Occupational Therapy using Sensory Integration can improve daily life for Autistic Children

Researchers led by Neuroscientist Roseann Schaaf, have found that the use of Occupation Therapy together with Sensory Integration (OT-SI) can provide better outcomes for children on the autistic spectrum than ordinary standard care. OT-SI therapy for Autism is based on the child’s difficulties interpreting sensory information and how these difficulties impact on everyday life and […]

New project will gather biological data from children with autism for largest open-access repository

Stanford, CA – Autism researcher from Standford’s School of Medicine Dennis Wall will lead a new project aimed at assembling data for the largest open-access repository of bioinformatic data on autism spectrum disorder. The new program is called The Hartwell Autism Research and Technology Initiative A.K.A iHeart and will be funded by a $9million grant […]

Biological test for autism may be possible.

Plattsburgh, NY – A new study published in the journal Autism Research shows that children on the autism spectrum have different saliva then children who are not. Conducted at Clarkson University and State University and led by Clarkson University doctoral candidate Armand Gatien Ngounou Wetie the study analyzed saliva from children on, and off, the […]

Program helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorders connect with peers

Mumbai, India – A Mumbai-based program that pairs children on the autism spectrum with mainstream youngsters has provided participants with the opportunity to interact with peers, develop friendships and learn valuable social skills. “Buddeez” was founded by Ami Mehta Kothari and Shalini N Kedia, two Mumbai residents and educators who saw a need for children […]

After-school program helps raise autism awareness in UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE – An after-school football program geared towards integrating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and raising awareness regarding the disorder in the community has recently been developed. Goals UAE was founded by Khawla Barley, the parent of a child with autism who noticed that there was a lack of adequate social programs […]

Billy the rescue cat helps young boy with autism

Fraser Booth, Highlands, Scotland – was diagnosed with autism at 18 months of age. His mother, Louise knew from birth that something was not right and was relieved to gain a diagnosis. She told Ruth Walker of The Scotsman: “It’s usually between the ages of three and five that they diagnose autism, but Fraser’s behaviour […]

Khushi Centre in Borivali, India provides autism therapy

Khushi Pediatric Therapy Centre, Borivali, India – Founder, Dr. Reena Singh. The Centre providestherapy for children who have cerebral palsy, autism and learning disabilities and helps them to develop motor and verbal skills Speaking to Bernita Fenando from the Free Press Journal, Dr Singh said: “I wanted to bring happiness to their lives; not just […]

A Revised Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

USA, Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers – Sean Patterson reports that a new study published in the journal Paediatrics is more accurate than previous versions. The screening tool can be used to diagnose children as young as 16 months old. Deborah Fein, senior author of the study and a researcher at the University of […]

Alison Neil, Parent Carer from Glasgow

Alison Neil lives with Paul, her partner of 17 years and their 4 children. Liam 14 and twins Erin and Aiden 11 are on the Autistic spectrum. Anthony 3 does not have a diagnosis of Autism but Alison told us that Autism is always at the back of her mind. Alison contacted Autism Daily Newscast […]

Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary provide Donkey Assisted Therapy for Children with Additional Needs

The Donkey Sanctuary is the world’s largest donkey and mule sanctuary and has 10 farms situated in the UK and Ireland. Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE founded The Donkey Sanctuary in 1973. To date over 15,000 donkeys have passed through the Donkey Sanctuary’s gates in the UK and Ireland. There are 10 farms. The charity’s mission […]