be enormously calming, because it will allow you to imagine a future for your child with autism. Dr Stephen Shore was diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half and now regularly gives workshops at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices for parents and professionals drawing on his experiences growing up with autism. Continue reading