Treating Infants for Autism May Eliminate Symptoms
Here’s how you might be able to turn autism in a baby: Carefully watch her cues, and push just a little harder with that game of peek-a-boo or “This little piggy.” But don’t push too hard — kids with autism are super-sensitive. That’s what Sally Rogers of the University of California, Davis has found in an intense experiment with the parents of infants who showed clear signs of autism. It’s one of the most hopeful signs yet that if you diagnose autism very early, you can help children rewire their brains and reverse the symptoms.


Comic Book Stars World’s First Hero With Autism
Extraordinary superpowers, high-flying villains and fearless, world-saving heroes are the stuff of countless comic books. But the newest star to hit the comic circuit is different than most. Michael is a comic book character with autism – a hero with a mathematical mind, artistic gift and an abundance of compassion. Face Value Comics says he is the first hero with the disorder among comic books.


Temple Grandin On The Secret To Success For Kids With Autism
Aug. 29, 2014
At the age of three, Temple Grandin could barely get out a full sentence and doctors diagnosed her with autism, advising her parents that she should be institutionalized. Now the esteemed animal scientist can charm a roomful of people with stories and advice for others who have been given the same diagnosis. Grandin, who was portrayed in the 2010 motion picture “Temple Grandin” and who is the author of the book “The Autistic Brain,” spoke recently at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington D.C.


I hate camping, and it’s not really because of the bugs
Aug. 21, 2014
I have a vivid picture in my mind. It is of a 2-year-old blond boy, standing by the lake, throwing rocks into the water. Perfectly content. I am looking at him from the back and can’t see his expression, but know it is neither smiling nor frowning. My husband is next to me, almost in tears. We are both watching this precious angel with a heavy heart.


Dog Will Read Flashcards to Help Autistic Kids, a First for Group
Aug. 13, 2014
After nearly a year of fundraising and service training, a 12-month-old golden retriever named Drake has arrived in Oceanside to begin her career on Monday helping children with autism.She has been trained to “read” commands using visual cues, which will allow nonverbal children with autism to communicate with Drake using flashcards. Children may use the cards to give Drake specific commands, such as “come” or “sit,” or request a specific activity with Drake, like giving a high-five or going for a walk.


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