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The subtle brilliance of Sesame Street’s first episode starring an autistic Muppet

When I was 3 or 4, some friends of my parents threw a party; the kids went and played in the basement while the adults sat upstairs and talked. Halfway through, I walked back up to the grown-ups’ area; the kids were playing hide-and-seek, I had no idea what was happening or what the rules were, and …

Autism

Autistic boy 'snack shamed' for eating banana bread, says Calgary mom

A Calgary mom says her autistic son was “snack shamed” for taking banana bread to school, forced to eat in the hallway while his Grade 1 classmates …

Education

The Girl in This Jarring Autism PSA Used the Ad to Reveal Her Own Autism to Classmates

A deliberately grating new PSA is trying to help people better understand what it’s like to be autistic, by illustrating the sensory overload that a …

Autism

Unanimous Supreme Court Expands Scope of Special Education Rights

« Some More Education Nuggets from the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing | Main<p><i>Washington</i><p>The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major decision on …

Education

Highland Park's Scots Cafe nourishes life skills for special needs workers | Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK -- The scent of pulled pork lingers inside the Scots Café classroom at Highland Park High School.<p>"The hallway is always smelling like …

Education

For young adults on autism spectrum, jobs program opens up new dreams

When Laini Sohn started her internship at Kennedy Health's Cherry Hill campus last month, the 21-year-old seemed willing enough to work and learn. …

You Asked: Which is more important—sleep, diet or exercise?

As the year begins anew, so do the goals of many. One of the most commonly made resolutions is to live a healthier lifestyle. For a vast majority of …

Bedtime Stories

William Shatner Crosses Into 'Star Wars' Territory To Help Kid With Autism

The "Star Trek" actor answered a dad's call over limited-edition "Star Wars'" mac and cheese.<p>When a dad in Canada posted a Facebook appeal to help his son, he didn’t expect William Shatner to step in and use his star power to help him get a result.<p>But that’s exactly what happened after Reed …

MIT researchers develop a wearable social coach for people with Asperger's

For people living with Asperger's syndrome, every social interaction can be a battle. While "high-functioning" in some aspects, those on the autism spectrum can struggle to engage with other people and topics outside of their own spheres of interest.<p>Keeping up with conversations can be especially …

Algorithms

How School Vouchers Can Help Children with Disabilities | Manhattan Institute

A few years ago, my former colleague Rick Hess and I traveled out to Colorado to do research for a report we titled “Douglas County: The Most …

Mutations in Sex-Linked Genes Appear to Drive More Male Cases of Autism

One of autism’s enduring mysteries is that it seems to affect the sexes differently—boys are several times more likely to be diagnosed with the …

Autism

Maybe Teaching Special Ed Doesn't Have To Be So Hard

This time last year, Stephanie Johnson was miserable.<p>She was in her third year teaching special education at a junior high school in Lindon, Utah, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.<p>On the outside it looked like she was doing great. Her classes ran smoothly, students loved her, parents loved …

Education
Parenting

“A Chicago Voice”

I had to wait a few days before I could even attempt to write this blog. I am a Chicago girl, I have always been proud of being born and raised …

Autism

Why Some Companies Are Trying to Hire More People on the Autism Spectrum

The majority of those with autism are unemployed, but new pilot programs at big companies, such as EY and Microsoft, are discovering unexpected benefits from having "neurodiverse" colleagues.<p>Interest in what’s called neurodiversity is growing at American companies. This year, the accounting firm EY …

The Dangers of Snake-Oil Treatments for Autism

Desperate for therapies, parents of kids on the spectrum are sinking thousands of dollars into footbaths, detoxifying diets, and psychics.<p>When her daughter was diagnosed with autism in 2004, Ariane Zurcher threw herself into researching a condition she knew nothing about. Everything she read …

To build a future for their son, Dallas couple plan $12 million community for young adults with autism | Business

A Dallas couple is planning to construct a $12 million community for people with autism on nearly 29 acres of land that was formerly a polo ranch in …

Autism

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

Entering a school as a new administrator comes with many exciting opportunities and some hard decisions. For me, our library presented both. I spent …

Education

Unable to get special education in Texas, one family moved to Pennsylvania

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — In the summer before their daughter started fifth grade at a new school in a new state, Ed Fuller and his wife met with the …

Education

Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

Creativity

Hasbro, Melissa Doug among toy sellers putting the needs of autistic kids in play | Business

Toy stores, with bright lights, loud sounds and crowded aisles, can be hard to manage for children with autism or other sensory issues. For parents, …

Dyslexia May Be the Brain Struggling to Adapt

The learning disorder may be less a problem with language processing, and more a problem with the brain rewiring itself

The Brain

The Spectrum Toy Store: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Share366<p>Tweet3<p>Share<p>Email<p>WhatsApp<p>Shares 369<p>Last month, we let our community know about the Spectrum Toy Store, a toy store located in Chicago that …

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Free, open source: Games that use machine learning to boost autism attention spans

Intensive education is the best way of reducing autism symptoms in children, but it can be costly, which is why Turkish startup Otsimo decided that …

Otsimo

Free Special Education<br>For Children with Autism.<p>Otsimo gives the necessary ABA education to children at home on mobile. <b><br>Thanks to this, children can</b> …

Autism

Are motor issues at the core of autism?

Neuroscientists say problems controlling bodily movements are at the core of autism spectrum disorders and that psychotropic drugs make them worse.

Autism

Providing Assistance to Children With Autism as They Transition to Adulthood

Researchers from the University of Missouri have conducted the first study analyzing the perspectives of adolescents with autism to identify …

Autism