May 2012

New York Mets Continue Pitch For Autism Awareness

This blog post is by Frank Nappi, author of 'The Legend of Mickey Tussler'

Autism in the News - 05.07.12

Study Damps Fears on Autism Change (The Wall Street Journal)
Proposed new diagnostic criteria for autism don't appear to reduce the number of children diagnosed with that condition, according to preliminary data presented at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting on Sunday. Read more.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day with San Diego Padres

On the West Coast, Karen Driscoll with the Autism Speaks Government Relations team threw out the honorary first pitch for the San Diego Padres game against the Florida Marlins at PETCO Park as part of Military Spouse Appreciation Day presented by TriWest.

A Tribute to Marian Sigman

Marian Sigman


 Posted by Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D.

Weekly Whirl - Taking Care of Your Own Health and Wellness

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community.

Autism in the News - 05.04.12

Prenatal Smoking Linked to High-Functioning Autism in Kids (HealthDay)
If a woman smokes during pregnancy, it may increase her child's risk of high-functioning autism, a new study suggests. Read more.

Genes, Older Dads and Autism

What’s with the new research that links autism and genetic mutations with having an older father? My wife and I were in our 20s when we had our child. So were many of the people we know whose children likewise have autism.

"The Doctors Are In" - 5/3/12

On Thursday May 3rd Autism Speaks Head of Medical Research Joe Horrigan, MD, was joined by Robert L. Hendren, DO, director of child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and an expert on nutritional and complementary interventions for autism.

Autism in the News - 05.03.12

Valley resources for autism (Jewish News)
A new study released in April by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder. The study also showed that autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls - with one in 54 boys identified. Read more.