Does Your Daughter Have Rett Syndrome?

Does Your Daughter Have Rett Syndrome?

Rett Syndrome is a disorder in the grey matter of the brain that impairs children’s head growth, ability to speak and their motor skills. It is almost exclusively seen in girls. There is currently a debate on whether Rett Syndrome is part of the autism spectrum or not, but we ..Continue Reading

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term used for a group of brain development disorders that leads to a partial or complete loss of a person’s ability to communicate, socialize or relate to other people. ASD is commonly referred to as simply ‘autism’. Why is it a ‘Spectrum Disorder’? ..Continue Reading

Parent Support System: Talk To Other Parents With Autistic Children

Parent Support System: Talk To Other Parents With Autistic Children

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects the social, emotional and cognitive development of children that continues until his/ her adulthood. It is characterized by deficiency in communication skills, social behavior, motor skills and mental functioning abilities. The term ‘spectrum’ is used because it affects different children differently. ..Continue Reading

3 Signs To Look For To Find Out If Your Child May Be Autistic

3 Signs To Look For To Find Out If Your Child May Be Autistic

Nobody wishes for an autistic child, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking for signs of autism in your baby. Research shows that early intervention, even as young as six months, can strongly improve your child’s autism and allow them to live a healthy, social life. The autism spectrum is ..Continue Reading

Truth Hurts: What To Do When Your Kid Always Speaks The Bitter Truth

Truth Hurts: What To Do When Your Kid Always Speaks The Bitter Truth

Children with autism have the uncanny habit of speaking the truth all the time. This results in really embarrassing situations sometimes! Autistic children (and even adults) have minds that tell them that being honest is more important than being polite. So you may hear sentences like “You’re fat”, “You’re ugly”, ..Continue Reading

Identifying And Understanding Hyperlexia in Autism

Identifying And Understanding Hyperlexia in Autism

Hyperlexia is a syndrome characterized by an intense fascination with letters or numbers. Children with hyperlexia show a very advanced ability to read, much higher than kids their age. Hyperlexic children often begin reading at very young ages, sometimes at age two. Mix this condition with a child with autism ..Continue Reading

Early Intervention Can Do Wonders To Your Child’s Functioning And Communication

Early Intervention Can Do Wonders To Your Child’s Functioning And Communication

My youngest son, Alex, has had many, many challenges in his life. He was diagnosed with mild ataxic cerebral palsy at the age of six months. Thankfully, we were able to dig up and use resources to help our newest born. This included speech and language therapy that meant that ..Continue Reading

A Personal Message from Karen Simmons

When I co-authored “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs” with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Heather McNamara, the biggest dilemma we faced was what to call the book ,as folks both did and did not want to be labeled in certain ways. It was reported to ..Continue Reading

Autism and The Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

There are no words to express the sorrow we at Autism Today feel for the families of Newton Connecticut. A loss on an unimaginable scale has taken place and we grieve along with everyone touched by this tragedy. It is essential that we understand how to help our children through ..Continue Reading

The Art of AUTISM

BE A PART OF THE ART! The ART of AUTISM Tour takes on Hollywood on May 19th! Keri Bowers – Advocate, Speaker, Seminar Leader, and Filmmaker – will host The ART of AUTISM, at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre to celebrate the talents of individuals on the autism spectrum. Music, dance, ..Continue Reading