Our 12-year-old son has autism, mild intellectual disability and anxiety attacks so severe that we end up in the emergency room. Loud noises are the worst – for example the school fire alarm, thunderstorms, a balloon popping, fireworks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is by Judy Reaven, a clinical psychologist and
This Your Dollars @ Work post shines a spotlight on the amazing work of the Autism Speaks Autism Response Team. Click here for a list of 10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help!
The Autism Response Team (ART) is a group of eight Autism Speaks staff members dedicated to connecting individuals with autism, their families and all other members of the autism community to information, tools and resources.
In the first six months of 2014, ART responded to 18,500 contacts, including over 10,
This guest post is from Erin, a mother who recently reached out to us asking for help from our community on finding a rare 'Toy Story' fire truck for her son with autism's birthday. Erin wrote in her blog explaining Carter's strong interest in these movies and how she owned many of the characters from the film. This particular fire truck, a 1990's original little tykes truck was nearly impossible to find. This blog shares the result of the search
This post is from Gillian Wilson, an adult on the autism spectrum. This post is part of an initiative on our site called In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum, which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism from their perspectives. Have a story you want to share? Email us at
This post is by Ken Siri, an author, advocate and entrepreneur who is the single father of Alex, a 15-year-old boy with autism. Ken and Alex will be the subjects of a feature length documentary called "Big Daddy Autism" about the beautiful relationship between a father and son with autism living in New York City. Watch the indiegogo trailer for the film below.
“Our child, severely affected by autism, refuses to eat anything but sweets. How can I direct her diet in healthier directions?”
This post below is by Jennifer Hitz, Grants Coordinator, and Megan Giordano, Equine Director, of Leg Up Farm. Opened in 2010, Leg Up Farm is a nonprofit therapy center, located in Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, whose mission it is to enrich the lives of families with special needs children through customized therapeutic experiences. Since its opening, Leg Up Farm has provided therapy and education services to over 1,200 children, over 20% of whom have had an autism diagnosis.