Autism in the News – 12.15.11
Autism And Blinking Patterns Examined In New Study (The Huffington Post)
Eyes may be the key to the soul, but the act of opening and closing them — and the rate at which children do it — may provide clues to the mind. According to a new study, “blinking patterns” might contain new insights into how children with autism think. Read more.
New MIT center to fund autism research (The Boston Globe)
A new center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will focus on unraveling the neuroscience behind social behaviors, helping to push forward research and, the scientists hope, to advance diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Read more.
A mother writes asks for help for autistic son and a daughter (The Boston Globe)
Having a child with a neurological disability can be so overwhelming that all other day-to-day aspects of living fall by the wayside. That is the case for a single mother who recently wrote to Globe Santa to ask for gifts for her 11-year-old daughter and her 9-year-old son this holiday season. Read more.
Families cling to hope of autism ‘recovery’ (The Los Angeles Times)An autism treatment called applied behavior analysis, or ABA, has wide support and has grown into a profitable business. It has its limits, though, and there are gaps in the science. Read more.
Author Raises Autism Awareness With “Chicken Boy” (Bloomfield Patch)
Each and every Wednesday night, Gregory G. Allen engages in the same cherished ritual with his godson, Gabriel. They bond over a trip to T.G.I. Friday’s, where the youngster faithfully orders his favorite foods: chicken fingers and french fries, side of ketchup, followed by a slice of red velvet cake. Read more.