About Shân Ellis

Shân Ellis, is a qualified journalist with five years experience of writing features, blogging and working on a regional newspaper. Prior to working as a journalist, she was a ghost writer for top publishers and was closely involved in the editing and development of book series. Shân has a degree in the sciences, and 5 A levels. She lives in the UK and is the mother of an autistic child.

UCLA researchers map autism genes by function

November 2013 has been an enormous month for developments in autism research, mostly the identification and mapping of the group of genes that are involved in the onset of autism and ASDs. Dr Daniel Geschwind headed up a group of neuroscientists researchers at the UCLA have mapped the cells by function and pin pointed the […]

Autism Trauma Care Bill passed

New Jersey, USA : Both house and Senate have approved and passed the Autism Trauma and Care act. Implications of the passing of this bill means a vast improvement in the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (Autism CARES) Act, and the  Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014. Making the policy more workable for the […]

Forward thinking parents who recognised the need for autism specific schools

There is a growing trend in the UK for building free schools for autism specific pupils. These schools are predominantly born from the community where they are built. Therefore parents with autistic children rallying together in a community group to birth a school for their kids. The thought was relatively unheard of in the 1970’s […]

Good luck Gina – walking and talking for autism

Last month we shared a story with you about acclaimed autism practitioner, Gina Davies who will be starting her Walking and talking Tour shortly. In just a week’s time, Gina will be walking the walk and talking the talk as she travels on foot from Wells to Canterbury, and along the route will volunteer her […]

CHD8 Genetic mutation genetic mutation may lead to an autism subtype

A paper published in Cell Journal on July 3 hints that a mutation in the  regulation gene CHD8 may be the closest Scientific explanation yet to the onset of autism. Chief author Evan Eilrich, Professor of genome science in the University of Washington, has been investing his time in looking for genetic mutations that he thinks […]

Free concert for Autism

The Help Group & Music for Autism present “The Mostly Disney” ensemble an autism friendly romp through Disney’s most famous musicals and songs. Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive non-profit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning […]

Alex Lowery set to give motivational speech in Holywell, North Wales

Alex Lowery will be speaking at Capel Penbryn, Whitford Street, Holywell, Clwyd, CH8 7NN on the 29th July 2014. The event will start at 2p.m. All are welcome and there is no charge. A professional film maker will be coming along to make two films of Alex’s talks. Alex will be giving two speeches ‘Autism awareness’ in this […]

Siblings ten times more likely to have autism new study reveals

King’s College, London – The largest study of its kind has revealed that children diagnosed with autism are ten times more likely to have siblings also diagnosed on the spectrum. Researchers at Kings College London and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that the risk triples if there is a half-brother or sister or a cousin with […]

New study reveals two common environmental chemicals may impact autism development

Research conducted by Brown University in Rhode Island has isolated two common chemicals used in fire retardation and pesticides that are thought to contribute to the development of autism during Gestation. PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyl, specifically PBDE-28) are thought to play a part in disrupting hormone pathways which are intrinsic in brain development in the developing embryo. The […]

Autism linked to salt in the nerves at birth

Scientists at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research have found a tentative link between salt levels in neurons during birth and autism. The full article which appeared in The Independent on January 11, cites the research conducted by Dr Yehzeckel Ben-Ami and his team. They looked at the relationship between the love […]