Autism

'It felt cruel': Family seeking solution for nonverbal, autistic, self-harming teen

WARNING: This story contains disturbing details and images<p>A northern Ontario family is desperately searching for help after being told their severely …

Autism Spectrum

Navigating Public Meltdowns When Your Special Needs Child Is No Longer A ‘Little Kid’

Yesterday, Maura had a meltdown in public.<p>This is not new to us. When you have all the feelings and not always a way to communicate them, meltdowns …

Autism Spectrum

Tourbillon Capital Letter To Spectrum Brands

Tourbillon Capital Partners, L.P. (together with its affiliates, "Tourbillon" or "we") is a substantial long-term shareholder of Spectrum Brands …

Stocks

Blue Cross says autism mandate applies to plans covering 160,000 employees

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama says a new state mandate to cover autism therapy will apply to its group insurance plans covering about 160,000 …

Autism Spectrum

Autistic boy speaks for the first time in eight years after playing Minecraft game on computer

A father managed to break his autistic son's silence after eight years using computer game Minecraft.<p>Best-selling author Keith Stuart, 45, has shared …

Autism Spectrum

504 Plan vs IEP

Shares 0<p>This past week, we had a 504 Plan meeting for Blake and I learned some new things.<p>We have done an IEP with Blake from Kindergarten up until …

Education

'Smart genes' account for 20% of intelligence: study

View photos<p>More<p>Paris (AFP) - Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of 52 genes linked to human intelligence, 40 of which have been identified …

IQ

Research differs on whether charters welcome special ed kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five-year-old Nico Rosenblatt cannot speak and struggles to learn because of a rare genetic condition, yet thrives when surrounded by other children in a regular classroom, according to his parents. However, they say neither the public school system nor a charter school in the …

Education

Complex gene interactions in autism offer avenues for treatment | Spectrum | Autism Research News

The Expert:<p>Lauren Weiss<p><b>Associate professor</b>, University of California, San Francisco<p>Every scientific hypothesis comes with a set of assumptions. For …

Autism Spectrum

Oxytocin and autism

Could this hormone, typically associated with childbirth, act as an intervention?

Autism Spectrum

Homeschooling Makes Learning Personal For Some Special Education Students

Dorothy is a foster mother of three children in Spring Hill, Fla. Her 15-year-old son has spina bifida and developmental delays, and her 13-year-old daughter is, she says, "mildly autistic." Neither was happy at public school.<p>"My son was in a lockdown classroom with gang members. It was a bad …

Education

Changing the World, One Story at a Time

An autism diagnosis inspired one mother's quest to inform, enlighten and engage a community.<p>It was December 3rd, 2014, Molly Korte had just given birth to her and husband Brian’s third child. A beautiful baby boy that they named Jacob. They couldn’t be happier, Brian’s new business, Brickworkz Lego …

Autism Spectrum

Sleep problems focus of new study on Kiwi kids with autism

New research will look at developing effective treatments for sleep problems that affect the growing number of New Zealand children and young people …

Research

Umbilical cord blood cells could ease symptoms in autistic children, study claims

A study observed the children over six and 12 months following the blood infusion.<p>Cells from umbilical cord blood could be the key to helping …

Medicine

Meet 'The Mutants': The students who wear their autism with pride

'The Mutants' assemble gradually.New national guidelines on autism• New guidelines for diagnosing children on the spectrum will be announced in …

Autism Spectrum

Ohio House Approves Bill to Create Register for Drivers with Communication Disabilities

The Ohio House has approved a bill to establish a program that would alert police if they are dealing with a person with a communication disability . …

Autism Spectrum

7-Year-Old Boy With Special Needs Handcuffed By Police At School

Family outraged after a seven-year-old boy with special needs is handcuffed at school<p>A Dallas school district is under fire for using extreme force …

Lifestyle

Toronto mother overwhelmed by support after son collapsed, fell into coma

Doctors believe Rayvonte Ball collapsed due to a previously undiagnosed heart ailment<p>Suzett Ball has been at her son's hospital bedside every day …

Autism Spectrum

The Early Signs Of Autism

For new or expecting parents, autism can be a worrying prospect. You are concerned about the health and welfare of your child, and the developmental …

Autism Spectrum

What the Fidget Spinners Fad Reveals About Disability Discrimination

<b>Aiyana Bailin</b> <br>restlesshands42.wordpress.com<p><b>Photo © Robert Couse-Baker / Creative Commons</b><br>[image: Hand holding a spinning fidget]<p>I'm angry about the …

Fidget Spinner

Fargo Marathon: Blind Moorhead 11-year-old with autism completes...

That's exactly what he did.<p>"It was really exciting," Owen's mom, Stacey, said. "We just love to see Owen happy, so to see him so excited and people …

Good News

Charity uses a banana piano to help adults with learning difficulties

A local charity is using music, including a banana piano, to engage adults with learning difficulties.<p>Electric Umbrella, based in Watford, works with people to encourage them to make music, work in groups and perform.

Fighting to fit in: Growing up with autism

Cain Noble-Davies, 22, was just seven years old when he was diagnosed with autism, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.<p>“The immediate question …

Autism Spectrum

My week of behaving in an autism-friendly way

At the behest of the National Autistic Society, Alexi Duggins practices clear communication and helps lost people, reducing stress levels across the board<p>I know nothing about autism. I haven’t seen The A Word. I don’t really understand what ‘on the spectrum’ means. I only recently realised that the …

Autism Spectrum

Man with Down Syndrome Retires After Working 33 Years at McDonald’s – Week in Neurodiversity (5/20/17)

The Week in Neurodiversity<p><b>The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.</b><p>(3 mins 42 sec) In this episode, McDonald’s honors an employee with …

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What Neurodiversity Is And Why Companies Should Embrace It

We’ve come to recognize the benefits of a diverse group of people in the workplace, but isn’t it time we also embrace a diverse group of brain types?<p>What if we’ve been thinking about our brains in the wrong way? What if traits like ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and others weren’t thought of as …

The Workplace

Mayday Club autistic advocacy youth choir releases album

When Nicole Provost was 16 and singing in a choir, she noticed a little girl, about nine years old, with a developmental disorder who kept moving …

Autism Spectrum

Help Me Judge This Trailer for The Good Doctor, ABC’s Show About a Doctor With Autism

<b>(Content warning for depictions of child abuse in the trailer.)</b><p>I’ve been thinking about <i>The Good Doctor</i> all week since ABC released their trailers for …

TV

Neurodiversity: the key to corporate creativity

Share<p>Tweet<p>+1<p>Share<p>Shares 1<p>Last week I wrote an article about my own brush with bipolarism and how mental illness can actually be a positive …

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Jacob Barnett's Curious and Computational Mind

Meet the 18-year-old whose work is already stretching our understanding of the universe.When Jacob Barnett was two years old, doctors told his mother …