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5 Reasons the Cerebellum Is Key to Thriving in a Digital Age

For human beings to thrive in a digital age, the cerebellum must not be allowed to atrophy by sitting all day, limiting face-to-face contact, or excessive screen time.

Autistic vs. Psychotic Spectrums: Overlapping or Opposite?

The first study to consider both cognitive modes proposed by the diametric model finds evidence of overlap and diametric opposition of autistic as opposed to psychotic traits.

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?

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Preparing Teens With Autism for Work: Self Employment

Looking at self employment as an option sometimes leads to an actual job. The process of discovering a person’s strengths and weaknesses, can lead to traditional employment.

Do Vitamins Cause Autism?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 13, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
Most striking were the 21 mothers who had “excess” levels of both vitamins. In this group, 10 had children who were diagnosed with autism. In other words, almost one-half.

How to Fight Back

By Amy S.F. Lutz on May 02, 2016 in Inspectrum
Agreeing that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have the same rights as the non-disabled is not enough. Here's what we can do to make it happen.

Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in All About Addiction
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.
Courtesy Larry Garvin

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?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on April 03, 2016 in More Than Mortal
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 in 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

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on March 18, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
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

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on March 01, 2016 in As You Like It
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

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 25, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Bullying and harassment hampers development and emotional expression.

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

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 16, 2016 in The Autism Advocate
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?

By John Elder Robison on February 13, 2016 in My Life With Asperger's
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?

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 05, 2016 in The Autism Advocate
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 in 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

By Christopher Bergland on January 22, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
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 in Brainstorm
Guest Post By John Donvan and Caren Zucker