Appeal for UK parents participation in Anna Kennedy survey

Autism campaigner and advocate Anna Kennedy is appealing for feedback and participation from parents to a survey that she plans to present to the Houses of commons. The survey aims to get at least 1,000 participants before the end of November and touches on key issues like diagnosis, inclusion and bullying. It takes around five […]

Individuals with autism failed by current health system – Royal College of GP’s

UK  – Nikki Fox who is the  health corespondent for the BBC, has highlighted the impact upon parents who care for a child on the autism spectrum. In the short video shown below, she talks to a mother of a child with autism. This mother describes h0w her son, when only a baby, would stand […]

New research allows instantaneous diagnosis of autism

Pittsburgh — A new research may pave the way to what could be an instantaneous diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in individuals. The new study, which was recently published in Plos One, found that diagnosing ASD in individuals could be as easy as having them undergo a brain scan. Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon […]

Robot Rene can help diagnose autism quicker

Rene the robot can sing, dance an entertain. But scientists from Croatia have designed the little humanoid to do much more than just make a child giggle. The little robot comes armed with a camera and a microphone. Rene can monitor responses from the child and log the child’s eye contact. To a child with […]

Autism and Asperger’s brains wired differently, EEG records support recent changes in DSM- 5

A new study by Frank Duffy and colleagues, conducted at the Boston’s Children’s hospital, has revealed differences in the functioning of brains of children with Asperger’s syndrome and autism. The team studied electroencephalography (EEG) patterns of 400 children with autism, 26 children with Asperger’s syndrome and 550 typical peers. The findings showed weaker connections in […]

Low Thyroxine levels in expectant mums linked to Autism

A large scale study published on August 13 in the Annals of Neurology , demonstrated that mothers with low levels of the chemical Thyroxine in their system during pregnancy were almost four times more likely to have children with Autism or an ASD diagnosis. Thyroid hormone T4 is responsible for regulating the metabolism in the body. […]

NAS campaign for quicker autism diagnosis

Recently the National Autistic Society (NAS) launched their Autism Diagnosis Crisis campaign. The campaign states: “This is why we launched the Autism diagnosis crisis campaign in August 2015 – to tell the Government and NHS to prioritise timely autism diagnosis.” What is interesting is that they found the average waiting time for children to be […]

Interview with Olley Edwards, filmmaker, author and campaigner for women on the autistic spectrum

UK – Olley Edwards is an author, actress and film director. She tirelessly campaigns on the rights for autistic women and for better and early diagnosis. Olley is the mother to two girls who are on the autistic spectrum,  and she was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. She attended the UN Conference for Economic Commission […]

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The Spectrum – Part 6 – Diagnosis: Help or Hindrance?

Is a diagnoses of autism a label, or a doorway to help? Some say that a diagnosis is unnecessary and pointless, whereas others make the case that they would never have got the help they needed for themselves, or their children without one. So is a diagnosis worth seeking? And if so, why? Well first […]

Press Release – Father (and mother) knows best

Healthcare providers’ responses to parental concerns can delay diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders Cincinnati, OH — Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can develop symptoms before 2 years of age and usually can be diagnosed by 3 years of age; early identification of ASD is associated with improved long-term developmental outcomes. In a new study […]