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Aspiring Teen Model Proves That Autism Won’t Hold Him Back

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When RJ Peete was diagnosed with autism at age 3, doctors told his parents, Holly and RJ, that their son likely wouldn’t achieve much. Back then, RJ wasn’t expected to communicate, have friends, mainstream in school, play team sports or even say, “I love you” unprompted. Today, not only has …

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Autism: a carpet made my son feel as if he was drowning – video

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  John-Paul Horsley, or J-Rock, is a founding member of hip-hop collective Big Brovaz. His son Richard-Michael is autistic and communicates using signs and symbols. He says that without language, it’s sometimes difficult to know what’s upsetting his son – like the time when, as a toddler, Richard Michael appeared …

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How to Help an Angry Autistic Person

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Autistic people may experience anger differently. While some are calm by nature, others easily fly off the handle and struggle to control their anger. Dealing with someone who is frustrated or upset can be difficult, but approaching them with some understanding and good will can make all the difference. Steps …

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Charlotte police officer helps out high school student with autism

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A Charlotte police officer’s interaction with an autistic high school student Friday has gone viral and earned the officer some high praise. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Tim Purdy was called to a situation involving a student who left the school’s campus and was thought to have been suicidal. Officials said the …

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Autism: Maybe It’s Not What We’ve Been Told

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  I felt a tear beginning to well up. As we sat on the floor, my 3-year-old little boy with autism was looking directly into my eyes, something he hadn’t done in almost a year. What’s more, he was smiling and calm. He seemed to be enjoying the moment. He …

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A Young Woman With Autism Interviewed Channing Tatum, And It Was Magic

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Carly Fleischmann has autism and is unable to speak. She also happens to be one helluva an interviewer. Fleischmann chatted with Hollywood star Channing Tatum in the first episode of“Speechless With Carly Fleischmann,” Fleischmann’s new YouTube series. From her introduction alone, it’s apparent that Fleischmann, who types with one finger, is going …

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How Minecraft is helping children with autism make new friends

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Playing video games online can be antisocial – but the Autcraft community is helping children with autism learn social skills and build relationships My, what blue wool you have Veryan Dale/Alamy Stock Photo By Aviva Rutkin LIKE many constructions, it started small. But now thousands of children with autism are …

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How a Cheap Trick Rocker’s Music Is Helping Kids With Autism

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Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson and his wife Alison founded the Rock Your Speech Project to help autistic kids through music. My 8-year-old son is a smart, kind, non-verbal autistic child who struggles mightily to express what he’s thinking. It hurts my heart to see him grow increasingly frustrated as he …

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