The House that Autism Built: Creating a Autism-Friendly Living Space

The House that Autism Built: Creating a Autism-Friendly Living Space

What can families in the autism community do to make their homes as livable as possible when factors such as stimming, special interests and sensory integration are a big part of family life? Continue reading

Florida Judge grants Autism Therapy for all regardless of Wealth

Florida Judge grants Autism Therapy regardless of WealthRegulators of Florida healthcare have left children with autism from impoverished families at risk of “irreversible” harm by refusing to pay for a critical therapy that can help them lead more normal lives, a Miami federal judge has ruled. Continue reading

Teaching Children with Autism to Understand Idioms

Teaching Children with Autism to Understand IdiomsThose with autism are very literal thinker thinkers. While ordinary people seem to love using idioms, metaphors and figurative speech, whether to aid communication or simply to make life more interesting, for people with autism they simply make no sense. Continue reading

Autism Workshop Teaches Adaptive Daily Living Skills

Shema Kolainu's Educational Coordinator Chani Katz, MA, BCBA, fields a question.

Parents and professionals were welcomed into Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices today for a free autism workshop. Continue reading

Parents Push for a Wider Spectrum of Autism Research

Parents Push for a Wider Spectrum of Autism ResearchMany parents of children with autism have often been ahead of his doctors and caregivers in coming up with new ways to help their children.

Science and medicine coming around to parents’ view of the condition, and a more nuanced outlook is slowly emerging: Autism is not just an issue with the brain. Continue reading

Autism Wandering

autism wanderingThere are various reasons someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may wander, but mainly they are looking to either get to something or away from something. Wandering occurrences tend to increase in warmer months when persons with ASD are more likely to play outside or attend summer or day camps. Continue reading

Children with Autism get Great Benefits from Using Computers

Children with Autism get Great Benefits from Computers

Simon Baron-Cohen is professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Recent studies by Nottingham University and Carnegie Mellon University have shown the enormous benefits and functionality that those in the autism spectrum experience when using computers. 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

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

Recent Findings in Medication Use in Children with Autism

Recent Findings in Medication Use in Children with AutismIn a recent study, Yale investigators and their colleagues discovered that parental training, in addition to medications, provided a better result for children with behavioral problems than medication alone.

Scahill and his team completed a federally funded trial on 124 children ages 4 to 13 with autism spectrum disorders at three U.S. sites including Yale, Ohio State University and Indiana University.

For six months, children in the study were randomly assigned either medication alone or medication plus a structured training program for their parents. Continue reading