Neurodiversity

While many with autism wish to improve their social skills and cope with life in a more effective way, many are also proud of their unusual way of looking at the world. The neurodiversity movement, a controversial one, embraces and celebrates the differences and unique abilities exhibited by people with autism.

Recent posts on Autism

12 Warning Signs Your Child May Have a Mental Health Issue

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Singletons
Nearly one in five children is affected with an emotional or behavioral disorder. How to recognize a problem and find help.

The Cerebellum May Drive Sex Distinction in Our Social Brain

By Christopher Bergland on September 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
How do sex differences play a role in the development of our social brain? A new study on specific neurons in the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") offers some valuable clues.

The Bacteria That Mold Your Brain

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Brain Babble
New research shows that the microbiome plays a huge role in our behavior. Can changing our diet become a new health treatment?

How Do You Tell a Teenager That He Has Autism?

By Ugo Uche on September 24, 2016 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Apparently, most teens who have not been educated on autism, view autism as a form of intellectual impairment which they have come to associate with social stigma.

Your Left Cerebellar Hemisphere May Play a Role in Cognition

By Christopher Bergland on September 17, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Traditionally, the cerebellum has been considered a "non-thinking" part of our brain. However, a new study reports that specific cerebellar brain regions are involved in cognition.

Listen To Your Heart

By Gaby Pfeifer, Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Mind Growth
Our ability to listen to internal bodily signals, such as our heartbeat, is known as interoception. How does interoception contribute to our emotional experiences?

Failing at Psychotherapy a Second Time

How do we figure out which therapies work with whom and why?

Being Autistic at the Bottom of the World

By John Elder Robison on September 10, 2016 in My Life With Asperger's
Attitudes about autism vary greatly around the world.

Education, Not Exploitation

By Amy S.F. Lutz on September 08, 2016 in Inspectrum
Not all kids with I/DD can succeed in an academic environment. Why we need more options and less judgment.

The 8-Ball from Hell of ASD: Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a dilemma with two prongs: the self-imposed need to get things exactly right, and self-inflicted criticism in the face of inevitable failure.

My Child Has Been Referred for Special Ed Testing: Now What?

By Stephen Camarata Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Intuitive Parent
Special education testing can be a bewildering process. Here's what you can do to help your child.

Schizophrenics as Hyper-domesticated Humans

As predicted by the diametric model of mental illness, if autistics are hypo-domesticated, schizophrenics are hyper-domesticated.

There Is More Than Butterflies in Your Stomach

By Emeran Mayer M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Gut Sensations
Is all the hype about the gut microbes, probiotics and certain foods and your brain health really justified? Separating speculations from scientific evidence is crucial

Autistics as Undomesticated Humans

To the extent that humans are a self-domesticated species, autistics can be seen as less domesticated than others.

Two Minutes to Wapner

"If our son isn't doing what he wants, when he wants, than all bets are off." What to do when the problem is not "disobedience," but cognitive rigidity and anxiety.

Pets on the Couch: Do Animals Need Freud and Pfizer?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Animal psychiatry is a rapidly growing field and Dr. Nicholas Dodman's new book called Pets on the Couch is a must read for all who choose to share their home with another animal.

Key Brain Protein Has Implications for Psychiatric Disorders

Levels of the key brain protein, BDNF, vary as predicted by the diametric model of mental illness: lower in psychotic spectrum disorders, but higher in autistic spectrum ones.

Back to School, Back to Stress: 5 Tips for Autism Parents

For many parents of children with autism and special needs, the days and weeks leading to “Back to School” can be extremely nerve-wracking.

Gifted Programs’ Embarrassing Secret

All gifted children should receive the specialized services they need to reach their fullest potential. Then why are some gifted students excluded?

Autism, Socrates and Our Inner Self

What is autism? What does Socrates say about it?

New Study Reveals How Immune System Affects Social Behavior

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
Could evolution have programmed us to avoid social interactions when we might be contagious?

Mothers, Madness, and Mitochondria

The role of mitochondria in providing energy and countering cancer, along with their maternal mode of inheritance, makes them predictably implicated in psychiatric disorders.

Teens With Autism: Looking at Strengths for Employment

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on August 02, 2016 in The Autism Advocate
Are you thinking about your teen with autism and possible employment? Consider his interests, strengths, and obsessions.

Cognitive Rigidity: The 8-Ball From Hell

Cognitive Rigidity (difficulty changing mental sets) is a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is commonly associated with a suite of challenging traits.

I Don't Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

By Amy S.F. Lutz on July 29, 2016 in Inspectrum
Before we can appropriately support the severely developmentally disabled, we need to understand their impairments. Yet parents who describe them are routinely castigated.

Your Eyes Are a Window Into the Inner Workings of Your Brain

William Shakespeare is credited with observing, "Eyes are the window to the soul." A new study goes one step farther by showing how your eyes are a window into your brain.

Ping Lian Yeak, Artist

Ping Lian Yeak makes the leap from "autistic artist" to "artist" with his exhibition at a prominent New York gallery.

The Incredible Healing Modality You've Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Foot zoning looks a lot like acupressure but is not at all the same. Foot zoning, practitioners claim, brings a person back into balance.
James Coplan, MD

Autism: Epidemic or Explosion? (And Why It Matters)

Are we truly living in the age of autism? Making sense of the numbers.

Can Dogs Have Autism?

By Nicholas Dodman on July 06, 2016 in Dog Days
If your dog fixates on things and seems withdrawn and antisocial, maybe he has a canine version of autism – or perhaps Fragile X syndrome?