Autism

11:58am

Fri October 12, 2012
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Classroom Yoga Helps Improve Behavior Of Kids With Autism

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 12:48 pm

Yoga is increasingly being used in classrooms across the U.S. to help kids behave and perform better in school.
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Researchers have found that kids with autism spectrum disorder who did yoga at their elementary school behaved better than kids with autism who weren't doing yoga.

The researchers surveyed teachers at a school in the Bronx who said a daily yoga program reduced the kids' aggressive behavior, social withdrawal and hyperactivity.

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3:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
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Thaw At Brain Bank Deals Setback To Autism Research

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 6:35 am

Unrefrigerated brains in preserving solution are stacked high on shelves at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital.
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The details sound like something out of a bad science-fiction movie.

A freezer storing human brains for research went on the fritz, and nobody at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center knew for days. Two separate alarms that should have alerted staff to the problem failed to sound late last month.

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12:43am

Mon June 4, 2012
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What's Different About The Brains Of People With Autism?

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:21 am

Jeff Hudale, who is autistic, demonstrates a face recognition test at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Researchers use eye tracking devices to monitor and record what he is looking at.
Rebecca Droke Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Like a lot of people with autism, Jeff Hudale has a brain that's really good at some things.

"I have an unusual aptitude for numbers, namely math computations," he says.

Hudale can do triple-digit multiplication in his head. That sort of ability helped him get a degree in engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. But he says his brain struggles with other subjects like literature and philosophy.

"I like working with things that are rather concrete and structured," he says. "Yeah, I like things with some logic and some rules to it."

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12:15pm

Mon May 14, 2012
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Jobs And College Pose New Challenge For Young People With Autism

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:50 am

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Times are tough for young people. Unemployment is high, and college costs are soaring.

For those who've been diagnosed with autism, the challenges of life after high school are even steeper, according to a study just published in the journal Pediatrics.

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1:39am

Mon April 23, 2012
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Children With Autism Are Often Targeted By Bullies

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:42 am

Abby Mahoney, 13, has Asperger's syndrome. She says she has memorized nearly everything there is to know about Star Wars. Her enthusiasm for the subject helped make her the target of a bullying boy.
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Lots of kids get bullied. But kids with autism are especially vulnerable.

A new survey by the Interactive Autism Network found that nearly two-thirds of children with autism spectrum disorders have been bullied at some point. And it found that these kids are three times as likely as typical kids to have been bullied in the past month.

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