Wednesday , October 18 2017

Why Toddlers with Autism Avoid Eye Contact


Science has long debated whether meeting another’s gaze feels unpleasant or just uninteresting Toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, but don’t actively avoid meeting another person’s gaze, according to a new study. The findings support one side of a long-standing debate: Do children with …

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


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 took my medication and went back to …

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Boy with autism reunited with therapy dog


An 8-year-old boy was reunited with his dog Saturday at Ruff Ranch. Connor is autistic and Layla is his therapy dog. She went missing three months ago and ended up at the Hampshire County shelter nearly 30 miles from her home. He thought he was going to Pet Valu in …

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9 Things Never To Say to a Parent of a Child with Autism


We know that people aren’t trying to be malicious. Really, we do. But, taking a second to think before we speak might be beneficial. OUR STORY: Dillon was officially diagnosed with autism when he was 6-years-old, but he was educationally diagnosed when he was in preschool. His teachers brought us …

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Home for adults with autism breaks ground in Phoenix


PHOENIX – First Place AZ, a nonprofit that provides house options for adults with autism and other special abilities, broke ground on a new facility on Tuesday. First Place-Phoenix will include 56 apartments, a transition academy, and a leadership institute. It’s located at 3rd Street and Catalina in Phoenix. According …

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Sensory sensitive Santa visits children with Autism


  Polaris Fashion Place was quiet Sunday morning and the lights were dim. It felt like the mall was closed, but for several kids, the atmosphere was just right. “This is nice because it’s quieter. There’s less people here,” said Tara Vanhorn, whose son has Autism. Vanhorn says she tried …

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