Philly Mom Gets Nasty Anonymous Letter About Her Son With Autism

Bonnie Moran has been through it. The 32-year-old Mayfair mom suffers from spina bifida, and two of her three sons are autistic. Still, she says that most of the time, she’s able to hold her head high and enjoy life. But last week was a bit rougher than normal.Moran says that when she went...

Giving adults with autism the skills to build independent lives

Before Josh, 36, arrived at First Place Transition Academy, he had never taken public transportation on his own, much less held down a paying job. But a new pilot program is empowering adults with autism to overcome hurdles to independence. Special correspondent John Donvan, co-author with Caren Zucker of “In a Different Key: The...

Texas denies Medicaid coverage for autism therapy for kids

Like many parents of children with autism, Braulio De La Cruz sought an expensive therapy called applied behavioral analysis — or ABA – when his son Noah Leonardo was diagnosed last year.Noah, now 3 years old, qualifies for Medicaid coverage because he had been approved for Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, and...

Mom of Girl with Autism Opens Up About the Act of Kindness She’ll Never Forget

Kindness goes a long way, regardless of who you are. When you’re a kid, though, it is especially important to be both on the receiving and giving end of it, because it’s a lesson in empathy. Stephanie Skaggs, a mom of six and Zumba instructor, definitely believes in the gift of kindness tenfold.Her daughter Baylee,...

11 Expert-Recommended Autism Apps for Kids

1. First-Then Visual Schedule This app provides visual schedules to help with transitions and decrease anxiety. "First-then support can offer children of most intellectual and language abilities to understand what is expected of them, and what will come next, or what the reward will be," explains Aguayo.Cost: $9.99, available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and...

What I Want You To Know About My Children With Special Needs

When I look at all the paperwork from doctors and therapists (that I try and keep track of but somehow never really get under control) I can see it’s a lot.When we have a tough day, when both boys are exhibiting the more difficult signs and symptoms of their diagnoses, I know it’s a...

Can medical marijuana treat ADD/ADHD and autism?

Today, things are a lot of different.Filled with the sound of high-tech machines, a pristine growing operation in Tempe is one of many across the country taking the pot plant to new highs."It's been a miracle drug," said JP Holyoak.Holyoak is behind the setup along with two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Valley.The financial...

Are You Stealing Your Child’s Thinking?

“You’re a thief, Kamini,” she said. Noticing my shocked expression, she elaborated.This was Joyce Albu, my consultant, giving me feedback about how I guided a 17-year-old Mohit in 2007. He had become heavily dependent on prompts by then.Fast forward to the present – to 2016. Mohit and I share a beautiful, emotionally fulfilling relationship as...


(ANTIMEDIA) At 10 months of age, Kalel Santiago of Puerto Rico was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He endured chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgery for two years—and survived. Then he was diagnosed with something permanent: severe autism that disabled him from speaking.“While he was in the hospital, we noticed he didn’t...

Man with Autism Graduates From Law School; Passes Bar Exam on First Try

Erik Weber is quite an accomplished young man.Erik who was diagnosed with autism at 3 graduated from Cal Western School of Law in 2015 and recently just passed the bar exam as well on the first try! Erik now plans to practice special education law to help those with disabilities.As reported from NBC San...


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