Category: Autism

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 …

JC Penney Hosts Back-to-School Shopping Event for Shoppers With Autism

  Bright lights, loud music, and dozens of families combing through the aisles to try and find the best deals can make back-to-school shopping a miserable experience for families whose children have special needs. Knowing how stressful back-to-school shopping can be for these families, a JC Penney store in Dallas created a special shopping event for children with sensory sensitivities. On Sunday, the Timber Creek …

How to Be a Great Friend to Someone With Autism

Is there a kid in your classroom who is always alone? Are they autistic? Do you care if you get made fun of because you are friends with this guy or girl? One word: Don’t. Autistic people are just that: people. Some may not talk. Some may. Some are blessed with a great memory or an artistic mind, and many …

Teen Runner With Autism Shatters 4:00 Mile Barrier

Mikey Brannigan sets a Paralympic world record for the T20 classification. At the Sir Walter Miler meet on August 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina, 19-year-old Mikey Brannigan finished seventh in the mile in 3:57.58 and broke his previous personal best by more than 5 seconds. In doing so, Brannigan, who is on the autism spectrum, became the first person with a …