October 2014

Getting language going Recent research at the University of Cambridge investigates how early language and brain development are interwoven More

Dr Greg Pasco, a contributor to the research will be leading a workshop on autism and pre-verbal play at The Big Autism Play Day! Don’t miss it.

Paint sensation If you haven’t picked up on all the stories about Iris Grace, a 5 year old artist with autism, you soon will. She is creating quite a sensation with her beautiful work. More

Keeping communicated Parents, teachers, and support staff all have the same goal, a child’s learning, but sometimes communication breakdowns cause inefficiency and disagreement. More

Fantastic Footballer Josh Bailey, a senior offensive tackle, who stands 6-feet-6 and weighs 270 pounds has found a home for himself and his autism - on the football field. More

Not working There is probably nothing that could improve the lives of people on the spectrum more than employment. Most sources put autism unemployment at 85% in the UK. If you are a woman with autism you might just be doubly discriminated against. More

Neurodiverse universe Neurodiversity is a term and concept that is gaining popularity. But what does it mean and how should we use the term? More

Make it personal Whatever happened to personalisation? Was a time when person centred planning and acting were at the heart of government thinking around the way that health, social and education services should be provided. Is that still the case today? More

Well we are still banging the drum because we know personalised services are the only way towards better lives. Get some
training for your staff team and get personal!

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September 2014

Autism? Just run with it Three to four times a week, Alex Schneider, 24, laces up his running shoes and goes for a run to train for his next marathon. More

iPad + kids = communication! A study of 61 children, aged 5 to 8, at the University of California Los Angeles compared communication abilities of kids who did and did not have access to tablets. The tablets seem to help with getting early language going. More

We’ll be covering iPads, play and early language development at The Big Autism Play Day. More

Parents empowered Try this free online course designed for parents who have children with autism and want to learn how to be more effective communicators and help their children become more effective communicators too. More

Get a system Kids with autism need a systematic approach to things. Take a look at this fun animated video teaching kids an easy 4 step plan for following instructions. It’s not perfect but you’ll get the gist. More

Great debate? On Thursday 17 July MPs took part in a debate in the House of Commons Chamber on the provision of education for children with autism. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee. More

There’s a book inside autism Author Corinne Duyvis was "glad" when she was diagnosed with autism because it allowed her to learn more about herself and other people. Here she explains how the diagnosis led her to writing and eventually her first novel, Otherbound. More

Comic genius Extraordinary superpowers, high-flying villains and fearless, world-saving heroes are the stuff of countless comic books. But the newest star to hit the comic circuit is different from most. Michael is a comic book character with autism - a hero with a mathematical mind, artistic gift and an abundance of compassion. More

Unacceptable risk Adults with autism spectrum conditions are at a higher risk of being sexually victimised than those without the condition, according to a new study out of York University. More

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August 2014

Stand up if you have Aspergers Now he’s a stand-up comedian, Robert White is happier and says it's far easier to understand than an average office situation. He says: "On stage, I can make jokes in the context of making jokes. Saying the same things at work was perceived as a misunderstanding of the social situation and seen as inappropriate." More

Digging deep Sick to death of hearing about mobs and endermen, villagers and zombies? What are we talking about? Minecraft of course. It’s rapidly becoming something of a phenomenon in the world of autism. More

Van plan Drexel University are taking diagnosis to the community - in a van! Knowing how some of our kids react to hospital this has to be a good plan. More

Long diagnostic ordeal
In the past two decades, autism’s prevalence has increased by more than 600 percent. Although autism manifests early in development, the average age of diagnosis in the U.S. continues to hover stubbornly above 4 years. More

Positive approaches/language please What is it about the media (and others) who insist on using language that demonises autism? Here’s an article in the NY Times no less telling us how $15K worth of ABA will “Beat Autism”. More

Crime novel pays A novel about a student with Asperger's syndrome who investigates a murder has won a top crime writing award. More

Power of community World Autism Community is an amazing social network for parents of children on the Autism Spectrum. More

Bullying policy made easy Need help developing anti-bullying policy? Here is some really helpful guidance. More

Behaviour help at hand This guide is for parents who are worried about their child’s behaviour. Your child may be beginning to develop some behaviour that challenges you, or may already have behaviour that challenges. More

Play style When free to choose, kids with autism pick games that engage their senses and avoid games that ask them to pretend, a new study finds. More

...all this and more at our Big Autism Play Day in January.

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July 2014

Age issue A study has found that less than half of English councils have a diagnostic pathway in place for adults with autism. More

...which is one of the reason we are offering training in assessment and diagnostic tools like ADOS2. More

Why I choose to talk about Asperger’s Syndrome Celina Miller made the decision to discuss AS with her son when he was nearly nine years old, about a year after his diagnosis. More

iPads may help Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests.The study compared language and social communication treatment -- with or without access to an iPad computer tablet. More

Find out more about using iPads with autism at The Big Autism Play Day. More - and how about some FREE iPad training? More

The Stranger in the Mirror Not sure how long this great autism documentary will be on the Radio 4 website so be quick. More

Success! How Bobby Smith learned to talk at 9, and other autism success stories. Speaks for itself really! More

Dramatic idea “It all began last year when we were at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and asked ourselves a simple question: why do we work with young people with ASD in isolation when we are trying to develop their personal abilities and confidence?” - read more about this interesting project. More

Cuts will bite Social isolation is already a huge problem for many with autism spectrum conditions. Cuts in funding will leave them more vulnerable to abuse and neglect. More

Stars like these Read this series of stories featuring the heroine, Starabella, a little girl with learning differences who expresses her thoughts and feelings through beautiful music. When she’s happy, her eyes shine like stars! Join Starabella and her classmates of diverse cultures, ethnicities, attitudes and abilities in a Musical World of Acceptance. More

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June 2014

Lorna Wing Dr Lorna Wing, one of the founders of The National Autistic Society and a true pioneer, passed away on 6 June 2014. Her published work on the subject of autism has challenged and changed the thinking in the field. More

Brotherly Love
This great blog is an exploration of autism from a brother’s perspective, including family relationships, philosophy, neuroscience, mental health history and ethics. More

Brain in hand This support service that has a truly great app at the heart of it is well worth a look. Check out their latest video. BIH will also be at our free annual conference in October. More

How ‘expensive’ is autism? So we are now told by the medical model monoliths that autism is the most costly medical condition in the UK. But many of us are saying that autism is not a medical condition. People with autism are not ill. Maybe autism is no more ‘medical’ than left handedness or being gay. Take a look at the research anyway. More

Stories can help Watch this Autism Live interview with Suzie Books author, Charlotte Olson. More

Telling it how it is For parents of a child who has an autism spectrum condition, discussing what makes him or her different and why is a tricky business. More

Superstar Blogger If you haven’t found Pensive Aspie’s blog yet you are in for a stellar treat. More

Somethings not working The world of work and employment is still a no-go zone for so many folk on the spectrum. Take a look at this exploration of the issues. More

Media misgivings Things will not change much without ‘the media’ embracing autism. However, the movie business in particular can get it wrong and right. Read this thought provoking essay by Yohana Desta. More

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