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17 Children’s Books That Promote Understanding Of Autism

These books foster awareness and empathy for kids on the spectrum. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1 in 59 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Yet despite improvements, people with autism are still relatively underrepresented in the realm of film, TV and literature. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we compiled …

7 Ways To Support Families Through a New Autism Diagnosis

I am an autism mom. This is a new statement for me. You see, we’ve only had our diagnosis for two months. Of course, the diagnosis came as no surprise, and yet, it still feels so new. I’ve just been officially inducted to the disability community with a life-long membership. As my husband and I are coming to terms with this, we …

In the United States, Autism Prevalence Has Increased to 1 in 59 Children

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released its newest report from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, an ongoing surveillance system that provides estimates on the prevalence of autism. What the Report Showed According to the findings from the ADDM network, which were based on data reported from 11 sites, the overall prevalence of autism is 16.8 per 1000 …

How Art Therapy Is Helping Children with Autism Express Themselves

For individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), art can be an ideal means of expression. Researchers and leaders in the field of autism education, like Temple Grandin, have done well to explain that individuals with ASD tend to think visually. “I have noticed that children with autism think in pictures,” art therapist Theresa Van Lith told Artsy. “So it’s a natural …

10 Things People with Autism Want You to Know

Here are things kids, teenagers, and adults with autism want you to know about our community. “If you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.” – Stephen M. Shore “Autistic people want love, relationships and marriage just like everyone else, and are able to maintain a successful marriage.” – Anita Lesko “Everyone has strengths and weaknesses – it’s …

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 …