Despite all the headway that science has made in understanding autism in recent years, knowing which children will one day develop autism is still almost impossible to predict. Children diagnosed with autism appear to behave normally until around two, and until then there is often no indication that anything is wrong.
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As well as getting traditionally lazy, couch-bound gamers out into the real world to rack up steps on their fitness trackers, the world's most newly-popular mobile game could be doing some genuine good to build social skills and interpersonal relationships. Craig Smith, an educator, researcher and autism expert, has built a guide for parents to use to educate their children using Pokemon Go outside of the classroom, or for people with autism to expand their horizons, with a focus on the game's real world interactions.
Educator Craig Smith teaches strategies that help autistic children develop self-regulation skills, resilience and a sense of self — nurturing their mental health and wellbeing.
While Craig's passion lies in creative education strategies for children and young people with autism, his work is designed to provide a meaningful educational experience for all children and parents.
Post-apocalyptic stories usually feature a certain type of character — someone who fits in with survivalist tropes. We never want to think about how people with various disabilities will do after the end of civilisation. But in the new book On the Edge of Gone, Corinne Duyvis chose to put an autistic character in the middle of the apocalypse.
This is Dillan. Dillan has autism and is non-verbal, leaving him with no way to communicate with others throughout most of his life. "So many people can't understand that I have a mind," he explains, "all they see is a person who is not in control." However, with the help of an iPad loaded with apps, Dillan has been able to gain a voice and interact with the people around him.
There are one in 100 Australians living on the spectrum, and with World Autism Awareness Day tomorrow, 2 April, we've put together a collection of educational resources for your smartphone or tablet.
These ebooks, audiobooks, apps, courses and podcasts explore different facets of the autism spectrum for parents, kids and students.
The most prominent sperm bank in the UK is under investigation after turning away donors with dyslexia and other questionable characteristics. This raises an important question: Should sperm banks be in the business of making "better" babies?
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that women who take antidepressants during the mid-to-late stages of their pregnancy experience an 87 per cent increased risk of having a child diagnosed with autism. Here's what the study actually found and why there's no immediate cause for alarm.
An interesting new study was recently published in the British Medical Journal about the 'autism epidemic' we have been experiencing in recent years (1). The Swedish authors of the study used data from children born between 1993 and 2002 to compare time trends in the rates of the autism symptom phenotype (i.e. the symptoms upon which a diagnosis of autism is based) and registered clinical diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder.
Google is on a mission to pinpoint the genetic causes of autism. The company is using its cloud-based genome database, Google Genomics, to sequence genomes from 10,000 people on the autism spectrum, along with their family members. The plan is to host and index the genomes so that researchers can look for the genetic origins of the developmental disorder.
Despite all the years of research that have gone into them, cognitive conditions like autism and schizophrenia are still largely a mystery. Here's one nice step toward figuring them out, though: Researchers from UCLA have discovered a specific genetic trait in a small community in Finland that might have some clues.
A freezer malfunction at Harvard's McLean Hospital has damaged about a third of the world's biggest collection of autism brain samples, potentially setting back research by as much as a decade.
Aspiritech, a Chicago-based tech startup, is a software testing firm that exclusively hires people with Asperger's syndrome. Why? Because apparently, people suffering from Asperger's make for the perfect software tester. And this isn't even news! Studies have shown people with Asperger's thriving in tech fields because it supposedly makes them feel "safe" and gives them "control".
GamingNexus editor John Yan has a four-year-old son with a mild form of autism. The little guy's tried to play 360 and PS3 but has trouble getting a hold on the controllers. With Kinect, though, he was an instant pro.