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What do you think the best movie about Asperger's Syndrome is?
I have come across a very interesting, informative, and relatable piece of writing about autism and the workforce on the website of one James Williams:
Two Perspectives on the Workforce
To summarize: the first author describes her experience mis-planning and failing in her desired career path due to undiagnosed autism. The second author then describes how he successfully pursued a suitable "career" by working with his self-knowledge as an autistic person, and discusses obstacles and options...
Long before I became aware of aspergers, I felt that while I seemed to think slower than others, it wasn't that I was inherently slow - it was just that I was processing much more information, and maybe to a deeper level, than others.
I recently attended a conference where a presenter illustrated life for someone on the autism spectrum by asking attendees to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but without using the letter 'd'.
I thought this was a great illustration of the extra degree...
The study of 970 children, born in farm-rich areas of Northern California, is part of the largest project to date that is exploring links between autism and environmental exposures.
The University of California, Davis research – which used women’s addresses to determine their proximity to insecticide-treated fields – is the third project to link prenatal pesticide exposures to autism and related disorders.
“The weight of evidence is beginning to suggest that mothers’ exposures during...
Recognizing emotional facial expressions, an ability already impaired in many of those with autism, tends to get worse over time, according to new research from Georgetown University.
“Our findings suggest that while neurodevelopmental processes and social experience produce improvements in facial emotion recognition abilities for children without autism, autistic children experience disruptions in these processes,” said Dr. Abigail Marsh, associate professor of psychology in Georgetown...
For many families, a night at the ballpark is a treat. But it can be a nightmare for those with autistic children.
Autism causes a greater sensitivity to environmental stimulation. So the lights, music and roar of the crowd can trigger a severe meltdown that is difficult to anticipate and control.
“They’re frustrated and they’re scared and they’re just overwhelmed,” said Debra Forman, whose 8-year-old son, Adam, has autism. “You have to ask yourself if it’s worth it.”
The Centers for Disease...
Dr. Lorna Wing, a British psychiatrist who was instrumental in identifying autism as a mental disorder of many gradations, affecting people across the spectrum of intelligence — and who gave autism in its mildest form the name Asperger’s syndrome — died on June 6 in Kent, England. She was 85.
Her death, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, was announced by the National Autistic Society, an advocacy and service organization she helped found in Britain in 1962, in part to fill a void she...
Couples who have a child with autism are much less likely to have more children compared to other parents, a new study finds.
One expert wasn't surprised by the finding.
"Clearly, parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder requires a huge commitment of time, energy and money; this is a stress to couples and impacts siblings," said Dr. Ron Marino, associate chairman of the department of pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.
"There is no surprise that many people...
I was reading some posts on a thread about friendships between people with different personality types when I came across a couple of posts that confused me. The general gist of both was that the posters had friends (this is the word they used) who thought ill of the posters because of political and religious differences. These posts did not seem to express distress about this state of affairs; if anything, they expressed amusement.
I don't feel much of a need for friendships, so that is...
A century-old therapy for African sleeping sickness has been used in a new study to reverse symptoms of autism in a mouse model.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and published in Translational Psychiatry, expands on the theory that autism is caused by a variety of interconnected factors.
"Twenty percent of the known factors associated with autism are genetic, but most are not," explains senior author Dr. Robert K. Naviaux,...
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