Autism

Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism, Study Finds

New research suggests that an otherwise rare speech disorder may affect nearly two-thirds of kids with autism, a finding that’s prompting calls for greater screening.

Teacher Fired For Putting Child With Autism In Trash Can

A school board has voted to terminate the contract of a special educator accused of putting a second-grader with autism in a trash can and comparing his behavior to Oscar the Grouch.

Teacher: Trash Can Meant To Calm Boy With Autism

A special education teacher accused of putting a second-grader with autism in a trash can and comparing his behavior to Oscar the Grouch says she was trying to calm the child, not hurt him.

Advocates Press Congress To Address Wandering

Several disability advocacy groups are banding together to call for federal action to help prevent wandering among those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

For Kids On The Spectrum, Intervention Offers Long-Term Gains

Children who participated in an early intervention designed to target autism symptoms at very young ages are continuing to see benefits from the treatment years later, a new study finds.

Concerns Raised About Special Autism Diets

Putting children with autism on special diets may not be such a good idea, researchers say.

Teen Goes From Special Ed To Valedictorian

As a child, Chance Mair struggled to overcome sensory and social skills challenges related to Asperger’s syndrome, but this week he graduated high school at the top of his class.

Autism Risk May Vary With Parents’ Age

The odds of having a child with autism appear to go up and down as moms and dads move through life, according to the largest study of its kind.

Play Centered Around Teen With Autism Wins At Tonys

A Broadway play that tells the story of a teenage boy who has a form of autism won big at the Tony Awards.

Autism Severity Tied To Stress Levels

The severity of a child’s autism may be directly linked with the level of stress or anxiety they experience on a day-to-day basis, a new study suggests.

Boy Scouts Accused Of Kicking Out Teen With Asperger’s

After seven years participating in the Boy Scouts, the parents of a teenager on the spectrum are suing over the “improper and illegal” revocation of their son’s membership.

Study Casts Doubt On Rising Autism Rates

The largest study of its kind suggests that actual autism rates probably have not changed in recent years, even though diagnoses of the developmental disorder continue to climb.

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