<![CDATA[POSITIVE ABOUT AUTISM™ - Autism news]]>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:08:25 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER MAY 2022                                             Comment]]>Wed, 25 May 2022 09:08:11 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-may-2022-comment
Learning about autism It's now the law! Measures to ensure all NHS staff receive training in learning disabilities and autism now have the full force of the law behind them. The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training Programme has received Royal ascent. It has now passed into law as part of the new Health and Care Act 2022. More 

Feeling different Carrie Kearns always knew she was different. From personal friendships to colleagues, the mum-of-two struggled to fit in throughout her life and considered herself a loner.
But that all changed earlier this year when she received a life-changing diagnosis of autism. More

Getting physical Why do autistic pupils engages less with PE at school? Durham University are doing new research in to the barriers that autistic young people can face when trying to access PE at school. More 

Health inside Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to experience gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation and stomach pain, at a higher rate than their neurotypical peers. The University of Missouri is trying to find out why. More 

Law change ‘Antiquated’ mental health laws in England and Wales are set for overhaul.
A Mental Health Bill aims to limit detentions of autistic people and those with learning disabilities. More 

Women waiting Research by Swansea University has found it takes on average six years longer to diagnose autism in women and girls than in males. Charities in Wales are calling for greater investment into services to help better understand autism in females and speed up a diagnosis. More

Strength on the spectrum Watch the World's strongest man, Tom Stoltman (who is autistic), pull a 5000 pound truck in this amazing video. More

Beating Burnout “If you knew me when I was younger, you would be really surprised to see me today. My autism went undiagnosed until I was in my 30s, so no one understood my struggles, including me”. More

Evidence problem Decisions about therapies and approaches to autism, including early intervention should be informed by research data. This raises a bit of a problem for educators and clinicians because there is a dearth of data when it comes to how to respond effectively to autism. More

Time to tell When Is there a best time to tell children they have the developmental disorder? New research suggests that younger is better. More

App for anxiety We have been following the Brain in Hand story since the beginning and this is great news. Brain in Hand has been given nearly £400,000 as part of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare award, which is funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement. More 

Crisis coping ‘How COVID hit our family - and how we navigated this period’. A parent’s account of the journey through the pandemic with her autistic son. More

Words from autistic women “Countless misconceptions about autism exist, particularly traits and experiences of autistic women. Motivated to raise understanding and acceptance of our experiences I decided to write an article.” More 

What's in a word? The autistic community hopes that a new terminology guide will help people use appropriate language when talking about autism. More

More Makaton The grandmother of a boy with autism who uses the language system Makaton to communicate with his family has called for it to be taught in more schools in Wales. More 

<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER APRIL 2022                                COMMENT]]>Sat, 23 Apr 2022 07:57:18 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-april-2022-comment
Care worsens The CQC's 2020 report said people with learning disabilities or autism were receiving "undignified and inhumane care"; 18 months on it says little progress has been made. More
Mind and body A family hopes to start a new charity to give young people with autism or learning disabilities the chance to take up martial arts. More
Meeting needs Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control show childhood autism rates are at their highest level since the CDC began tracking data in 2000. About 2.3% of U.S. children. What are the priorities for support? More
Help in a box “Emergencies can be stressful for anyone. Then, when you add in a sensory processing disorder, they already don’t see and experience things in the same way we do,” A US firefighter has developed a sensory tool kit to help fire crews meet the needs of youngsters on the spectrum. More
Sibling support Having a younger brother with autism brings challenges. How can parents help? More

Right to work  An increasing number of companies are integrating neurodiverse individuals into the workplace as they recognize their growing number and the unique skills they bring to a variety of jobs. More
Food for thought A mum who has previously struggled to eat out with her autistic son has praised a restaurant for "going above and beyond" to help him. More
Autistic and unstoppable Sam Holness is an autistic endurance athlete. He's completed triathlons, an event consisting of swimming, cycling and running. He’s run numerous full 26-mile marathons and half marathons and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. More
Without the  mask Social psychologist Devon Price explains that masking is any attempt or strategy "to hide your disability." Price's new book, Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity, explores masking, and how to "unmask" and live more freely.
Care for carers Carers are key members of the team around the person they support, but the role can significantly impact their life, health and wellbeing. Good quality, consistent support is vital to enable them to continue their caring role. More
Where are the women? Despite recent breakthroughs in research, young women with autism are still commonly overlooked by parents, educators and medical providers. More
Learning moment After learning she was autistic at 38, writer and podcaster Tara McMullin began reassessing what she needed to thrive at her job. More
Legally speaking Autism is not a mental health issue – David Crisp argues for a rethink on healthcare and mental health legislation. More

Minecraft safety Famallama is a family friendly whitelisted server for the neurodiverse, (those with Autism, ADHD, and Special Educational needs). More

<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER MARCH 2022                                        COMMENT]]>Mon, 14 Mar 2022 10:08:10 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-march-2022-commentBig bill New legislation in Northern Ireland will introduce the creation of an autism information service and a cross-departmental autism training strategy. More

Help for hair A hair salon in Sheffield has created a specialised room to help autistic children get their hair cut in a less challenging environment. More

Cut it out Neurotypical nervous systems, wired for complex social lives, allow for effective sensory gating (automatically filtering out stimuli deemed unimportant - background noise). Autistic individuals have a harder time doing this. More

Kit full of understanding The North East Autism Society (NEAS) created the easy-to-follow Teacher’s Toolkit ahead of Autism Acceptance Week, which runs from March 28th until April 3rd.
The kit is packed full of educational videos, information about autism and neurodiversity, lesson plans and activity ideas designed to teach children and young people about difference. More

Autistic and Expecting Check out this unique and practical book on managing autistic pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period for autistic parents and for the health and social care practitioners who may support them. More

Explaining the spectrum “It is so important for my students to see that people with Asperger’s, autism or other communication issues can be successful and live fulfilling lives. Nothing explains this better than hearing it from them directly.” More

​Pathway to better lives Some of the world’s leading experts on autism have published a redesigned care pathway for autistic children and their families based on early detection and family involvement. More

Police aware Phillip Millichap, a police community support officer (PCSO) with autism is championing neurodiversity throughout his force. More

Positive pastures Farming can change the lives of young autistic people. A group of autistic young farm workers say the job has saved them from a potential life of isolation and boredom. More

​Deep look at sleep Ashura Buckley has been working to decode the meaning of brain activity that occurs during sleep. In November, she launched a project to assess the genetics, sleep and behavior of neurotypical children and those who have been flagged for, diagnosed with or have an older sibling with a neurodevelopmental condition, such as autism. More

<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2022                                     COMMENT]]>Wed, 02 Feb 2022 12:48:34 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-february-2022-commentLate diagnosis When it came to things like school and friendships outside of her family, Dani always felt something wasn't quite right. "There are kids running around and they all seem to be interacting and playing with each other, and I wouldn't have the foggiest idea how to insert myself into that and then how to continue in whatever it is that they are doing." More
No place called home Hundreds of Scots with learning disabilities are being forced to live far away from their families or are stuck in hospital for months or even years, according to a report by a charity. More

Beating bullying Rosie King, autistic writer and television presenter, told Hampstead primary pupils she would not have suffered so much had she been a student at their school. More

Game on An autistic Portsmouth man has realised his life-long dream by setting up a new ‘retro’ game centre open to all. More

Journey of 1 Autistic author Erin Beal has created a children’s book to instil confidence and teach acceptance. More
Future of learning A new project centre in Ireland will support autistic people from pre-school age right up to adulthood. More

Spectrum of sound A DJ with autism is inspiring others "I just love the fact that I've created something that they're dancing to," he says. "It's such a great feeling." More
What a year What were best moments for the autism community in 2021, and what does 2022 have in store? Listen to Spectrumly Speaking, the podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum. More
Knock off the noise A retired teacher looks back on a career full of autistic learning. More
Mixing it up Jordan Scully is autistic and a Mixed Martial Arts fighter. “He is so dedicated. We literally have to kick him out of the gym every night. He’s here morning, noon, and night. He is brilliant.” More 

The feeling of autism Bradon Peterson’s blog examines the sensory side of autism, ‘I understood why my three year-old self grabbed a pair of teacups to use as ear defenders at the reception of my parents’ friends’ wedding’. More
Sensory supplies The Pocket OT has some great resources for sensory differences and difficulties. More 

<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2022                                   COMMENT]]>Sun, 09 Jan 2022 12:50:33 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-january-2022-commentOn board Can video games and balance boards address movement and coordination difficulties in autism? More

Back to the future Take a look back at the research headlines from 2021 More 

Searching for support "It can be extremely challenging when Jack has a meltdown and it limits what we can do as a family and the places we can go because a lot of places aren't equipped for children with autism. It has left us feeling frustrated and still lost." More

Schools out What effect have the covid school closures in 2020/21 had on autistic learners? More

World’s Strongest Man “I always wanted to be successful for the people that have additional needs. I’ve done a lot of talks on it and I want everyone to know that, just because we’ve got a label on our heads, it doesn’t mean that you are different from anyone else, we’ve just got that additional hurdle we have to get over.” More

Motor missing Clinicians and scientists have described motor skill differences since the earliest conceptualizations of autism, yet these differences are not always considered as core to the diagnosis. More

Art of autism An artist famed for creating microscopic sculptures said his autism has inspired his success. Willard Wigan MBE, 64, was diagnosed when he was 50, but believes his mother knew he struggled at school and encouraged him to create his tiny works of art. More

Autism Works People with autism are being left behind today, with only 16 per cent in full-time employment. This inspiring book addresses the lack of understanding of the wonderful contributions people across the autism spectrum can make to the workplace. More

Same difference “In the viral video of an autistic man at his brother’s wedding, I saw my sister and me.” More

<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2021                                  COMMENT]]>Tue, 07 Dec 2021 11:44:54 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-december-2021-commentSecure silence The UK government has kept an autistic man in a secure hospital for half his life, and used the courts to silence his parents. More

Sleep study At the age of eight, Chase Mazurek has rarely had a good night's sleep. He has autism and ADHD and has trouble falling asleep, wakes in the night and gets up about 4.45am. His mother, Melanie, says it's been exhausting and has taken a toll on relationships and family life. More
Including us Much more must be done to make workplaces more inclusive for autistic people, according to Edinburgh-based Auticon, after it found that one in ten workers with the condition does not feel able to reveal their diagnosis at work. More
Getting a feeling For some of our children understanding emotions is particularly hard.  They may have communication challenges or struggle to read their own internal and physical signals.  Some of our children have high anxiety and therefore have a huge challenge when it comes to regulating their emotions. More
It’s about me ‘People said I was weak, lazy and fussy. I’m not – but I am autistic’. The late diagnosis of Melanie Sykes and Christine McGuinness came as no surprise to those who, like Sara Gibbs, have trodden the same path. More
Safe online Online dating can be an avenue for autistic people to meet new friends and potential romantic partners, but it brings with it some pretty serious dangers. People who you meet via online dating sites may not always be who they seem. More
Zayne’s world “At the beginning, life was really stressful and confusing, mixed with long waiting lists and no answers. We just wanted to be able to help Zayne the best we possibly could, but with very little knowledge and understanding of what he needed, it proved almost impossible to know what to do for the best.” More
Support for signing SignTown is an interactive web game built to help people to learn about sign language and Deaf culture. It uses machine learning to detect the user's ability to perform signs learned from the game. More
New numbers Autism rates are increasing yet again, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which finds for the first time that more than 2% of American children have the developmental disability. More
Giving voice Sean Porter made an app for non-verbal children and those with autism like his brother to help them communicate. More
It shouldn’t happen to a vet Mental health researchers at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science are calling for participants for a study on how workplace stressors affect staff who live with autism. More
Capturing the spectrum Hoping to challenge misconceptions among the neurotypical, photographer Mary Berridge has spent more than five years capturing photographs of young people with autism. More
Right to write Nick McAllister found his words after a tough time looking for employment as an autistic writer. More
From science to support Working as a speech-language pathologist back in the early 2000s, Andrew Whitehouse saw one family after another struggling to get good care for their autistic children, some of them pursuing pricey, unproven therapies. More

<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2021                               COMMENT]]>Tue, 16 Nov 2021 12:31:54 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-november-2021-commentTry this There have been plenty of newcomers welcomed to the sport of rugby at the Palace Grounds in Armagh over the past five weeks. This comes after local autism support group, More Than Words, teamed up with Rugby Cubz NI, who provide modified rugby activities for children with autism and additional needs. More

Gut news A collaborative Australian study has challenged the increasingly popular theory that gut health drives autism and rejected the use of fad diets and so-called therapies such as faecal transplants. More

Seeking acceptance People on the autism spectrum often face discrimination and other challenges in everyday life. In Bulgaria, activists are working to raise awareness and reduce stigma. More

Pandemic problems For adults and children on the autism spectrum, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is easier said than done. More

Autistic images When photographer Mary Berridge’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s, she began to see his world in a new light. She set out to capture a series of everyday – and exceptional – stories, one image at a time. More

That’s our business  In this podcast Toni Boucher (author and autistic self-advocate) describes her “AUntrepreneur” programme which helps young adults launch their own businesses. More

Sensory search Since sensory differences became part of the diagnostic criteria for autism in 2013, an increasing number of autism researchers have been drawn to the thalamus. What is it and what does it have to do with autism? More

Meeting Melanie “There’s a sense of relief about it and a sense of mourning. Not because I don’t want to be who I am, it’s that I wish I’d known sooner so I could have understood exactly why things were rolling the way they were rolling". More

Access to work An autistic woman said her experience of work was traumatising and more consideration was needed for neurodiverse employees. More

<![CDATA[October 25th, 2021]]>Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:25:43 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/october-25th-2021Not a crime Listen to Tom Oliver’s TED Talk on why autistic people are caught up in the justice system. More
Recruitment fair? There’s no doubt, that for large employers, high volume recruiting is a useful tool but it’s also true that one size doesn’t fit all, and nowhere is that more painfully obvious than with job applicants with conditions such as autism, ADHD or Tourette’s Syndrome. More
Media mess up Articles on TV and in the print media can be damaging! Autism can’t be prevented, nor can it be cured. More
Yes to amazing Sesame Workshop has announced its expansion of the ‘Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children’ initiative with new resources More
Sensory salad “As a child my mum thought I was deaf and blind”. Paul Isaacs explains some of sensory effects of his autism. More
You get me? New research suggests that children with autism struggle with the feelings of others because they might not use context to identify underlying emotions. More
Seeing like a child “My toddler loves her autistic sister — and has helped me challenge my own unconscious prejudices.” More
Silver screen spectrum Looking WITH autism Sara Wheeler discusses autism in the movies. More
Empathy wins A nurse who created a Covid-19 vaccine clinic for people with learning disabilities and autism has received national recognition. Rebecca Crossley devised the sensory-friendly space for patients who may find syringes, PPE and a busy, noisy clinic daunting. More
Think autism “When I was twelve years old, I suddenly learned to think, all at once, on a single day. Before that day almost no one would have thought that I would ever understand the world around me”. Dan Bergmann on his autism, and a breakthrough lesson. More
Autistic access Since the pandemic, more of us than ever are seeking out green spaces. What can National Parks do to make the beauty of nature enjoyable and safe? More]]>
<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2021                               COMMENT]]>Wed, 08 Sep 2021 18:15:53 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-september-2021-comment
​iPhones and autism Apple are reportedly working on an algorithm that will work with the camera in an iPhone to detect autism in children. More

Sibling story "I left a dream job to be closer to my autistic twin. The pandemic has forced many of us to rethink our lives, not least of which is how we work. For me, it meant returning home". More

Mental health New research highlights the quality of life and mental health issues of adults with autism More

Strength of the spectrum Daniel Sobel asks what would happen if we shifted our mindset and attitude – from thinking of the barriers of SEN to considering the strengths and skills that SEN can give students. More

Universities meet challenge Universities are becoming more autism-friendly with staff receiving training in autism, specific calm spaces created on campuses and advice and videos for autistic students. More

High fives for autism A mum has written an emotional letter to an Asda in Wigan, thanking a member of staff for his act of kindness towards her five-year-old son  with autism. More

Play help A mum from Croydon is speaking out as she seeks better support for autistic kids outside of school. Neve Knight said that while there are options to keep children entertained and active in Croydon during the day, precious few offer adequate support for SEN kids with specific conditions such as her five-year-old son Brody's autism and ADHD. More

Finding me “Dinosaurs didn’t only make our boy happy, they gave us a window into Ted’s world." ​How dinosaurs have transformed the life of Ted, a little boy with autism. More

Accessible art An art exhibit in Edmonton looked a little different this month, the lights were dimmed and the music lowered to provide a sensory-friendly experience. The small changes made a big difference for families with autistic children. More

<![CDATA[AUTISM NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2021                                           COMMENT]]>Wed, 11 Aug 2021 14:09:11 GMThttp://positiveaboutautism.co.uk/autism-news/autism-newsletter-august-2021-comment of injusti
Rebel on the spectrum ‘People like me have a very aggravated sense of injustice’ More

Strategic intent England has a new autism strategy. Five things you need to know about the Government’s new autism strategy for England​. More

Tackling tough Covid, fostering, autism and football – midfielder Shaun Byrne opens up on difficult 10 days with the virus. More

​Ways to work A foundation is helping people on the autistic spectrum gain qualifications and jobs in the IT sector as software testers. More

Finding each other Writer Joanne Limburg diagnosed with autism at 42 reflects on motherhood. More

Hidden histories Over the past two decades, our cultural understanding of autism and what it means to be autistic has grown - though we have a long way to go. But there are entire generations of people who grew up when the popular conception of autism was a far cry from how it’s now understood. More

Thinking of others Cameron McIntosh has worked for weeks by himself to improve Dundonald — cleaning up litter, broken glass and dog poo. More

Holiday reading: The Passionate Mind In entirely accessible terms, Wendy Lawson lays out her groundbreaking theory of Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism (SAACA), an approach that explains autism in terms of the unique learning style of individuals on the autism spectrum. More

Reel life A Cumbrian filmmaker is preparing to show off a new film inspired by her experiences with neurodivergency. Sophie Broadgate asked women and non-binary people with autism to contribute to the film where their experiences will be shared and explored. More