Autism Spectrum Autism Spectrum Newsletter > Features > Author Information > Author Article Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability. The only consistent attribute -- the inconsistency There is little argument on any level but that autism is baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it. The child who lives with autism may look “normal” but his behavior can be perplexing and downright difficult. Autism was once thought an “incurable” disorder, but that notion is crumbling in the face knowledge and understanding that is increasing as you read this. Every day, individuals with autism are showing us that they can overcome, compensate for and otherwise manage many of autism’s most challenging aspects. Equipping those around our children with simple understanding of autism’s most basic elements has a tremendous impact on their ability to journey towards productive, independent adulthood. Here are ten things every child with autism wishes you knew: 1. As an adult, you have some control over how you define yourself. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Where to find the latest misophonia studies and research papers - Allergic to Sound The best way to increase our understanding of misophonia and find effective treatments is to focus on the research. It’s great that misophonia has been getting more press recently, but we’re in danger of falling into a bit of an information loop… with the same tired old “anger” and “rage” soundbites being thrown around. This is a fascinating and complex condition and the more you learn about it the more interesting and less ‘freak show’ it becomes. I’ll always try to post links to relevant reports and papers on this site (and you can access these here) but if you’re keen to do your own research, and you’re feeling adventurous, here are a few places you can look. (Indeed you can use these resources to find research and studies in any field). Google Scholar Google Scholar The first place to head to is Google Scholar. This is like the ‘normal’ Google, but it’s purely for academic studies. Jurn Jurn Here’s another, similar deal to Google Scholar. Sci Hub Sci Hub The last one is more controversial.
Signs of Autism Ad How ASESA Can Help | Autism Spectrum Disorder - Autism Awareness Generally, the cases of autism are diagnosed during the toddler years. This doesn’t imply that the disorder is common during this stage of life, but most of the symptoms and signs of autism can be seen during this period. Or in other words, children start to show the symptoms of autism during this period. So, during this period parents should be paying special attention in observing the signs of autism. Toddlers are children between the ages of 12 and 18 months and are between infancy and childhood. Autism is characterized by impairment in social interaction and communication and by repetitive behavior. Communication: Children with autism say fewer words make fewer sounds and gestures, as compared to children of same age with normal development. Repetitive behavior: Children with autism show stereotypes or repetitive behaviors. Lack of interest: Children with autism like to live in their own world. To increase the awareness world autism awareness day is also celebrated on 2 April.
Independence and Supports | Neurodiversity Independence and Supports I am not interested, in this particular post, in explaining why assistance technology and supported daily lives do not detract from independence, or why independence is not necessarily a goal, or why I focus on autonomy and self-determination instead. That’s for another, more philosophical post. Abilities are never stagnant. I illustrate this based on the experience of three boys I’ve worked with, all with—at the very least—Kanner’s Autism/Classic Autism/Moderate–Severe Autism. These three boys will be identified as Griffin, Peter, and Daniel. When I first encountered these boys a year ago, I was much less optimistic about their futures. I have watched these boys mature, grow, develop, and learn, slowly but surely, for over a year. And so I have reconsidered what their futures might look like. For all three, I am not naive. I see a similar future for the boys. These boys are not going to be “supercrips.”
What It’s Like When Minor Noises Drive You Crazy -- Science of Us In 2002 Margaret and Pawel Jastreboff — a married research team from Emory University — coined the term misophonia, for “hatred of sound.” It describes a condition which causes the sufferer to develop extreme feelings of anger in response to certain noises – noises that don’t bother anyone else – with the specific triggers varying from person to person. In 2013, a Dutch study of 42 people afflicted with the condition demonstrated that the main triggers were sounds produced by the body: think chewing, lip-smacking, swallowing; breathing, nostril noises, sneezing, or knuckle-cracking. They discovered that the average age of onset was 13 years old and the most common response these people had to trigger sounds was irritation followed by anger and, eventually, total disgust. (The disorder should not be confused with phonophobia, which refers to fear of loud noises.) Which can make it hard for misophobes to get any sympathy — most people just consider them easily annoyed. I listen to music.
Mindfulness and Happiness Movement - An eBook the question of cure Internet Resources The argument dividing the autism community regarding the need to cure autism as opposed to accepting autistic people as a natural expression of diversity has been on my mind a lot lately. The possibility that I could be very autistic for the rest of my life always upsets me. Therefore, when people talk about a cure I actually love to hear it. First off, I do not regard myself as disabled in any way. Alan G. After working with me for over three years, my parents achieved what the experts had deemed 'impossible': my complete recovery from autism with no trace of my former condition. Raun Kaufman. In my 16 years of pediatric practice, I have seen many children with autism improve. As a parent, I understand the source of any possible despair that a child may not be "normal." It might be time for all of us to start thinking about a few things.  Why are autistic people being shut out of organizations that supposedly exist solely to help people with autism? To cure what?
Misophonia - Wikipedia Misophonia, literally "hatred of sound," is a putative disorder of uncertain classification in which negative emotions, thoughts, and physical reactions are triggered by specific sounds. It is also called "soft sound sensitivity syndrome," "select sound sensitivity syndrome" ("4S"), "decreased sound tolerance," and "sound-rage. Classification The diagnosis of misophonia is not recognized in the DSM IV or the ICD 10, and it is not classified as a hearing, neurological, or psychiatric disorder. It is not included in the DSM-5. It may be a form of sound–emotion synesthesia, and has parallels with some anxiety disorders. Signs and symptoms There is little evidence-based research available on misophonia. Reactions to the triggers can include aggression toward the origin of the sound, leaving, or remaining in its presence but suffering, trying to block it, or trying to mimic the sound. Mechanism Diagnosis Management Epidemiology Notable cases
Making Sense of Autism How data brokers sell your health information online The next time you visit WebMD to look up a mysterious and troubling medical symptom, consider this: You’ve probably just sent information about yourself to data brokers, who will in turn sell it to credit bureaus, advertisers, and other parties. It’s all completely legal because it’s a highly profitable industry. In part, we can thank our obsession with free website add-ons and applications, including those that run in the background, for that—and we can also credit lack of consumer awareness. Here’s how it works: Any website you visit has embedded applications and tools, installed for a variety of purposes. One of the most common is a hit counter, which looks at the number of hits on any given page and also monitors their referrers—like search terms or other sites. Many sites also run advertisements and maintain applications like social sharing buttons to make it easy for visitors to share information on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. If it means selling out their users, so be it.