Autism Spectrum Disorder

How One Boy With Autism Changed The Way I See The World

Takuya Maruyama | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Takuya Maruyama

There are so many people, like Naoki and myself, who are struggling to find a way to live with enormous challenges. Together, I hoped we might be able to help and guide people in today's world, because disability, disease, accident and bereavement are life-changing events that we all have to face.

An Early Autism Diagnosis Changed My Daughter's Life

Stacey Lerner | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Lerner

My daughter, Ava, was just shy of three years old when she received her autism diagnosis. I remember sitting in our developmental pediatrician's office and hearing the word "autism" leave her mouth with a sense of unforgettable finality. As a mother, I was at a loss. But three years later, that early diagnosis has changed everything for the better.

From Birth-Day To Birthday

Tina Medlock | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I on the other hand, wondered what the shitting hell had happened to me. My body had been violated, I was exhausted and all of a sudden I had to deal with this crying seven pound bundle of skin and hair. I wondered where my motherly instinct had pissed off to and why I had no idea as to what type of cry my baby was making.  Please tell me I am not the only one who could not decipher, hungry, tired, sick and bored cries?

The Guessing Game When Your Child Is Non-Verbal

Laura Rutherford | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

But it's also oh so bittersweet, like so many things, because I think of how easy she has it compared to our five year old son, Brody, who struggles to tell us what he wants constantly because of a learning disability and autism.

Down But Not Quite Out

Tina Medlock | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I felt angry at nobody other than myself; I should have pushed harder so that it hadn't got to this stage. The person who needs me most, I had let down badly and no matter how many supportive words of there being nobody who could fight harder for this boy, it does not soothe the pain I feel right now.

Sensory Processing Disorder Is Unpredictable

Laura Rutherford | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

It was only as time moved on -- when we realised that Brody had various disabilities and I had the opportunity to meet more doctors, therapists and mums walking similar paths-- that I discovered sensory issues was a thing. And that it was known to many as sensory processing disorder (SPD).

How My Brain Works: 14 Points On What It's Like Being 'Weird'

Ann French | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ann French

The autistic spectrum is very similar. People who also suffer from social anxiety often suffer the same feelings and situations. We don't understand a lot that other people seem to. Often we're just referred to as 'a bit weird'.

Acceptance

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Now that Brody is nearly 5, I have finally got used to the fact that Global Development Delay (GDD) doesn't mean "may catch up" for us. It's forever. And because he is still primarily undiagnosed, despite an autism and epilepsy diagnosis (as well as a few others), GDD seems to be moving on to a new "catch all" term - learning disability.

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 01.04.2017 | 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 22.03.2017 | 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...