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Friday, September 26, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Megan Douglas, a mother and nineteen-year special education teacher. 

My two daughters were both internationally adopted. Sophie, 8 years old, is from Haiti and Grace, 14 years old is from Russia. Grace was diagnosed with autism at age six and we've been piecing the puzzle together since before the diagnosis. Grace has been a runner since I met her in Russia.

If her little feet were on

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Friday, September 26, 2014 Link

My child is 4 and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He’ll eat most anything that I puree. But he refuses to eat even small pieces of solid food except for soft cheese puffs, and he can’t drink from a straw. How can I teach him to chew real food?

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Link

In 2010, Autism Speaks did an interview with Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of the NBC hit series “Parenthood.“ The series features a main character with autism named Max Braveman. Read about Max's impact on autism awareness since the show started here. 2014 will mark the series' sixth and last season. Below is a scene from the show in which Max gives a speech

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Link

This Your Dollars @ Work post features six students at the University of Arkansas who have received scholarships to the university's Autism Support Program through the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund which provides funding to postsecondary programs to award scholarships to young adults and adults with autism, including 2- and 4-year colleges, vocational and technical schools and transition programs. Learn more

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Link

The post below is by Lisa Smith, the mother of seven children, two with special needs. Her son Tate has autism. Lisa blogs about her experiences and can be found on Facebook at Quirks and Chaos or at quirks-and-chaos.blogspot.com.

Recently my son Tate spent several hours with a pediatric

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by filmmaker Micha Hilliard. His short film "I'll Be Fine" is a documentary about his 19-year-old cousin Tim, who is on the autism spectrum, and his parents, Richard and Rebecca. The film offers a candid look into the lives of a family affected by autism as told by them. Watch it below.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Link

Autism Speaks is pleased to spotlight the publication of Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Frazzled Families.

The authors – neurologist Beth Malow and psychologist Terry Katz pioneered the treatment of sleep problems in children with

Friday, September 19, 2014 Link

This post is by Jane Springer, a grandmother to six-year-old twins, one of whom has autism. Jane is a certified life and wellness coach who helps parents and grandparents of children on the autism spectrum. For more from Jane, check out her website here.

In his six short years, my grandson has had too many tests to count, multiple diagnoses and many

Friday, September 19, 2014 Link

Our son has autism, and I'm reading how omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improve mental focus. I’m wondering whether there’s evidence that they help individuals who have autism. My little man is about to become a big brother. So I’m also wondering about adding these fatty acids to my diet during pregnancy and breast feeding. Could this reduce the risk of autism

Thursday, September 18, 2014 Link

Posted by Amy Daniels, PhD, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research

In early September, Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih and I traveled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (keer-gih-STAN) at the invitation of the nation’s largest parent-led advocacy organization, “Hand in Hand”(Ruka v Ruke).