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New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism
Nov. 25, 2014
Geoffrey Ondrich and Waylon Cude are both 16 years old. Both boys have autism, and both would rather use their computers than do almost anything else in the world. But that’s just about all they have in common. Waylon is serious and intense, and so is the way he uses his computer: He spends hours immersed in online role-playing games, and he interned last summer at IBM, programming Linux for websites.

 

Kids with autism visit with Santa on their own terms
Santa_visit_112514Nov. 25, 2014
Visiting Santa at the mall is a tradition for many families, but for children who have autism, it can be an ordeal. That’s where ACI Learning Center in Overland Park stepped in. ACI is a place where children with autism go for various therapies, but on Saturday, staff members transformed it into a winter playland for their clients and any other families who needed an autism-friendly space for a visit with Santa.

 

New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism

Nov. 25, 2014
Geoffrey Ondrich and Waylon Cude are both 16 years old. Both boys have autism, and both would rather use their computers than do almost anything else in the world. But that’s just about all they have in common. Waylon is serious and intense, and so is the way he uses his computer: He spends hours immersed in online role-playing games, and he interned last summer at IBM, programming Linux for websites.

 

Holidays can be sensory overload for kids with autism
Nov. 24, 2014
The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. “Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an occupational therapy professor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release.

 

Holidays can be sensory overload for kids with autism
Nov. 24, 2014
The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. “Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an occupational therapy professor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release.

 

Pope meets with autistic children
Nov. 22, 2014
Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition. The pope urged governments and institutions to respond to the needs of people with autism to help break “the isolation and, in many cases also the stigma” associated with the disorders, which are characterized by varying levels of social impairment and communication difficulties.

 

Club for Classmate with Autism
Club_for_classmate_111514Nov. 15, 2014
Kansas teen Tate Smith’s diagnosis of autism at age 2 sent his mother, Lisa, scrambling for answers. But first came the dread. “I saw Tate’s future go down the drain right in front of my eyes,” the mom of eight tells PEOPLE. “One of the fears was bullying. How will he be treated at school? Will he be miserable?”

 

8 Tips for Managing Thanksgiving with Children with Autism
Nov. 14, 2014
Thanksgiving, like many holidays, can throw a child with autism into sensory overload.  Visiting relative’s homes, or having a house full of guests along with the constant activity of the day can be hard on anyone, but for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their parents, stress levels can bring on meltdowns. The following tips may help make your day a little easier and calmer:

 

Uncovering the Early Signs of Autism
Nov. 09, 2014
Recognizing early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and seeking early intervention can make a world of difference in the life of a child with autism. Here, we share what you need to know about spotting signs of autism early.

 

Jerry Seinfeld Says He’s On The Autism Spectrum During Interview With Brian Williams
Nov. 7, 2014
Jerry Seinfeld sat down with Brian Williams on NBC’s “Nightly News” on Thursday and said he believes he has autism. “I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum,” Seinfeld said. When asked to explain, the 60-year-old comic said he feels he’s never paying attention to the right things. “Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying,” Seinfeld said. “But I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”

 

4 Tips for Preparing Your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebrations
Nov. 3, 2014
Holidays are a time for family, friends and food. A time to celebrate the spirit of thankfulness, giving and receiving. A time forecorating, traveling and shopping for many. As Abe Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” This means preparing for success. For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is imperative.

 

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