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17 Children’s Books That Promote Understanding Of Autism

These books foster awareness and empathy for kids on the spectrum. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1 in 59 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Yet despite improvements, people with autism are still relatively underrepresented in the realm of film, TV and literature. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we compiled …

How I use Minecraft to help kids with autism

The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. Designed for children with autism and their families, AutCraft creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for kids who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere). Learn more about one …

Many with Autism Have Oral Apraxia, But What Is It, Exactly?

Oral apraxia is a motor disorder that causes a person to be unable to properly move his or her lips, jaw, or tongue on command to properly produce words and/or make appropriate facial expressions. Some may be unable to control their breathing on command as well. NOTE: In cases where the main issue is verbal communication rather than facial movement, a similar …

What I Mean When I Tell You My Daughter Is Autistic

I want the world to become more educated about neurodiversity. Knowing people with autism diagnoses means understanding can come more easily to us all. So if I come straight out and say “my daughter’s on the spectrum,” that means “check your judgment.” It means “resist assumptions.” It can be hard to distinguish my daughter from neurotypical kids her age. I …

How Pressure to Be ‘Age Appropriate’ Can Harm Autistic People

Whenever I go shopping in stores or browse online, I’ve noticed that certain things are categorized based on factors such as age, gender etc. For instance, the children’s section in clothing stores tends to have more character clothing, bright colors and be cutesier, while the adult section has less selection of character clothing and tends to be more sophisticated. Even …

This is how sugar allows cancer cells to grow inside your body

While it’s not breaking news that too much sugar in your diet can lead to serious health concerns such as diabetes and obesity, there have been a lot of questions regarding sugars relationship to cancer.  We know that sugar consumption can impact our insulin levels which in turn can lead to chronic disease but… does too much sugar directly cause cancer? …