April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks lit the way with the third annual “Light It Up Blue” campaign on April 2. We mark the occasion with a section of tools, inspiration, and hope.
The warning signs are as varied as the number of children affected by autism. There are no known biological markers or medical test to diagnose autism and the cause remains unknown. Here are three major criteria a child should exhibit for a diagnosis of autism.
In honor of United Nations World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), Autism Speaks shines a light on the prevalence of autism and the issues surrounding the developmental disorder with its third annual "Light It Up Blue" campaign, a global initiative.
A new book by best-selling author Sy Montgomery tells the inspirational story of Temple Grandin, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and a passionate advocate for autism.
More than half of children with autism spectrum disorders are overweight, at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or have bone and joint problems. Creating a regular exercise routine that mimics play is essential to improve health issues in the long run.
A new book, The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions by Debra Hosseini, showcases the artwork of individuals on the spectrum, illustrating what can result when people on the spectrum tap into their unique perceptions of the world.
'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Here we feature the full transcript, an opportunity to support the film, and information about a special screening hosted by the ALM Outreach Campaign.
'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Read on for the full transcript.
When your child has autism or other developmental delays, he won’t conform to a typical schedule of milestones—and hopes you had envisioned for him may come true later than you imagined. Here are six pieces of advice, from parents who’ve been there, on adjusting to a child’s limitations.
For children with autism, Halloween can be a very scary time. Debora Harris, president of the ELIJA Foundation and director of the ELIJA School on Long Island, offers her top five tips on how parents can make Halloween more fun and less frightening for a child on the autism spectrum.
Samantha McLeod's trilogy of children's books document her experience growing up with, and learning to accept and love, a brother who has autism.
An autistic teen hopes to increase acceptance and understanding of those with autism through his book, "How to Talk to an Autistic Kid," which explains autism and its symptoms in easy-to-understand terms.
Etnies, maker of action shoes and apparel, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, to create co-branded kids' RVM and Fader footwear that support Autism Speaks' mission.
The award-winning Starabella trilogy, about a little girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music, was inspired by author Sharon Fialco's own daughter, who has autism.
A new Individualized Education Programs (IEP) guide helps parents of children with special needs understand the legal rights of students with disabilities and offers advice on how to get special education services and form an IEP for your child.
We asked Michelle Colletti, an occupational therapist who practices in the NYC area, to give her insight on a question that often arises for parents of kids with autism: If my child is self-absorbed and often engages in self-stimulation, how can I get him to make more eye contact and "stimm" less?
Autism Speaks' third annual Autism Speaks to Young Professionals summer gala, held in NYC, raised more than $66,000 for autism research and advocacy. The funds will help raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism.
Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman discusses how her autistic son has gained social confidence through playing games like 'Simon Says'. Goltsman also writes of her hopes for her son's acceptance among his friends despite his social challenges.
It can be difficult for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to make friends as quickly and easily as their peers. Check out the following tips for making friends as a special needs kid and what families can do to encourage them.
Though your special needs child may have been diagnosed in early childhood, it's possible that after some treatment and therapy, their initial diagnosis may change over time. Check out the following tips for monitoring your child's progress, and ensuring that they get an accurate medical assessment.
We asked Melanie Pearl, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist based in Stamford, CT, how to explain a special needs diagnosis to the affected child, and, specifically, her advice on how to tell a child with Aspberger's Syndrome that he has been diagnosed with Aspberger's.
The iPad for Austism campaign is an ongoing fundraiser created by Danny's Wish as a way to provide iPads to needy kids who may otherwise be unable to afford one. Recently, Danny's Wish, a Long Island-based special needs organization, distributed 30 iPads to autistic children in 19 different states.
"Exploring Critical Issues," the award-winning broadcast series conceived and hosted by Adelphi University President Dr. Robert A. Scott, examines the research and policies affecting those with autism and Asperger's syndrome in a one-hour broadcast airing this May in the New York area.
On April 16, Jon Singer and his daughter Rebecca, along with friends and family, set out on a 3,500-mile cross-country trek from New York to California to raise money and awareness for special needs advocacy.
Learn why pretend play is important to development and how you can help it come more naturally to your child with special needs.