April 2015

Mind over autism Yoga can play an important role in helping children to manage their autism More


Neurovision Read John Elder Robison’s blog on what neurodiversity means today. Neurodiversity (the word) is derived from the combination of neurology, and diversity More


Jobs please Microsoft says it wants to hire more people with autism in full-time roles. The tech giant is to start by offering 10 places on a pilot scheme based at its Redmond headquarters. More


And when I grow up 'You Don't Outgrow Autism': What Happens When Help Ends at 21? Autism services for young people are often not matched by adult opportunities for support, education, training and accommodation. More


Miracle? I think not Something needs to be done about Miracle Mineral Solution. It doesn’t “cure” autism. It’s dangerous. More


Dead wrong Kennedy The anti-vaccine lobby must regret having Robert Kennedy Jr as a spokesperson. He manages to offend people every time he speaks. More


Listen to parents if a parent notices early signs of autism, some doctors still dismiss those concerns, a study finds, saying the child will "grow out of it." That can delay diagnosis and a child's access to help. More



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March 2015

Women and the spectrum Autism may be far more common in females than previously thought. Do myths and stereotypes get in the way of the real figures? More


Overloaded “Sensory overload is the worst feeling in the world!!! I get it when I see too many people walking past me or if I hear too many noises at one time.” Read this blog on the sensory aspects of autism by Erin Polk More


Appealing The number of appeals lodged at special educational needs and disability tribunals rose by a third last year. More


Don’t get distracted From the feeling of clothes against the skin, to the sounds of cocktail party chatter, the human brain is constantly blocking out information that could be distracting. Now, a new study reveals how the brain achieves this ignoring feat. More


Putin’ us on A Pentagon think tank looked at hundreds of hours of Vladimir Putin footage on slo-mo, picking out physical behaviors they found to be indicative of an autism spectrum disorder! Science? You decide. More


Poetic justice George the Poet says people who joke about autism are "ignorant". The spoken word poet, who came fifth in the BBC's Sound Of 2015, has a brother who was diagnosed with the condition at the age of seven. More


Autism activist! When people say autism is different in everyone, I only can think, "Of course it is!" Autistic people, like everyone else, are human beings with their own interests, abilities, challenges and
personalities. What we have in common is a shared neurology that makes our experience of this world.
Read more from this blog by Lei Wiley-Mydske. More


Mental health message In the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week parents sent a clear message that support for wellbeing is being eroded by cuts. More



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February 2015

Great shot Nicholas Bennett is rapidly becoming another internet basketball sensation. Read the story of his 100th half-court shot (and don’t miss the video too). Seems great skills and autism just go together. More


Getting it recognised To help improve diagnosis rates, the Royal College of GPs has launched a three-year training programme to raise awareness and better educate its 50 thousand members. More

We are doing our bit to help by running courses on the ADOS2 More


Make sense
How sensory-rich play can promote wellbeing and encourage learning in children with SEN. Young children are naturally sensory beings with everything they experience conveyed through their senses. It goes without saying, therefore, that sensory play can not only be fun and engaging but also a brilliant learning tool. More


Make them listen
Mencap have come up with a great way to get your future MP listening to the needs of people with learning disabilities before we even get to the General Election. More


Great organization As adults, we use strategies to organize our lives. We put papers in color-coded folders, use shoe racks, and schedule appointments with PDA’s, calendars, and lists to organize our environments. Providing children with similar strategies helps them organize their environments and promotes independence. More


Act now It’s vital that everyone understands the new Family and Children’s Act. So fair play, the UK Government have published a Young Person's Guide More


Go play February saw the second Big Autism Play Day (bigger and better this year but wait till 2016!). Play is a skill and the more we can develop it the better the learning future of our kids More


Pet theory A new study suggests that not only having pet dogs in the home, but also living with cats, rabbits and other animals as pets may help children with autism improve their social skills. More




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January 2015

Not that old story again! Believe it or not there are still some dinosaurs out there who are determined to prove that a child’s autism is caused by mental health problems in the mother. Wrong! More


Get into autism training
This exciting two day course aims to provide a solid platform of training skills and training ideas for new or existing trainers to enable them to deliver autism training that is engaging, imaginative, and FUN. More


Let’s play together? Not as easy as it sounds if you are a child on the spectrum. Find out more about the unique play and learning style in autism at The Big Autism Play Day.

Take a look at this article to get an idea of what our experts will be covering on the course. More


Scouting for talent Teenager Krista Piccotti recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by writing a fictional story about a boy with autism. Her goal was to raise awareness of autism among teens and young adults. More


Snuggle up with autism It’s been well-documented that sensory therapy such as deep touch pressure can calm children and adults with autism, reducing meltdowns and hyperactivity. Enter the Sensory Chair™ and the Sensory Lounger™. A group of students in Kansas have a couple of prototypes they hope will one day be helping lots of people on the spectrum. More


Through the looking (Google) Glass A US-based start-up is developing Google Glass apps as well as hardware add-ons that can help kids with autism learn social and communication skills while at the same time providing feedback to caregivers. More








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December 2014

How autism friendly is my school? Run the rule over your school and see how it measures up. A professional competency framework has been developed by the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham. More

Stress find
At the Center for Brain Research at the MedUni Vienna an important factor for stress has been identified. Perhaps understanding the stress “mechanism” could help people with autism one day. More


Learning disability lesson People with learning disabilities in England are being kept in hospitals far from home for too long, a review says. The report, written by Sir Stephen Bubb, recommends introducing a charter of rights and more community facilities for people with learning disabilities. More


Parent first For the first time, toddlers with autism have demonstrated significant improvement after intensive intervention by parents rather than clinicians, according to a new Florida State University study published online in the journal Pediatrics. More


Francis befriends autism The pope urged governments and institutions to respond to the needs of people with autism to help break "the isolation and, in many cases also the stigma”. More


Go and play! Well you can certainly do that, and also learn how to help little folk with autism play, learn and problem solve at the Big Autism Play Day. More


Get into autism training This exciting two day course aims to provide a solid platform of training skills and training ideas for new or existing trainers to enable them to deliver autism training that is engaging, imaginative, and FUN. More





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