Allison Toussaint

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Australian supermarket hosts ‘quiet hour’ for autistic families

Quiet in Aisle 7.<p>To assist their autistic customers, a popular Australian supermarket chain Coles has launched an initiative that is sensory-friendly.<p>…


Offer Support, Not Judgment: Autism Meltdowns Are NOT From Lack Of Discipline

“She has a problem with her mother,” you said, dear ex-mother-in-law, as your son and I struggled to safely remove our screaming, kicking autistic …


What it's like to be a high-functioning woman with autism that goes unnoticed or undiagnosed

Let's call her Sophie. The description we'll give could be that of any woman who is on the autistic spectrum without knowing it. Because they're intelligent and used to compensating for communication impediments they may not be consciously aware of, these women slip through the cracks of our …


‘To Siri with Love’: How Siri helped give teen with autism a voice

According to the CDC, one in 68 U.S. children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Judith Newman, author of the new book “To Siri with Love,” tells TODAY how Apple’s electronic personal assistant fostered the communication skills of her teenage son Gus, who has autism.


Special education teacher helps student overcome disability Video

High school teacher Megan Gross helped Greg Carlson, a student with autism, develop strong bonds with his classmates and coached him toward a career …


'Sesame Street' Adds New Muppet: Her Name Is Julia, And She's A Child With Autism

A Lake Forest mom and leader of EASE Autism Support Group discusses "Sesame Street's" new goal to educate kids on living with autism.<p>LAKE FOREST, CA …


Autism study questions and answers

<b>This question and answer article about the autism clinical trial led by Robert Naviaux, professor of genetics in the departments of medicine,</b> …


I hesitated to tell people my son has autism, but here’s why I changed my mind

My son has autism. This is the first time I’ve acknowledged that publicly.<p>Last spring, I realized my third-grade boy wasn’t like other third-grade boys. His friends were trying their hand at sarcasm and inside jokes and competing for attention on the playground. They’d picked up that little-boy …