Physical therapy: New research studies how running programs can help autistic children
June 26, 2014
Dusty Sweeney faces more obstacles than the average 16 year old. Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Dusty has limited verbal communication skills, and he will likely never be able to live on his own or hold a job. But, Dusty has picked up one habit that his mother, Katie Sweeney, hopes will make his life a little better – and a little healthier.
Coping with the high costs of raising an autistic child
June 24, 2014
When Linda Mercier’s son Sam was around two years old, she knew something wasn’t right. Sam was becoming withdrawn, not speaking or playing with other kids, and focused on specific tasks like lining up his toys. Eventually the mystery was solved: He was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.
An APP for Easing Autism
Keene State College Professor Works With Dartmouth
June 16, 2014
Think about how you talk to another person. When it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, the conversation often has a natural pace and rhythm, and each person can understand some of how the other person feels by the emotional cues in the tone of his or her voice. If it’s someone you don’t know well, the conversation might be more halting as you try to figure out if he or she is friendly, or even wants to talk to you.
New Technology Helps Children With Autism Develop Communication Skills
June 11, 2014
Parents of children with autism are always looking for new ways to learn how to interact with their children while providing them with new educational tools. According to a new study by David Mendell, director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the Perelman School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, the cost of supporting a child with autism can be 2 million dollars or more. This varies depending on the cost of care, education, residence, and medical expenses.
Runner With Autism Finds Success on the Track
June 3, 2014
Mike Brannigan starts up at the ceiling of the Track and Field Center at the Armory in Manhattan as an athletic trainer dresses a bloody six-inch gash in his left calf. It’s February 15, and Brannigan just lost out on his dream to race well in the prestigious Millrose Games. In the second turn of the last lap in the boys’ high school mile, Brannigan–perfectly positioned in third place for a final kick on the Armory’s 200-meter track–got tangled up in a jumble of adolescent legs. He was spiked, and his sliced leg tightened up, slowing his stride to a shuffle.