June 2012

Family-centered Care Featured at National Conference

Guest post by Amy Hess, Autism Treatment Network Site Coordinator for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Come to Ohio in August!

PopCap Games presents Idols for Autism!

This post is from our partners at PopCap Games. Read on for a cool way to have some fun while supporting Autism Speaks.

Weekly Whirl - Happy 4th of July!

Author: 
Autism Speaks

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. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

I Think, Therefore I Do

This post is by Merope Pavlides, editor of AutismAfter16.com, author of Animal-assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism and mom to two sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

ABA Coverage: The Tide Is Turning

The tide continues to turn in favor of wider coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In Capitol Hill testimony last week, the 60,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) publicly endorsed the use of ABA treatments “when determined appropriate by physicians within a medical home, in close consultation with families.”

Autism is a Rope

Author: 
Autism Speaks

This poem was written by a fifteen-year-old girl who has a brother affected by autism.

Autism is a rope.

Holding you back.
It pulls at Your mind.
It puts you in the "dumb" category, 
You become out of the ordinary,

Autism is a rope.

Pulling you into its depths.
Nothing You can do,
But embrace it.
If only you knew what it really does,

Autism is a rope.

New Tool Kit Explains Behavioral Health Treatments

Guest post by Laura Srivorakiat, M.A., a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, an Autism Treatment Network center.

Weekly Whirl - Summer Time!

Author: 
Autism Speaks

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. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

An Autism Dreams Letter

Author: 
Autism Speaks

This blog post is by Nathan Young, self-advocate and founder of Autism Candles.

I have a dream to work and be part of things. My day program is for inclusion, working, and taking care of myself through activities such as grocery shopping and other life necessities. Yet most of my time is doing what I love and that is working. Life without working is to me very boring because it's my interest.