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December 11, 2015

Santas Getting Trained to Work With Children With Autism for the Holidays

The holiday season can be stressful for any parent, especially for parents of children with autism who may have difficulty with loud noises, crowds, or other hallmarks of a busy holiday shopping center. But, new programs are aiming to help children with autism visit Santa without overwhelming the child. Read more at ABC News.

Grandma wants to stop tiptoe walking in grandaughter who has autism

At our clinic, we frequently see toe walking or walking on the ball of the foot in children who have autism. Like you, a parent or other family member is often first to notice and become concerned. Read more.

Commit a Random Act of Sweetness: UNO Pizzeria & Grill is Partnering with Autism Speaks to Sweeten this Holiday Season!

This holiday season, Uno Pizzeria & Grill is helping guests pay it forward with their Random Acts of Sweetness program. Throughout the month of December, Uno guests are able to purchase a mini-dessert for another guest and $1 of their purchase will be donated to Autism Speaks. Head over to your Uno Pizzeria & Grill today! Find participating locations here.

Young Dancer With Autism Is the Prince in Milford's Adaptive "Nutcracker Suite"

Adaptive arts link those with disabilities to artistic expression. This Friday, the city of Milford’s Recreation Department partners with the New England Ballet Company for the sixth annual production of "The Nutcracker Suite." Read more at WNPR.

Twins With Autism Building Up Their Wrapping Paper Busines​s

 This holiday season has some Philadelphia brothers putting their skills to work — creating handmade wrapping paper that’s for sale. Read more at CBS Philly.

Autism Speaks welcomes three new board members

Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, announced the election of three new members of its Board. The new board members are Valerie Paradiz, PhD, Jamie T. Richardson, and Stephen Shore, Ed.D. Read more about them here.

Irish government to recognize World Autism Awareness Day

Senator Mary Moran has welcomed the confirmation today by Minister Kathleen Lynch that World Autism Awareness Day will be recognized by Government on 2nd April. Read more.


Ten tips to prevent autism-related shopping meltdowns

This week’s ‘Got Questions’ looks a head to holiday shopping. In the story our experts share a few meltdown-prevention strategies that, when practiced ahead of time, can help promote a calmer shopping experience. Read the list here

PBS to air "Autism in Love" Documentary

A documentary focusing on how people with autism experience love and manage romantic relationships is set to appear on PBS in January. Read more at Disability Scoop.