Touch Device Helps Autistic Kids Speak

One of the major hurdles we’re having to overcome with my son’s autism is getting him to speak. Sure he’s got a couple of broken words and some sounds we’ve come to recognize but he really started making great leaps forward when he started working with a PECS book.

Signs of Autism Showing Earlier in Some Children

Researchers now believe that they can reliably spot “tells” that a child is autistic as early as 14 months in some children but are still stumped by children who regress from normal to autisic behavior. USATODAY.com: “Children with autism can be identified as early as 14 months old, the youngest age at which the disorder…

Assemblyman Wants Investigation of Link Between Sonograms and Autism

A New Jersey assemblyman is asking the state legislature of New Jersey to look into a possible link between sonograms and autism. The Assemblyman cites a recent study that showed sonograms have the ability to move certain brain cells that are commonly associated with the disorder. Daily Record: “Assemblyman Joe Pennacchio, R-Montville, introduced legislation Monday…

Parents: Watch Out For Small Magnets

Being the father of a child with autism I’m always on my guard against potential hazards, maybe more-so than normal parents. Here’s an article from over at the Science Blog that gives parents a new reason to worry, small magnets. Evidently the magnets can come from any number of household items and toys may cause…