Aquatic Therapy Enhances Quality of Life for Children with Autism

With the broad spectrum of special needs associated with autism, it is good that the spectrum is also receptive to a wide range of intervention methods. Children diagnosed with autism enter life with serious challenges. Learning can be difficult. Communication can be difficult. Showing and receiving affection can be difficult. Performing daily tasks such as […]

Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Campaigner awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Professional Studies from Teesside University

Anna Kennedy OBE is a prominent autism campaigner, Tesco Mum of the Year, founder of two ASD specialist schools in the UK, author and mother of two young men on the autistic spectrum. Anna provides help, support and information through her various social media sites, website (Anna Kennedy Online), of which Kathy Lette, James Hobley […]

Study shows children with autism have trouble sleeping

For parents with children who have Autism, and ASD it won’t come as a surprise that a recent study conducted by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York has shown that the majority of children with a diagnosis have trouble sleeping. Insomnia is a problem in all age groups from very young babies, to adolescents, […]

Roses for Autism Trains Adults for Employment

Adults with autism face significant hurdles when looking for employment. Even those who are considered “high-functioning” have difficulty understanding the “soft skills” that help people navigate the social world of the workplace. Research shows that many adults with autism are unable to find or maintain employment, and are relegated to living with their parents and […]

The TEACCH Program Provides a Customized Learning Environment for People with ASD

Even as the challenges associated with autism are persistent and far-reaching, there seems to be a growing number of evidence-based methods to undergird and strengthen autistic people to overcome the obstacles to a fulfilling life. The University of North Carolina has established a successful program called TEACCH, Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped […]

Autistic children better at maths according to new study

A small-scale study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry suggests that children with High Functioning ASDs,  are more proficient than their peers at Mathematics. Research conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, looked at the brain scans of 36 children between the ages of 7 and 12 whilst they were sitting a series […]

Hackathon aimed at all those on the Autism Spectrum a Success

This past weekend a major Autism Hackathon took place in San Francisco, CA.  At least 135 developers, as well as designers and experts of autism came together to focus on programming applications that would help autistic adults who are verging on exciting turning points in life – career, romance, living away from home.  Each of […]

The Spectrum – Part 5 – How useful is the term On the Spectrum?

The first few articles in this series looked at the use of the word spectrum, and where the term spectrum orginates from. But what are some of the pros and cons of the use of this word? Can it be helpful for people to use? Or is it something that should be avoided? This article […]

The Spectrum – Part 4 – Opportunities

Please note: the terminology used in this article is to show the type of language often used around autism, for example `mild autism`, or `low functioning`, and is not the author`s preferred choice of words, but used to illustrate a point.   There has always been a debate about how much, or how little opportunity people […]

The wonderfully neurodiverse spectrum – by Emma Dalmayne

As an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome and children on the wonderfully neurodiverse spectrum, I feel I must speak out on the subject of combating autism. Why is it when I inform people of the fact my children have autism I am immediately offered unwanted advice, apologies, and pity? The media, that’s why. The scaremongering by […]