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).
What is it about autism and trains? We know it’s not just our son because we keep meeting other children – and adults – on the spectrum who are so fascinated by them.
“My adult autistic son has been spitting up. It seems to be triggered by anxiety, will last a day and then stop as quickly as it started. He’s on medication for gastric reflux and had endoscopies to open up a narrow esophagus. He also takes medication for seizures and has a hiatal hernia. Any suggestions?”
This month we’re excited to introduce a new weekly blog series featuring the families and healthcare providers of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).
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.
“Our child, severely affected by autism, refuses to eat anything but sweets. How can I direct her diet in healthier directions?”
Post by Autism Speaks summer interns Marissa Solberg (center left) and Martin Florimon (center right) with Autism Speaks science staff Amy Daniels (left) and Michael Rosanoff.