Autism

God Therapy for Autism

Why me, God?!!”  I screamed tearfully after BOTH of my two sons were diagnosed with autism. That was 100% of my children! I had considered myself a good, Christian person who tried to help others and obey the Scriptures. The irony of this whole situation was that many, many years ago in the 70's, I had volunteered to work with autistic children while attending college.  I lasted all of 15 minutes before I dropped out.  It was more than I could handle.  (Okay, God, you do have a sense of humor, but why do you have to prove it with me??!)

Roses for Autism

Millions of people are scrambling to order flowers for their sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. This year Roses for Autism is one special flower business that stands out among all the others. Started in 2009 by Jim Lyman, a man with experience in the agricultural industry, Roses for Autism is the first endeavor for Growing Possibilities, a nonprofit founded by Ability Beyond Disability. Their goal is to encourage independence in the business world for people with autism and other disabilities.

Speech-Based Activities for Kids with Apraxia

 Speech-Based Activities to Do with Your Kids with Apraxia at Home and in the Community

Homeschooling and the Autism Spectrum Child

I began homeschooling my son soon after he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome,  at 6 years old and in his second year of schooling. I quickly realized that his school knew even less than I did about Asperger’s, and while I soon educated myself through free courses available to me and through the internet, I also knew the school had no strategies in place regarding my son’s needs, and I did not have enough knowledge at the time, or the personal skill to negotiate that pioneering road with the school. And so I looked at alternatives.

Autism-Friendly Shows Planned for Broadway

After an autism-friendly showing of The Lion King on Broadway last fall, the Theatre Development Fund received interest in other shows from approximately 1,500 people. Now The Fund has bought out the 1,797-seat New Amsterdam Theatre and 1,677-seat Minskoff Theatre for a matinee performance of Mary Poppins and The Lion King, respectively.

Parent Age Related to Child’s Odds for Autism

In a new study of more than 9,500 children in Denmark who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, researchers found that children born to a parent over the age of 35 had a higher risk of developing autism. Interestingly, the data also showed that the risk is the same whether both parents are older or only one of them is. 

Blue Shield to Cover Autism Therapy

Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Co. agreed this week to immediately cover the cost of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for autism patients. This decision was the result of a settlement with state regulators, stemming from a dispute this past July when California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones filed an enforcement action against Blue Shield. “This favorable settlement agreement eliminates the frustration and insecurity so many families have faced when seeking autism treatment for their children,” Jones said in a statement. 

4 Paws for Ability Gives Service Dogs to Kids

Karen Shirk is the founder and executive director of 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit organization that places service dogs with people rejected from the big service dog agencies. These include children with special needs. When Shirk found out that no agency would place a dog with a child, she researched the Americans with Disabilities Act and could find no legal reason why having a service dog would not be possible if a parent served as a co-handler. In October 1998, 4 Paws for Ability was born. "People started calling from all over to ask, 'Am I too young? Am I too old?

Antidepressants and Pregnancy: Weighing Risks

Women who take antidepressants and learn that they are pregnant must consider not just the potential risks of the drugs but also the impact of untreated depression on a developing fetus. Untreated depression could lead to low birth weight, irritability in the child and developmental delays. Side effects of antidepressants can be similarly harmful: miscarriage, premature birth, and breathing problems in newborns. “There’s no path that’s really risk-free,” Pec Indman, a therapist who specializes in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, tells the Chicago Tribune.

7 Things You MUST Know About Fitness & Autism

Frankie did not enjoy fitness activities when we first began our sessions about seven years ago. Prior to this, his most consistent activity was jumping up and down while hitting his chest with his hand and the more-than-occasional all out tantrum on the floor. A few days ago he pressed a 20-plus pound thick rope overhead and walked across the yard, smiling and laughing as he chucked it down to the pavement.