Essential Reads

Sometimes Evolutionary Mismatch is a Good Thing

Often, modern environments mismatch ancestral environments to our detriment. But sometimes, unnatural technologies can be beneficial. Here’s an example - that relates to autism.

Is Love Simply a Puff of Oxytocin?

Bonding is an essential part of social, sexual and family life. How much is this due to one simple chemical in the brain?

Babies' Brains May Process Social Thinking Via Motor Systems

A new study published today reports (for the first time) that motor systems in the brain may drive infants' earliest social learning, thinking, and behavior.

What Inhibits Eye Contact During Emotional Conversations?

A groundbreaking new study on autism has identified neuroscientific reasons that explain why it can be difficult to maintain eye contact when you're talking about your feelings.

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Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life

Are you turning to pills to make your life better? Biofeedback and neurofeedback could be the answer you're looking for.

My Sister’s Happy Birthday

I sent Margaret a spa gift basket for her birthday. But even as I entered my credit card number and hit submit, I was full of doubt. Will she even know it came from me? I doubt it.

It's Autism Awareness Month

Autism is even more complex than most people realize. Here's what more than 20 members of the autism community wish were better understood about autism.

The Kids Are Alright

I thought Margaret was angry, but I know now that she was anxious and afraid. And as an adult, I regret that I didn’t see the difference. It might have helped us both.

How to Win a Turing Tournament

Both a computer's mentalistic deficits and mechanistic over-compensations could be masked in a Turing test by having it masquerade as a savant like the late Kim Peek.

Autism, Early Intervention, and the Desire to Play God

Emerging technology can help brains change themselves, without chemicals. The prospect is scary to many, and controversial.

What’s the Opposite of Play?

Play might well be the cure—for loneliness, depression, social isolation, and more. What happens when we play, play at, and play along? Watch!

Is Spirituality a Choice?

The wiring of the brain can greatly influence people’s levels of spirituality and religiosity. But this does not mean that people have no choice in the matter.

Sami Timimi on ADHD, Autism and Children's Mental Health

The future of mental health interview series continues with Sami Timimi on ADHD, Autism and Children's Mental Health.

Anxiety & the Special Needs Parent

By Patty Chang Anker on March 21, 2016 Some Nerve
If parenting is like a roller coaster of anxiety, then special needs parenting is a whole carnival. Author Liane Kupferberg Carter shares how to conquer fear and enjoy the ride

Visual Working Memory in Children with Autism

Can poor visual working memory provide a clue to social difficulties experienced by children with autism?

Walking and Talking

Motor milestones like sitting up and walking are important milestones in a child's development. But do these early skills relate to later cognitive development?

Does the Cerebellum Fine-Tune Complex Cerebral Functions?

Two recent studies have illuminated various ways that the "non-thinking" cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") may be involved in complex cerebral thinking.

Imagination and the Diametric Model of Mental Illness

Imagination is the facet of autism that best accounts for its male-biased sex ratio, and higher genetic risk of schizophrenia is associated with enhanced imagination.

Sex, Aspergers & Autism

This is an exhaustive list of resources on sex and autism-spectrum disorders. It is for parents, educators, individuals with autism, and their partners.

An Ice Bucket, an Autistic Child, and a Cruel Joke

Bullying and harassment hampers development and emotional expression.

Preparing the Teen With Autism - What Do Employers Look For?

Instead of focusing on the skills your child or student does not have, look at the top ten attributes employers search for. Your child or student probably has a few of those.

Were the Timekeepers of the Ancient World Autistic?

Were the ancient calendars a product of early autistic thinkers? If so, is that one more example of their place in the early churches, guiding humanity?

Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Psychosis

This public health measure is well meaning. Good enough maternal love ought to be the highest value in our society. In practice this means the destructive use of antidepressants.

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.