Higher IQ and autism genes are linked

A new study from scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Queensland tested 10,000 people in Scotland for general cognitive ability and analyzed their DNA.The researchers found that people carrying genetic traits associated with autism spectrum disorder (even if they never develop autism), on average, scored slightly better on cognitive tests.Research on 921 adolscents in the Brisbane Adloscent Twin Study (don't ask me why it's an odd number if they're studying twins) found similar results. There was evidence of a link between IQ and autism-associated genes....more

Why You Will Never Be Happy

When you have a baby who has Down syndrome you find out that almost everyone in the world has a cousin with Down syndrome and they all work at a grocery store.And they’re all incredibly happy.You know, I hope most people are happy. I hope all kids are happy. And babies.Are people as a species so unhappy that my now five-year old daughter reading library books on the couch stands out in such contrast?...more
Excellent post and so true. I totally agree that there's more we want for our children than just ...more

Major study of data shows ADHD doubles risk of early death

Still need a reason to get your kid's attention skills strengthened? Researchers from Denark looked at data from 32,061 people with ADHD over 32 years. (26% were women). They also had a total of 1,922,248 people in the national database so they had a huge "control" population. They found:- When looking at "all-cause mortality rate" (death from all causes), people with ADHD died at a rate of 5.85 for every 10,000. Those without ADHD died at a rate of only 2.21....more
Thanks for sharing this research. As I wrote in my post "Our Child Has ADHD and Bipolar ...more

What I Fear Most as a Special Needs Mom

The day we found out about your special needs, your diagnosis of cerebral palsy, I never worried for myself. I already knew I loved you with all my heart. I already knew I would do whatever it took to take care of you. I already knew I would be willing to sacrifice anything for your well-being and happiness. I knew I wouldn't trade you for the world, because you are my world. ...more
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The Big Bang Theory: My Son Has Found His "Penny"

People in the autism community either love The Big Bang Theory, or they hate it.  I love it.  The show never specifically says Sheldon Cooper has autism, but it can be inferred that he has something along the lines of an undiagnosed high functioning autism spectrum disorder and/or OCD.  He is hilarious, and gives he me some hope.  Okay, odds are that Brandon isn't going to grow up to be a quirky genius scientist.  But hey, it's fun to imagine his life that way....more

If You Want to Know How to Treat a Child With Autism...

My nephew, Karson, is just nine months older than Brandon.  When they were both babies, this was a huge age difference.  When Brandon was just born, Karson was already crawling around.  When Brandon was just a few months old, Karson was walking and saying a few words.  Karson was always way ahead of Brandon, but that was to be expected.  There is a a major difference between, say, a 6-month-old and 15-month-old....more

Why I Used to Cringe at the word "Autistic," and Why I Don't Anymore

I used to cringe at the word autistic.   I hated that word....more

How Did You Know He Has Autism?

The most common question people ask me is this: How did you know he has autism?  This is an understandable question.  Most people are pretty unfamiliar with what autism is - thus, my blog.  Brandon doesn’t have any physical characteristics of a disability....more

I Cheated Today: A Lighthearted Story About Trusting Your Instincts

I totally cheated at nap time today.  I snuggled Brandon in his bed until he feel asleep.  Will I pay for it tomorrow?  Possibly.  He may decide that he doesn't want to take a nap because he wants Mommy to lay with him again.  But, I have to trust my instincts, and mine told me it was okay to bend the rules today....more