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My Autism Makes Me Different, Not Less

I am autistic, but autism doesn’t define me. My social difficulties don’t mean I can’t have friends. My lack of eye contact doesn’t mean I don’t care. I’m not a picky eater, I just struggle with food. I’m not melting down for attention; I’m trying to gain control and regulate. I don’t like to be late, but sometimes transitioning from …

Many with Autism Have Dyspraxia, But What Is It, Exactly?

Can you imagine what life would be like if you struggled to perform everyday tasks? For many people, this is their reality; things like fastening a button, tying shoelaces, holding a pencil, and even sitting up straight can be an immense challenge for them due to a condition called dyspraxia. Also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), dyspraxia affects more kids …

Temple Grandin urges teens with autism to get more work experience, play fewer video games

“These games are having really rotten outcomes. It’s a drug,” Grandin said. Temple Grandin answers questions about autism and her life Tuesday during an interview with Trust Decatur, 13, left, of Fort Collins, at the Loveland Museum/Gallery in downtown Loveland. Trust, who is on the autism spectrum, asked Grandin questions before she took questions from the audience. By Paul Albani-Burgio, Reporter-Herald …

How My Son’s Autism Diagnosis Led to My Own

Current autism research in little girls is greatly limited. Separating the sexes in diagnostics and research is a burgeoning new field, meaning that current estimates of autism affecting 4:1 boys to girls, respectively, may be grossly out of date. After my son’s diagnosis, I began fiercely researching anything I could find about it, and have learned that I, myself, am …

Children with autism have gastrointestinal and immune system deregulation, research finds

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have reduced immune system regulation, as well as shifts in their gut microbiota. The immune deregulation appears to facilitate increased inflammation and may be linked to the gastrointestinal issues so often experienced by children with ASD. The research was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, …

Update: Missing 12-year-old boy with autism found at Walmart, police say

Update: Springfield police announced at 3:10 p.m. Thursday that Brayden Jessen was found uninjured at the Walmart located at 3315 S. Campbell Ave. Springfield police are investigating a report of a missing and endangered juvenile who has autism. Brayden Jessen, 12, left Great Circle at 8:15 a.m. Thursday and was last seen running westbound on Lombard. Great Circle is located at …

Boy with autism builds world’s largest Lego Titanic replica

10-year-old spent over 700 hours building model The world’s largest Lego replica of the doomed Titanic liner was built over 700 hours — 11 months — by a 10-year-old boy from Reykjavik, Iceland, who is on the autism spectrum. It will make its American debut Monday at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Brynjar Karl Bigisson, now 15, …

Woman Who Has 3 Brothers With Autism Talks About How They Changed Her Outlook On Life

Ali Carbone’s Facebook post about her dear brothers, Michael, Anthony, and Luke, carries a powerful message about the ASD community. The 26-year-old’s extensive levels of understanding ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) is all thanks to the uniqueness of each sibling she grew up with. Her story To commemorate Autism Awareness Day, she took to Facebook to share her truth in a post that has now gone viral, which …