How to Help Children with Autism Deal with Bullies

How to Help Children with Autism Deal with BullyingBullying is something that a wide variety of people experience at some point in their lives. However, one group of young people seems to be bearing more of the weight: children with autism.

A study by the University of Manchester has uncovered that children with autism are two to three times more likely to be bullied than other children.

Despite greater awareness, bullying remains problematic and while much has been done to battle the problem, there are additional steps that need to be taken to ensure children with special needs are protected. Continue reading

OK for Children with Autism to Avert Gaze

 Autism to Avert GazeA study by Northumbria University has found that when processing complicated information that children with autism react in the same way as children without autism: by averting their gaze to think.

Children with autism and usually encouraged to maintain eye contact to promote social skills, however they seem to naturally follow the suit of their peers by using ‘gaze aversion’ when working on difficult tasks.  This behavior has been shown to increase the accuracy of responses. Continue reading

Hidden Talent Discovered Through Music Therapy

Kyle Coleman

Kyle Coleman

Kyle Coleman is young Cornwall man with autism. He also has an amazing talent.  25 year old Kyle’s incredible singing voice was uncovered after his mother took him to music therapy in 2009.

Kyle can only say a handful of words; while unable to express himself verbally his music therapist, Carine Kelley, has found that music is an instinctive way for Kyle to express his emotions. Continue reading

Depression in Young Adults with Aspergers: Elusive, but Common

Depressions in Young Adults with Autism: Elusive, but CommonDoctoral student Tove Lugnegård has shown in her thesis published earlier this year that mood disorders and anxiety disorders are very common among young adults with Asperger syndrome. Despite this, there has been little research into this issue.

People with Asperger’s or autism may face increased stress, greater difficulty with relationships, difficulty managing their own emotions, and often fewer skills for dealing with these problems. Continue reading

6 Reasons to try Aquatic Therapy for Autism

6 Reasons to try Aquatic Therapy for Children with AutismAquatic Therapy is one of the many types of recreational therapy that can play a primary role in enhancing the quality of life and productivity of a child with Autism.

According to the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute in Florida, USA, Aquatic Therapy is the “use of water & specifically designed activity by qualified personnel to aid in the restoration, extension, maintenance of quality functions for persons.” Continue reading

Free Autism Workshops for Teachers and Parents

Dr Stephen Shore holding a workshop

Here at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, School and Center for Children with Autism we pride ourselves on regularly opening our doors to share our finding about children with autism.

At SK-HOV we provide comprehensive, research-based educational practices and related therapeutic services to maximize the learning and participation of children (aged 3 to 11 years) with various developmental and neurological disorders.

Our education and training program is designed to inform participants about autism, related services and behavior analytic techniques used to teach personal, social, and academic skills.

So far this year we have had a workshop about how to address sensory issues as well as a workshop on curriculum development for advanced learners. Continue reading

Coping with Autism Related Sensory Issues in Public

Coping with Autism Related Sensory Issues in PublicHypersensitivity is very common in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and can be the basis or cause of many “problem” behaviors that children with autism exhibit.

The public setting is a potential bomb of sensory overload for a person with autism. Understanding these challenges can help parents and therapists deal with negative behaviors that may occur. While the causes of autism and its symptoms are still largely a mystery, there has been some research into a specific gene mutation causing the hypersensitivity that is associated with autism. Continue reading

Gluten-free Casein-free Diet Improves Symptoms of Autism

Gluten-free Casein-free Diet Improves Symptoms of AutismScientists at Penn State have found that a gluten-free and casein-free diet could improve the behavior and psychological symptoms of some children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Gluten and casein are two of the most common “diet offenders.” Gluten is a protein found in the seeds of several grains such as barley, rye, and wheat. Casein is a protein found in dairy products and other foods containing dairy or lactose. Continue reading

Television Crew Rescue Boy with Autism

Television Crew Rescue Boy with AutismAn Australian family could not fully express their gratitude to a local television camera crew who found their missing family member, seven-year-old Ryan Pham.

Ryan, who has autism, has a fascination with water had last been seen abut 7pm the night before.

Cameraman Glenn Edwards and a news crew were driving down a dirt track around 11am when they spotted the boy, about 2km from his Springvale home. The crew had been speaking to the family and decided to look for Ryan along the edge of the water themselves. Continue reading

Children with Autism Choose Inanimate Objects Over Faces

A new study using eye-tracking technology has provided insights into the way children with autism observe social interaction.

Researchers tracked eye movements as the children were shown movie scenes of school-age children in age-appropriate social situations.

Investigators discovered children with autism were less likely than typically developing peers to look at other people’s eyes and faces, and were more likely to fixate on bodies and inanimate objects. Continue reading