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Serotonin may be autism key - San Francisco Chronicle

Serotonin may be autism key - San Francisco Chronicle | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Serotonin may be autism key San Francisco Chronicle The hormone that comes from vitamin D affects two genes that control levels of serotonin in the brain and in the gut, and improving consumption of the nutrient could help prevent autism or improve...

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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More research about what can help kids with autism or possibly even prevent autism while the fetus is in the womb. This study claims that vitamin D activates serotonin production. There are so many claims like this one but I believe that parents are willing to try anything to help their child. What may work for some children may not work for others. What these findings do is give parents ideas and options to improve the lives of their autistic children. 

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Study reveals senses of sight and sound separated in children with autism

Study reveals senses of sight and sound separated in children with autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Like watching a foreign movie that was badly dubbed, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears, according to a Vanderbilt study published today in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Via Expatriate Living
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It is important for counselors/therapists to understand the human mind and how it works and also how it doesn't work depending on an individual's mental disorder. Although knowing what is different in the brain of someone with autism doesn't mean that we know how to "cure" them, it does mean that we can better comprehend what difficulties they are experiencing and how that relates to their behavior. Knowing that the world is a completely different place for a person with autism can aid teachers, counselors, and parents in helping the child navigate stressful situations. 

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Music therapy class strikes a chord with autistic children in Beijing | The Autism News

Music therapy class strikes a chord with autistic children in Beijing | The Autism News | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
By Xu Donghuan | South China Morning Post music therapy school is giving a boost to children with learning difficulties, writes Xu Donghuan.Standing confidently in front of the class, a teenage girl starts singing in a...

Via Jennifer Suppo
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Fascinating information. The music program creator has seen amazing results in children with disabilities and has seen a connection between music and improved academic performance. The power of music has been studied for years. There are areas of the brain that are profoundly connected to and resonate with music. Autistic children in the program are able to excel at learning a musical instrument despite their disability. Not only that, but participating in music has helped them improve in other cognitive abilities. What is great about Yu, the woman who started the music therapy class, is that she strongly believes in treating everyone in her class the same and in rebuilding their self-esteem too. I loved one particular quote from her, “Remember, there is only one spot inside your child’s brain that has gone wrong. The rest of it is absolutely fine,” she says. “Things will change if you do not give up.” It is important for parents, counselors, and teachers to remember that individuals with autism can still accomplish and learn many things. 

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Researchers look at boy-girl differences in autism

Researchers look at boy-girl differences in autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
It's long been clear that autism strikes boys more often than girls. But when girls do get the condition, they tend to be at the severely affected end of the spectrum.
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Just to get another perspective, here is another article about why boys are more prone to get autism than girls. Genetics are still considered a big part of the equation but the article states that over 500 genes have been connected to autism so different people may have developed autism for different reasons. The researcher suggests that this means that people may need to be treated differently as well. The article also talks about how much testosterone the male fetus is exposed to in the womb and how that may affect behavior. 

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Why it’s not “Rain Woman”

Why it’s not “Rain Woman” | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
AUTISM is a strange condition. Sometimes its symptoms of “social blindness” (an inability to read or comprehend the emotions of others) occur alone. This is...

Via Autism Daily Newscast
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Interesting article discussing why autism, ADHD, and other disorders are more prevalent in men than in women. The researchers believe that women are the carriers but that there is something different in a woman's brain or genetic make up that prevents them from showing symptoms of the disorder. The findings are not conclusive at this point but it is an area that needs further research and understanding. 

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, February 28, 2014 6:44 AM

Interesting and accessible article. Thoughts?

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FaceSay™Social Skills Games

FaceSay™Social Skills Games | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
FaceSay - Social Skills Software Games for Children on the Autism Spectrum with Evidence Based Benefits to Playground Social Interactions (This looks pretty ingesting #ASD #slpeeps http://t.co/jZfHKXEuFF)...

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A wonderful concept! I think it is great that someone has found a fun and interactive way to help children with ASD learn how to be more aware of a persons facial features. The findings are positive as many children intiated and maintained a interaction with a peer more easily after playing the game. I just wonder if something similar could be developed for adults and adolescents or is it too late for them to learn? 

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New study identifies signs of autism in the first months of life

New study identifies signs of autism in the first months of life | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine have identified signs of autism present in the first months of life. The researchers followed babies from birth until 3 years of age, using eye-tracking technology, to measure the way infants ...
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This study was able to identify children with ASD within the first few months of life. A marked decrease in eye contact was associated with ASD. Unfortunately, parents cannot use these findings to figure out if their children are autistic because the study required special eye contact tracking technology. On the bright side, knowing that children show signs of autism so early in life may hopefully lead to earlier detection and help for children. 

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Aging dads more likely to have kids with autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and more

Aging dads more likely to have kids with autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and more | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Dads who waited until 45 were 25 times more likely to have child with bipolar disorder, 13 times more likely to have ADHD than dads who had kids at 24 (Aging dads more likely to have kids with autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and more

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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We never thought that men had a biological clock when it came to having children. However, this study reveals that older men are more likely to have children with ADHD, autism, and bipolar disorder. People are always looking for the cause of these disorders and here is just one more factor that could possibly point towards causation. It is believed that older men have mutated sperm and that they have been exposed to more toxins. The article urges couples to have children earlier, despite the current trend to wait until later in life to have kids. 

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Autism Declines By One-Third, But Only Due To New Definition - Physicians News Digest

Autism Declines By One-Third, But Only Due To New Definition - Physicians News Digest | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
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Autism Declines By One-Third, But Only Due To New Definition
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Many criticisms were leveled specifically at the changes in autism guidelines.
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How To Help Autistic Kids With Play

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How to help autistic kids to develop their play skills (How To Help Autistic Kids With Play • Snagglebox http://t.co/32cSrHbbXi)

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As counselors, we may speak to many parents who want to understand why their child plays differently and what they should do about it. I love that this article encourages parents to be accepting of their autistic childs different way of playing and how they can still make playtime a learning experience without trying to change the child or make them feel like what they are doing is "wrong". This is some great information to share with parents and caregivers. 

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Only 10% of people with autism find jobs in adulthood. Here's how to increase that number.

Only 10% of people with autism find jobs in adulthood. Here's how to increase that number. | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
New research suggests schools should build on these students' strengths rather than focusing on what they can't do.

Via Brian Goldberg
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There are different levels of functioning on the autism spectrum. There are many who function well enough to get a job but so much emphasis is placed on social interaction that many people with ASD get looked over for jobs and more attention is paid to their weaknesses than their strengths. This program seeks to uncover the individual's strengths and find their niche. The article also made a great point about not just training the employee but the employer too. Employers may not realize that certain interactions, like sarcasm, may not register with their autistic employees. Employers need to be trained on how their autistic associates communicate and understand. Counselors can get involved in the community by helping companies establish these types of job-training programs. 

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What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know — The Sibling Support Project

What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know — The Sibling Support Project | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
20 recommendations for parents and service providers, written by adult siblings of people with disabilities.

Via Brian Goldberg
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Great article about not forgetting to involve the siblings of people with austism. Personally, I believe I could have benefited a great deal if I had been involved with my brother's therapists when we found out he had Aspergers. I believe he and my parents could have benefited as well because I would have been able to provide more assistance since I have 9 years older than my brother and was very involved in his childhood. On the other side, my sister, who is 1 year younger than my brother, has lived with him more than I have and has been there for all his difficult moments. She needs help coping with his disability as well. Siblings play a huge role in the lives of their disabled brothers and sisters and will be around long after the parents are gone. As counselors, we need to remember the siblings and make sure they are involved, taught, and heard. 

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Questioning Answers: Parental stress and autism: what's effective at reducing it?

Questioning Answers: Parental stress and autism: what's effective at reducing it? | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
A blog post looking at the various research done on parenting stress associated with raising a child with autism and evidence-based strategies to reduce stress

Via Brian Goldberg
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Great article about how parents of autistic children need to care for themselves as well. Parents who are too stressed may not provide the proper care for their autistic child (think: burnout!). The benefits of parents getting respite care, better training, engaging in their own hobbies, and practicing mindfulness are necessary not only for the well-being of the parent but of the child as well. As counselors we will be speaking to many parents and I believe that this is an important message for all of them. 

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"A Thousand Words" - A documentary about art and autism

This film explores and illustrates how art can help individuals with autism communicate and express themselves.

Via Brenna Kowall, Heart of Texas Autism Network
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This particular video is a plea for donations so that the documentary could be finsihed but the first 4 minutes are still powerful. The documentary is primarily about how art has helped people with autism express their feelings and thoughts that they cannot express verbally. The art is therapeutic for them because it allows them to share things that have been trapped inside for too many years. Bittersweet Farms sounds like a wonderful place for people with ASD and I can't help but wonder why there isn't one of these in every state. So many people would benefit from the care provided at Bittersweet Farms. I am just glad there are places like this out there.

Link to another trailer and the documentary website: http://www.1000wordsfilm.com/

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Laura Perez's curator insight, February 25, 2014 6:23 AM

No sé cuando saldrá pero lo espero con ansias!

Mike Sweeney's curator insight, March 26, 2014 2:28 PM

Looks cool.

AAT Medical's curator insight, May 20, 2014 9:33 AM

An interesting documentary that develops an intriguing connection between "Art" and "Autism".

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Sensory Overload Simulation

Sensory Overload Simulation | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
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Everyone should watch this video to understand how people with autism feel when they are in loud and busy environments. Their senses are so strong that the world around them can be overwhelming, which is why children often get stressed out and upset when they are out at stores or restaurants with their parents. Not only do parents need to understand what their child is experiencing, but society needs to also understand that their behavior is not a result of "bad parenting" as is so often the judgement. 

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Love hormone 'helps autistic brain' - BBC News

Love hormone 'helps autistic brain' - BBC News | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Love hormone 'helps autistic brain'
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The "love hormone" oxytocin alters the brain activity of children with autism and makes them more social, according to US researchers.

Via Scottish Autism
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The headline of this article is a bit deceptive. The article does not state that the children acted more social but that the areas of the brain associated with social interaction were more active. The initial experiment only had a sample of 17 children, although a larger study is currently being conducted. Although the evidence is limited, it is still very exciting to think oxytocin might help kids with ASD to improve their social interactions. These findings may be especially helpful for children on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum that primarily struggle with social interactions. 

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Autism: A New Cultural Competency - Huffington Post

Autism: A New Cultural Competency - Huffington Post | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Autism: A New Cultural Competency Huffington Post As an adult on the autism spectrum, it is with frustrating frequency that I grapple with the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of my words and deeds; some, it seems, always rush to judgment and...

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Although there has been an increase in awareness of autism, society still needs a great deal of education. As the article states, people have an easier time showing compassion for a disability that is visable and tangible. Since autism does not present itself physically, people may be quick to judge autistic children and their parents. Recently there have been headlines in the news about parents who are treated rudely at restaurants or are told to leave their apartment or neighborhood because of an autistic child. Educating society may alleviate some of the problem. The author also briefly mentions what parents can do to ease some of the pain children feel when they are in stimulating environments. 

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Warning of crisis for adults with autism

There are few programs or opportunities for them.


Via Expatriate Living
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Even my brother, who is on the higher functioning end of the  autism spectrum, has had so much difficulty finding and keeping a job. There absolutely needs to be more programs like this created for adults with autism. There are things they absolutely do have the capability to do but the resources and people to facilitate these jobs are scarce. Hopefully as people become more educated about autism, more companies will provide opportunties for autistic adults. 

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