Category: Autism

To build a future for their son, Dallas couple plan $12 million community for young adults with autism

A Dallas couple is planning to construct a $12 million community for people with autism on nearly 29 acres of land that was formerly a polo ranch in the Denton County town of Cross Roads. It will include 15 homes, a community center and access to a ‘transitional academy’ that is designed to help young adults with autism develop the skills …

Hair stylist makes haircut enjoyable for boy with autism

The mother of a little boy with autism shared a touching post on Facebook last month that has quickly gone viral. Jennifer McCafferty said taking her son, Isaiah, to get a haircut is not an easy task. “He hates having anything near his ears, the sound of clippers sends him into a tailspin,” McCafferty said. “This evening was no different.” …

Using Social Scripts for Autism

Social scripts, also known as social stories, are one of the most effective and simple ways to provide support to kids with autism. A social script is a short narrative written in first person that discusses one problem situation. So, they come in especially handy for really any situation that comes up. Sometimes a teacher might use a social script …

James Kwon Sues Chick-fil-A, Says Company Wouldn’t Hire Him Because He Has Autism

James Kwon, a 25-year-old man on the autism spectrum, who lives in Orland Park, Illinois, is suing Chick-fil-A after being told his autism would prohibit him from succeeding at the restaurant. Prior to applying for a job at Chick-fil-A in 2014, Kwon participated in a work-study program at Bakers Square – a restaurant chain like Chick-fil-A. As part of his program, Kwon helped …

12 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Autism

When I speak about growing up with autism to different organizations, schools and businesses, it’s often a surprise for people to hear that I’m on the autism spectrum. When I was a kid, I was considered on the severe end of the spectrum, from things such as being nonverbal until I was 2 and a half to having severe sensory …

Boy with autism gets DJ surprise at nightclub

A boy with autism got a special surprise from an unlikely place — a Seattle nightclub. “You know I think I’m going to learn to DJ some day and it’ll be great,” said 8-year-old Noah Johnson. Noah, who has high-functioning autism, recently drew pictures of his favorite DJs. His mom shared those with the managers of Aston Manor nightclub, where …

Autism: ‘hidden pool’ of undiagnosed mothers with condition emerging

A “hidden pool” of women who have grown up with undiagnosed autism is coming to light as mothers researching their children’s spectrum disorders recognise themselves in their findings. “There are far more undiagnosed mothers out there than we have ever thought,” said Dr Judith Gould, lead consultant and former director of the Lorna Wing Centre for Autism who developed the …

My Christmas Wish as a Person With Autism

As I sit in front of the crackling fireplace with my beloved husband, I think of all the millions of individuals with autism around the world. The vast majority of them are not as fortunate as I am to have someone in their life who loves them and to love back. Abraham and I were just reminiscing about Christmases past. …

How Is Sensory Processing Disorder Different From Autism?

Your child hates loud noises, is very sensitive to certain food textures, and doesn’t transition from one activity to another very well. Your thoughts immediately turn to autism, and you start wondering if your child is on the spectrum. But instead, they are diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, a condition that causes your child’s brain to have difficulties receiving and …