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Autism: 2 New Reports Shed Spotlight on Hope, Challenges

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A recent study suggests the potential for wandering may be more dire in children with autism who have a tendency to flee. Credit: Getty Images It's Autism Month and two new studies shine the spotlight...
For parents of a child with autism, challenges loom larger. But there's hope.

A Trivia Contest Against Kids With Asperger's Syndrome? You're About to Get Schooled

A group of New York students with "learning disabilities" have their supposedly talented and gifted counterparts eating humble pie these days. This David and Goliath story illustrates what many parents of kids with autism and Asperger's syndrome...You really don't want to get into a trivia contest with kids who have Asperger's syndrome.

A Soft Touch

Cool clothes, happy kids. Credit: Soft Clothing
Getting dressed can be a challenge for kids with sensory sensitivity (a common symptom of Autism, Aspergers, and SPD).
But the new spring line from Soft Clothing is making it a little easier....

Why Can't My Asperger's Son Be Mainstreamed in School?

Dear AdviceMama, The school district wants to put my son in a self-contained class all day at school. What is the best way to fight this? He has Asperger's, ADHD, and some behavior problems, but he is very smart (tested above average on their...

Saving for College, Tired Mom Eyes, and the Obamas - Links We Love

Black Friday is just two weeks away. Clear out the clutter and earn a few bucks with a garage sale. -- AlphaMom In these trying economic times, saving for college is tough. Make sure you aren't making one of these three common mistakes. -- Babble...

Unusual play may be harbinger of autism

Children diagnosed with autism, researchers have found, tend to play with toys differently as babies, rotating or spinning them, staring at them intently, or looking at them out of the corner of their eye. The study comes from the University of...

A Little More: Saying grace

Here's one thing you might not know about my son Avery: before each meal, he insists that we all say grace. In our family, that means we join hands and say a little prayer, a simple rhyme for babies and small children that goes like this, "God is...

PD*Poll: Mom fights church that banned autistic boy

Right on the heels of the recent story about a boy with Asperger's syndrome being voted out of his classroom comes a story out of Minnesota about a 13-year-old autistic boy who's been banned from church. According to church officials, the boy, Adam,...

Autism might have a genetic link

When I first read the Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, it was my first experience with putting myself in the shoes of someone with autism. Since then I've had my own child, and I've read the blogs of families with a...

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