May 2012

New Autism Social Learning Software Takes Top SIIA Ed Tech Summit Award – Houston Chronicle.

via New Autism Social Learning Software Takes Top SIIA Ed Tech Summit Award – Houston Chronicle.


Baby’s poor head and neck control may be an autism clue – – Blogs.

I don’t remember this specifically, but I remember thinking that Rob had a “big head” and maybe that was why he wasn’t holding his neck up as well at 6 months as his sister did. So this may well be a diagnostic sign, at least from our experience!

1 in 3 autistic young adults lack jobs, education –

I guess Rob is doing better than many young adults with autism: he has completed some college courses in digital arts, and had several paying jobs. He just has trouble keeping jobs, and difficulty finishing school. After a few short stints at hourly wage jobs, he is about to start training for a job that is actually a salaried position with benefits; he really hopes he can keep this one, but still refuses to work closely with a life coach to help that happen. So we’ll see.

He has said that he sees working with a job coach as like being in special education. He wants to be normal. I keep trying to tell him that even NT people often need the help of a job coach to succeed. Anybody out there with some experience in this regard they want to share?

What if autism could be reversed with a pill?

A growing body of research in mice and a handful of people is finding that autism is not a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s, but a changeable condition, like, say, epilepsy that can potentially be controlled.

via Could autism be reversed with a pill? – Daily Dose: A Boston Globe blog with health news, advice, and information..

This is truly exciting and amazing, but seems too good to be true.  I want to get Rob into a clinical trial for this pill when it becomes available.

A Professor’s Son Leads Him to Autism Research – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This is an idea that appears to have real possibilities! It’s sort of a high-tech version of creating social stories for autistic people.

The May family copes with four boys’ autism as a team –

Wow, four boys, all on the spectrum! That sounds very overwhelming, but they seem to make it work.