Archive for 2014

Autism and Recent Research

We often get queries from parents about research studies they hear about in the media. Often they relate to potential treatments and parents wonder if it is something they should try for their child.

In order to help parents better understand various studies, TheAutismBlog will post from time to time on studies we think worth mentioning. We’ll translate the scientific language found in peer-review journals and provide more depth than media sound bites, aimed at grabbing attention.

Today we share with you two studies focused on possible treatment for autism. Read full post »

Autism: Where Are We Today?

If you ever have the opportunity to hear Dr. Bryan King talk about autism, go! Dr. King has the unique ability to deliver complex information about autism in a concise and remarkably clear manner. His unique use of metaphors help make overwhelming and confusing information comprehensible. Dr. King skillfully addressed important topics such as the cause, treatments, new DSM criteria, and advancements in research at the Autism 200 class in January at Seattle Children’s.

Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to quickly update your knowledge and understanding regarding the state of autism in 2014. Watch Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2014.

The Journey and the Now

A little life lesson…

So often, some of the greatest lessons we learn in life come in times and places when we are least expecting them. Last week offered one of those moments…

As our monthly movie night at the Burnett Center came to an end, as we turned off ‘The Incredibles’ and vacuumed up popcorn debris, a new friend, who will be participating at the center, asked if he could talk to me about some things he had on his mind.

Curious, I welcomed the conversation as this bright, charming and contemplative young man talked about planning for the future and how the unknown can be overwhelming for people with autism. For him, this was in regards to his life and wondering about girlfriends, marriage, even heaven… and for me, in Read full post »

Autism Prevalence Increase Announced

CDCYesterday, the CDC reported that autism diagnoses have increased 30% in the past two years. For today’s blog, Seattle Mama Doc, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and Seattle Children’s Autism Center Medical Director, Dr. Charles Cowan, discuss what this increase means and how parents can best advocate for their children.

“Like a bell on a quiet night, I feel parents need to hear this most: we just want to connect children with the resources they need to thrive at home and at school and throughout their lives. Doesn’t matter what we call it, we want children of all backgrounds, of all resources, and all opportunity to be afforded the chance for a connected, lovely life. As a realist of course, I do know that numbers matter because it changes how we screen, how we Read full post »

Creative Respite For Families of Kids with Autism

It was the day after New Year’s and our support groups were winding down when the idea struck me. These parents were in the midst of a long two-week holiday break from school with their kids and they looked a little worse for the wear.

As they described the reality of what the holidays meant for them (sleep deprivation, high expectations, big disappointments, little or no routine, meltdowns, family members who don’t get it, nerve-wracking security checks at airports), I couldn’t help but wish that there were a way to give them a regular break from this for just a short while. With that, I thought, we could lighten their load and give them the recharge they need to get back up and do it again day after day.  Read full post »