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Former Louisville star Luke Hancock puts spotlight on autism with basketball clinic
July 24th, 2017

soccersportskidschildrenrunexercisefeaturedimageThe basketball clanked off the backboard and had already begun its clumsy tumble to the hardwood when Luke Hancock swooped in, intercepted it mid-fall and sent it crashing down through the net. 

Massive collaboration unearths inherited risk factor for autism
July 22nd, 2017

ideathoughtworkcareermoneysalaryjobbrainplangoalfuturegrowfeaturedimageThe largest-yet study to look for inherited risk factors for autism links a region on chromosome 10 to the condition.

Virginia researchers develop robot that could help kids with autism
July 21st, 2017

gearselectronicstechnologyworkmovechangegearsmetalsilverfeaturedimageNORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — His name is NAO — pronounced “Now” — and he may be the future of autism intervention.

For Those With Autism, Behavioral Crises May Have Warning Signs
July 20th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 11 ChildMany kids and teens with autism exhibit challenging behaviors, but new research suggests that certain risk factors separate those that end up needing inpatient treatment.

David Mitchell: Almost everything I’d been told about my son’s autism was wrong
July 19th, 2017

manboyreadbookoutdoorsoutsidelearnfeaturedimageWhat a silent Japanese boy with an alphabet grid taught me about the creative power of the brain.

UA Student Finds Perfect Blend of Autism Support, Services
July 18th, 2017

book+featuredimageMitchell Lord hit the career wall many recent college graduates face: he couldn’t find a job.

Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism
July 17th, 2017

babychildkidinfanteyesbirthmothermomfatherdadparentparentinghealthwellnesssafetyfeaturedimageHow we look at other people’s faces is strongly influenced by our genes, scientists have found in new research that may be especially important for understanding autism because it suggests that people are born with neurological differences that affect how they develop socially.

Why model autism programs are rare in public schools
July 15th, 2017

booksreadingpapereducationschoolcollegeuniversityfeaturedimageThere’s no single way to teach children with autism. Regardless of which method a school adopts, though, it’s no mystery what helps them to thrive: calm, not chaos, in the classroom; one-on-one attention from teachers, aides and therapists; lessons tailored to the individual child’s needs, whether that means learning not to bite or how to...

Strangers send cards after autistic boy is stood up at birthday party
July 14th, 2017

kidchildplayingplaygroundfunswingfreeskyfeaturedimageA mother’s plea for cards to celebrate her autistic son’s upcoming birthday after nobody showed up to last year’s party has gone viral. Lisa Jackson, who created the Ben’s 11th Birthday Bonanza #BensBirthdayEver Facebook group, shared her son’s heartbreak in July 9 post

Regional autism rates point to impact of awareness, training
July 13th, 2017

travelexploreconfidenthappygrownewyorkcitylifelivingsensorysensesfeaturedimageChildren’s odds of getting an autism diagnosis depend on where they live in the United States, according to a new study1. The variation persists after controlling for a family’s socioeconomic status and certain environmental factors, suggesting that it reflects differences in access to medical care.