Could My Child Have Autism? What to do When You are Worried
Not all children will display every textbook symptom of Autism. The medical community is still not able to completely understand it, but as a parent, you know your child best. If you’re noticing some signs that your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) it’s best to act sooner rather than later. Early intervention can make a world of difference. I knew...
Study Finds Potential Link to Vitamin D Preventing Autism
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Could Vitamin D reduce the risk of Autism? Researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute think that there might be a link. Autism has been linked to more ‘causes’ than you can probably keep track of. After the total debunking of the vaccine-autism connection, it seems like every week there’s a new reason for this condition. From dad’s age to something...
Aspergers & Autism: Starting School Made Easy for Your Child on the Spectrum
When you have a child on the spectrum you already know that day to day life can take a little bit of extra planning. Starting school is a big change for all kids (and parents), but for parents of a child with Aspergers or Autism it does help to start the planning early. The good news is that as...
In Defence of the Pig: Peppa Pig DOES NOT Cause Autism
An article claiming Peppa Pig causes Autism has gone viral in the last 24 hours  - despite the fact that the referenced scientist and study actually do not exist! When I woke up this morning and saw several shares of a pseudo-science article declaring our beloved Peppa Pig caused autism I was shocked. Of course I clicked through because, well,...
Sensory Processing Disorder: How one Mum’s Experience is an Inspiration to Others
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My middle child Sienna has always been a little bit different, right from the word go. As a baby we struggled to hold her without screaming and she refused to be swaddled. She hated to be breastfed, and at first I thought it was purely because of her reflux, but once she moved onto bottles she enjoyed laying on a rug alone,...
Teacher’s Letter to Boy With Autism After SAT Exam Results Melts Your Heart
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When Gail Twist’s son Ben failed his SATs exams at high school in the UK, the letter his teachers sent home wasn’t quite what his mum might have expected. Ben has autism, and attends a school for special needs children in St. Helens, England (the Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College). Even though the 11-year-old could have opted out of...
Forget Counting Steps, Meet Reveal Fitness Tracker, Especially For Kids With Autism
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It seems like everyone’s got one of those fitness trackers strapped around their wrists. Sure, they measure your activity and help to keep you healthy. But, could they do more? Yes, they can! Awake Labs has come up with a revolutionary new way of using fitness tracker technology. Instead of tracking heart rate and other physiological signs for fitness purposes,...
This Autistic Teen’s Partner Was Kicked Out of His Own Prom. The Reason Why Might Surprise You
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The flowers, frilly dresses and boys clad in their formal wear are all part of the rite of passage that US teens are treated to every spring – The Prom, that is! While kids across America look forward to that special day, one teen’s dream was met with disappointment. Jayce Whisenhunt has autism. When he didn’t feel comfortable asking a...
Move over Luke Skywalker, there’s a new Padawan in Town. Plus, This Star Wars Academy is Perfect for Kids with Special Needs!
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The Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy in Sydney is something every little Star Wars fan dreams of – a real-life Jedi training ground! Okay, so you won’t get to use the real deal or truly harness the power of the Force, but this awesomely imaginative academy lets students ages 10 through adults live out their dreams through classes in...
Sensitive Santa Gives Australian Children with Autism a Magical Santa Experience
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So, you've got a child on the Autism Spectrum and want the whole Christmas-time experience but standing in line with dozens of screaming kids in a crowded space isn’t going to happen. Does this mean you can’t have that supremely sweet Santa pic? Of course not. Parents with children who have special needs can take on the traditional Father...