Category: Autism

Five Tips for Grandparents of a Child with Autism

This post is by Jane Springer, a grandmother to six-year-old twins, one of whom has autism. Jane is a certified life and wellness coach who helps parents and grandparents of children on the autism spectrum. Jane recently shared a post on our site about her life as a grandmother and in the post below, she shares her top five tips for grandparents of a …

How Autism Impacts My Life In Ways You Can’t See

  You won’t see tons of pictures of me out with family and friends on social media. On Friday, Sept. 9, I woke up without peripheral vision. As I struggled to get our kids ready for school, I silently thought to myself, “I can’t see.” I knew what that meant. It wasn’t a first-time experience. It was an impending migraine. I …

How LEGO Is Helping Kids With Autism Improve Their Social Skills

Playing with LEGO can be more than just a way to prevent boredom, for some children it has the power to boost their social skills and build self-esteem. LEGO-based therapy is a social development programme for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or related social communication difficulties. Debi Richmond’s 10-year-old son Adam, who has High Functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, improved his social awareness through attending the sessions. “He …

Could This Study Help Explain Why Some People with Autism Engage in Aggressive Behavior?

People with autism sometimes exhibit challenging behaviors—one of the most difficult of which is aggression. This behavior is challenging enough when people with autism are children, but as they get older, it can become even more difficult because they are bigger and harder to control. We are in need of answers. What causes aggression in people with autism? And how can it …

Have Researchers Found the Neurological Mechanism that Causes Autism?

While most researchers agree that autism is triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, no one has been able to pinpoint the triggered neurological mechanism that ultimately results in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, new research mayexplain this longstanding mystery. In the study, researchers found that the brains of people with ASD had a significantly higher number of brain …

7 Tips for Avoiding Isolation and Loneliness When Parenting Someone on the Autism Spectrum

People with autism are amazing, but oftentimes their parents feel lonely or isolated. Sensory issues and potential for meltdowns may keep many families in the house. Babysitters and people who can provide respite care aren’t always easy to find. And many parents of children with autism just feel alone in their struggles and have a hard time finding people who …

8 Things You Might Not Have Known About Autism

8 Things You Might Not Have Known About Autism 7) 6) 5) 4) 3) 2) Learn more about our wandering resources here. In addition, Autism Speaks is partnered with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help keep our loved ones safe. You can learn more about our partnership here. 1) What facts do you think we should add next …