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July 2014


World-Renowned Artist with Autism and Mom Give Inspiring TED Talk

25 year-old Tim Sharp is an Australian artist and the creator of superhero Laser Beak Man. July 29, 2014 Tim Sharp is an Australian artist and the creator of  superhero Laser Beak Man. When Tim was diagnosed with autism at 3 years of age, doctors advised his mother Judy to institutionalize him. She did no such thing and worked with Tim at home in

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Playground Designed to Help Children with Autism Build Social Skills

New playground at Maryland’s The Shafer Center features equipment designed to encourage interactions July 28, 2014 (July 28, 2014) – The Shafer Center, a school for children with autism ages 2-8, in Owings Mills, Md., opened a new playground designed specifically for children with autism. Such playgrounds are becoming more common around the country. Kristen DeBoy, an applied behavioral analysis therapist at the Shafer Center, told

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Getting Evaluated for Autism as an Adult: Where to Go? Who to See?

A parent of a recently diagnosed child wants to get evaluated himself, but finds that all the standard tests are designed for children “Our 6 year old has been diagnosed with autism, and I’d like to get evaluated, too. Problem is, I can’t find anyone who knows how to diagnose adults. All the tests seem to be designed for children.”   Today’s “Got Questions?”

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Safety: It Takes A Village!

In wandering emergency situations that are far too common in the autism community, it is critical for the whole community to respond. Autism Speaks is working hard to provide resources and information to families in the autism community as well as first responders. As part of our efforts, this Friday, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) will join representatives from Autism Speaks, National Center for Missing and

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Reducing Stress, Depression and Anxiety in Mothers of Kids with Autism

Study shows clear benefits to mom-led stress-reduction classes; mindfulness training produces greatest benefits Study shows clear benefits to mom-led stress-reduction classes; mindfulness training produces greatest benefits July 21, 2014 Researchers at Vanderbilt University – a part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network  – report that mothers of children with autism benefit significantly from weekly stress-reduction classes led by other mothers. The classes reduced previously

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