- Autism News, Research, and Support (AutismSpeaks.org)
"Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe." 10-10
- "Mirror Neurons" Associated with Communication Impairment (Scientific American)
"More than one in 500 children have some form of autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control. All autistic children suffer from an impaired ability to communicate and relate to others, but some of them are able to socially interact to a greater degree than their peers. A recent study of a group of these so-called high functioning autistics suggests the neurological basis for their social impairment."
"Neuroscientist Mirella Dapretto of the University of California Los Angeles and her colleagues surveyed the brains of 10 autistic children and an equal number of nonautistic children as they watched and imitated 80 different faces displaying either anger, fear, happiness, sadness or no emotion."
"The autistic children differed from their peers in only one respect: each showed reduced activity in the pars opercularis of the inferior frontal gyrus--a brain region located near the temple."
- -Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline for Kids With Autism (ABC News)
"Thousands of autistic and disabled schoolchildren have been injured and dozens have died after being restrained by poorly trained teachers and school aides who tried to subdue them using at times unduly harsh techniques, an ABC News investigation has found." 11-12
- Autism (About.com - Tilton)
Provides resources for parents to better deal with autism in their child. 3-01
- Autism (Autism Research Institute)
Provides resources for parents to better deal with autism in their child. 3-01
- Autism (Center for the Study of Autism)
Provides research information, articles on treatments, and resources for parents to better deal with autism or related disorders, such as Angelman Syndrome, Apraxia, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Fragile X Syndrome, Hyperlexia, Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Prader-Willi Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and Williams Syndrome. 3-01
- Autism and Bullying (CNN News)
"A new study finds that children with autism spectrum disorders are bullied far more often than their typically developing peers ó nearly five times as often ó but parents of autistic kids think the rate is even higher than that." 09-10
- Autism and Genius (Time.com)
"Many child prodigies have autistic family members, and thereís even preliminary evidence that prodigy and autism may share a genetic link." 03-15
- Autism and Manganese Deficiency (ABC News)
"Manganese levels were consistently lower in children with autism spectrum disorder during two critical windows: 10 weeks prenatal to birth and then 5 to 20 weeks after birth. The greatest difference was noted at 15 weeks, when manganese levels were 2.5 times lower in autism spectrum disorder cases." 06-17
- Autistic Student Delivers High School Graduation Speech (ABC News)
"The 18-year-old Duquette, who couldn't say a word until age five, gave the commencement speech at his high school graduation ceremony Tuesday night in Smithfield, Rhode Island." 06-10
- Congress Passes First Ever Autism Act (MSNBC News)
"Autism is as disturbing and distressing as it is mystifying. It's a diagnosis with no known cause, no known cure." 12-06
- Diagnosing Autism (Time.com)
"Schererís group looked at how non-genetic evaluations matched up with the genetic testing. Using factors such as brain scans to look for physical differences that might indicate autism, they divided the children into three groups based on whether they possessed physical anomalies or not. Among children with more physical abnormalities, the two types of genetic testing together diagnosed autism in 37.5% of cases." 09-15
- Early Signs of Autism (Time.com)
"Among the telltale signs of trouble at 12 months: not responding to one's name; not sharing interests through pointing and eye gaze; lack of joyful expression; an absence of babbling; difficulty establishing eye contact; and staring too long at inanimate objects (see FirstSigns.org for more early-warning signs)." 05-09
- Face Recognition in Babies May Help Diagnose Autism (ABC News)
"Nelson's work has shown that infants are capable of distinguishing happiness, fear, anger, sadness and disgust even before they can speak. Humans are especially good at recognizing fear." 12-09
- Living Well With Autism Spectrum (Time.com)
"What happens when children with Asperger's grow up?"
"Valerie Gaus, a clinical psychologist in private practice on Long Island, has worked with adolescents and adults with autism for more than 15 years. Her new book, Living Well on the Spectrum, offers practical advice on coping with the high-functioning form of autism known as Asperger syndrome; affected people typically show passionate intellectual obsessions, oversensitivity to sensory experiences like bright lights and loud noises, and poor social skills." 04-11
- Living With Autism in a World Made for Others (CNN News)
"Amanda is part of a new generation of adults with autism. The Autism Society of America estimates that 600,000 adults are living with autism in the United States. That number will most likely skyrocket, given the CDC's recognition of an increase in the numbers of children with autism. The newest numbers suggest that one in every 150 children has autism." 04-08
- Miss America's First Contestant with Autism (Time.com)
"When Alexis Wineman, 18, takes the stage at the 2013 Miss America pageant this Saturday in Las Vegas, the reigning Miss Montana will become the first autistic contestant to compete for the crown. Diagnosed at the age of 11, Winemanís platform is to raise awareness about the developmental disorder." 01-13
- Pediatricians: New Guidelines for Detection and Treatment of Autism (US News)
"In an effort to make it easier for pediatricians to spot and begin early treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released two new reports with recommendations for identifying and managing these conditions." 10-07
- Progress on Autism Slow (CNN News)
"It's been a year since the first U.N.-declared World Autism Awareness Day. In those past 365 days, nobody has discovered the cause of autism, which the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest affects one in 150 children. Nor has a cure been found. However, new research and major court decisions have emerged to explain further what may contribute to the developmental disabilities of the brain known as 'autism spectrum disorders' or ASDs." 04-09
- Selective Mutism (ABC News)
"Imagine a world where anyone and anyplace outside the comforts of home elicit fear and anxiety so paralyzing that you shut down and cannot speak."
"What causes this disorder is not exactly known. What is known is that it has a genetic factor and usually appears when a child is first introduced into the social situation of preschool or school. It is, however, very different than everyday shyness."
"This widely misdiagnosed disorder is often ignored or dismissed as just a phase, leaving kids to suffer in silence. The Galies, who were previously unaware that Morgan suffered from selective mutism, initially saw their daughter's behavior at school as defiance. According to a recent study, selective mutism is almost twice as common as autism."
- Teen With Autism Makes 20 Points in 4 Minutes (ESPN)
"Jason McElwain [also known as J-Mac] had done everything he was asked to do for the Greece Athena High School basketball team -- keep the stats, run the clock, hand out water bottles."
"That all changed last week for the team manager in the final home game of the season. The 17-year-old senior, who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, put on a uniform and entered the game with his team way ahead."
"McElwain proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders." 03-06
- Vacationing with Autism (Time.com)
"A flood of emails later, I've compiled this list of tips for parents who might be ready to hit the beach and test the waters during Autism Awareness Month." 04-09