With autism affecting approximately 2 million individuals in the United States, it’s no surprise to see a wide coverage of it in the news and media. At ASDF, we try to provide stories that relate to new ways of treating or approaching autism as well as stories that inspire hope for individuals and families affected by autism.
Mom of 2 children with autism: Wandering is more common than you think
Feb. 3, 2015
Prairie Village, Kan. – A 10-year-old girl from Independence is at Children’s Mercy Hospital on Tuesday recovering from frostbite. Daisy Chappell’s mother found her outside, in the bitter cold, on the back deck of their home Monday morning. Daisy has autism, and family and friends tell 41 Action News that she had been known to wander and must have gotten out the sliding glass doors.
How Robots are Helping Children with Autism
Feb. 02, 2015
Researchers believe robots hold the key to early diagnosis, as well as teaching social skills. What can they do that humans can’t? Anthony Arceri is seven and has autism. His clothes are covered in sensors, and he is standing in front of Zeno, a smiling, 2ft-tall robot. “What is your favourite food?” Zeno asks Anthony. “Chocolate milk and french fries.” “I love chocolate milk,” Zeno replies. The robot raises its arm, and Anthony copies. Zeno rubs his stomach, and so does Anthony.
Fort Collins man smashing autism stereotypes
Jan. 27, 2015
Sam Lawrence’s photograph portfolio showcases contrast. Black and white photos where light and shadow battle, where stark whites and deep blacks highlight and obscure wrinkles in faces and lines in hands. He won an award for the images, taken for a photography class at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. He also earned a spot on the Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team in March.
More Differences Than Similarities Are Found in Autistic Siblings
Jan. 26, 2015
Most siblings with a diagnosis of autism do not share the same genetic risk factors for the disorder and are as distinct in their behaviors as any brothers and sisters, scientists reported on Monday in a study that came as a surprise to many doctors, if not to parents.
‘Lightning Striking Twice’: Autism Genes Randomly Mutated, Study Finds
Jan. 26, 2015
A new genetic study shows even siblings with autism often have very different DNA mutations from one another— a finding that strengthens the evidence that autism is often just genetic bad luck. The deep dive into the DNA of 170 people with autism spectrum disorder shows that more than 69 percent of brothers and sisters with autism had different DNA mutations underlying their disorders, Dr. Stephen Scherer of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and colleagues found.
By Dimming its Lights, Museum Opens Doors For Kids With Autism
Jan. 24, 2015
On a Saturday at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., life-size robotic dinosaurs roar. A giant video monitor shows a person sneezing as a spray of mist shoots down from the ceiling. Nearby, naked mole rats scurry blindly through a maze of tunnels. And since it’s all mud and rain outside, the place is packed with curious children and adults trying to keep up with them.
After years of silence, 5-year-old with autism finds her voice
Jan. 22, 2015
“Happy birthday” wasn’t 5-year-old Ave Arreola’s first words, but they are the first she fought for. After babbling like any other baby and saying her ABCs, Ave fell silent when she turned 2. She threw temper tantrums, banged her head and screamed—unable to form words. For many children with autism spectrum disorder, that silence can last a lifetime. But after hundreds of hours of therapy at the Center for Children With Autism at Metrocare Services, Ave got her voice back in November.
United Way: The cost of autism, and how those who care help
Jan. 17, 2015
On Tuesday, Autism Pensacola announced the kick-off of the application period for the 2015 Kids for Camp. The kickoff will formally launch with a Feb. 3 informational meeting at the Pollak Training Center at Arc Gateway. One out of 88 children is born with autism, suggesting that this camp represents a valued resource for local affected families. It can help reduce the stress and additional cost of autism that impacts their family.
Doctor Visits May Be Insufficient To Spot Autism
Jan. 13, 2015
Routine visits to the pediatrician are often far too short to accurately identify children at risk for autism, a new study suggests. Researchers say even trained autism experts missed 39 percent of children on the spectrum when they were asked to screen kids by observing them in 10-minute videos in a study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The finding is significant, researchers say, since pediatrician visits often last just 10 to 20 minutes.
Autism, bone fractures can’t sink ‘Unbreakable Boy’
Jan. 13, 2015
Austin LeRette is the Unbreakable Boy. He is not normal. No one needs to point this out to him or to his family. In fact, please don’t. “We hate that ‘normal’ word. What’s normal anyway? There’s no such thing,” his dad, Scott LeRette, wrote in a new book about their family. Austin LeRette, 20, of Red Oak, grew up with both autism and a bone disorder that leads to painful, debilitating fractures throughout his body.
Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups
Jan. 12, 2015
The 10 to 20 minutes of a typical well-child visit isn’t enough time to reliably detect a young child’s risk of autism, a new study suggests. “When decisions about autism referral are made based on brief observations alone, there is a substantial risk that even experts may miss a large percentage of children who need a referral for further evaluation,” said lead study author Terisa Gabrielsen. She conducted the study while at the University of Utah but is now an assistant professor in the department of counseling, psychology and special education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
FTC: Firm Falsely Claimed Supplements Could Treat Autism
Jan. 12, 2015
A company that claimed its pricey dietary supplements could cure autism spectrum disorders must stop making the claims and faces a judgment of $3.68 million, the Federal Trade Commission said on Friday. NourishLife and owner Mark Nottoli—who sold the Speak softgels, capsules and liquids for at least five years online and through distributors for more than $70 per bottle—agreed to settle allegations they misled parents by claiming the supplements effectively treated speech disorders, including those associated with autism.
A New Samsung App Helps Kids Make Eye Contact
Jan. 7, 2015
For the past few years, both academic study and anecdotal evidence have pointed to how useful digital and mobile technology can be used to help those with autism. Now Samsung and its agency Cheil Worldwide have created an educational game app—in partnership with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and Yonsei University’s psychology department—designed to help kids with autism make eye contact.
Is the U.S. Prepared for a Growing Population of Adults with Autism?
Jan. 5, 2015
Autism is on the rise: More than 1.5 million people have the condition in the United States alone. But because the majority of these people are younger than 22, the country is on the verge of an”autism tsunami” that could leave thousands without the support they need as they become adults, according to Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization.
Pets May Help Improve Social Skills Of Children With Autism
Jan. 04, 2015
Having a family pet can be beneficial for child development in a number of ways, including keeping kids active and promoting empathy, self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. But dogs may be particularly beneficial for kids with autism, acting as a “social lubricant” that helps them build assertiveness and confidence in their interactions with others, according to new research from the University of Missouri.
Autism and Air Pollution: New Study Bolsters Suspected Link
Dec. 18, 2014
Pregnant women may nearly double their risk of giving birth to a child with autism by inhaling smog spewed by vehicles or smoke stacks, according to a new Harvard study that could help unlock the deepest autism mysteries. The research, released Thursday, fortifies previous scientific findings that linked air pollution to autism. And it offers fresh insights by showing women in their third trimesters seem most vulnerable if they breathe in elevated levels of tiny airborne particles emitted by power plants, fires and automobiles.
The next frontier in workplace diversity: brain differences
Dec. 16, 2015
We are on the cusp of a civil rights movement for workers on the autism spectrum and those who have conditions like ADHD and dyslexia. Companies and managers at many companies have already begun to take note. A burgeoning civil rights movement is poised to change the workplace, and it revolves around differences in brain function. Advocates for neurodiversity say that it’s just as critical to business success as gender or racial diversity in the labor force.
Lansing man helps educate fellow officers about autism
Dec. 16, 2014
A retired police officer from Lansing has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effectively interact with people with autism spectrum disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in 68 American children is affected by autism spectrum disorder, and research indicates autistic people are seven times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement.
Teen with autism to donate hundreds of turkeys
Dec. 15, 2014
Brayden Stallons set out on an ambitious Eagle Scout project to supply clients of The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri with hearty parts of a holiday meal. His mission: Gather frozen turkeys or macaroni and cheese. If he hit a specified number, Brayden, a freshman at Rock Bridge High School, would earn the Boy Scouts’ highest rank.
Temple Grandin: Don’t give up on children with autism
Dec. 8, 2014
Temple Grandin thinks in pictures. “Name something, an object,” said Grandin, who is autistic and an autism-rights activist named by Time magazine in 2010 among the 100 Most Influential People in the World. “But don’t make it something I can see right now.”