Essential Reads

How to Change Minds About Vaccine Safety

If there is only one thing you could say about vaccine safety, what should it be? The answer might be surprisingly simple.

Was the Father of Asperger Syndrome an Accomplice to Murder?

Many identify with Asperger's syndrome, a part of the Autism Spectrum. New revelations that Dr. Asperger may have participated in murder in WWII cast doubt on his legacy.

Gut, Autism, and ADHD

The microbiota in babies impacts mental health in children in surprising ways.

The Aliens Have Landed!

Many autistics feel like visitors from another planet, and the metaphor is a good one.

More Posts on Autism

What Can We Do to Prepare Youths with Autism for Employment?

Preparing a child or student with autism for life as a productive adult? Planning ahead and teaching life skills needed for employment are two important steps.

Why the FDA's Move to Restrict ECT Should Alarm Us All

By Amy S.F. Lutz on January 29, 2016 Inspectrum
The FDA is moving to restrict access to a treatment that 100,000 Americans turn to every year to resolve devastating psychiatric illnesses – including my son. We can stop them.

Day 9: Sharna Olfman on Child Mental Health Controversies

Day 9 of the future of mental health interview series continues with Sharna Olfman on the science and pseudoscience of children's mental health.

Does Mom Know Best, or Do We Presume Autistic Competence?

In the autism community, parents often think they know best. But increasing numbers of young adult autistics challenge that notion.

The Neuroscience of Comforting Behavior in Times of Distress

A groundbreaking new study has pinpointed the brain systems that drive humans—and other animals—to physically comfort others during times of distress.

Your Autistic Child May Have a Secondary Disability

Challenges for people of difference should be related to as social, regardless of any biological or neurological characteristic. Otherwise, we can be making things worse.

A Story of Autism

By Lybi Ma on January 18, 2016 Brainstorm
Guest Post By John Donvan and Caren Zucker

Autism Parents: You Didn’t Win Powerball but That’s OK

You might not be a new billionaire, but you wouldn’t want to spend $1.5b on new autism therapy options anyway.

Censorship in the Name of Privacy

By Amy S.F. Lutz on January 13, 2016 Inspectrum
If parents are only permitted to write about their disabled children with their permission, what happens to the stories of our most impaired kids?

10 Ways to Make the Most of a Child's IEP Meeting

Attend IEP meetings for your child? Here are some detailed ways to finesse the system, leverage strengths, advocate with creativity, and preserve positivity along the way.

Treat Your New Year’s Resolution Like Your Child's IEP Goals

Keeping the same standards from your child’s IEP goals can help you set realistic and attainable new year’s resolutions.

Top Ten Breakthroughs in Neuroscience for 2015

This blog post is a year-end wrap up of my "Top Ten" favorite discoveries in neuroscience for 2015.

Copy Number, Schizophrenia, and Autism: New Findings

Copy number of a DNA domain involved in brain development correlates with the symptoms of schizophrenia and with autism as predicted by the diametric model.

Mentalizing, Ontological Confusions, and Religious Belief

New research findings from Finland suggest that facility with theory of mind may be less important for religious belief than most cognitive scientists of religion have assumed.

Autism and Religion: Finding a Spiritual Home

When you have a child with autism, finding a place of worship that is inclusive can be difficult. For my son, Jeremy, it was not easy, but there is happy ending to our story.

Sex, Dating. Car Repair, Communication

With their different styles and preferences for communication, autistic and non-autistic people may each be disabled when communicating with the other.

Making Severe Autism Visible

By Amy S.F. Lutz on December 01, 2015 Inspectrum
Despite many written accounts, severe autism is still not understood by those who have never encountered it. These projects aim to show what this devastating disorder looks like.

The New Date Night: Dinner and...Therapy?

With date nights occurring so rarely, many couples want to take advantage of their limited time together. They may want to talk, but forget how. Therapy can provide a safe, sympathetic and constructive environment where couples can express their wants and needs within a relationship, relieving the expectation to tackle each issue while they are in a more social setting.

How Can We Support Asperger's Students In Their Schools?

When do we stop blaming students with Asperger's and start helping them find their own way!?

Is Sensory Processing Disorder Real?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 16, 2015 Open Gently
Maybe 2–3 percent of children may have a brain abnormality integrating sensory data.

Married to a Man With Asperger’s Syndrome?

By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on November 04, 2015 The Heart of Autism
Being in a relationship with an undiagnosed Asperger or autistic husband can be challenging in some marriages. The wife can sometimes experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Affective Deprivation Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their husband's low emotional reciprocity, communication struggles and anger issues.

Narcissism or Aspergers: How Would You Diagnose These Cases?

These two cases were written as Comments by readers of an earlier article that I have posted on this blog. What do you think: narcissism, Aspergers, both or neither?

Music Therapy and Autism: An Ethical Dilemma

By Dean Olsher M.A., MT-BC on November 01, 2015 A Sound Mind
Music therapists are effective at treating autism. Autistic people think it is wrong of us to try.

Understanding Childhood Social Difficulties

One of the basic wishes most parents share is that their children get along, play, and interact well with others. For children who instead struggle with their peers, the earlier interventions start, the earlier they can catch up. Since both ADHD and autism impact relationships, sorting out the ‘why’ often guides what to do next.

How Could "Brain Observatories" Help the BRAIN Initiative?

A group of leading American neuroscientists are calling for the creation of centralized "brain observatories" that could revolutionize the ability of scientists across the United States to research the human brain.

The Big Tent of Music Therapy

By Dean Olsher M.A., MT-BC on October 19, 2015 A Sound Mind
People ask me all the time, “How does music therapy work?” At first I start preparing an answer about its effectiveness. Quickly, though, it becomes clear they’re asking a question that seems simple but is in fact just as complicated.

Neuroscientists Decrypt the Mystery of Rapid Eye Movements

In a groundbreaking study, neuroscientists have decoded the mysterious brain mechanics behind rapid eye movements.

Idiosyncratic Brain Synchronization Associated with Autism

Two recent neuroimaging studies reveal that individuals with autism exhibit uniquely 'idiosyncratic' patterns of brain connectivity and synchronization. What causes idiosyncratic brain synchronization in people with autism spectrum disorders?

Purkinje Cells Burst to Life with State-Dependent Excitation

Neuroscientists have discovered that Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum toggle between a silent "down" state and a bursting "up" state depending on levels of electrical activity.

The Ways, and Whys, of Autism

By Guest Bloggers on September 22, 2015 The Guest Room
In Uniquely Human, Dr. Barry Prizant advocates a paradigm shift in understanding and treating autism. He maintains that “autism isn’t an illness. It’s a different way of being human.”