Category: Autism

How to Succeed in School if You’re Autistic

For some kids, school can be a pleasurable, friendly experience. However, it’s never easy when you’re different – and being autistic in school will make life more difficult in some ways. In fact, 94% of autistic people said they found school a horrible experience. This doesn’t have to be you. Here are some ways to try to make your school …

How to Reduce Sensory Overload

People who experience difficulty processing sensory information, such as autistic people, those with sensory processing disorder (SPD), or highly sensitive people can sometimes go into a state of sensory overload. Overload occurs when a person experiences too much sensory stimulation and cannot handle it all, like a computer trying to process too much data and overheating. This can happen when …

27 Memes That Nail What It’s Like to Be an ‘Autism Parent’

When parents of kids with autism aren’t running from therapy to therapy, advocating for their child’s rights or doing everything they can to keep their young one happy and healthy, they’re apparently collecting some of the Internet’s best memes.   Since many parents of children with autism know a sense of humor can be key to accepting a new normal, we asked our readers to share their …

A Simple Phone Game Could Diagnose Autism

Roughly one out of every 68 children in North America has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental condition broadly characterized by difficulties in social interaction, problems with communication, and repetitive behaviors. Every ASD diagnosis is a complicated, involved process. The child — who is often between the ages of two and six — undergoes a battery of behavioral evaluations overseen …

Teen With Autism Is A World-Class, Record-Breaking Runner

  This teen with autism is in the running to win gold. Michael “Mikey” Brannigan, who has autism, is one of the world’s elite runners. The 19-year-old is preparing to compete in the 1500-meter race at the Paralympic Games in Rio next month, according to Team USA’s website. He is also a favorite to win gold, says the magazine Runner’s …

The 10 Best Places to Live if You have Autism

Autism Speaks Releases Results of First Online Community Survey On Livability Issues for People with Autism and Their Families The greater New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Boston metropolitan areas are among the 10 best places in America to live for people who have autism, according to the results of an online survey released today – the first …

Internet Sent 157 Shirts To Girl With Autism After Learning It Was Her Fave

She wore out her favorite discontinued shirt, so the Internet stepped in to help. Here’s more proof that people across the Internet just have a whole lotta generosity up their sleeves. Deborah Skouson recently shared a photo on her Facebook page of her 10-year-old daughter Cami’s favorite shirt, which had been discontinued. The Utah mom explained to The Huffington Post …

6 Must Watch TED Talks on Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is effectively a set of ‘complex disorders of brain development’. Most of us in education have dealt with students struggling with ASD and we know exactly what these students go through in their learning. But while ASD poses some learning challenges it should never be viewed as a crippling condition. Several ASD students, according to Autism …