Category: Autism

Amazon makes ‘Prime’ costume come to life for girl with autism

Every year, Molly starts worrying about what she will be for Halloween while still on summer vacation. It’s truly her favorite holiday. This September, she finally came across a picture of a costume she wanted to be: Amazon Prime. Think the classic Transformer “Optimus Prime,” but made from Amazon boxes. Molly’s designs for her “Amazon Prime” Halloween costume.   (Photo: Jamie Ryan) Molly …

13 essential Steps For your Child’s Recovery from Autism

  13 essential Steps For your Child’s Recovery from Autism It is very natural for  all parents to go through a  ‘difficult period’  initially once they come to know about their child ‘s autism issue. My advise would be’ please don’t despair’  even if your pediatrician has taken away every bit of hope of your child’s recovery from autism. I …

Maternal Grandmother’s Smoking Correlated With Autism Diagnosis

Children whose maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, a study of UK children has found. There’s an even greater discrepancy in the proportion of girls who show certain autism-like traits. Given the enormous problems associated with inaccurate reports of autism’s causes, much care needs to be taken before assuming causation. However, if the connection is …

The Surprising Body Part That Might Be Causing Autism

Stress can send your stomach into a painful tailspin, causing cramps, spasms and grumbling. But trouble in the gut can also affect the brain. This two-way relationship may be an unlikely key to solving one of medicine’s most pressing — and perplexing — mysteries: autism. Nearly 60 years after the disorder was first identified, the number of cases has surged, …

Many Autistic People Speak Through Echolalia, But What Is It, Exactly?

Have you ever noticed that your child or loved one tends to repeat words and phrases, whether from you, TV, movies, or other people? There’s actually a special term for that, and it’s called echolalia—the mimicry of words or phrases. Imitation is a pretty normal part of human development; babies and toddlers use it as they learn language. However, those with autism may use …

10 Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism

Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Autism Treatment Network site partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic, to provide tips every parent and caregiver …

10 Halloween tips and ideas for trick-or-treaters with autism

Great autism-friendly ideas for Halloween! 1. For those who may not be able to say Trick or Treat, try these Happy Halloween cards that your children can hand out. Learn more at Behavior Frontiers here. 2. Try a Sensory-Friendly Halloween Party! There are many elements of Halloween that can be unpleasant for kids with social, communication and sensory issues. You can focus on what your …

Why children with autism struggle with sleep

Half of children who have autism have trouble falling or staying asleep, which may make their symptoms worse. Scientists are just beginning to explore what goes wrong in the midnight hour. Bramli was giving the stink eye to the grown-ups in her room, shooting resentful glances their way. Around 7:30 p.m. on a warm June evening, daylight was fading outside …