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Assistance dogs change the lives of children on the autism spectrum - Daily Mail

Assistance dogs change the lives of children on the autism spectrum - Daily Mail | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
Assistance Dogs Australia are working with children on the autism spectrum after groundbreaking research showed specially trained dogs can significantly enhance a child’s social skills.

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Boy with Autism and his Grandfather Forced off Bus.

Orange County,CA – Andre Carillo and his grandfather Moises Sanchez were forced to get off an Orange County Transit Authority Bus by the driver who claim the boy with autism’s outbursts were too much.

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Man with Autism to be Featured in Documentary

Man with Autism to be Featured in Documentary | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
Trussville, AL – 2010 Hewitt-Trussville high school graduate with autism Jesse Miller is going to be featured in a documentary that will be shown at the Sidewalk Film Festival.

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President Obama Signs Autism CARES Act

President Obama Signs Autism CARES Act | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
President Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act of 2014, a.k.a. the Autism CARES Act, into law last Friday.

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Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Individuals with Autism Read Social Cues

Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Individuals with Autism Read Social Cues | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
A Japanese study published in the online journal Molecular Psychiatry found that small doses of oxytocin helped individuals with autism read social cues from characters in a movie.

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treatment available for autism spectrum disorder

After stem cell therapy treatment available for autism spectrum disorder parents of the child from London United Kingdom testifying most of the amazing impro...
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Tweet from @FoxRn1

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Assistance Dogs can provide an emotional anchor for children with autism #DAFN #hmrd #IADW http://t.co/xk2eJzuqvV via ^am
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Seeing the Child, Not the Disability

Seeing the Child, Not the Disability | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
“People in health care, they don’t stare at my son like he’s some kind of freak, you know? They see him for who he is,” a patient’s mother said at a recent appointment.

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Relaxed Autism Friendly Performance of ‘War Horse’ at the National Theatre

Relaxed Autism Friendly Performance of ‘War Horse’ at the National Theatre | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
 National Theatre’s  production of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse -  will hold a relaxed performance at the New London Theatre on Saturday September 20  2pm .

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Programming for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder | News & Press Center

Programming for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder | News & Press Center | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
CHICAGO— Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of...
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Hidden Costs of Autism: Fighting Tooth and Nail for Realistic View - Age of Autism

Hidden Costs of Autism: Fighting Tooth and Nail for Realistic View - Age of Autism | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
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This is Keith, a young adult with autism, and son of my friend Crystal S.
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Brandon's Blog: Autism Awareness Gets Boost from Sports World - MGoBlue

Brandon's Blog: Autism Awareness Gets Boost from Sports World - MGoBlue | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
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The young man talked about living with autism and how he is treated by others. He told the team how he remembered when he couldn't speak.
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Stop Worrying About Feeding Your Kids Organic Fruit - Huffington Post

Stop Worrying About Feeding Your Kids Organic Fruit - Huffington Post | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
Stop Worrying About Feeding Your Kids Organic Fruit Huffington Post “We have a tremendous amount of data showing that what we're exposed to in the diet for pesticides is very, very low, and certainly much lower than what would be required to have...
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Mother-Daughter Duo Launch a Dating Site for Individuals with Autism - People Magazine

Mother-Daughter Duo Launch a Dating Site for Individuals with Autism - People Magazine | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
The social dating community is geared toward singles on the autism spectrum

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Man Bicycles 1,400 Miles for Autism

Man Bicycles 1,400 Miles for Autism | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
Derry,ME – 49-year-old Main resident Rich DiSalvo has biked from Kittery Point, Maine, at Fort McClary State Park to Yulee Florida to raise money for Autism.

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I Couldn't Find a 'Back to School' Ad That Included Kids With Disabilities... So I Made My Own

I Couldn't Find a 'Back to School' Ad That Included Kids With Disabilities... So I Made My Own | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it

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Surfing Proves to be Theraputic for Children on The Autism Spectrum

Surfing Proves to be Theraputic for Children on The Autism Spectrum | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
CALIFORNIA - Surfers Healing is a non profit organization, founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz that teaches children on the autism spectrum to surf.

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Autism and Scouting – A New Program of Autism Empowerment

Autism and Scouting – A New Program of Autism Empowerment | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
Vancouver, Washington – Autism and Scouting is a program of Autism Empowerment. There are four foundational pillar of positivity:  Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower.  These pillars are instrumental in the success of the Autism and Scouting Program.

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Short Sleep Duration in Children with Autism | Brain Posts

Parents of children with autism and autism spectrum disorder commonly report sleep problems in their child. However, there have been few prospective systematic studies of sleep in this disorder. Joanna Humphreys from ...
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The social origins of intelligence in the brain

The social origins of intelligence in the brain | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it

By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, researchers have found that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning are also vital to general intelligence and emotional intelligence.

 

This finding, reported in the journal Brain, bolsters the view that general intelligence emerges from the emotional and social context of one’s life.

“We are trying to understand the nature of general intelligence and to what extent our intellectual abilities are grounded in social cognitive abilities,” said Aron Barbey, a University of Illinois professor of neuroscience, psychology, and speech and hearing science.

 

Barbey, an affiliate of the Beckman Institute and he Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, led the new study with an international team of collaborators.


The study involved 144 Vietnam veterans injured by shrapnel or bullets that penetrated the skull, damaging distinct brain tissues while leaving neighboring tissues intact. Using CT scans, the scientists painstakingly mapped the affected brain regions of each participant, then pooled the data to build a collective map of the brain.

 

The researchers used a battery of carefully designed tests to assess participants’ intellectual, emotional and social capabilities. They then looked for damage in specific brain regions tied to deficits in the participants’ ability to navigate intellectual, emotional or social realms. Social problem solving in this analysis primarily involved conflict resolution with friends, family and peers at work.


As in their earlier studies of general intelligence and emotional intelligence, the researchers found that regions of the frontal cortex (at the front of the brain), the parietal cortex (further back near the top of the head) and the temporal lobes (on the sides of the head behind the ears) are all implicated in social problem solving. The regions that contributed to social functioning in the parietal and temporal lobes were located only in the brain’s left hemisphere, while both left and right frontal lobes were involved.


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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 2, 2014 12:30 PM

There is a popular myth that humans use no more than 10% of their brains throughout their entire life. This has been shown to be untrue as brain damage consistently results in loss of function. Nonetheless, this myth provided the premise for some great movies such as the 2014 film, Lucy 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_(2014_film)

 

Read more scoops on the brain here:

http://www.scoop.it/t/biotech-and-beyond/?tag=Brain

Helen Teague's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:32 AM

From Dr. Stefan Gruenwald:

By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, researchers have found that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning are also vital to general intelligence and emotional intelligence.

 

This finding, reported in the journal Brain, bolsters the view that general intelligence emerges from the emotional and social context of one’s life.

“We are trying to understand the nature of general intelligence and to what extent our intellectual abilities are grounded in social cognitive abilities,” said Aron Barbey, a University of Illinois professor of neuroscience, psychology, and speech and hearing science.

 

Barbey, an affiliate of the Beckman Institute and he Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, led the new study with an international team of collaborators.

 

The study involved 144 Vietnam veterans injured by shrapnel or bullets that penetrated the skull, damaging distinct brain tissues while leaving neighboring tissues intact. Using CT scans, the scientists painstakingly mapped the affected brain regions of each participant, then pooled the data to build a collective map of the brain.

 

The researchers used a battery of carefully designed tests to assess participants’ intellectual, emotional and social capabilities. They then looked for damage in specific brain regions tied to deficits in the participants’ ability to navigate intellectual, emotional or social realms. Social problem solving in this analysis primarily involved conflict resolution with friends, family and peers at work.

 

As in their earlier studies of general intelligence and emotional intelligence, the researchers found that regions of the frontal cortex (at the front of the brain), the parietal cortex (further back near the top of the head) and the temporal lobes (on the sides of the head behind the ears) are all implicated in social problem solving. The regions that contributed to social functioning in the parietal and temporal lobes were located only in the brain’s left hemisphere, while both left and right frontal lobes were involved.

Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, August 13, 2014 4:55 AM

Strange that CT scans were used. High resolution Functional MRI would show both structure and activity. Other imaging methods such as optogenetics, MEG, TMS, BOLD, etc. could also help to pinpoint these areas without using radiation on an already-injured brain.

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Why People With Autism Shouldn't Be Labelled 'Different'

Why People With Autism Shouldn't Be Labelled 'Different' | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
There are the horrific stories of parents who have harmed their autistic children for reasons beyond my comprehension. We as a society must learn to respect and accept differences. There is no dignity in dehumanizing autistic people by stigmatization and inaccurate assumptions.

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:35 AM

Another great article from our friend Linda. Why isn't she writing more for us? :-)

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The Kids Who Beat Autism

The Kids Who Beat Autism | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
New research suggests that one in 10 autistic children sheds symptoms before adulthood. But no one knows why they do — or why others do not.

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, August 3, 2014 6:08 AM

This is a very interesting read - can autism be cured? What are your thoughts?

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Feds to Pay for GPS Trackers for Autistic Children - TIME

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Feds to Pay for GPS Trackers for Autistic Children
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The U.S. Justice Department will now cover the cost of GPS tracking devices for children with severe autism and other similar conditions, New York Senator Charles Schumer announced Wednesday.
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This Study Reveals Children are Being Vaccinated With Toxic Levels of Aluminium Causing Neurological Damage and Autism | Alternative

This Study Reveals Children are Being Vaccinated With Toxic Levels of Aluminium Causing Neurological Damage and Autism | Alternative | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
A recent study conducted by Canadian scientists Professor Christopher Shaw and Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic revealed that the more vaccines that children receive containing the adjuvant aluminum, the greater their chance is of developing autism,...
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Service dog build communication skills for children with autism - FOX43.com

Service dog build communication skills for children with autism - FOX43.com | Autism and Spectrum Disorders | Scoop.it
Service dog build communication skills for children with autism
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Autistic children in York County have a new tool to help them engage in their communication skills. His name is Buster and he's a 6-month old Black English Lab.
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