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Know more about Autistic Spectrum Disorder from “Temple Grandin” Movie

(Click the image to watch the video) Temple’s speech from the HBO short film ‘Temple Grandin’ (2010), portrayed by Claire Danes. Here, Temple attends the National Autistic Convention of 1981 and delivers a speech that will eventually catapult her in the spotlight as one of the World’s foremost speakers on autism and advocates for Autism research. Directed by Mick Jackson. Starring Claire Danes, Julia Ormond,…

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5 ADD Interventions That Apply to All Kids

  A friend of mine has been going through the very lengthy and detailed process of testing her son for Attention Deficit Disorder. As I listened to her explain the symptoms, many sounded like my daughter. One expert describes this kind of brain as choosing what is most interesting instead of what’s most important. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sent my daughter to turn…

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ADHD Not a Real Disease. Scientist claims everyone fits some of the criteria for ADHD

One of the world’s leading pediatric neuroscientists, Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D, recently stated publicly that Attention Deficit/Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD) is not ‘a real disease,’ and warned of the dangers of giving psycho-stimulant medications to children. Speaking to the Observer, Dr. Perry noted that the disorder known as ADHD should be considered a description of a wide range of symptoms that many children and adults exhibit, most of which are factors that everyone of us displays at some point…

10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn’t Know A Year Ago

Just two decades ago, autism was a mysterious and somewhat obscure disorder, commonly associated with the movie Rain Man and savantism. It affected an estimated 1 in 5,000 children. How times have changed. Today, thanks to awareness and advocacy efforts, people now have a much better understanding of autism. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now estimates that a staggering 1 in 88 children, including 1 in 54…

5 Strategies To Help Your Child Combat ADHD

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD, is a neurobiological disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. People with ADHD can be very successful in their life. For example, some well-known people have been diagnosed with ADHD such as Albert Einstein (scientist), Dwight D. Eisenhower (US President), Hillary Duff (actress/singer), Whoopi Goldberg (actress), Jason Kidd (basketball player), and Suzanne Somers (actress). However, without appropriate…

In Autistic Kids, “Thinking in Words” Improves Mental Flexibility

When children with autism ‘mentally talk things through,’ they have an easier time unraveling complex everyday tasks, which may lead to more flexible thinking and a more independent life later on. For example, encouraging children to describe their actions out loud has been successful for increasing mental flexibility in typically developing children. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit from verbally learning their daily schedule at school instead…

Back To School : Parent Tips For Children With Autism

School districts throughout the country will soon welcome back students for a new academic year. This includes an increasing number of special needs children identified with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The beginning of a new school year is an exciting yet anxious time for both parents and children. It typically brings a change in the daily routine established over the summer months. This transition can…