Category: Autism

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

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 the 18-year-old surpassed these expectations, but he’s also forging his …

Theory finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact if anything they empathize too much

“People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. But what if what looks like coldness to the outside world is a response to being overwhelmed by emotion – an excess of empathy, not a lack of it? This idea resonates with many people suffering from autism-spectrum disorders and their …

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

  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 to be drowning every time he entered the living room …

How to Help an Angry Autistic Person

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 1 – Recognize that anger management can be difficult …

Charlotte police officer helps out high school student with autism

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 teen had a history of violent behavior due to his …

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

  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 wasn’t in his usual fog. There was a clarity in …

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

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 to fulfill her dream of being a talk show host …

How Minecraft is helping children with autism make new friends

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 making friends and learning social skills by playing a version …