OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the serum concentrations of vitamin B12, folate and homocysteine in children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and healthy controls. Read full article: PubMed.gov, “Comparison of serum B12, folate and homocysteine concentrations in children with autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and healthy controls.”
“Neurotypical” is a term used by the autism community to describe what society refers to as “normal.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 59 children, and one in 34 boys, are on the autism spectrum—in other words, neuroatypical. That’s 3 percent of the male population. If you add ADHD—attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and dyslexia, roughly one out of four people are not “neurotypicals.” …more
Brain Balance says its nonmedical and drug-free program helps children who struggle with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and learning and processing disorders. The company says it addresses a child’s challenges with a combination of physical exercises, nutritional guidance and academic training. An NPR investigation of Brain Balance reveals a company whose promises have resonated with parents averse to medication. But Brain Balance also appears to …more
Question What are the associations of food allergy and other allergic conditions with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children? Findings This cross-sectional study used nationally representative data from 199 520 children aged 3 to 17 years who participated in the US National Health Interview Survey from 1997 to 2016. Children with food, respiratory, and skin allergies were significantly more likely to have ASD than children without …more
We don’t seem to talk about it all that much, but the connection between autism and IT is a fact that begs the question: should we think of autism as a liability—or as an asset? Full Article: IT Business Edge, “The View of Autism as an IT Asset”
Autism advocate Temple Grandin tells Neil deGrasse Tyson why many students are underserved in the classroom. Full article: Salon, “Far too many smart, geeky kids end up in the basement”
For those who are struggling, or whose kids struggle with “fitting in”, this is a great video: Fitting in Cardboard.
This New York Times article introduces a new web resource to help parents.
Strategies for Summer – “From Boredom to Over Scheduling, How Best to Serve the Gifted Child over Summer – and how Neurofeedback can help”. Neurofeedback professionals Kerri Honaker and Charity Finch will lead a discussion about how to make the most of Summer for your gifted child and family. They will also speak to how Neurofeedback can help address issues such as ADHD and anxiety …more
An article chronicling the coming of age of autistic youths. Read The New York Times article.