• Autism diagnosis more common after improved screening, closing racial gap

    Autism diagnosis more common after improved screening, closing racial gap

    Mar 26, 2020 08:30 PM EDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Autism has grown slightly more common in the U.S., but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared, according to a government report released Thursday. Closure of that gap — thanks to increased screening — is the main reason autism diagnoses are up a little ...

  • How donkeys are helping kids with autism process their feelings

    How donkeys are helping kids with autism process their feelings

    Mar 13, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

    Humans are accustomed to turning to dogs, cats and even horses for comfort and companionship. But now another type of livestock is becoming more popular for its therapeutic appeal: the donkey. As WGBH’s Cristina Quinn reports, equine therapy has branched out to include the smaller, less majestic relative of the horse, and it’s delivering relief...

  • The autism rate is on the rise, CDC says. Here's what that actually means

    The autism rate is on the rise, CDC says. Here's what that actually means

    Apr 27, 2018 08:48 PM EDT

    One in 59 children in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder, based on a new estimate released Thursday by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This finding indicates the prevalence of autism is slightly higher than previously thought, but does it mean autism is becoming more common? Here is ...

  • We need to include children with autism in the real world. Here's what everyone can do to help

    We need to include children with autism in the real world. Here's what everyone can do to help

    Apr 02, 2018 10:15 PM EDT

    Helping children with autism make small steps toward overcoming hurdles in public life requires shifting some of the burden, says Whitney Ellenby, a mom to a son with autism. That means parents need to educate others by disclosing a child’s disability, and bystanders need to offer tolerance. Whitney Ellenby ...

  • A child with autism can't engage with the world if kept at home

    A child with autism can't engage with the world if kept at home

    Apr 02, 2018 08:06 PM EDT

    ... will require what I call “burden-shifting.” The burden begins with me, the parent of the autistic child, to disclose his disability. “My child has autism, I’m working with him to overcome his fears.” And notice that I am not apologizing for his autism, simply identifying it. Many parents ...

  • How my son with autism made sense of the world by watching Disney movies

    How my son with autism made sense of the world by watching Disney movies

    Jan 18, 2018 11:20 PM EDT

    ... is autistic. He vanishes on us, that we have no way to talk to him, and it crushes us. When we first heard the word autism, we were stunned. I said, you mean like "Rain Man," like Dustin Hoffman in that movie? And the doctor says, "Well, maybe, but, you ...

  • Lakes and pools can be deadly for children with autism. But tailored swim lessons can save lives

    Lakes and pools can be deadly for children with autism. But tailored swim lessons can save lives

    Sep 29, 2017 04:35 PM EDT

    ... and how to turn over in the water.” Advocacy organizations, community centers, and schools are creating water safety classes for children with autism. Pathfinders for Autism offers a tip sheet for swim instructors who may encounter students with autism. Autism Speaks provides swim classes for children with autism and financial ...

  • How these new Sesame Street and Power Rangers characters are changing Hollywood's portrayal of autism

    How these new Sesame Street and Power Rangers characters are changing Hollywood's portrayal of autism

    Apr 02, 2017 03:24 PM EDT

    ... s signs of autism are at times as subtle as expressing anxiety in new situations or shouting when his peers are trying to stay quiet. Autism awareness advocates say television has been doing a better job of portraying autism on screen. NBC’s hit television show Parenthood, for example, was ...

  • AP fact check: Trump's iffy grasp of autism research

    AP fact check: Trump's iffy grasp of autism research

    Feb 16, 2017 04:12 PM EDT

    ... autism. That increase is explained in large part by more awareness of the developmental disorder and changes in practice that broadened the definition for an autism diagnosis. Labeling also is an issue, as parents became more likely to seek out the increasing services for autism and related disorders that are ...

  • Children of color with autism face disparities of care and isolation

    Children of color with autism face disparities of care and isolation

    Feb 08, 2017 12:49 AM EDT

    ... JUDY WOODRUFF: Now, the story of an African-American family that knows autism firsthand and the particular challenges facing communities of color. Autism rates among African-Americans are the same as rates among whites, but African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at an older age, missing potential ...

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