Recent Study Strengthens Autism and Schizophrenia Link

According to a news article “Brain tissue study bolsters autism, schizophrenia link” individuals with autism have brain patterns of gene expression related to individuals with schizophrenia. In a finding released publicly in May 24, individuals who either have schizophrenia or autism share descriptions such as language problems and problems in understanding other people’s feelings and thoughts.

The study is from a “characterized gene expression in postmortem brain tissue from 32 individuals with autism and 40 controls. In the new analysis, the researchers made use of that dataset as well as one from the Stanley Medical Research Institute that looked at 31 people with schizophrenia, 25 with bipolar disorder and 26 controls.

From the data, the researchers  found out 106 genes expressed at lower levels in people with schizophrenia and autism. These genes are significant in the development of neurons.

In the past studies, they did not involve brain tissue. Previous research relied on blood and others on neurons taken from stem cells.

The gene expression in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not notably similar, according to the current research. Although schizophrenia is said to have stronger genetic ties to bipolar disorder than to autism. A more extensive research is believed to may reveal an overlap between the two conditions.

The similarities in gene expression between schizophrenia and autism could stem from a shared mechanism for the two conditions. Or they may reflect common processes that compensate for the other brain changes,” the published article said.

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Autism In Children

If you learn or suspect that your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the best thing to do is to start the treatment right away. Seek help and don’t wait to see if your child can outgrow the problem or catch up later.

Learn about autism as much as  you can. The more you educate yourself the more equipped you will be in making decisions for your child with autism.

Become an expert on your child. Understand what affects  your child, that triggers disruptive or bad behaviors. Know what elicits a positive response.

Accept your child. Celebrate small developments and accept your child’s uniqueness.

 

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Words to Calm An Angry Child

When a child starts getting angry, it sometimes feels like a volcano is about to blow up. Usually, this feels like a disaster for parents. It can also become frustrating sometimes. Double the frustration if you are dealing with a child on the autism spectrum.

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How to Calm An Angry Child

So here are top five things to say to handle an angry kid. Parents of kids with autism can try these methods too.

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1)Instead of saying: Stop throwing things!

Try this: When you throw your toys, I think you don’t like playing with them. Is that what’s going on?

Why? By doing so you help your child communicate emotions in a non-confrontational way. It keeps communication lines open. Also, it allows your child to rephrase events in his own perspective.

2) Instead of: Don’t you dare hit!

Try this: It’s OK to be angry, but I won’t let you hit. We need to keep everyone safe.

You make it clear that his anger, his emotion is acceptable but the action is not. Separating the anger and what he does about it will help your child learn likewise.

3.Instead of: Big kids don’t do this!

Try this: Big kids and even grown-ups sometimes have big feelings. It’s OK, these feeling will pass.

The older your kids get, the bigger the emotions they have. Do not tell them that big kids don’t experience frustration, anger, or anxiety. Help them deal with their feelings and process them in a healthy manner.

4. Instead of: You’re being so difficult!

Try this: This is a tough one, huh? We’re going to figure this out together.

When children are digging in their heels, it is important to understand why. When you use these words, you are reinforcing the idea that you are on the same team, working toward the same goal.

5) Instead of: Brush your teeth right now!

Try this: Do you want to brush Elmo’s teeth first or yours?

Tantrums, especially for toddlers, are expressions of their desire to take control of their situation. When you use these words, you are giving your  child a choice and a little control.

Being a parent is an everyday process, a 24/7 job that involves a lot of sweating, laughing, yelling and truck loads of patience and understanding. Moreover, it is one of the most fulfilling jobs the world has ever known.

We salute parents especially those who have kids with autism. We feel you. We know how it feels. 

Connect with us on our Facebook page Autism Needs You to network with other Autism parents who have questions, who have answers or simply want to feel that they are not alone.

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Note: The top five phrases are excerpts from a published article on Huffington Post.


Random Autism Facts

Random Autism Facts

There is a greater need to spread autism awareness more than ever as there is an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism worldwide.

Maybe it’s the lack of knowledge about autism that is keeping some people from understanding and supporting individuals with this condition.

To help kids with autism, we will have to share what we know about autism. Starting by the following random autism facts below:

  • Autism is a lifelong serious and disabling condition.
  • Autism is more common in boys than in girls.
  • Autism is not just in children. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.
  • 34% of kids on the spectrum say that being bullied in school is the worst thing about being in school.support.
  • One in three adults with autism have severe mental health problems due to lack of support.
  • Dogs can calm, reduce aggressive behavior in kids with autism. Dogs have shown to enhance quality of life, safety and independence of kids with autism.
  • Kids born premature or underweight have higher risk for autism.
  • Autism was formerly called “Early Infantile Autism” or “Kanner’s Syndrome”.
  • Kids with autism may experience coexisting conditions life tuberous sclerosis, epileptic seizures, learning disabilities, fragile X-syndrome and ADD.
  • Generally children with autism have reduced sense of pain but may become more sensitive to touch, smell, sound which may result to reluctance to being hugged or cuddled.
  • 97 million people all over the world have autism.
  • Autism is more common than childhood diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined.

Help Kids with Autism

Don’t let a day pass by without doing something for kids with autism. A simple share of autism-related articles on social media will do. Or you can donate or be a volunteer.

Help a child with autism own an iPad by donating. Check out http://autismneedsyou.org for more details on how you can donate and help.

 

 

 


WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF AUTISM?

Autism since 1900s has referred to a variety of neuro-psychological conditions.  The word “autism,” comes from the Greek word “autos,” which means “self.” 

Autism refers to  conditions in which a person is removed from social interaction. So, an individual has an  isolated self. 

Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler was the first one to use the term. In 1911, he began  using it to deacribe one group of symptoms of schizophrenia.

Researchers in the United States began to use the term “autism” in the 1040s to describe kids with  social or emotional problems.

A doctor from Johns Hopkins University, Leo Kanner, used it to describe the withdrawn behavior of some children he studied. Also at that time, German scientist Hans Asperger identified a similar condition that’s now called Asperger’s syndrome.

Schizophrenia and autism have been linked in many researchers’ minds. But in the 1960s, it was only then that medical professionals started to have a separate understanding of kids with  autism.

In 1960s to 1970s, studies  into treatmenta for autism centered  on medications such as electric shock, LSD and behavioral change techniques.

The role of behavioral therapy and the use of highly controlled learning environments emerged as the main  treatments for many forms of autism and related conditions in the 1980s to 1990s.

Today, the cornerstones of  autism therapy are behavioral therapy and language therapy. Other treatments are added as needed.

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What Are the Symptoms of Autism?

One symptom prevalent to all types of autism is an inability to communicate and interact with others with ease.

Some people with autism are unable to communicate at all. Others may have problems demonstrating body language or maintaining a conversation.

Other symptoms may include unusual behaviors in any of these areas:

Interest in objects or specialized informationReactions to sensationsPhysical coordination

Autism symptoms are usually detected early in development. Generally,  children with severe autism are diagnosed by age 3. While those with milder forms of autism, such as Asperger’s syndrome, may not be diagnosed until later, when their problems with social interaction cause difficulties at school.

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What are the different types of autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to studies, affects one out of every 68 children in America. The significant overlap among the varied types of autism and the variation in symptoms  among autistic children have led to the concept of ASD.

ASD is four times more common in boys than in girls. The increased number of kids with autism however is unclear if the number of diagnoses is from early and improved detection or a real increase in number.

Just like other medical conditions, early diagnosis is important to help an autistic child develop significant social and language skills.

Early diagnosis is important. That’s because early treatment can help a child with autism make significant developments in language and social skills.

So what are the common signs of ASD? A child on the spectrum has problems in social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communication, behaviors and interests.

No child with autism are ever the same. One will always have a different autism pattern.

There are times when a child’s development is delayed from birth. Others  may  seem to develop normally then they suddenly lose language or social skills. Some would display normal development until they have enough language to communicate strange thoughts and behaviors.

The loss of language is the major disability in some kids on the spectrum. While  some children have strange behaviors such as spending hours lining up toys.

Alhough parents are generally the first people to notice, however, autism diagnosis  is usually delayed.  Physicians or parents may downplay early signs of ASD by suggesting that symptoms may be  slight delay in the child’s development or simply just a phase.

It was only recently that the forms of ASD has been determined. The three types are:

1) Asperger’s syndrome (AS) – The mildest form of autism. Kids with AS have normal to above intelligence and they are usually obsessed with one topic or object. They have impaired social  skills and are sometimes uncoordinated and awkward.

2)  Pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) – This applies to most kids with more severe autism than Asperger’s syndrome, yet not as severe as autistic disorder.

3)  Autistic disorder – Kids who meet more rigid criteria for a diagnosis of autism have autistic disorder. They have more severe impairments involving social and language functioning, as well as repetitive behaviors. Often, they also have mental retardation and seizures.

How to Help Kids With ASD

The easiest way to help kids with autism is spread  awareness. Use your social media accounts to share news, stories of kids with autism. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @autismneedsyou and use the hashtag #autismneedsyou to get updates about ASD.

You can also donate to help a child with autism qualify for a FREE ipad. Go to our homepage http://autismneedsyou.org or our Facebook page to sign-up. It’s an easy quick process.

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How an iPad can help a child with autism.

Autism spectrum disorder affects three different areas of a child’s life. These are social interaction, communication both verbal and non-verbal and finally behaviors and interests. Different children with ASD will have different pattern of autism. Current studies have shown that ASDs affect one out of every sixty eight children in the U.S. They mostly affect boys than girls.

Thanks to the release of iPad which was first introduced in April 2010. Since then, there has been much that has come to benefit children with autism spectrum disorder.

Here are some of the ways of how an iPad can help a child with autism.

· IPads have customized options

The iPad can be tailored to cater for the child’s specific needs, this makes it more preferable as compared to traditional devices. Children have different requirements and thus, creates need to generated customized options.

· Portability

IPads are highly portable. The advantage of portability gives children more time of using the gadget. On the contrary other learning materials like desktop lack portability features which makes it nearly impossible for a child to be with it at all times.

· Availability of touch screen

It’s a lot easier to operate a touch screen than typing. IPad is more accessible for children who have learning or coordinating difficulties. Children using iPad find tapping and sliding motions more convenient than typing.

· Availability of learning application

Applications such as Proloquo2go have greatly contributed in enhancing children with ASDs to learn. It’s a single based voice output communication app which can be programmed to personal specific needs. Unfortunately, the program is not for free. Before making any purchase or installation of an application for your child, you should consider its flexibility.

· A child can enjoy independent learning and leisure time

Children are free to learn on their own and still play different games when they are free. idependence creates free will in children to enjoy what they are doing without being told what to do.


Preparation is Key for a Successful Travel with a Child Diagnosed with Autism

Traveling is a fun and exciting experience for most. Who would not love enjoying this activity, right? But it is not the case for children with ASD because traveling is more likely to lead to frustrations and become stressful for them. A basic fact about children with autism is that they are used to working on set schedules. Going for a vacation, even for a few days would mean causing discomfort to them and disrupting the routine they got used to.

However, this does not meant that the whole family can no longer go for vacation whey they wish to. It is still possible. To make it a fun experience for everyone, advance and thorough preparation must be made.

Starting Small and Picking a Comfortable Destination continue reading →


What It’s Like to Have a Sibling with Autism

Every child that is born in this world is a gift from God, no matter if he or she was born with disabilities or conditions like autism. Raising a kid who suffers from autism requires some extraordinary requirements on the parent’s part as people and on the whole family. First of these demands is the absence of adequate hours in a day to do all the wishes of every child. Particularly, the time that is involved in meeting the requirements of a member of the family who has autism might leave the parents to take care of the other kids.

Most parents feel that despite their efforts to take care of their child with special needs, they are still struggling to respond to the requirements of the whole family. They say that though their life as a person might be put on hold and the couple may share an understanding of the requirement to make the sacrifices for the benefit of their child who suffers from autism, there are parents who are eager to make the same demand of their other children. As an outcome, there will be a consistent tension between the requirements of the child who has autism and those needs of the other kids. continue reading →


How an iPad can Help Autism Children Best Apps for Them?

Are you one of those parents who have autistic children? Are you really interested to let them learn and develop some of their skills despite of their condition? If yes, there is nothing to worry about as there are already a lot of apps used as part of the best autism therapy for your child’s growth and development. Here’s how an IPad can help autism children with the best apps:

ABA Flash Cards

This is an IPad app that shows autistic children some flashcards. These will require them to identify some of the feelings and emotions that are found in the photos. This is an essential app that you need to install on your iPad. This is because most autistic children are having a hard time on their empathy. continue reading →


It is Possible for Children with Autism to be Bilingual, and it Shouldn’t be Discouraged

Back then, the most common advice that parents receive from clinicians with regards to the issue of bilingual children with autism was speaking more than one language should be stopped. Considering the nature of children with autism who often ends up having trouble in communicating and developing their language skills, such advice is only likely. This is a significant problem if it is to be based on the growing population of children who are born from parents with different nationalities. As a result, parents in the same situation are often left deciding on which language their child should focus on learning.

The Good News

Recent studies show that bilingualism does not pose any harm in children with autism’s language development. The study made by Marinova-Todd, Mirenda and Peterson was only small-scale but it presents significant proofs that there is nothing wrong if a child with autism gets exposed to two languages. continue reading →