Therapies & Services

5 Noise Cancelling Headphones for Autism

By alex on October 10, 2018

People on the autism spectrum usually have one or more sensory issues. Mine happens to be a sensitivity to sounds, especially bass. Because of this I’ve tried a variety of things to make life bearable ranging from soundproofing my apartment, using white noise machines or fans to sleep, and getting noise cancelling headphones as well […]

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It Takes Brains! – Autism Brain Net

By alex on November 16, 2015

When I was first contacted by The Autism Science Foundation about being involved in the It Takes Brains campaign, I honestly didn’t know what to think. The campaign has the goal of urging families and individuals on the spectrum to “make the heroic decision to register for brain tissue donation.”  It was certainly one of the […]

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What’s MSSNG in #Autism? – By John Elder Robison

By alex on December 10, 2014

Yesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – #MSSNG. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion – I thought, Missing?  Certainly not.  We may be gifted or we may […]

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Service dogs for those with Asperger’s Syndrome

By alex on May 20, 2006

CBS News Reports 'Eleven-year-old Parker Weishaar is just about the most well-behaved kid you'll ever meet — now. Parker has a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome. CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports that one of the symptoms can be meltdowns." His parents, Wendy and Mark, "couldn't deal with it. We would have incidences in the classroom where he would kind of clear off the bookshelves."

What worked for them was Candy. Not...


Dear Aspie: Should I Get a Diagnosis?

By alex on February 21, 2006

Dear Aspie:
“I only recently stumbled on this website and I've found it really interesting. I’m 24 years old, and I was wondering what steps I would take if I thought I had Asperger's. Also, if I did have it and I was diagnosed, would it even be beneficial to know?”


Read on for GroovyDruid's response!

Asperger’s Phone wins Motorola design contest

By alex on January 30, 2006

Motorola's MOTOFWRD competition challenged college students nationwide to depict the future of mobile technology.

Duke University student John Finan's "mood phone" placed first among five hundred submissions. The phone, designed to interpret the mood of the person on the other end of the line, is meant to help individuals with Asperger's syndrome who may have difficulty recognizing emotional and social cues in the speech of others.

Medication for Asperger’s Syndrome?

By alex on November 29, 2005

Medication is often a difficult issue for people on the spectrum. Erika Hammerschmidt has been on medication for quite some time. Unmedicated recounts some of her experiences with medication, what it does and doesn't do for her, and how she manages when she doesn't take it.

The following article is the second in a series of three, excerpted from the book "Born on the Wrong Planet, Second Edition" By Erika Hammerschmidt. ISBN 09748570-6-8.

Robotic toys may one day diagnose autism

By alex on October 31, 2005 reports: "Brian Scassellati is a robotics researcher in Yale's computer-science department, and is part of an interdisciplinary group on campus that includes doctors and others. Part of his contribution has been to build very simple robotic heads -- more like smart toys -- then to watch how different children, autistic and nonautistic, respond to them.

"These devices can be programmed to monitor where the child is, or whether the...


Laughter research a first – Ballarat Courier

By alex on September 24, 2005

Google News reports:
Laughter research a first
Ballarat Courier, Australia - Sep 13, 2005
... first. Errin Jones, 24, is focussing on the social behaviour of humour and laughter in children with autism and Asperger's Disorder. ...

Link to article


Technology Support to Track the Effectiveness of Intervention Therapies

By alex on August 9, 2005 reports: "In treating children with autism, it is critical in many programs and services to track significant amounts of data, both for reporting purposes and in assessing learning, behavior and intervention effectiveness. Current data collection techniques can be extremely time consuming, may inhibit the caregiver-child interaction, may be subjective, and do not always communicate all of the information needed to fully assess the...


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