The Resource Page
Recently, we have also added a page – Books in our Library – that you might find helpful. All of the books have been donated to our organization. We present them to you with summaries culled from book-seller sites that do not necessarily reflect our opinions.
You may also want to check out our Watercooler blog written for and by people with Asperger’s Syndrome or by people who love them.
IEP and Autism （my）-Most autism parents with a child in public school will find themselves figuring out an IEP (Individualized Education Program) – a plan with school officials for the child to receive specialized instruction and services which can be an exhausting job for a parent.Education Programs(IEPs) are one of the top 10 topics most discussed on MyAutismTeam. People talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles.
Dentist Visits and Autism (my)-Children with autism may be uncomfortable at the dentist because it is a new situation, they have to sit very still, or they are afraid of the tools or drill. But preparing children ahead of time can ease some anxiety. Learning tips and tricks from parents who have been there can help you make your child more comfortable at the dentist.
Doctors and Autism(my)-There are also a variety of doctors who can prescribe them, like pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, specialists, and naturopathic doctors. So, there is no one “right” type of doctor.Here are types of doctors described by Dr. Todd Levine, an Autism expert.
Fever’s immune effect on brain may ease autism traits(SPECTRUM)-An immune molecule produced during a fever improves sociability in three mouse models of autism. The findings may explain why fevers have sometimes been reported to temporarily improve autistic children’s behavior. The findings also hint at the prospect of a targeted therapy that could harness fever’s benefits without its harmful side effects.
Five hot topics in autism research in 2019(SPECTRUM)-This year, researchers unearthed clues to the causes of autism — and how to treat it —from a variety of sources. Here are the year’s top five topics in autism research: Brain makers, Matters of the heart, Gut reactions, Opportune moments and Errors in detection.
Early life experiences may shift severity of autism(SPECTRUM)-A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, according to a study of 78 pairs of identical twins in which at least one twin has autism. The results suggest that having a brain condition makes children more susceptible to random events that occur early in life.
Adolescent anxiety predicts later psychiatric diagnoses in autistic people(SPECTRUM)-The Swedish study found that anxiety is predictive of these other conditions regardless of an autism diagnosis. The findings suggest that clinicians should consider the full range of an autistic person’s traits instead of that the associations with the greatest magnitude are due to neurodevelopmental [conditions] in childhood.
What’s the connection between autism and sleep?(SPECTRUM)-Here’s what researchers know so far about the causes and consequences of — and treatments for — sleep problems in autism.Sleep problems are common in children with autism. People with autism tend to have insomnia with 15 percent of their sleeping time in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage. Melatonin supplements, insomnia drugs for adults such as Ambien, and a regular sleeping habit can help a lot.
Autism Speaks Revenue Surges(disabilityscoop)-“For 2018, Autism Speaks said it spent $19.6 million on employee compensation and benefits. The group’s president, Angela Geiger, took home over $642,000, more than double the earnings of any other executive at the organization.”
Lyft Offering Rides To Job Seekers With Disabilities(disabilityscoop)-In an effort to help people with disabilities access job training and get hired, Lyft’s Jobs Access Program will provide complementary or lower-cost rides to individuals with disabilities and other targeted groups in more than 35 markets across the U.S. and Canada.
Online Matching Service Pairs Adult Roommates With Developmental Disabilities(disabilityscoop)-One of the biggest fears for parents of adults with disabilities is what will happen to their loved ones when caregivers die. Blanton started the company’s roommate matching service in 2013 to help families find compatible roommates for their children with autism and other developmental disabilities.Another company in Minnesota created a roommate matching service in 2018 to pair people with disabilities with typically-developing caregivers