Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger's Syndrome, and other developmental difficulties — Newspaper and Magazine Articles

10 Holiday Hiccups - and how to prevent them
Ah, the holidays. Special meals. Special family gatherings. And, of course, our special children! Oftentimes, we just barrel through the holidays, hoping for the best - but not taking the time and focus to make sure this celebratory time really feels like a celebration for us and for our children on the Autism Spectrum. Most of us find ourselves unwitting participants in at least one of the 10 Holiday Hiccups.

The Son-Rise Program® Start-Up in PORTUGAL
The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is coming to Portugal in October because two great Son-Rise Program parents made it happen.
August 16, 2011 **NEW THIS MONTH**

Age difference between siblings, not parental age, may indicate higher risk for autism: study
Children born more than two years after their older sibling may have less of a chance of being born with autism, a new study finds.
January 11, 2011

On autism's cause, researchers just 'scratching the surface'
The controversy surrounding a retracted study that linked autism to childhood vaccines has been fueled by the fact that no one knows what really causes autism.
January 6, 2011

Scientists Test 'Trust Hormone' For Autism Fight
For decades, parents of children with autism have been searching for a drug or diet to treat the disorder. Their latest hope is the hormone oxytocin. It's often called the trust hormone or the cuddle hormone. And just to be clear, it has nothing to do with the narcotic oxycontin. But some children with autism are already being treated with oxytocin, even though it's not approved for this purpose.
January 3, 2011

Southland rent-a- Santa spreads Christmas cheer in China, donates to autism society
Richard Goodman, a retiree from La Habra with a white beard and a red suit, ventures into a culture where most people know little about the jolly old elf and Christmas traditions.
December 24, 2010

Proximity to freeways increases autism risk, study finds (More research is needed, but the report suggests air pollution could be a factor.)
Children born to mothers who live close to freeways have twice the risk of autism, researchers reported Thursday. The study, its authors say, adds to evidence suggesting that certain environmental exposures could play a role in causing the disorder in some children.
December 16, 2010

Unique way of showing movie caters to those with autism
Sensory Friendly Films provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Hanukkah, Autism and One Temple’s Run at a Miracle
On these days of Hanukkah, as Jews light the menorah’s candles, they recite a blessing for miracles of the past, for enemies vanquished and for lamp oil sustained. What might constitute a Hanukkah miracle today depends, perhaps, on what one needs and what one asks. It could even happen on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
December 3, 2010

Autistic children get trial run for air travel
Southwest Airlines conducts a practice exercise for children with autism and their families to become familiar with air travel - carrying bags, getting boarding passes, going through security, waiting at the gate and sitting on the plane.
November 23, 2010

Handwriting Problems Hard to Outgrow With Autism
A new study shows the handwriting problems that often affect children with autism are likely to persist into adolescence, but there may be strategies to help them compensate.
November 16, 2010

Douglas County to be part of genetic, environmental study on people from the womb to adulthood
Mother-to-be has applied to be part of a longitudinal study announced Wednesday that she hopes will answer questions about how the disorder is transmitted among families.
October 28, 2010

MRI Might Screen for Autism
With the aim of catching autism in children at an earlier age than currently possible, scientists are exploring the potential of using MRI scans as a screening tool.
October 14, 2010

Siblings of autistic children may have some autism-related traits, study says
Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine have uncovered more evidence of a genetic basis for autism. Reviewing surveys collected from more than 1,000 families with autistic kids, they discovered that siblings of autistic children who have not been diagnosed with the disease often exhibit mild traits of autism, including speech delays.
October 11, 2010

Autism linked to jaundice in newborns, study finds
Newborn babies who develop jaundice, a common liver problem that turns their skin and eyes yellow, are at greater risk for autism, according to Danish researchers who studied all children born in that country during a 10-year period.
October 11, 2010

Child Autism Epidemic Firmly Linked to Environment
New research shows that even low-dose, multiple toxic and infectious exposures may be a key factor to the onset of autism.
August 30, 2010

Autistic Child Strengthens Family Bonds
The Corder family says life wouldn't be the same without their brother Branden, now 13 years old, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3.
October 4, 2010

Why the Supreme Court Could Side With Autism Activists in Fight vs. Vaccines
On Oct. 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, a case that threatens to flood the federal court system with about 5,000 largely meritless lawsuits that claim vaccines cause autism.
October 4, 2010

Junior Helps To Raise Autism Awareness
Kathleen Gates, a team captain for Georgia volleyball, devotes her spare time to AutismUGA — a program meant to raise autism awareness.
October 4, 2010

Researcher Refused Data On Autism-Coal Link
A leading autism researcher says he has been denied access to data that could prove a link between coal-fired power stations and autism.
October 5, 2010

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series
The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series begins its ninth season of public lectures by nationally and internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
October 5, 2010

Person of the Week: Autistic Scientist Temple Grandin Inspires Children, Champions Animals
Temple Grandin stole the spotlight at the Emmys, standing up right in the middle of the awards show again and again, smiling far wider than the Hollywood stars beside her.
September 3, 2010

Autism Research Finds Empirical Link Between Multisensory Integration and Autism
A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has provided concrete evidence that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) process sensory information such as sound, touch and vision differently than typically developing children.
August 19, 2010

Describing the Brain in Autism in Five Dimensions
Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Assisted Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Using a Multiparameter Classification Approach
August 11, 2010

A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism
People with autism are often socially isolated, but the Madison public schools are nationally known for including children with disabilities in regular classes. Now, as a high school junior, Garner, 17, has added his little twist to many lives.
August 1, 2010

New Survey By Enzymedica Links Autism & Digestion, Suggests Successful Strategies
A new survey by Enzymedica and the Enzyme Research Group (ERG), links autism and digestive problems, and suggests diet modification and dietary supplements as successful tools for families facing the diagnosis.
July 23, 2010

Finding the Light Switch
Judith Duquette has a son with Autism. Although doctors told her that their best recommendation was to place him in an institution, she used an alternative therapy to connect with her son. Now her son, Eric, is graduating from high school as the class salutatorian.
July 21, 2010

Picky Eating by Autistic Kids Won't Affect Growth
Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to be extremely picky when it comes to what they will or won't eat, but new research shows that it doesn't seem to affect their growth and development.
July 19, 2010

Autism Study: Baby's Babble May Contain Vital Clues
In a recent study, scientists report that they have designed a computer program that can distinguish between the speech of normal children and those with autism. Even though the work is only a first stab at analyzing audio recordings for signs of autism, it can correctly identify more than 85 percent of autistic and nonautistic children.
July 17, 2010

Visions of J.A. Tan's world, piece by piece
J.A. Tan is a 23-year-old Filipino artist based in Vancouver, Canada. The youngest child of Vincent and Zelie Tan, he describes himself as an “artist with autism,” having diagnosed to be a high functioning child with autism at the age of 2.9 years. But through his art, J.A. expresses the way his mind works.
July 12, 2010

Autistic Superstars: Meet Carly Ryan
Earlier this year in the United Kingdom, BBC Three presented a ground-breaking season of documentaries about young people with autism. The season of warm and insightful films explored the abilities and strengths of these young people as well as the challenges they face. Take a peek at one of the programs, Autistic Superstars, where Reggie Yates, the TV show host, seeks out a cast of talented young people with autism to perform at a music event in London. Watch here to see Carly's performance on the television show.
May 12, 2010

FDA warns maker of product used as alternative autism treatment
A product promoted to parents of children with autism is not a harmless dietary supplement, as claimed, but a toxic unapproved drug that lacks adequate warnings about potential side effects, including hair loss and abnormalities of the pancreas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned in a letter to its maker.
June 23, 2010

Boy with autism communicates through his award-winning art
Seven-year-old Jalyn Weston's art is more than a passion, it's his way of communicating. "I did this one in Nashville at the Frist," he said, holding a painting. "It's me as a doctor. The white suit, the stethoscope around my ears, the yellow hair, which I have, and the orange skin - which is necessary."
June 9, 2010

Diagnosis of boy's autism pits doctors vs. schools
A frustrated teacher and a child struggling with autism have combined for a tumultuous year for the Brunos. The Gilbert family spent months caught in an escalating dispute with Gilbert Public Schools officials about their son's disorder - autism - and his need for special services to help him succeed in school.
June 6, 2010

Autism finding could lead to simple urine test for the condition
The researchers behind the study, from Imperial College London and the University of South Australia, suggest that their findings could ultimately lead to a simple urine test to determine whether or not a young child has autism.
June 3, 2010

A voice for awareness
Program at Rindge Memorial School offers help for children with autism.
April 13, 2010

Beautiful Minds: Stephen Wiltshire
Stephen Wiltshire from London is a star among savants. Stephen is autistic. He did not speak his first words "pencil" and "paper" until he was 5. Yet, when he was 11 he drew a perfect aerial view of London after only one helicopter ride.
April 7, 2007

"Wishers Learn Life Lessons from Autistic Son"
Reprinted from The Delphos Herald, April 20, 2009

"CHAMPION SUPPORT FOR FINAL MOOR RIDE"
Reprinted from Western Morning News April 2008

"Out of a Distant World"
By Cynthia Pegram February 2008

"Your Child with Autism: 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Navigating the Holidays"
By Raun K. Kaufman December 2007

"Chasing Autism Help"
Reprinted from The Berkshire Eagle November 2007

"Building a Bridge - Breakthrough Straratagies for Reaching our Children"
Reprinted from Good Autism Practice Journal October 2002

"Anything is Possible"
Reprinted from The Middleton Guardian UK

"Never Say Uncle"
Reprinted from The Morning News - Local News for Northwest Arkansas

"Mother of Autistic Child Decides His Happiness Might Be Enough"
Reprinted from The Morning News - Local News for Northwest Arkansas

"Light of Learning Comes on for Toby"
Reprinted from The Journal

"I Love You Mommy"
Reprinted from Woman's World Magazine

"Mum's Joy As Miracle Treatment Transforms Danielle And Shaun"
Reprinted from The Sunday Mail

"How The Son-Rise Technique Is Giving Power To The Child"
Reprinted from The Sunday Mail

"REACHING THE SONRISE PROGRAM- A unique therapy for autism focuses on social interaction"
Reprinted from The Saratoga News

"Breaking Through Autism"
Written by Raun K. Kaufman
Reprinted from The International Autism Research Organization Newsletter

"Autism and The Myth of False Hope"
Written by Raun K. Kaufman

"Parents Given Hope In Dealing With Autism"

"The Son-Rise Program"
Reprinted from Autism File

"Opening Up The Options"
Reprinted from The Evening Press

"Autistic Son Rises"
Reprinted from The Contra Costa Times

"A Child Lured Out By An Emotional Connection"
Reprinted from South China Post

"He Beat Autism, Now Helps Others"
Reprinted from Star Bulletin

"Family Believes the Sun is Rising for Autistic Son"
Reprinted from Gazette Community News

"Journey From a Silent Planet"
Reprinted from The Daily Telegraph

"The Importance of Being Happy"
Reprinted from In Context

"Parenting by Intention"
Reprinted from Mothering Magazine, USA

"Assistance For Autistic Children"
Reprinted from Mothering Magazine

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