Tag Archives: Autism

  • Autism and Low-Birthweight Babies?

    It is possible that children born at low birth weights have a variety of additional disabilities – language disorders, for example, or mental retardation – that may have masked an ASD diagnosis in the years before autism awareness increased. Low-birthweight babies are at risk for all sorts of motor and cognitive delays, and researchers have… (read more)

  • Software Company Relying on Employees’ Asperger’s Skills?

    Aspiritech, a U.S. startup company that specializes in finding software bugs by harnessing the talents of young adults with autism. Aspiritech provides meaningful work (pay is $12 to $15 an hour) in a relaxed environment where bosses never yell if you’re late and nobody minds if you need to be alone for a while. What’s… (read more)

  • The Benefits of Gymnastics for Children with Autism

    Gymnastic programs can potentially aid in providing a functional and invaluable learning environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Gymnastics is a sport that provides an enriching environment filled with opportunities for sharpening the mind by stimulating the brain, fostering social skills, and strengthening gross and fine motor skills, while providing children with ASD… (read more)

  • Clues to Autism’s Roots

    Led by Dr. Dan Geschwind, director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), researchers measured levels of gene expression  which determines the synthesis of various of proteins, each with a specific task in the cell  in the brain tissue of 19 autistic people and 17 healthy… (read more)

  • How to Live Well on the Autistic Spectrum

    Maia Szalavitz speaks with Valerie Gaus, a clinical psychologist in private practice on Long Island, who has worked with adolescents and adults with autism for more than 15 years.  Valerie Gaus’s new book, Living Well on the Spectrum, offers practical advice on coping with the high-functioning form of autism known as Asperger syndrome.  Affected people typically… (read more)

  • Insight on Autism Diagnostic Observation

    JoAnn Collins offers insight into Autism Diagnostic Observation in special education from her perspective not only as a professional in the industry, but as a mother of two adults with disabilities. Are you the parent of a young child who you believe has Autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder(PDD)? Are special education personnel in your district… (read more)