Category: Autism

3 Ways to Help Autistic Children with Echolalia

Echolalia is the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either immediately after the words were said, or later on. It is often described as parrot-like mimicry. For instance, when asked, “Do you want some juice?” a child with echolalia may answer, “Want some juice?” Echolalia is, to some extent, considered to be a normal part of …

Mom ‘Ugly Cried’ The Moment Her Daughter With Nonverbal Autism Said Her First Word

“We were told that it’s possible that Taylor may never speak.” When Briana Blankenship heard her 5-year-old daughter say “mama,” it meant so much more than a word. It was a big win. In a video uploaded to Facebook, Blankenship explains that she was in a McDonald’s parking lot when she heard her daughter, Taylor, say “mama.” She started “ugly crying,” …

VIDEO: Boy with autism repeatedly hit by bus aide, threatened by driver: ‘You little monster!’

Surveillance video shows a 9-year-boy with autism being tormented and abused by two adults on a school bus in suburban Chicago over the course of several months, WBBM-TV reported. Criminal cases against the bus aide and bus driver were wrapped up in July 2017, but WBBM’s report Friday includes sad, shocking video clips recorded inside the school bus the year before. What’s …

President Trump Believes Vaccines Cause Autism, His Own Experts Disagree

Anti-vaxxers have a friend in the White House, but President Trump’s own experts disagree that vaccines are unsafe. With the election of President Donald Trump, anti-vaxxers now have a sympathetic ear in the White House, heading federal agencies with the power to change the narrative on vaccine safety. According to The Independent, during a meeting with leaders of the anti-vaccine movement during …

Man with autism sets record hiking in Smoky Mountains

A Tennessee man has become the first person living with autism to hike all 900 miles of trails at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Garan Moore of Cosby, Tennessee, took up walking the trails with his mother, Theresa, after the two began a quest to lose weight. Now 25-years-old, Moore weighed over 300 pounds just six years ago. “We …

7 Ways To Support Families Through a New Autism Diagnosis

I am an autism mom. This is a new statement for me. You see, we’ve only had our diagnosis for two months. Of course, the diagnosis came as no surprise, and yet, it still feels so new. I’ve just been officially inducted to the disability community with a life-long membership. As my husband and I are coming to terms with this, we …