Top News: #Autism

Here are the top read news for #Autism:

gift-present-christmas-xmas-320-240-20161215114910For children with autism, the holidays take planning and communication:

“The holidays often mean family gatherings, new situations, music, noise and lights, and this can be overwhelming for anyone, especially a child with autism spectrum disorder,” said Dr. Jack Dempsey, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and psychologist at Texas Children’s Autism Center. “The goal for parents should be to help their child have fun but to keep them from reaching an emotional extreme, such as feeling overexcited or anxious”: Read more


08sherman4-master675What Donkeys Know About Autism:

Ben’s seizures have disappeared for as long as six months at a time, his parents are delighted to report. “It’s been so cool to see the joy in Ben’s face as he gets off the meds,” says Curtis. “Burros have brought a measure of sanity to that family.” Like acupuncture and meditation, equine therapy lives in that anecdotal world where plenty of credible people are convinced it works but science can’t yet prove why: Read more

7866ef1efAutism’s Placebo Problem:

Emma Dalmayne, an autism advocate, has the condition, as do five of her six children. She says uncomfortable sham treatments—such as bleaching agents that can damage the digestive system—can cause a child to pretend to feel better out of fear. The treatments may seem to the child to be a punishment for her autism-related behavior. “Children aren’t stupid,” Dalmayne says. “If you’re a child and you’ve been told you’ve got monsters living in your tummy and your mom wants to flush you with bleach,” she says, “you are going to stop the stimming behavior, the vocalizing and the flapping”: Read more


functional_magnetic_resonance_imagingNeuromotor Problems at the Core of Autism, Study Says:

Rutgers neuroscientists have established that problems controlling bodily movements are at the core of autism spectrum disorders and that the use of psychotropic medications to treat autism in children often makes such neuromotor problems worse. The findings, published recently in Nature Scientific Reports, are contrary to the conventional medical understanding of autism – that it is a mental illness and that neuromotor problems, while often occurring at the same time as autism, are not at its biological core: Read more


nsr1000-autism-neurosciencenewsResearchers Make an Autism Breakthrough:

“We previously reported an association between nSR100 protein levels and autism. But this time we show that reduced levels of this protein could really be causative–that’s a big deal. Just by reducing the nSR100 levels by 50 per cent, we observe hallmarks of autistic behaviour,” said Cordes. The data also suggest that nSR100 acts as a hub that channels diverse molecular miscues which contribute to autism: Read more