February 2012

It’s all in your head... maybe Learning to talk things over in your head may help youngsters with autism develop early conversation skills. That’s the indication from Durham University. More

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3D Fun! Project Spectrum was created to give people with autism the opportunity to express their creativity and develop a life skill using Google SketchUp 3D modelling software. More

Brain Breakthrough? Scientists have shown for the first time that measuring brain activity in infants as young as six months may help to predict the future development of autism symptoms. More

Sharing is hard Most of the language and customs of Planet Neurotypical can appear just plain crazy to young folk with autism. The Notebook Babies films might just make things seem more like sense! More

Awesome fun Teachers and students will love this great resource pack from science fiction writer Simon Guerrier, who has written Doctor Who novels. It’s illustrated by William Potter, who has created comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine. More

Media time How do young people with ASC spend their time? A study from the University of Missouri suggests they spend most of their free time using solitary, or non-social, screen-based media More

The quality of mercy? The High Court has expressed concern over the length of time it is taking the long-running case of computer hacker Gary McKinnon to come back to court. Two judges attempted to speed matters up by listing it for a hearing in July. They acted after hearing that the Home Secretary is ''considering afresh'' whether Asperger's sufferer McKinnon should be extradited to the US to face trial for hacking into top secret US military computers in 2002. More

Portrait of an artist Canadian artist Michael Madore was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome only a decade ago, and says his unconventional work and creativity helped him to cope both before and after he received the news. More

Disability is natural Take a look at this great website. The resources for People First Language could be really useful. More


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