Aggression and Children with Autism

Autistic children are more likely to lash out physically if they engage in self-injury or have sleep or sensory problems. In a study of children enrolled in the Autism Treatment Network, prevalence and correlates of aggression were examined in 1,584 children and adolescents with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Fifty-three percent of the children had problems [...]

Autism Spectrum Disorders Increase Among Children

The Current CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) data shows that 1 in 50 children were diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, such as Asperger’s syndrome. The years 2011 and 2012 saw a 72% increase in the amount of American children diagnosed with autism disorders. The biggest increase was in boys and adolescents [...]

Empathy And Compassion For Those With Special Needs

Empathy: Cultivating Compassion for Families with Special Needs The economic and emotional demands faced by families with a special needs child can be overwhelming. Approaching these individuals with empathy and compassion can have a positive impact on the tremendous stress that they face on a daily basis. As educators, doctors, therapists, and community partners that are involved [...]

Adults With ADHD

In a study supported by Public Health Services research grants, childhood ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) may carry over into adulthood in 29% of cases, with a higher risk of other psychiatric disorders. The study included over 5,500 individuals from the same birth group that were followed to an average age of 27 to 29 years, [...]

Mental Health Disorders Share Common Genetics

Autism, Schizophrenia, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), Bipolar Disorder and MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) – are often referred to as unconnected, individual problems. However, recent findings suggest they are related. In the largest genetic study of mental illness to date, Dr. Jordan Smoller, a professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School [...]

Developmentally Disabled Teen Ends The Season On A High Note

Steve Hartman of CBS reports on a developmentally disabled teen named Mitchell Marcus from Coronado Highschool in Al Paso Texas. Mitchell, who has always loved basketball is part of the Coronado Highschool basketball team called the ‘Thunderbirds’.  As team manager, Mitchell’s coach Peter Morales, makes no qualms about who is his favorite on the team, [...]

Adults With Autism

Adults and Autism | The Maher Law Firm

What happens to special needs children when they become adults? “Many autistic adults have a hard time finding their place in the world. Less than half enroll in higher education or find work. (According to the Social Security Administration, only about 6 percent of adults with autism work full-time.) Many lack the skills to live [...]

Folic Acid May Help Prevent Autism

Folic Acid | pregnancy | Autism | The Maher Law Firm

“Taking folic acid supplements around the time of conception may lower the risk of autistic disorder” In an article written by Todd Neale, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today – Mr. Neale writes about folic acid supplements and the possibility that they may help prevent autism in the offspring of women who take folic acid supplements [...]

Special Education Students

“I believe it’s time for a paradigm shift in the field of special education.” In an article by Thomas Armstrong, a former Special Education Teacher, Mr. Armstrong writes about his “excitement and hope that he could really make a difference in the lives of students with special needs.”  Although after becoming a special education teacher [...]

2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids Of The Year

“If people could race with people who cant walk or talk or have any kind of autism, it might open eyes of people that don’t really care about it, and maybe the people that don’t care in the past will care in the future” – Connor Long