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25 Thanksgiving Jokes That Will Get You Through Dinner With Your Family

If returning to your hometown, having dinner with your extended family and eating yourself into a food coma aren't your bag, Thanksgiving can be a little uncomfortable. Luckily, these comedians know exactly how you feel.<p>We rounded up 25 of the best musings on Turkey Day so you can crack a smile …

Is it Autism? | Autism Research Institute

<b>How common is it?</b> For many years autism was rare - occurring in just five children out of 10,000. However, since the early 1990s, the rate of autism …

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Treatment Ratings for Autism | Autism Research Institute

The parents of autistic children represent a vast and important reservoir of information on the benefits-and adverse effects- of the large variety of …

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Stimming: What autistic people do to feel calmer

<b>There is a slang word that people in the autism community use to describe the noises and movements they sometimes make to feel calmer. It also covers habits such as nail-biting.</b><p>What is this word?<p>It's stimming, short for the medical term self-stimulatory behaviours - a real mouthful.<p>Stimming might …

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Does Asperger Syndrome Still Exist?

Asperger syndrome is a diagnostic category that existed only for a short period of time, between 1994 when it was added to the Diagnostic and …

Autism-Related Brain Changes May Begin in the Womb

The growing body of research about the causes of autism continues to point toward pregnancy and delivery as moments when the brain changes associated with the disorder can occur. Earlier this week, a study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reporting that inducing …

Autism Without Fear: Goodbye, New York. Hello... Green Bay, Wisconsin?

After 28 years in the big apple, our family is moving to Green Bay, Wisconsin. So much for the "Without Fear" aspect to this column!<p>The move is precipitated by the best of reasons -- family needs (in particular, my in-laws). And while such a transition carries risks, there are several factors that …

Autism Spectrum 'Cure' Mandatory [100 Words Into The Future]

<i>Meanwhile, in one of many alternate futures…</i><p>Sophia likes herself the way she is. What others think of her never bothered her.<p>She may not be to everyone’s taste. But who is?<p>Trouble is, her teachers have “problems” with her behavior. They say she’s… <i>odd</i>.<p>“Her preference for solitude show worrying signs …

Understanding Forgiveness with Autism

I was really, really nervous.<p>During a visit to the east coast the first week of May, my son Matthew and I stopped by Camphill Soltane, the college program for people with disabilities that he attended in his late teens and early twenties. Matthew has autism, and this was not just casual homecoming. …

Autism diagnostic changes shuffle the puzzle

From headline-grabbing studies to prime-time TV, autism has entered mainstream conversation like never before.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that autism rates rose nearly 30 percent from 2008 to 2010. The condition is estimated to affect 1 in 68 of American …

Spencer Timme Shows You What It's Like To Have A Brother With Autism

Spencer Timme created a video to let everyone know what it is like for him to have an older brother with autism – a question he receives a lot.<p>For …

"Autism is the Rain; Our Child is the Rainbow”

Our readers shared their stories as one of the 1 in 50 families coping with autism. Discover more stories at parenting.com/autism<p>Autism is like the …

Autism Doesn't Hold Back Filmmaker

Being an autism advocate, I come in contact with people all the time that are at different points on the spectrum. Recently, I received an email from filmmaker Marc Jackson in Los Angeles. Marc has been classified as HFA (High-Function Autistic) and opened my eyes by allowing me partly into his …

6 tips for talking about controversial autism topics

You’re sitting in the waiting room at the speech therapist’s office after a long day, getting a few moments of People Magazine time when another mom walks in, sits down, and sighs loudly (code for “I am about to talk to you, whether you want me to or not.”)<p>“I don’t know about you,” she says, “but …

'Eye on the door': Life with autism wandering - CNN.com

Michael Browne, who's almost 10 years old, has autism and has run away from supervision several times.<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Whether it's to a swimming pool or a doughnut store, Michael Browne knows where he wants to go -- and since he doesn't have the words to say so, he'll just dart off.<p>Michael, who's about to …

Parents Of Kids With Autism More Likely To Have Traits Of Autism (STUDY)

By: Agata Blaszczak Boxe<p>Published: 07/03/2014 10:33 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Parents of children with autism are more likely to have some of the traits associated with autism than parents whose children don't have the disorder, according to a new study.<p>Among families in the study, those in which both …

This Chaotic, Hypnotic Autism PSA Is Truly (and Literally) Sensational

<b>IDEA</b>: The world that people with autism inhabit isn't just indescribable; in many ways it's unknowable. But one symptom many people on the spectrum …

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Ten things your student with autism wishes you knew

These ideas make sense for other kids, too<p><i>Contact the author for permission to reproduce in any way, including posting on the internet</i><p>When my article …

Does Baby’s Birth Weight Put Him At Higher Risk For Autism?

New research, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, has found " the first clear link" between babies who grow to above average size and …

Someone I'm With Has Autism

"Hey Carrie, it's me, Sandy. Listen, I had an idea for you --"<p>Sandy is a dog trainer. We started to work with her after we got our new puppy, Wolfie, because we have no idea what we're doing.<p>"Oh, I'm so glad you called! I'm kind of worried he doesn't like his food. He isn't eating it as fast. And …

Autism Lessons - CNN iReport

Seven years ago, a small word entered my life --Autism. Yet its effects on me have been anything but small. Since that time, it has angered me, shaken me, confused me, motivated me, saddened me, inspired me, and surprisingly at times, befriended me. But mostly, it has taught me some of the greatest …

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"Is Autism a Disability or a Difference?"

This was the title of yet another one-sided discussion on this subject area that I read this week.<p>What seems to be missing in all such discussions is the fact that the idiosyncratic brand of Autism it was on about, namely Asperger's Syndrome, is dangerous and sometimes fatal.<p>It does not say this is …

How My Son's Autism Inspired Business Innovation

My son, Matt, was diagnosed with autism at age three, so I was accustomed to the annual meeting at school to discuss progress with his individualized …

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Adults With Autism Learn From 'Human Simulator'

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New study finds no link between 'too many vaccines' and autism

A new study adds to years of research showing that childhood vaccines do not cause autism, despite worries among a growing number of parents that their young children receive “too many vaccines.”<p>Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that even when multiple …

Autism + intense interests = careers?

Matthew was just one year old when I noticed his intense interest in wheels at a Gymboree class.<p>“He’ll probably be an engineer someday!” I told my husband.<p>A few months later, a friend noticed Matthew’s fascination with lights. “Maybe he’ll be an electrician some day!” Over time, there were the …

The Roots of Autism Are in the…Skin?

The skin is our gateway to the physical world. Below its surface are oodles of nerve fibers relaying different types of messages to the brain. At the ends of the fingertips, for example, fat and fast Aβ nerves help you fish for keys at the bottom of a messy purse, or feel the difference between …

Autism, parenting, and encouraging self-advocacy

“Hello, Mom, this is Matthew and I need to talk to you,” the early morning phone message said. “I’m angry about something that’s a big problem. Call me back.”<p>Matthew, as many of you know, is my 28 year old autistic son, and lives in a supported living program at a Camphill Community near Santa …

Autism and employment options: a reality check

A few weeks ago I raised the topic of employment options for people with autism spectrum disorders, because wouldn’t it be great if the the intense interests of people with autism translated into jobs–even careers?<p><b>A link to the discussion.</b><p>I followed up by conducting an informal survey with …

Autism and common genes: Environment and mutations are less important.

Few topics in science are as divisive as autism. The disorder affects roughly one in 68 children, and more children than ever are receiving the …