Developmental Disabilities

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

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

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 …

Autism

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

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

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 September …

Autism

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

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 …

Autism

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 …

Autism

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

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 …

Autism

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

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

Scientists Now Believe Neurons Are Unique. Can This Help Explain Autism?

Scientists have been working hard for years to solve the puzzle of how a person develops a condition like schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, …

Autism

Boy with Down syndrome takes picture of ‘his guardian angel’ through window of plane

A mother believes that her son with Down syndrome has taken a picture of his guardian angel.<p>Kerri Liles was on a flight home to Houston, Texas, when …

Down Syndrome

Unvaccinated Children Have Much Lower Rates of Chronic Illness, Jackson State Study Finds

The first peer-reviewed study comparing health outcomes of vaccinated children versus unvaccinated was recently published in the Journal of …

Autism

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 …

Autism

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 …

Autism

From volunteer to champion of change

When her daughter, Mary Ann, was born with a developmental disability 37 years ago, Maureen Gallagher of Needham said she found herself “thrust into …

Autism

Motor Mouth: Autistic teen racer leaves doubters in the dust

This could be the story of almost any car-mad teenager. First, there’s the almost life-long passion — now shared between father and son — for racing. …

Autism

The Joys and Challenges of Being a Parent With Autism

A generation of parents are revealing some advantages of the condition, even when their children don’t share the diagnosis.<p>It’s going on 8 p.m., and Kirsten Hurley’s house in West Cork, Ireland, is a scene of happy chaos. The children—Alex, 9, and Isla, 4—have been promised chocolate if they stay …

Autism

After four years, it took a geneticist a few hours to unravel a boy’s puzzling illness

From the moment the boy was born on a muggy Texas afternoon in May 2012, his parents, doctors, and nurses knew something wasn’t quite right. From the size of his head to the way he held his body, he wasn’t normal – but it wasn’t clear exactly why.<p>The parents noticed how tightly their baby clenched …

Autism

Lawmakers unanimously approve autism coverage mandate

Alabama will begin requiring some insurers to cover autism treatment for children.<p>The House of Representatives gave final passage to the bill …

Autism

Autistic people are three times more likely to have hallucinations

Do you ever hear a sound when there is nothing around to explain it? Or perhaps you have the feeling that someone is nearby when they’re not? Some …

Autism

Canberra student with autism proves her former teachers wrong

University of Canberra student Kayla Sterchow had lots of reasons to celebrate on Thursday when she turned 20.<p>But she couldn't get her "traumatic" …

Autism

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 …

Autism

Presume Beneficence

At the United Nation’s World Autism Awareness Day celebration on March 31, Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Theresia …

Autism

A boy with autism and his father bond over golf

From 2010 to 2014, Golf Digest published a monthly column called Golf Saved My Life.<p>These first-person accounts from regular readers shined a light on the surprising and inspiring ways golf can transform people’s lives. In a few extraordinary cases, playing golf literally saved a person's life. But …

Autism

This Mom Worked 3 Jobs And Coached Her Son With Cerebral Palsy All The Way To Harvard

Who remembers Sally Fields believing in her not-so-bright son in Robert Zemeckis's <i>Forrest Gump?</i> And do you remember the great things Tom Hanks went …

Cerebral Palsy

Sensory room at Norwin’s Sheridan Terrace Elementary helps students with autism, other challenges

Staff at Norwin’s Sheridan Terrace Elementary School created a sensory room where students with autism spectrum disorders and those facing social, …

Autism