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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Link

Unfortunately, children with autism are especially vulnerable to bullying. A 2012 study by the Interactive Autism Network found that a total of 63% of 1,167 children with ASD, ages 6 to 15, had been bullied at some point in their lives. With that, we asked several of our bloggers who have autism to share what they would want to tell bullies and reflect on their own personal experiences with bullying to educate our community.

Here is what they had to say…

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Link

This blog post was written by Kristie Eynon, mom to a son with autism.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Link

With another study on what does – or doesn’t – increase the risk of autism, a call for doctors to help parents put it all in perspective

This week in JAMA Pediatrics, Harvard

Monday, July 25, 2016 Link

This guest post is by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a motivational speakerbest-selling authordisability film consultant and one of the first TV talk show hosts who’s on the autism spectrum. You can learn more about Kerry on 

Friday, July 22, 2016 Link
This guest blog post is by Kitty Cash who has an adult son on the autism spectrum.
 
 
July 15, 2016 was a special day for my 23year-old son, Lawton. He is a frequent customer at our local GameStop. For the past ten years, we have been to GameStop about once a week. Lawton likes to trade in games and buy them back again later.
Friday, July 22, 2016 Link

Perspective and stepwise advice from experts in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

I’m trying to toilet train our 6-year-old, who has autism. But every time I try to take her to the bathroom, she fusses and fights all the way. So far, I’ve just given up. Help!

Thursday, July 21, 2016 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). CHOP is an Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network site. Kim is also the author of a blog about her two children with autism at autismmommytherapist.wordpress.com.

Recently I spent twenty-four glorious hours in DC, my former stomping grounds of fifteen years. I ate Indian food, and

Thursday, July 21, 2016 Link

Last year, Autism Speaks awarded a Community Grant of nearly $24,000 in funding to VELA, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas to empower 100 underserved Spanish-speaking families of children with autism. The post below was written by Maria P. Hernandez, VELA's Founder and Executive Director. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016 Link

This guest post is by Ron Sandison, who works full-time in the medical field and is a professor of theology at Destiny School of Ministry.

On March 20, 2016 at 3:13 am my beautiful daughter Makayla Marie arrived. Eight days late and weighing 8.5 pounds. After performing the C section the surgeon asked me, “How does it feel to be a dad at 3:13 am?” I smiled and having one of my

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Link

This guest post was written by Catherine Fozard who was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 31.

I recently helped a friend with her niece, who had just been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. My friend strongly felt that this diagnosis was wrong, and after reading more about my symptoms and experiences with ASD believed that her niece “Anne” (name changed) was actually autistic