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SpongeBob, Frozen, and More to Offer Autism-Friendly Performances

TDF announces its 2018-19 lineup of Broadway performances tailored to audiences on the autism spectrum. TDF, the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts now celebrating its 50th year of service, has announced its eighth season of autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows for families with children and adults on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. The five-show season begins …

Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism

How we look at other people’s faces is strongly influenced by our genes, scientists have found in new research that may be especially important for understanding autism because it suggests that people are born with neurological differences that affect how they develop socially. The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, adds new pieces to the nature-versus-nurture puzzle, suggesting …

10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Person with Autism

“I just don’t know how to pretend to find a bad joke funny.” This article originally appeared on VICE Austria.  For a long time, 33-year-old Marlies Hübner couldn’t understand why she was constantly having difficult conversations with people—often offending loved ones without intending to. Frustrated, she decided to search for an answer. In her mid 20s, after several meetings with specialists, …

This Theme Park Is the First to Be Designated as a Certified Autism Center

As autism awareness increases around the globe, more and more public spaces are putting in the extra effort to become autism-friendly. Cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, cruise lines, amusement parks, and even entire communities are pulling out all the stops to be accommodating to their visitors on the autism spectrum. And now there’s even a theme park that’s hopping on the bandwagon in honor of autism awareness …

How music can help children with autism connect

Over the past decade, our understanding of the brain mechanisms involved in autism has deepened. This has enabled the development of better diagnostic tools and opportunities for earlier interventions. Yet, despite the growing prevalence of autism worldwide – up to 1 in 36 children may have it – available pharmacological and behavioural interventions can only diminish some of the disruptive behaviours associated …

3 Ways to Experience Autistic Culture

Are you autistic, or is one of your loved ones on the spectrum? Do you feel lonely, or do you want to learn more about autism? Introducing yourself to autistic culture is a great way to educate yourself and find companionship. Method1 Experiencing the Culture 1 Realize that autistic people make autistic culture—neurotypicals don’t. If autistic people don’t have a clear voice in …

The Different Ways Sensory Processing Disorder Affects My Senses

This is how I describe my sensory sensitivities to most people. As an autistic person, my five senses — touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell — are amplified. This is not speaking for everyone on the spectrum, but it is common to have some kind of sensory sensitivity or sensory processing disorder with autism. Here are some examples of sensory problems I …

10 Things You Can do to Help an Autism Family

Helping a family whose child has autism is a precious gift. When a child is first diagnosed with autism, parents often scramble to find appropriate autism services, doctors, schools and therapists. What we don’t always anticipate is that relationships with friends, family and neighbors often change. Some will stand by our side, doing what they can to help and embrace our child no …