June 2015

Drug free Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good and the use of most antidepressants could be virtually stopped without causing harm, an expert on clinical trials argues in a leading medical journal. More

Friendly advice Making friends can be tricky for kids on the spectrum. More

Connectability The visuals engine will help you build visual supports and sequences for someone you know with autism. More

See it like a parent A really good article from a parental perspective that anyone involved in education should take the time to read. More

Pooch Power Research seems to be in favour of hairy help for folk on the spectrum. More

Feeling difficult Dr. Heather MacKenzie: How to help kids with autism manage their behaviour and emotions. More

Teaching Toddlers Take a look at this online learning resource. More

Sensory simulation What is it like to have autism? People can’t easily describe the sensations, but now a simulator developed at Baylor College of Medicine-Houston offers a peek at the sensory stimuli processed by the brains of people with autism. More

Not autism but needing help A study examining children diagnosed with autism whose social and cognitive symptoms had resolved 4 years later has found that most continued to have emotional and behavioural symptoms that required special educational support. More

And for that reason I’m in The 'dragons' who want to help disabled people start their own business. More

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May 2015

Number crunch A researchers have found that prevalence rates of autism in their research differed from the number actually being diagnosed. More

We are doing our bit to ensure diagnosis is carried out with skill and confidence with ADOS2 training.

Low-arousal low-down
Finally finished a four part blog (slog) on “What does Low-Arousal Mean?” Phew. More

Teach me right
A new guide has been published by the Autism Education Trust. The guidance is for Local Authorities that wish to improve autism provision and practice across all education settings. More

Success story Take a look at this story “Autism and Me” which made it big on the Radio 2 story competition. More

Boy oh boy Current statistics on autism show that boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. Now a new study suggests that in addition to being diagnosed less, girls are also diagnosed at a later age than boys. More

Expect more The UK Government has set expectations for social workers assessing adults with autism. Practitioners are expected to understand the presentation of autism across the lifespan and the developmental trajectory of the condition, says revised statutory guidance on autism strategy. More

Learning from Comedian John Williams finds unexpected joy in his autistic son's view of life, despite the inevitable struggles. "I have learnt far, far more about the human condition, and what it truly means to be alive... More

Science question A scientist with autism has used his own experiences to aid the completion of a study which challenges some of the most commonly-held beliefs about the condition. More

Autism animated To raise awareness of autism and demonstrate the complex nature of the condition, Scottish Autism teamed up with David a talented young illustrator who has Asperger's Syndrome to create an animated interactive resource. More

Save lives People with autism and learning disabilities can die up to 20 years prematurely. So how can we help carers and health workers diagnose illness in patients with different communication? More

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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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