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Sometimes contact sports can be difficult for autistic children. You can instead encourage other forms of challenging yet strengthening exercises. Get started with these tips on arm circles, star jumps, and other autism exercises for kids.

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However, it is this model of ‘early-onset psychosis’ which later became dominant in descriptions of the concept of ‘autism’, which is ironic because ‘autism’ had originally been used precisely to describe normal early infantile thought. Overall, findings from this study suggest that friendship, although challenging, can be navigated successfully for some young adults on the autism spectrum. We did not directly examine how the experiences of friendship-seeking for young adults on the autism spectrum compare with those of their typically developing peers. Some of their preferences, such as wanting only a few friends, taking time to find friends, and feeling accepted for who they are, could be said for many people. However, it was clear that participants felt that their autism set them apart and that they had a harder time making friends.

She considered these as friendships, even though she had never met or spoken to most of the members. She had two friends she saw in person and found the combination of these friendships fulfilling. In fact, she said that she did not want more than a few friends because she would find it stressful.

In fact, a small percentage of people with ASDs are remarkably gifted. Consider Kim Peek, the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman’s character, Raymond Babbitt, in the 1988 film, “Rain Man.” Peek has read more than 7,000 books, and can recall with photographic accuracy more than 80 percent of their contents. Given a person’s date of birth, he can immediately produce the day of the week on which the person was born. London-born author and math whiz Daniel Tammet can recite the number pi to more than 20,000 digits, and fluently speaks 10 languages. Autistic children also are not badly behaved — their temper tantrums and other unusual behaviors stem from their frustration in being unable to effectively communicate and interact socially. They are not dumb, either; in fact, some autistic children are extremely gifted in one or more areas. Screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for healthcare providers.

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Although some found it easier to relate to other people who were on the autism spectrum, others felt accepted by friends who were not on the spectrum but who liked their atypical personalities. And for some, autism was folded into their friendships that were characterized by a shared outlook or experience. Results suggest that friendship, although challenging, can be navigated successfully for some young adults on the autism spectrum. These findings have implications for supporting young adults in their efforts to make friends in ways that work best for them and for creating measures that more accurately reflect their perspectives and needs.

Naturally, you as a parent, other caregivers, and extended family need to grieve about this. Within this partnership you, as the parent, should feel comfortable bringing up any concerns you have about your child’s behavior or development—the way he or she plays, learns, speaks, and acts. Likewise, your child’s pediatrician’s role in the partnership is to listen and act on your concerns.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found exposure to thimerosal, a preservative that used to be added to vaccines, does not increase a child’s risk of developing autism. Responding to the study, Autism Speaks’ chief science officer said that the “study adds to a large body of evidence indicating that early thimerosal exposure through vaccination does not cause autism.” Since June 2014, Autism Speaks has partnered with Google on a project called Mssng (pronounced “missing”). Previously known as The Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program , it is an open source research platform for autism that aims to collect and study the DNA of 10,000 families that have been affected by autism. The goal is to create the world’s largest database of sequenced genomic information of autism run on Google’s cloud-based genome database, Google Genomics. In December 2014, the pair announced a launch that will allow worldwide access to the research for further collaboration and genome analysis. Autism Speaks funds the Autism Tissue Program, a network of researchers that manages and distributes brain tissues donated for autism research.

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They may want steady routines where things stay the same so they know what to expect. If you are unable to get formally tested but find yourself meeting the criteria for autism, then you are autistic. Given all of the barriers to formal diagnoses and the many high-quality screening resources available online—many of the same screening tools that doctors use—self-diagnoses might seem like a valid option.

Whereas intelligence tests were by then well established as psychometric instruments, measures of psychopathology in children were new. Both groups were matched for IQ levels so that the only difference between them was that the group deemed ‘autistic’ was ‘severely disturbed’. The children were rewarded if they gave correct responses to tactile, auditory and visual stimulation. ‘Autistic’ children were found more likely to respond to tactile and visual stimulation than auditory stimulation although they could be taught to respond to sound if they were rewarded (Hermelin and O’Connor, 1963). In Britain, child psychological professionals introduced these theories in the 1920s and 1930s.