Vaccine-autism connection debunked again
March 29, 2013
Many expectant parents are wary of all the recommended vaccines their newborns are supposed to get in the first hours, days and even the first couple of years, believing that too many vaccines too soon may increase their child’s risk for autism. A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics Friday may put them at ease. Researchers found no association between autism and the number of vaccines a child gets in one day or during the first two years of the current vaccine schedule.


Startling report suggests autism on the rise
March 29, 2013
NBC’s Robert Bazell joins MSNBC to discuss new data that suggests autism has become more common among children.


Autistic Girl’s ‘Broken Cheeseburger’ Story Goes Viral
March 26, 2013
A local Chili’s restaurant in Midvale, Utah, might have made the grave mistake of “breaking” one little girl’s cheeseburger by cutting it in half, but the waitress, manager and line cooks more than made up for it Sunday when they presented her with a brand new “fixed” one. Seven-year-old Arianna Hill is autistic and she loves cheeseburgers. But apparently, ones that are cut in half just won’t do.


How autism can cost families millions
March 25, 2013
Lost amid the recent coverage about the frightening rise in reported cases of autism is any discussion of the costs to families — which can be staggering. According to data from the Autism Society, the annual cost to society from the illness is $137 billion, greater than the state budget of California and more than twice the market capitalization of General Motors (GM), North America’s largest automaker.


So You’re Wondering If Your Child Might Be Autistic
March 20, 2013
So you’re wondering if your child might be autistic. I know. I’ve been where you are sitting right now. Searching the Internet for signs of autism spectrum disorders. Going back up to the search bar to enter a different set of keywords, hoping to find some other site that will assure you that these strange behaviors your child has been evidencing are perfectly normal.


One in 50 Children Have Autism: Epidemic or Better Diagnosis
March 20, 2013
One in 50 U.S. children is autistic according to parent-supplied data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today. But the big jump in the number of children with “autism disorder spectrum” — up from just one in 88 children reported in 2007 — appears due largely to more comprehensive reporting, rather than an increase in the actual incidence of the disorder, scientists said.


Study: More children being diagnosed with some form of autism as they get older
March 20, 2013
Two percent of U.S. schoolkids – or about a million children – have been diagnosed with some sort of autism, according to the latest government report released on Wednesday — or at least their parents say they have. It’s a large increase since the last report but experts stress it doesn’t necessarily mean more children are developing autism.


Twins with autism are thriving – thanks to horse riding therapy
March 18, 2013
Life’s been a tough battle for twins Bobby and Alec Elley – but horse riding is helping them fight back.The nine-year-old boys have autism but are thriving – with the help of Riding for the Disabled in Wythenshawe. The twins have regular horse riding therapy sessions at the charity, and it has helped to improve their co-ordination and confidence.


Mothers fight to pass Ava’s Law for autism coverage
March 12, 2013
Eight-year-old Ava Bullard comes bounding out of the Georgia Senate chamber, a smile stretched from ear to ear. Ava’s mother, Anna, bends down to talk to her daughter over the din in the hallway. Her own smile is all business, with a wink to the camera.


MURRIETA: Young rider deals with autism
March 8, 2013
Murrieta resident Ryan Dalton has been dealt some challenges. The 10-year-old Alta Murrieta student hasn’t let autism keep him from enjoying one of his favorite activities — dirt bike riding. His father, Mathew Dalton, has always loved motocross and his oldest son, 15-year-old Brandon, started riding at a young age.


Auti-Sim: Providing Insight to Autism World
March 8, 2013
As a parent, you want to understand your children. You want to comprehend what is going through their minds, and how to reach them. As a parent of a child with autism you have to try that much more to understand why going into a supermarket means dealing with meltdowns, and walking in crowded parks means lots of pressure.


Kingwood child living with autism writes book, hopes to raise funds for service dog
March 4, 2013
At seven years old, little Taryn Crain is cute as a button and smart as a whip. But she gets lonely at times.Taryn tends to cross physical boundaries other kids know instinctively, and sometimes the sights and sounds of the environment around her become so overwhelming, she can only find release by screaming at the top of her lungs.


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