Sunday, August 31, 2014

Alcoa Middle's softball team takes on autism - Maryville Daily Times









Alcoa Middle's softball team takes on autism

Maryville Daily Times

Parents and staff are organizing Strike Out Autism, an awareness event and fundraiser, that will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Alcoa Middle School, 1325 Springbrook Road. All proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of America's East Tennessee Chapter.





Saturday, August 30, 2014

People with Autism Especially Vulnerable - Rocklin and Roseville Today









People with Autism Especially Vulnerable

Rocklin and Roseville Today

Perhaps like you, recently I read of an incident in Okeechobee, Florida, in which an 18-year-old man was recorded on video beating, choking, kicking, and holding a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old boy with autism. It made national news. The ...





Giant Steps develops autism training program for first responders - WLS-TV









Giant Steps develops autism training program for first responders

WLS-TV

"The training piece really is to provide education and to provide a bridge so that people out there who are trying to help have some information and better understanding of the challenges that people living with autism face every day," said Bridget O ...





For people with autism, time is slippery concept - SFARI News (blog)









For people with autism, time is slippery concept

SFARI News (blog)

One of my three sons has an autism spectrum disorder, and another has a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These two boys are so behaviorally similar, though, that we've often wondered where one diagnosis ends and another begins.





Friday, August 29, 2014

How Guardians Of The Galaxy Taught A Kid With Autism To Be A Superhero - Cinema Blend









How Guardians Of The Galaxy Taught A Kid With Autism To Be A Superhero

Cinema Blend

In this story, a moviegoer talks about how their autistic younger brother identified with Drax The Destroyer. As part of his condition, he cannot comprehend metaphors; much like Drax's literal mindedness in Guardians Of The Galaxy. The fact that he ...





Teen with autism's piano talent takes him to new heights - WXIA-TV








WXIA-TV



Teen with autism's piano talent takes him to new heights

WXIA-TV

But Ben has learned to never use his autism as an excuse. "The picture I had in my head was just from several movies that I had read and a couple of articles, and I pictured him sitting in the corner and rocking and just shutting out the world," Pamela ...





Journal questions validity of study linking autism and vaccines - fox13now.com








fox13now.com



Journal questions validity of study linking autism and vaccines

fox13now.com

A study published earlier this month on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation, according to Translational Neurodegeneration. In an online statement, the scientific journal said ...





Autism Project revisited: Whatever happened to Chris Stafford? - Toronto Star








Toronto Star



Autism Project revisited: Whatever happened to Chris Stafford?

Toronto Star

This week, the Star is revisitng some of your favourite recent stories to find out what happened after the newspaper went to press. Today, a look what happened to a young man diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome who thought he was better off homeless.





Thursday, August 28, 2014

Head Size Not A Predictor Of Autism, Researchers Say - Disability Scoop








Disability Scoop



Head Size Not A Predictor Of Autism, Researchers Say

Disability Scoop

For the study, data was collected on 442 children considered to be high risk because they had an older sibling with autism as well as 253 kids with no family history of the developmental disorder. Researchers tracked the children's growth between the ...





ASU researchers investigate link between gastrointestinal bacteria and autism - The State Press









ASU researchers investigate link between gastrointestinal bacteria and autism

The State Press

Researchers at ASU are challenging common assumptions about autism by looking at gastrointestinal bacteria as a possible cause for behavioral abnormalities. Children with autism are six times more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal abnormalities ...





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No jail or fines for police dispatcher who ran fake autism charity - The Republican - masslive.com









No jail or fines for police dispatcher who ran fake autism charity

The Republican - masslive.com

WESTFIELD – A police dispatcher who was accused of operating a fake autism charity and keeping donations for himself will not face jail time or fines, and will pay $2,000 in restitution though it's unclear how much money he actually took. Richard ...





No, There Still Is No Connection Between Vaccines and Autism - Slate Magazine (blog)









No, There Still Is No Connection Between Vaccines and Autism

Slate Magazine (blog)

There's a conspiracy theory going around that the CDC covered up a link between autism and vaccines. From what I can tell, this conspiracy theory is on the same level as the one that NASA faked the Moon landings. And you know how I feel about that.





Charting the Course for Treating Children with Autism: A Beginner's Guide for ... - PsychCentral.com









Charting the Course for Treating Children with Autism: A Beginner's Guide for ...

PsychCentral.com

For therapists who work with children on the autism spectrum, the family interview or assessment can be quite difficult. It can be hard to determine how much information to obtain and how much information to omit. And for many of us, getting a parent ...





Autistic runner continues to overcome adversity with his feet - USA TODAY








USA TODAY



Autistic runner continues to overcome adversity with his feet

USA TODAY

The Schneider twins have autism and are non-verbal. But since the moment their mother, Robyn, first introduced them to a running club that offered volunteers to run with kids with disabilities, they've been hooked. “It just sort of took on a life of ...





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moms seek best education for children with autism - Pensacola News Journal









Moms seek best education for children with autism

Pensacola News Journal

But because Jared is autistic, finding an education that best prepares him for adulthood is challenging — and expensive. April Arnold — mother of 12-year-old autistic twins Parker and Deuce Rwizi — faces the same hardship. Fortunately, the two ...





5-year-old boy with autism lost for hours on bus in SW Houston - KPRC Houston








KPRC Houston



5-year-old boy with autism lost for hours on bus in SW Houston

KPRC Houston

"I was just so frustrated. I was scared," said Rivera. "I mean, I didn't know what happened to my child." Valentino -- who is autistic -- was heading home Monday afternoon from Thomas Pilgrim Academy on Skyline Drive near Hillcroft and Richmond avenues.





Many With Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex, Study Finds - Disability Scoop









Many With Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex, Study Finds

Disability Scoop

People with autism were more than twice as likely to say that had been raped and over three times as likely to report unwanted sexual contact, according to findings published in the September issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.





YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills - Billings Gazette









YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills

Billings Gazette

After a few words from officials involved in the project, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch dedicated a new playground at its London Lodge for autistic boys in the most fitting way possible: by letting kids play on it. The dozen or so youngsters ...





Police search for missing 24-year-old with autism, Benjamin Vazquez - News 12 Bronx (registration)









Police search for missing 24-year-old with autism, Benjamin Vazquez

News 12 Bronx (registration)

He was previously reported missing earlier this month. (8/26/14). THE BRONX - Authorities are looking for a missing 24-year-old man, whose family says is autistic. Benjamin Vazquez was last seen at around 2:30 p.m. Monday at his home on Radcliff Avenue.





Autism Affecting Synapses Study Leaves More Questions Than Answers - Guardian Liberty Voice








Guardian Liberty Voice



Autism Affecting Synapses Study Leaves More Questions Than Answers

Guardian Liberty Voice

One of the most controversial mental disorders is autism. Scientists have made a breakthrough in a newly conducted study that indicates that autism is caused by an over stimulation of synapses in the brain, but the effects on the brain still leaves ...





Environmental Enrichment May Help Treat Autism — and Help Us All - Scientific American









Environmental Enrichment May Help Treat Autism — and Help Us All

Scientific American

I had been working quite happily on the basic biology of the brain when a good friend of mine called for advice about his daughter, who had just been diagnosed with autism. I could hear the anguish and fear in his voice when he asked me whether there ...





Autism program finds permanent home - Joplin Globe









Autism program finds permanent home

Joplin Globe

Crowder owns the building — the Crowder College Behavior Support Center — that houses the autism program during school hours. Crowder also uses the building to provide in-home support for families, as well as consultation to other area school districts.





Monday, August 25, 2014

Entrepreneurships the answer for some with autism - Arizona Capitol Times








Arizona Capitol Times



Entrepreneurships the answer for some with autism

Arizona Capitol Times

Cottle is autistic. And today he's an entrepreneur, the owner of Stuttering King Bakery, turning out batches of cookies, brownies and scones for cafes and businesses and groups that need catering. “I was like, OK, I am destined to do something greater ...





Lehigh Valley big sister holds fundraiser to support brother's autism - WFMZ Allentown









Lehigh Valley big sister holds fundraiser to support brother's autism

WFMZ Allentown

“Krayzome for Cam,” a pool party that went from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Ramada Inn in Whitehall Township, was the brainchild of a local girl, Nikaiyah, who wanted to help raise money for autism, the disease her six-year-old brother, Cameron ...





Study on 'extreme male brain' theory of autism draws critics - SFARI News









Study on 'extreme male brain' theory of autism draws critics

SFARI News

The controversial theory that characterizes autism as the result of an 'extreme male brain' gets fresh support from a large new survey, published 16 July in PLoS One1. But critics question basic assumptions of the theory and the methods used in the new ...





Scientists discover people with autism have too many brain 'connections' - Daily Mail








Daily Mail



Scientists discover people with autism have too many brain 'connections'

Daily Mail

Carol Povey, director of the National Autistic Society's Centre for Autism, said: 'This interesting research may help develop our understanding of the complex brain differences that exist between people with autism and those who do not have the condition.





Discovery of excessive neural synapses in autism patients holds promise for ... - Tech Times








Tech Times



Discovery of excessive neural synapses in autism patients holds promise for ...

Tech Times

Autism patients are getting some positive information coming out over potential new treatments after the discovery of excessive neural synapses has given new life to researchers investigating the disease. The study published in the journal Neuron ...





Synaptic Pruning Improves Autism in Mice - Scientist (blog)









Synaptic Pruning Improves Autism in Mice

Scientist (blog)

A study published this month (August 14) in Neuron finds a link between autism and defects in synaptic pruning in humans, and also demonstrates that repairing broken pruning and autophagy mechanisms can improve autism symptoms in a mouse model.





Re-defining autism - ABC Online









Re-defining autism

ABC Online

What about women and girls on the spectrum? We tend to fall through the cracks. I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder only six weeks ago at age 44, and this diagnosis is the 'Rosetta Stone' to understanding myself and the mess of my life.





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses - Discovery News









Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses

Discovery News

For children with autism, a key issue may be a lack of pruning of the brain's wiring. New research has confirmed that autistic children have an overabundance of synapses in their brains. While more may seem like a good thing, the surplus is thought to ...





Life after school poses challenges for Garden Spot grad with autism - LancasterOnline









Life after school poses challenges for Garden Spot grad with autism

LancasterOnline

As clanging high in the church's bell tower died away, Travis Rohrer, a husky 21-year-old with autism, prepared to record the Sunday service. In a Plexiglas-enclosed booth in the back of the church, Rohrer had control of geeky electronics and a view ...





Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism - Hattiesburg American









Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism

Hattiesburg American

There are varying degrees of autism, but even autistic people with the greatest capabilities can find it impossible to get a job because they take longer to read or process information, or because they struggle to hold conversations. One in 68 people ...





Autism and first times: the first day of school - ChicagoNow (blog)









Autism and first times: the first day of school

ChicagoNow (blog)

I worried his autism would affect him, and he would freak out when he realised I wasn't on the bus with him, but we followed in the car to drop his supplies off and got to see him walking with his teacher quite happily to his class. It turns out he ...





Saturday, August 23, 2014

Autism Still Being Treated With Shock Therapy? [Video] - Guardian Liberty Voice








Guardian Liberty Voice



Autism Still Being Treated With Shock Therapy? [Video]

Guardian Liberty Voice

A lot of people might be surprised to know that shock therapy or Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is still being used in the U.S. to treat certain mental illnesses including autism and depression. The practice has been around since 1785 when its first ...





Car show fuels fight against autism - The Robesonian









Car show fuels fight against autism

The Robesonian

Founded in 1970, the Autism Society of North Carolina provides various services and support for the families of children affected by autism. According to Robeson County chapter leader Wendy Britt, one out of every 52 children across the state is ...





Treatment for autism a possibility? - New Vision








New Vision



Treatment for autism a possibility?

New Vision

However, he noted that the drug in its current form, which is in testing as a treatment for Tuberous sclerosis, a rare genetic disorder often associated with autism, is also an immuno-suppressant, and may not be ideal as a long-term treatment ...





Children with Autism May Have Too Many Brain Connections - Healthline









Children with Autism May Have Too Many Brain Connections

Healthline

A problem with the way the brain develops may leave autistic children with too many connections among their brain cells, or neurons. This might make them vulnerable to overstimulation and contribute to their autism symptoms, new research suggests.





Autism may lower risk of childhood injuries - SFARI News (blog)









Autism may lower risk of childhood injuries

SFARI News (blog)

Children with autism often appear to be clumsy, but in fact the disorder may protect them from injury, suggests a study published in the July-August issue of Academic Pediatrics. Delays in motor skills are typical of autism and may exacerbate the risk ...