Almost 1 in 3 kids with autism have ADHD

In a new study from the Kennedy Krieger Institute, researchers found that nearly one-third of children (between ages 4 and 8) who has autism also has ADHD.In addition, compared to kids with only ASD, the children who had both (ASD and ADHD) wre more significantly impaired on cognitive, social and adaptive functioning scales. The kids with both were more likely to display more severe autism mannerisms (e.g. repetitive behaviors).Here's the summary of the research:

Autism screening? There's an app for that!

I received an email today about the ANDDS app. It stands for:Autism N Developmental Disorder ScreeningThe emails says:...more

Natural disasters: how parents of kids with autism cope

1. This is from a neat blog called "I Wouldn't Have Missed It" - told from the perspective of the mother of a boy with autism: 2. This was a great piece from Autism Speaks on preparing for Hurricane Sandy, though it would work with future disasters: 3. Another good prep list: ...more

So, Back to School

So much happened this summer.  Most of it good.  As a couple we grew stronger.  Elder Daughter is feeling better.  Sassy Girl continues to make us laugh and bring a fresh perspective to all topics.  Hotspur is growing and shining and has begun new extracurricular activities.  Back to school started off on a negative note due to quite a bit of key staff turn over.  This setback was aggravated by what I have come to view as “the veil of secrecy philosophy” that the special education school strives to operate under....more

46.3 % of kids with an autism spectrum disorder have been bullied

If you think no kid is cruel enough nowadays to pick on a kid with special needs, think again.The American Medical Association just published a reporter in its Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine citing that nearly half of youth with an ASD has been a victim of bullying.That's significantly higher than the percantage for kids in general being bullied.The study doesn't tell much, but here's an article about bullying and kids with learning disabilities:Why bullies target struggling students (and how you can help!) ...more

College Planning for Grads with Autism Spectrum Disorders

As a current college student with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I know the going isn't easy. Over the last three years, I have come up with solutions and advice that have helped me manage issues like living alone, time management, social interaction, and securing disability accommodations, as well as creating guidelines for future snags and anticipated events. In this series, starting with the college-planning process, I hope to shed a little more light on what it's like to navigate college and provide some critical planning tools for families and students with ASD. ...more
There is some excellent advice in this article. One more support person to consider is a ...more

"It's Not Fair to the Normal Kids." Are You Kidding Me, Lady?

I told her that my son has autism and she responded, "oh, my nephew is autism." Yes, she said it like that -- should have been my first clue. She continued: "They try to stick him in with the normal kids, but I just don't think it makes any sense. It's not doing ANYONE any good having him with NORMAL kids...." ...more
momofdag  I sincerely hope I am missing a joke or some attempt at making a point. If not may you ...more

Some kids with autism/ASD benefit from a gluten-free, casein-free diet

A study is the first of its kind to use survey data from PARENTS to show that a gluten-free, casein-free diet can help kids with autism, Asperger's, etc.It's more proof that autism may involve the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system - not just the brain.The results of the survey gave the research team some great data. According to the parents' and caregivers' answers to a 90-item online survey, a gluten-free, casein-free diet was more effective in improving:1. ASD behaviors2. physiological symptoms (e.g. GI symptoms)...more

Sign of autism can now be seen in infants

A team in London has published the results of their study on babies showing a sign of autism.The research found that the brains of babies with autism responds differently when someone looks at the baby then looks away, or vice versa. This occurs in babies as young as 6 months. (Kids with autism tend to avoid eye contact.)...more

Reducing the meds....First time ever!

We have had some really rough spots with the boys. Honestly, it wasn't too long ago that I was whining about this very issue. The past year and half we have been overwhelmed with appointments after appointment. From OT, ST,PT, and visual therapy, psychiatrist, counseling, chiropractors, ER, and just plain sick days. I  often joke that I may not be a soccer mom by any measure, but I sure am an appointment mom....more