The journal Pediatrics published a special supplement on medical, mental health and behavioral issues commonly associated with autism. The issue provides important autism-specific practice guidelines for the nation’s pediatricians.The new and much-expanded supplement includes treatment recommendations for such autism-associated health issues anxiety, depression, disturbed sleep and severe irritability and problem behaviors. Read more here.
Autism Speaks science staff and advisers review the studies that most powerfully advanced understanding and treatment of autism. See the full list.
Glenn Gameson-Burrows, father to daughter Aneira, who has autism, started a photography project called "Magpie" to document children and adults on the spectrum. He hopes that Magpie, a documentary-style collection of photos featuring 11 children and 2 adults who have autism, will help raise awareness, and promote understanding, about the disorder. Read more here.
Owen Suskind, son of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, is the star of "Life Animated," a documentary that recently premiered at the Sundance film festival. The film depicts how Owen, who has autism, memorized dozens of Disney animated movies, which helped him learn how to communicate after years of silence. Read his interview with Vulture here.
Sweetwater Spectrum is a supportive living community in Sonoma, Calif. The nonprofit was founded by a group of families, with the mission to challenge each individual to reach his or her highest potential. Read more here.
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a model “sensory smart” dentist office to ease visits for kids with autism. Read more.
The In Our Own Words blog series highlights people with autism and their stories through their perspectives. Have a story about growing up with autism? Submit your blog here.
Michael Anaclerio is a high school teacher who raises autism awareness in memory of his sister, Mary.
"It's not easy to explain to people what it means to be a sibling of someone with autism. I learned a lot from Mary during her life. I became a teacher because of her; I wanted to do something with my life that involved helping others. She taught me more about life than I could ever have imagined growing up. " Read Michael's touching story here.