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  1. Large study shows self-injury common among chil...

    January 4, 2017- "Large study shows self-injury common among children with autism"- Two studies conducted through the University of Colorado examined medical records for more than 8,000 children with autism and found that approximately one in four children engage in self-injurious behavior. They also stated that children who engage in this behavior also tend to have mood and behavioral challenges as well as cognitive impairment.

    • Jan 04 2017 11:13 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  2. Boy writes heartfelt letter to teacher about hi...

    September 30, 2016 - "Boy writes heartfelt letter to teacher about his struggles with autism and ADHD"- An eight year old boy with autism from North Carolina wrote a letter to his teacher wishing that she knew three things about him. He wrote "I wish that they knew that I am autistic. I wish that my teach knew that I need help on a lot of things like my handwriting. I wish that my teacher know that I have a depressed life sometimes. I wish my teacher knew that I am not being defiant, I am overwhelmed, shutting down."  His mother hopes his letter encourages other children and parents to keep fighting.

    • Sep 30 2016 08:05 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  3. Mom's Intimate Photos Capture Son's Exp...

    September 28, 2016 - "Mom's Intimate Photos Capture Son's Experience Growing Up With Autism" - Photographer Ashleigh Raddatz, shares 22 beautiful images of her son, August, growing up with Autism.  She shares that "the project has opened [my] her eyes in so many ways- I have continuously thought to myself, 'My gosh, if parents could see their special needs child through photographs the way that I am seeing mine now, it could help bring them so much clarity and peace'".

    • Sep 30 2016 07:54 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  4. Hmm, There May Be A Link Between Vaccines and P...

    September 20, 2016- "Hmm, There May Be A Link Between Vaccines and Political Pandering"- This article looks at both major-party candidates as well as the two third-party candidates for presidency and their views on vaccines and autism.

    • Sep 22 2016 10:03 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  5. Community for Adults with Disabilities Not With...

    September 9, 2016- "Community for Adults with Disabilities Not Without Controversy"- Vanguard Landing, a new housing project for people with intellectual disabilities in Virginia Beach area, plans to break ground in the next six months.  Concerns arose about the model of Vanguard Landing being out-dated. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1999 stated that segregating people with disabilities was discrimination. Individuals at Vanguard Landing have the ability to freely come and go as they please and some will work inside the community and others outside the community. The important piece is that individuals with disabilities have another option.

    • Sep 14 2016 08:22 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  6. How Microsoft successfully recruited and retain...

    September 7, 2016- "How Microsoft successfully recruited and retained coders with autism"- A year in, Microsoft's program that focused on hiring individuals with autism has been successful in both recruiting and retaining the strong group of employees.  Microsoft also added a mentoring program which helps the individual integrate with the other employees as well as provide support.

    • Sep 08 2016 09:02 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  7. Florida State player's incredible gesture w...

    August 31, 2016- "Florida State player's incredible gesture will bring you to tears"- Travis Rudolph, football player for the Florida State Seminoles, pulled up a chair next to a middle school student eating alone at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee. What he didn't know was this child had Autism and often ate by himself. It is small gestures like this that can have a lasting impact.

    • Sep 02 2016 10:19 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  8. Large study confirms high autism risk in 'b...

    August 22, 2016- "Large study confirms high autism risk in 'baby sibs"- Large study in California finds that children who have an older sibling with autism are 14 times more likely to be on the autism spectrum as well than those without a family history of autism spectrum disorder.  Also, younger brothers of those with autism are more likely than younger sisters to develop ASD.

    • Sep 01 2016 08:37 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  9. Autism and Snorting: Parents Seek Help with New...

    August 19, 2016- "Autism and Snorting: Parents Seek Help with New 'Stim' Behavior"- Occupational therapist Moira Pena lends her expertise to a family inquiring about what steps to take to help curtail or replace the newly developed “stim” of snorting. The parents believe the constant snorting may stem from a sensory stimulation, but, as Moira Pena suggests, it is important to rule out all potential causes with the assistance of a medical professional. It is suggested that the parents address the issue by trying to get at the heart of the problem, while keeping a log of the behavior to track frequency and intensity. The article concludes with strategies on how to gradually quell or replace the behavior.

    • Aug 19 2016 11:32 AM
    • by brian
  10. Tracking Time can be Tricky for Children with A...

    August 11, 2016- "Tracking Time can be Tricky for Children with Autism"- A new study suggests that inability to rely on past experiences as a guide results in trouble estimating time. The findings could explain why some people with autism have anxiety and social difficulties. One researcher suggests that difficulties with time perception may also cause the world to seem unpredictable, causing heightened anxiety in individuals with autism.

    • Sep 01 2016 08:25 AM
    • by brian
  11. Never Mind Statistics: Adults with Autism May b...

    August 4, 2016- "Never Mind Statistics: Adults with Autism May be Happy"- A longitudinal study following 100 boys and men with Asperger syndrome for roughly 20 years yielded some interesting findings. During the first follow-up, about 10 years ago, 26 percent of the 70 participants who responded lived a "restricted life," indicating that had no employment prospects and few or no friends. In the most recent study, 50 of the men answered written questions about their friendships, employment status, and other details about their lives. Despite many social and employment concerns, the men overall appeared to be happy, according to the researchers. Moreover, the 24 men who have autism along with another psychiatric condition, such as ADHD or depression, seemed to have a worse quality of life than those who have autism alone, according to the adversity measure. This result suggests that the greatest hardship comes from having multiple conditions.

    • Aug 04 2016 12:27 PM
    • by brian
  12. Single Mom's Search for Therapist Foiled by...

    July 28, 2016- "Single Mom's Search for Therapist Foiled by Insurance Companies"- This article begins with one family unable to access insurance coverage, but quickly delves into the larger issues that prevented more than half of the 43 million Americans suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions from receiving help. Reasons varied from not being able to afford it, being embarrassed to ask for help, and an inability to navigate through the red tape. The recent 2008 Mental Health Parity Act was supposed to quell these issues, such as preventing insurance companies  from charging higher copays or setting up separate deductibles for mental health care. The article concludes with a disheartening breakdown of what happens when they tried to contact 100 psychologists in San Francisco and were only able to find 8 psychologists with appointments after regular work hours.

    • Jul 29 2016 09:13 AM
    • by brian
  13. Toilet Training Dilemma: Our 6-Year-Old Fights...

    July 22, 2016- "Toilet Training Dilemma: Our 6-Year-Old Fights Going Near the Bathroom"- Behavior analyst Daniel W. Mruzek and graduate student Angeles Nunez tackle the predicament one family finds themselves in trying to toilet train their 6-year-old on the spectrum. First and foremost, they recommend ruling out any medical conditions by visiting with a pediatrician. Once a medical condition has been ruled out, they recommend working to discover the “why” of the child’s aversion to the bathroom and offer some advice for easing the training experience. Interested readers can also visit our blog section for our article on Toilet Training Tips.  

    • Jul 22 2016 11:19 AM
    • by brian
  14. Epilepsy in Family Members Raises Risk of Autism

    July 21, 2016- "Epilepsy in Family Members Raises Risk of Autism"- While it has been determined that about one in three people with autism also have epilepsy, a new study has quantified the risk in the opposite direction. A study of 690,000 people in Sweden found that people with epilepsy are at eight times the risk of developing autism as the general population. The study also found that siblings and children of individuals with epilepsy are also at an increased risk.  

    • Jul 22 2016 10:40 AM
    • by brian
  15. Wandering Bill Gains Senate Approval

    July 15, 2016- "Wandering Bill Gains Senate Approval"- The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved legislation to provide tracking devices and other resources to help kids with autism and developmental disabilities at the risk of wandering. The legislation would authorize the U.S. Department of Justice to provide grants to law enforcement agencies to pay for electronic tracking devices for those with developmental disabilities who are prone to bolting. Specifically, $2 million would be directed annually to the program, which would include tracking devices as well as training and other efforts to address wandering. The bill now has to clear the hurdles of the House before reaching the president’s desk.

    • Jul 18 2016 09:54 AM
    • by brian
  16. Pokémon Go App Set to Help Children on Autism S...

    July 15, 2016- "Pokémon Go App Set to Help Children on Autism Spectrum"- Released earlier this month, the Pokémon Go app has mushroomed into a global phenomenon. This article discusses how this app can improve social skills in children with autism by connecting individuals on the with others through this common interest and by effectively pulling children away from their consoles and into nature.

    • Jul 18 2016 09:38 AM
    • by brian
  17. Armani Williams Inspires as a Race Driver with...

    July 13, 2016- "Armani Williams Inspires as a Race Driver with Autism"-  Armani Williams, a 16-year-old high school junior with autism, is currently leading the rankings for Rookie of the Year in the ARCA Truck Series. The rookie’s meteoric rise has put him on the fast track to becoming a NASCAR driver. In fact, Williams has already become the highest finishing African American in the history of the ARCA Truck Series. Diagnosed at age 2, Williams understands the social difficulties that can accompany autism. In every city that holds a race, Williams reaches out to connect with a local autism association to provide them with free tickets and the opportunity to spend the day at the track. Readers can watch a brief local news clip profiling Williams within this article.

    • Jul 15 2016 10:00 AM
    • by brian
  18. Boy with Autism Shatters Stereotypes, Takes Wor...

    July 12, 2016- "Boy with Autism Shatters Stereotypes, Takes World Title in Taekwondo"- Ethan Fineshriber was diagnosed at age 3. At age 11 he has won his first World Title in Taekwondo this past June at the ATA World Championship. As Ethan participated in taekwondo he learned to hone his focus, self-discipline, self-confidence, and determination. Ethan owes his success in a large part to his mother, Mara, who encouraged him to participate in sports for exercise and as a medium for interacting with others.

    • Jul 14 2016 10:21 AM
    • by brian
  19. Aphex Twin Enlists Young Boy with Autism to Dir...

    July 11, 2016- "Aphex Twin Enlists Young Boy with Autism to Direct his Latest Music Video"- When Richard D. James, the Irish-born artist who performs under the alias Aphex Twin, saw 12-year-old Ryan Wyer’s self-made music video to his song Minipops, he and Warp Records reached out to Wyer to direct the official music video for one of the singles off his new EP entitled Cheetah. When asked to comment, Ryan stated “Warp and Rich told me to do what I do best, that’s all.” Ryan’s mother, Marie, says Ryan expresses himself best through music and thanked the artist for making her son’s dreams come true. Readers can watch the final cut of the video within this article.

    • Jul 13 2016 09:24 AM
    • by brian
  20. People with Autism can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy

    July 12, 2016- "People with Autism can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy"- This article disparages the persistent stereotype that individuals with autism lack empathy and fail to comprehend emotions. However, individuals on the spectrum do often admit to difficulties expressing and understanding emotions and empathy, which lead the authors of this article to investigate the overlap between autism and alexithymia, a condition defined by a difficulty understanding and identifying one's own emotions. About ten percent of the population at large, and about 50 percent of people with autism, has alexithymia.

    • Jul 12 2016 09:26 AM
    • by brian
  21. Merrimack Fire and Police Departments Throw Bir...

    July 8, 2016- "Merrimack Fire and Police Departments Throw Birthday Party for Autistic Boy"- Members of the Merrimack Fire/Rescue and Police Department are getting some positive recognition for the birthday party they threw Austin, a little boy with autism. During the celebration, Austin had the privilege of climbing the vehicles and playing with the loudspeaker. In a Facebook post capturing the event, which can be found within this article, Austin’s mom praises the department workers for making Austin’s birthday “the best day ever.”

    • Jul 11 2016 10:52 AM
    • by brian
  22. Help! Toddler on the Spectrum Jumps All Night

    July 8, 2016- "Help! Toddler on the Spectrum Jumps All Night"- In this article, pediatric psychologist Elizabeth Pulliam offers advice to parents of a 2-year-old on the spectrum who enjoys jumping in his crib rather than sleeping in it. This article addresses the big decision of when to transition from the crib to the “big bed.” It also offers advice on how to quell bouts of jumping by trying to get to the root of why your child is jumping as well as discussing things you can adjust to the child’s crib to limit their desire to jump.  

    • Jul 08 2016 12:27 PM
    • by brian
  23. 8 Inspiring People with Autism Share Tips for S...

    July 5, 2016- "8 Inspiring People with Autism Share Tips for Students with Autism"- This article promises exactly what the headline states. These pieces of advice focus on specific aspects of life, such as getting an education, as well offering some broader tips individuals can put to use in everyday life.

    • Jul 07 2016 09:47 AM
    • by brian
  24. Febrile Seizures, Epilepsy and Autism: Your Que...

    July 1, 2016- "Febrile Seizures, Epilepsy and Autism: Your Questions Answered"- Febrile, or fever induced, seizures are common in babies and parents frequently ask if they could be the cause of autism. In this interview, neurologist Jamie Capal, who specializes in autism and other neurodevelopmental issues, discusses febrile seizures and the lack of evidence linking them and autism.

    • Jul 05 2016 12:30 PM
    • by brian
  25. Owen Suskind and Gilbert Gottfried on The View:...

    June 28, 2016- "Owen Suskind and Gilbert Gottfried on The View: Discuss New Documentary 'Life, Animated'"-  In this 5 minute clip of daytime TV’s The View, Owen Suskind, his mother Cornelia, and comedian Gilbert Gottfried are interviewed by The View co-hosts regarding the new documentary “Life, Animated.” The movie recounts how Owen, who was diagnosed with regressive autism at age 3, learned to communicate and understand the world through Disney films. Gottfried, who memorably voiced Jafar’s wise-cracking parrot sidekick Iago in Owen’s favorite movie Aladdin, formed a relationship with Owen. In this interview, an animated clip shows how Owen’s dad first communicated with Owen by imitating Iago and initiating conversation with Owen through an Iago hand puppet.

    • Jun 29 2016 02:50 PM
    • by brian