Month: November 2017

Autism Affects Reactions To Human Smell, New Research Finds

Studies have already shown that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects the way a person sees and hears the world around them. Now, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have discovered that individuals with ASD interpret smells (specifically those of human odor) differently from others. The paper was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience earlier this week. True, a human’s sense…
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University Place providing ‘Quiet Santa’ for children with sensory issues

His face is adorned with a long white beard, rosy cheeks, expressive eyes, and his laugh is a soft ho, ho, ho. For Tre Galbraith, 5, of Provo, he is the perfect “Quiet Santa.” For the first time, University Place is offering a special Christmas present to children who have sensory issues, anxiety, autism, Attention…
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Risk of autism dangerously high for couples who rush second pregnancy

  Researcher recommend women wait at least 18 months before trying to have another baby. A new study warns couples rushing to get pregnant within two years of giving birth have a higher chance of having a child with autism. US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the risk is 50% higher, according to a report…
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Ways a New Smartwatch Makes Caring for an Autistic Loved One Easier

  PinPoint Technologies, Inc. is a smartwatch start-up based out of Detroit, Michigan, that has made it a goal to help the autism community. It was founded by its chief operating officer, Quincy Hyatt, a Detroit native. Quincy, who has a sister with special needs, knows all too well what families affected by autism experience…
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Ten Things Parents Should Know about Autism

With 1 in 68 children, 1 in 44 boys, and 1% of USA population having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the below list will help parents identify signs and symptoms of autism. They can also stop by The Open House for The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, taking place Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:30-7:00 pm. The Center for Autism operates…
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Brain Power Releases First Augmented Reality Smartglasses to Help People with Autism Increase Social, School, and Job Success

Brain Power, the developer of neuroscience-based augmented reality, launched the Empower Me™ system for autism today. Empower Me is a digital coach that runs on smartglasses, to empower children and adults with autism to teach themselves social and cognitive skills toward happy self-sufficiency. Empower Me runs on Google Glass, including the newly released Glass Enterprise Edition,…
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Gene therapy technique prevents seizures in Angelman mice

  Introducing the gene UBE3A into neurons that dampen brain activity can prevent seizures in a mouse model of Angelman syndrome. But it only works when the gene is added at a young age. Researchers presented the unpublished findings yesterday at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Angelman syndrome is marked by developmental delay, epilepsy and,…
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Autistic people aren’t really accepted – and it’s impacting their mental health

Up to 70% of autistic people experience mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, according to some research. Unfortunately, we still don’t know why autistic people are at a higher risk for mental health problems than non-autistic people. But one important factor is whether an individual’s autism is recognised and accepted by those around them.…
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A first-of-its-kind school in Texas for students with autism

Texas Autism Academy is a private school for children on the Autism Spectrum that incorporates the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)* into their daily instruction and curriculum. They are currently enrolling ages 4-10 in a half day or full day program. Tuition assistance may be available. The school is located in The Woodlands and is open to students…
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Eric Rosen, living and succeeding with autism

  Though Asperger’s creates many challenges in life, Eric Rosen is a magna cum laude college graduate, a practicing actor, a TV sportscaster and a licensed driver. (Photo courtesy of Eric Rosen) STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Eric Rosen is a self-proclaimed realist in many ways. Though he knows he is living with a condition about…
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