Autism Spectrum Disorder

Imperfectly Perfect

Tina Medlock | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Some three and half years later when I had received an autism diagnosis for Joseph, I felt like my world was about to end and felt angry that once again, life wasn't as simple as it should be. It wasn't a case of me only just falling in love with my son and then falling out of love with him because he had a label.

What's In A Word?

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Words can be powerful. They can bring joy. One word can change someone's day - life even. But in the same speed in which they can bring happiness, the...

Life In The Repetitive Lane

Tina Medlock | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

If anything is likely to nudge me over the edge it's constantly being asked what we are doing next. And for that I blame visual timetables and the 'First and Then' approach taught to us by the Autism Communication Teams we have been in involved with.

The EU's Record on Disability? Shaky at Best

Jonathan Andrews | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Andrews

During the EU referendum campaign I've spoken with a number of politicians and campaigners on both sides, particularly on the question of disability rights; as the chairman of the youth council at a national autism charity and an advocate for disability inclusion in the workplace, this is something I naturally care about.

Can an App Open Up the World to Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Rachel Oliver | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Oliver

That's how a child at the Rowan School in Sheffield, whose pupils all have a diagnosis of autism, described our circus show. The pupils attended, as do all of our audiences, free of charge and with their entire family so that they can enjoy the show as a family group.

Represent Autistic Women in the Media

Florence Leslie | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Florence Leslie

Many girls channel their creative energy into perfecting a mask. Talents regarded as obsessive rather than expert, they mimic their peers until autism becomes imperceptible. This snowballs into severe depression and anxiety as women on the spectrum never receive the right support.

The Shippey Campaign - Making Live Sport Accessible to Those With Sensory Difficulties

Kate Shippey | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Sport
Kate Shippey

Think about your favourite hobby. It's lovely isn't it when the time comes to enjoy it. You have a sense of excitement, maybe relaxation that it's time to kick back and smile for a while.

11-Year-Old Boy With Autism Draws Perfect World Map From Memory

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An 11-year-old New York youngster is going viral on Reddit after he was snapped drawing an incredibly intricate world map on a whiteboard - complete w...

This Is What Really Causes Autism, According To New Research

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There have been many theories as to the cause of autism over the years, including an infamous claim by British researcher Andrew Wakefield in 1998 tha...

Catherine Dyer Fights For Autistic Daughter to Return to Swansea

Jo Worgan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This story touched me completely, as a mother of an autistic child. Why is this allowed to happen? Why are so many of our young people who are on the autistic spectrum placed under the Mental Health Act, sectioned and then put into psychiatric units were the individuals looking after them have very little training with regards to autism?

Tara Reveals 'Relief' At Autism Diagnosis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has revealed that she has been diagnosed with autism and insisted that she isn't a drug user. Tara suffered from substance a...

How I Told My Daughter She's Autistic

Emma Clarke | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Clarke

Telling my daughter she's autistic is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. She'd had the assessment, she'd been to the psychologist's office and she's not daft, she knew exactly why she was there; she'd read the posters on the walls. She'd have to know. I had to tell her.

Hello My Name Is Simon, and I am Autistic

Simon Mack | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Mack

The statement in the title is not only an admission of recent diagnosis, as a 42 year old man there is so much comprehension to do about the past and why life was as it became.

Do We Really Need to Find a 'Cure' for Autism?

Jo Worgan | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I look at ways in which to enable and help my son Tom, live his life to the best of his ability with the use of early interventions, sensory play activities and the use of visual timetables. I find the word 'cure' and the connotations of this that a person on the autistic spectrum can be made 'all better' and therefore fixed very unsettling.

Life with Tom on the Autistic Spectrum

Jo Worgan | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I am a mum to two young sons, aged very nearly seven and five years old. My youngest son Tom has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Having him literally changed my life. However this is not a doom and gloom story, life changed that is all. It's not all bad.

Asperger's Syndrome To Be Reclassified

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

Aspergers Syndrome is to be reclassified in the next edition of one of the world's most influential psychiatric reference manuals. The Diagnostic a...

Could These Antioxidants Help Treat Autism?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

An antioxidant supplement called N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) may help to reduce the impact of autism symptoms, suggests a new study. Researchers from S...

Could The ‘Love Hormone’ Improve Classic Autism Symptoms?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists claim a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain (dubbed the ‘love hormone’) improves the brain function in autistic childre...

On Autism: Who Are They Fooling?

Dave Clements | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Clements

Dr Tim Cadman, at Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, explained to the uninitiated that while some understand autism as a disorder, others - particularly proponents of the social model and members of the 'autistic community' - understand it less as a condition to be treated than as a 'distinct cognitive style'.

Can Autistic Children ‘Outgrow’ Symptoms?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 04.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A recent medical report has claimed that 10% of autistic children ‘outgrow’ the disorder’s symptoms by the time they are eight. According to...

Parents Have Good Reason to Fear the Redefining of Autism

Thelma Etim | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Politics
Thelma Etim

The global reaction to news that a US panel of experts in psychiatry is proposing to redesign the definition of autism has been nothing short of explo...

Can A Child 'Grow Out Of' Autism?

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 01.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Many children diagnosed with autism at a young age no longer display symptoms when they are older, new research has found. The study found one thir...